April 13, 2021
Every year on April 22, "Earth Day" brings a special focus to environmental concerns. Many local events usually take place around the time of Earth Day, but this year's Covid-19 lockdown is either postponing or modifying things. Read more details below.
  • Rotary Forest Final Planting Day with public help - postponed to April 2022. Read about Guelph's amazing Rotary Forest project here.
  • The City of Guelph's Clean and Green Cleanup is STILL HAPPENING this year, but is modified. Check details here.
  • The Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup is postponed from April 17-24 to June 2021. Details to come.
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Rotary's 13-year project in partnership with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to convert a 100-acre farm back back into a forest was supposed to conclude with a grand celebration in April 2020, the same year that Rotary celebrated its 100th anniversary in Guelph. Covid-19 got in the way of that, and unfortunately, the same is true in 2021.  This year, the saplings that had already been ordered and grown for the Rotary Forest still have to be planted and not wasted, but no public will be involved - they will safely be planted by contractors. However, the GRCA has carefully reserved the last hectare of former farmland at the Rotary Forest to be planted with the public's help in April 2022 ... and we can hardly wait. What a fantastic celebration that will be!  Read more about the Rotary Forest project here and watch this short video

The City has created a modified Clean and Green this year. Register for a park, trail or roadway of your choice and clean that area between April 13-May 11, leaving your garbage at the designated drop off site. Go here for details. 

Rotarians and friends are encouraged to play a part within the Covid-19 restrictions, and share photos afterwards.



Rotary International has added an important Focus to its global areas of service, namely, Supporting The Environment.
To celebrate this, Rotary is holding its first annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup in April 2021. (Now postponed to June 2021).
Commitments to participate in this activity have been made by 15 Rotary Districts bordering the Great Lakes as well as the Niagara, St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers and the Erie Canal in New York State. The idea is for Rotary Clubs to select part of a nearby waterway or even a local park to clean up and make this a huge collective event to help clean up the "watershed" that empties into the Great Lakes. See more information here