The benefits of our parks and greenspaces became abundantly clear during the pandemic – they helped us stay active, de-stress and connect safely with friends and family.
Their benefits don’t stop there! Parks and green spaces also play a critical role in our fight against climate change by providing a number of mitigation and adaptation benefits. These spaces clean the air, protect against flooding, and regulate local temperatures. As climate change brings more severe weather, parks and green spaces become even more valuable and we must do our best to protect them – Park People.
As residents of the Town of Caledon, we are lucky to have access to a number of beautiful parks, trails and green spaces. However, how many times have you hit the trails and come face-to-face with an abundance of….LITTER?
Not only is litter annoying, it is also harmful to animals and the planet.
Want to do something about the litter but not sure what? It’s simple, when you get outside, grab a bag and tongs and start “PLALKING”. This clever concept originated in Sweden and the idea is to pick up litter while you walk.
Not only is PLALKing good for the planet but it keeps you fit. You need to walk, squat, bend and stretch when picking up litter. It’s a great exercise that you can do close to home (Solveig Christina Voss – The Joys of Plalking).
Don’t want to PLALK alone? No worries, grab your family and friends and make it a group activity. Or, you can join ecoCaledon volunteers on their next PLALKing adventure. The local environmental group has been meeting every other week to PLALK all over Caledon.
Here is a list of upcoming PLALKing dates:
Wednesday August 3rd @ 6:30 p.m.
Thursday August 18th @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday August 31st @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday September 14th @ 6:30 p.m.
Thursday September 29th @ 6:30 p.m.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where we will be PLALKing next!
Want to do more? Try cutting down on single-use plastics!
So many of the things we use every day are made from plastic and plastics are made from oil. They take a lot of resources to make and then take a very long time to break down. When plastic does eventually break down, it only breaks down into smaller pieces. Putting plastic in your blue bin helps but finding alternatives to single-use plastic is even better – Earth Rangers.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Remember to bring your reusable water bottle, coffee mug, grocery bags and cutlery when you are out and about and challenge others to do the same.
- Ask local restaurants and shops to consider alternatives to disposable take-away containers. Check out Friendlier.
- Advocate for stronger bans on single-use plastic.