April 19, 2006
Media Release

York Region celebrates Earth Week

Learning the ABCs … Actions Bring Change
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York will celebrate Earth Week from April 22 to 28, 2006. This year, more than 6 million Canadians and 500 million people in over 180 countries will participate in what is considered to be the largest environmental event worldwide.  Residents are encouraged to join in some of the following activities:
Spring Forest Festival – North Tract, York Regional Forest
Saturday, April 22, 2006 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Participate in the Spring Forest Festival on the North Tract of the York Regional Forest on Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Plant a tree or learn how to identify different tree species. Bring your gloves and shovel. The North Tract is located at 17054 Hwy. 48 (approximately 1.5 kilometres south of Davis Drive on the west side of Hwy.48).
Earth Week Displays, initiatives, contests and more – York Region Administrative Centre
Monday, April 24, 2006 through Friday, April 22, 2006 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
During Earth Week, residents are invited to visit the Great Hall of the York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, to view informative displays and learn about the many environmental programs, studies and initiatives that York Region is currently undertaking to create a healthier environment, including:
• Anti-Idling Campaign
• The 20/20 Way to Clean Air 
• Pesticide Reduction Awareness
• Solid Waste Reduction
• Water Conservation
• and much more
Also on display, will be entries from the staff Earth Week photo contest.  Each photo depicts the theme for the York Region 2006 Earth Week celebration, “Actions Bring Change.”
While at the Administrative Centre, visitors can pick up a tree seedling to plant in honour of Earth Week and test their knowledge by entering the Eco-trivia contest. Seedlings are available on a first come first served basis.
Each of us can make a difference in the health of our world. This year, residents are asked to consider the theme of “Actions Bring Change.” Even small actions have great impact.  Some things you can do at an individual level include:
• Use a personal backyard composter or participate in municipal curb side composting programs
• When possible, walk, cycle or take transit to work and leave the car at home
• Plant a tree or take a hike in a local forest
• Bring litterless lunches to work and school
For a more comprehensive list of things you can do to have a positive effect on the environment, read Taking Responsibility: What You Can Do in the State of the Environment Report 2005 or see the attached PDF document, An A to Z of Environmental Actions.
For more information on this or other health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca.
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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and the services our Region offers, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca
Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 or after-hours pager (905) 830-3302
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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