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Earth Day 2024

Protecting our climate requires cooperation from everyone — all levels of government, businesses, and individuals.

On April 22, 2024, we’re celebrating Earth Day 2024, highlighting the actions we can all take right now to make a positive impact on the planet. We all have a role to play — every action matters.

As we count down the days for Earth Day 2024, I encourage everyone to get involved in the community and commit to acting more sustainably every day. There are many ways we can spend April 22nd, like:

  • Challenging ourselves to skip the car this month and choose a cleaner alternative to get around your community, like biking, walking, or taking public transit. Earth Day Canada is hosting the Earth Day is Leg Day Challenge, which encourages Canadians to log 10 sustainable commutes in April for a chance to win an e-bike, transit passes, and more.
  • Limiting your consumption of fast fashion by shopping locally at small businesses, farmers’ markets, or at thrift stores and donating clothes or items you don’t use anymore to thrift stores. The Newmarket Farmers’ Market opens up in May!
  • Reading the Waste Connections of Canada Recycling Guide, because many Canadians aren’t aware of what can be recycled and how to recycle, like washing out our cans and plastic cups before throwing them in the blue bin.
  • Committing to use less plastic, especially single-use plastics. There are so many wonderful alternatives, like a reusable tote bag for groceries and investing in reusable utensils when eating out.

Our government is taking action on the federal to protect biodiversity, oceans, and forests throughout Canada. We’ve invested millions of dollars into our 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan, our Biodiversity framework, and our 2 Billion Trees Program. These initiatives are part of our commitment to care for the climate and ensure that our children and grandchildren grow up to have a safe and healthy future.

Additionally, we’re making big polluters pay through the federal carbon pricing system. Despite constant myths floating around online, the carbon pricing system is the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions while putting money back in the pockets of Canadians. In just a few weeks, millions of Canadians will be receiving their quarterly Canada Carbon Rebate. Learn more about our price on pollution here.

As Earth Day approaches, I sincerely encourage everyone to do their part and commit to taking care of the environment around us. 

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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