Inspire Earth-Friendly Living at an Early Age

Did you know that April 22, Earth Day, is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide? It’s true. Nearly every school-aged child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.

There are simple activities you too can do with your children at home.  Like reading a book with an environmental theme!

Halton Parents recommends A Farewell to Featherwagons, an illustrated children’s picture book (for ages 4 – 8) written by me, Beckie Jas (an Environmental Health Specialist) and illustrated by Brandon Koepke. This book was created by Halton Region as part of Halton’s Air Quality/Climate Change Health Promotion Program.  A program meant to educate the public about the health impacts associated with air quality and climate change, and the actions you can take to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.

The story is about Biff, a Barn Owl who loves to go to the Great Lake with his brother Tyto and sister Alba-Alba. But when their efforts to get there are spoiled by traffic, bad air, and bad storms, the owls begin to think about how their “featherwagon” contributes to air pollution and climate change. They quickly discover a better way to get to the Lake—using their wings to fly.

This book will get little ones excited about improving air quality in their community and provide resources such as;

  • An online Storytelling Kit
  • Facts on Barn Owls, air quality, and climate change
  • Three story-related “seek and find” activities
  • Plus tips on how to make a difference

If you have young children at home, be sure to check out the book at your local library or download the e-book at E-books are also available in French, Cantonese, Polish, and Spanish.

In celebration of Earth Day, the first ten people to tweet this post will receive a free copy of the book, A Farewell to Featherwagons!

The Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville Public Libraries have also recommended environmental books for children, youth, and adults. Check out their book selections on the Halton Recycles blog.

Share your experience:
For more information about creating healthy environments for your family, or to share your experience, there are many ways you can talk to one of us directly:

  • Leave us a comment below – we’d love your feedback
  • Talk to us on Twitter: @haltonparents
  • Email us at
  • Dial 311 or 905-825-6000 for parenting information or to speak directly to a Public Health Nurse every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About this guest blogger:

Beckie Jas is an Environmental Health Specialist for the Halton Region.  As an environmental media expert, she creates diverse education and marketing campaigns for children and adults.

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