Earth Day is on April 21.
To help celebrate Earth Day, Nechako Valley Waste Reduction Initiative is hosting Matt Hill on April 18 and 19 at the local elementary schools, and NVSS.
Matt Hill is the founder of Run for One Planet and a well-known cartoon actor who has starred in animated series such as “Ed” in Ed, Edd & Eddy, “Tender Heart” in Care Bears, and “Korey” in Being Ian, not to mention he was “Raphael” in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
His voice is a unique educational tool for the many kids who are already electrified by the cartoons he plays to learn what they can do to “help save the planet”.
Hill had a dream to inspire a continent by completing a very difficult expedition that some people may call unrealistic and that’s when Run For One Planet was created.
Hill and his partner, Stephanie Tait started their quest of “inspiring environmental action, one step at a time.” May 4, 2008 the duo ran across Canada and along the perimeter of America, totaling 11,000 miles – an amazing distance that equals out to 420 marathons. During their quest of running a marathon each almost everyday, they spoke to over 30,000 young leaders, in more than 220 presentations, and raising over $130,000 for their Legacy Fund for Kids. On May 8, 2009 they had officially finished their journey, and can now call the date their own since it has now officially been proclaimed “Run for One Planet Day” in the city of Vancouver.
Hill has a fun and uplifting spirit about him that tends to excite a crowd no matter what the age group. With a little help from his past as a voice actor he has a great way of connecting with the crowd by utilizing his voices from past characters which keeps the audience engaged and ready to learn about the quest of inspiring environmental action.
As Matt Hill say’s it just takes one step at a time. Take your step to make a change for your environment. What can you do to make a difference in your community? Here are 10 small steps Matt Hill suggests:
·Eat Local and Organic
·Turn off your car
·Eliminate plastic bags
·Use green cleaners
·Turn off the lights
·Turn off the taps
·Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (from a 6th grader in Texas “Re-Think”)
·Bring your own bottle
·Teach your children well