This is the final post in our special four-part series from Earth Day Canada. Be sure to check out all their earlier blog posts leading up to Earth Day 2012. [caption id="attachment_9574" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Earth Day is April 22. What steps are you taking to make our world a better place?"] [/caption] With less than a month to go before Earth Day, it’s time to commit to making simple changes that are healthy for you and the environment. With the Take It Up For Earth Day challenge, finding ideas, tips, and tools to achieve these changes is easy. Unfortunately, between 1990 and 2007, per capita vehicle emissions increased at almost twice the growth rate of the population. Roughly 82 per cent of commuters travelled to work by car in 2010, while 12 per cent took public transit and six per cent walked or bicycled (considering six largest census metropolitan areas). You can be part of the six per cent and do yourself and the planet some good! One option is to get moving! Canada’s Physical Activity Guide recommends 2 ½ hours of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Moderate activities include brisk walking or biking. So unplug from your electronic (or vehicle) dependencies and take up outdoor leisure activities to reconnect with your environment. Having trouble figuring out where you can cut back and become more active? Want to encourage others to unplug as well? There are plenty of ideas at Take It Up no matter what your lifestyle is. The added bonus to unplugging is that you can let your creativity loose. The kid-friendly campaign Act for the Planet has all kinds of ideas for kids to go beyond recycling and start UPcycling! What can you make out of an old cereal box? How about some old luggage? Check out the cool UPcycling projects at Act for the Planet, or come up with your own and share what you’ve made with others. So before you throw it out, think about how it can be used in a different, better way. Little changes in your life can make big changes in the environment. Commit to making a change. Commit to making a difference. Commit at earthday.ca.