Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970. Our Rotary Club would normally plan a hands-on service project event to clean-up our two Adopted Parks (Jackie Washington Rotary Park and TB McQueston Park) This year we have had to pause this service project to maintain and follow Public Health advice regarding the pandemic.
In addition, our Board of Directors decision to not participate in the District 7090 Great Lakes Cleanup between the dates of April 24th and June 1st. While we applaud the laudatory intent of a Great Lakes cleanup, we are disappointed by the lack of adequate and appropriate measures taken to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further considering the Stay-at-Home Order issued by the Province of Ontario we believe that it is in the best interests of all and for the good of Rotary that this otherwise worthwhile activity be postponed until Fall 2021.
We encourage Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to look at activities or actions that they can personally do to help improve our environment during the stay-at-home order. A small action can create a huge difference.