Londoners hit the streets to take part in the London Makeover to celebrate Earth Day.
This year the makeover is 22 minutes long – two minutes was added this year to mark Earth Day landing on the 22nd of April. The 11th annual makeover had Londoners collecting litter to beautify the streets and reduce garbage pollution.
A team from the London Public Library participated in the makeover by collecting litter around the intersection of Wellington and Dundas. Anne Baker, Director of Planning and Research at the London Public Library, was one of the makeover participants.
“Well I think it’s important because it shows city pride, it shows concern for the environment, I mean this is Earth Day after all,” Baker commented.
“And it makes people think again. When people see us out here it helps ring a bell to make them think ‘maybe I should do my part or maybe not throw things on the sidewalk’.”
The City is focused on engaging businesses and schools in the 22 Minute Makeover. The makeover is just one of the environmental initiatives the City has planned for the weekend.
On Saturday, the 21st annual London Clean and Green will get underway with a community-wide clean-up. According to Jay Stanford, Director of Environmental, Fleet and Waste Services with the City, there will be several locations in the city where residents can deposit the trash that they collect during the clean-up.
“We typically suggest to get started around 9 a.m. and go as long and as hard as you can that makes sense for you and your neighbors.”
“Collect the litter, we have several drop-off locations in London where that material can be brought that will be collected that day.”
“We are also well aware of the locations that several community groups will be working and we will be coming to them.”
Stanford expects thousands of people to turn out for the London Clean and Green.
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On Sunday, Earth Day will be marked at St. Julien Park between St. Julien Street and Elgin Street, just north of the Thames River. Parking is available along St. Julien Street and Elgin Street.
All Londoners are invited to join in the festivities which get underway at 11 a.m and run until 3 p.m.
Not only will 1,500 trees and wildlife shrubs will be planted, there will also be Canadian Raptor Conservancy demonstrations, bird house building, a giant Earth Day mandala and a free draw for a bike.