The Random Acts of Green Canadian tour comes to Red Deer Thursday. Contributed photo

Random Acts of Green Canadian tour comes to Red Deer

Red Deerians are being encouraged to lessen their impact on the environment.

Random Acts of Green, a Canadian social enterprise aiming to encourage participation in “green acts,” will have two information sessions in Red Deer on Thursday.

“We want to reach out and get more people involved in climate action,” said Jessica Correa, Random Acts of Green founder and CEO.

“The purpose of this cross-country tour is to raise awareness about different things people can do to reduce their emissions.”

Correa will speak at both events: Kerry Wood Nature Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Red Deer College from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

“We’re spreading a message of hope, urgency and community throughout this tour,” Correa said.

“We want to get more people involved, and doing the things they can for the planet, whether it’s composting, car-pooling or reusing plastics. We want to encourage more people to act for the planet.”

The tour began in Prince Edward Island, and has included stops in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba before coming to Red Deer. It will also head to Calgary and British Columbia after Thursday.

Correa said climate change is a “big issue” right now.

“It’s becoming a more important topic and a lot of Canadians are feeling a sense of hopelessness and helplessness about climate change and aren’t very sure what to do.”

One of the goals of Thursday’s session is to “showcase individual action,” to encourage people to reduce their emissions.

Correa said she’s also had people download the Random Acts of Green app at previous events.

“The app helps quantify, track and measure the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are reduced by each action. You can actually see the impact you’re having.”

“Sometimes, people will think, ‘What’s the impact of bringing a re-useable mug or re-useable shopping bag?’ I’m just one person, what’s the difference?’

“So we’ve actually quantified it and that reveals to people the actions they’re taking and the impact they can have if everyone does these things together.”

Red Deer is the ninth stop on the Random Acts of Green’s national tour.

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