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Earth Day: Home Edition

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day this year? The Department of Environment has come up with a number of activities to help you keep busy!

Show you’re working toward a common cause with Piliriqatigiinniq/Ikajuqtigiinniq!

  • Wear green, draw or paint a picture of the Earth, and put it up on your windows.
  • You can also bake Earth cookies! Just use food colouring to dye the cookies blue and use green icing for the land.
  • Talk with the members of your household about why it’s important to be mindful of our connection to the Earth. It might be good to share traditional stories and read environmentally related books to your kids!
  • Go on a nature walk! You can bring your camera to take pictures and share them with the other members of your household. Share your thoughts about the majesty of  nature.

Demonstrate Qanuqtuurniq by taking a look at your waste with an eye for resourcefulness!

  • Toilet paper rolls can turn into kazoos with wax paper and elastic bands.
  • Jars can turn into drinking glasses or a place to put all your pencils.
  • Cardboard boxes can become a fort for your children to play in.
  • We could all be more mindful of our energy usage. Have your kids scavenge or walk with them through the house to find home appliances (video games, cell phone chargers, microwave, etc.) that still use significant electricity when they’re in standby or charging mode. Think about what you could do to use less energy.

Better understand your relationship to the Earth by developing your skills and understanding in accordance with Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq:

  • Want to learn more about your carbon footprint and improve your on-the-land skills? Take the Tukisigiaqta quiz on the Nunavut Climate Change Centre website!
  • Interested in hunting but don't know where to start? You can gain a lot of basic knowledge with the Nunavut Online Hunter Education Course on the Department of Environment website!
  • Want to be ready to hunt seal in the summer? Watch the video – Hunting Seal in the Summer and you’ll be getting advice from experienced hunters! Or get a head start on preparing for the fall harvest by watching this video on Hunting Caribou in the Fall.