June 1, VANCOUVER – June 5 is “World Environment Day” and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) would like everyone to pitch in by doing at least one green deed.


“With global warming, deforestation, pollution, and disappearing species we need to consider the state of the only home we have and do whatever we can to protect it,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “Many of these problems seem so overwhelming, that the average person feels powerless, but that’s not really the case.”


HSC Executive Michael O’Sullivan says that little things done on a regular basis can make a huge difference.

“Buying products that aren’t over packaged and recycling everything that can be recycled helps to preserve the environment,” says O’Sullivan. “And with the soaring cost of gasoline and the environmental degradation it causes, we should reduce our use whenever possible,” advises O’Sullivan. “People who are physically able should walk or bicycle instead of driving short distances. Public transit and car pools are also important ways to reduce gasoline consumption. Even the major car makers like Ford, Honda and Toyota are producing gas-electric hybrid automobiles,” says O’Sullivan.

With the world’s population at 6 billion people and growing daily, we all have to do what we can, each and every day. We are the species which causes most of the problems, and we are the only species which can make things right again.

“When it comes to preserving the environment, no act is too small”, says O’Sullivan. “By making them a part of our daily lifestyle, we can make the world a better place for all of us.”

10 Simple Ways to Celebrate “World Environment Day” and Protect the Earth

  1. Plant a native tree. Trees remove pollutants, provide oxygen and food and shelter for animals.
  2. Be vigilant about the 4 R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse.
  3. Use cleaners and other products which are less toxic. Baking soda and vinegar are two items that can be used for cleaning which have little or no impact on the environment.
  4. Patronize companies whose products cause less of an impact on the environment.
  5. Use reusable bags when shopping.
  6. Purchase products that are made from environmentally friendly material such as hemp.
  7. Buy local products whenever possible. Transporting items great distances is very harmful to the environment.
  8. Grow or buy organic produce. Pesticide laden food is not good for humans or the environment.
  9. Ask your children’s teachers to cover environmental issues and encourage family, friends and coworkers to protect the environment.
  10. Support organizations that protect the animals and the earth.

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

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