Earth Day: Six planet-saving tips from CBC Television

Here are a few ways to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Earth Day is a global event that is recognized every April 22, usually celebrated with hundreds of organized events all over the world dedicated to spreading awareness and improving the environment. This year, things are different, but there are still ways to do your part to make the world a better place while social distancing.

Here are a few ways you can get started on saving the environment. 

1. Learn the right way to recycle

Recycling can be confusing. In this sketch from Baroness Von Sketch Show, see what happens when you don't recycle properly. 

Watch: "Recycle. Keep tidy. Help the planet." 

2. Use less plastic

Unlike Enrique in Kim's Convenience, don't forget to bring your reusable bags to the grocery store.

Watch: "Did you know plastic bags kill more sea turtles than sharks?" 

3. Educate yourself about climate change

Don't be like this newscaster in This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Watch: Climate change can be awkward | 22 Minutes

4. Educate others about climate change

Watch: Have you had 'the talk' with your parents? 

5. Know what policies can make the earth a better place to live.

Helping us better understand this is a catchy song from This Hour has 22 Minutes

Watch: Sexy Climate Song | 22 Minutes 

Scroll through CBC's interactive, "In our backyard: What climate change in Canada looks like", to find more on climate change in Canada and what governments and communities can do to reduce the risks.

6. Stay entertained while you learn! 

Here's what to Watch on CBC Gem this Earth Day:

  • Under Thin Ice (Nature of Things): In the Arctic, life thrives on and under the ice. But for how long? Extreme diver Jill Heinerth investigates.
  • Revolution: Revolution is a true life adventure following the late director Rob Stewart on his epic quest into the evolution of life on earth and the revolution to save us.
  • Fashion's Dirty Secrets: A look at the hidden costs of fast fashion. From the disappearance of an entire sea to toxic pollution dumped into water that millions of people rely on
  • Something in The Air: Air pollution is a major killer, even in places we think of as 'safe,' so scientists are using new technology to measure it and study its effects on our bodies
  • Rise of the Superstorms: Is the historic devastation caused during the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season the new normal? And how prepared are we to deal with similar storms in the future?
  • Songbird SOS: The music of songbirds is vanishing from our forests, fields, and gardens. The change has been gradua and barely noticeable, but now the growing silence is alarming.
  • The Mill: Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers say, "No Pipe;" the pulp mill says, "No Pipe, No Mill." Now a 50-year environmental controversy has come to a boiling point in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
  • Land and Sea: The series documents the lives of Canadians who live on the natural resources of the eastern coast of the country. They are the stories of people who keep the oldest traditions alive.
  • For Our Little Eco-Warriors: We've put together a collection of planet positive shows just for kids!