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Earth Day in South Surrey White Rock

Vancouver Sun Run.
Jamie Leggatt

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By: Jamie Leggatt, South Surrey White Rock Green Fighter

Yesterday I did several challenges in one day! I did the Sun Run (a great fitness challenge for me), and I did my Earth Day challenge by taking the Sky Train to the event.

I haven’t ridden on public transit in a long time and was a little worried, but it was fine. Because of the event, they had lots of staff on hand to help out. We were also able to purchase two tickets and exchange them for a ride pass that was good until 3 p.m. That way there was no concern about long lineups when purchasing return tickets.

The ride in was pretty relaxing and I arrived ready to run!

I wasn’t sure of my time, so I lined up with the walkers. It took forever to get near the start line, but once I crossed it, I just wanted to run! So I did. I ended up running most of the 10k event! I walked at water stations and up the hills to the bridges. My official time was 1:15:47!

After the Sun run, I went grocery shopping. In honour of Earth Day, I decided to buy as much locally produced/growth food as possible. Kin’s has signs of where the produce is from, so I focused on locally grown items. I purchased BC apples, BC Hot House tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, BC mushrooms, and BC beets.

At the local grocery store, I also purchased BC salmon, and BC eggs. I’m pleased to be able to add so much local food to my diet this week!

So, what does eating local foods have to do with Earth Day? Well, I read that local foods usually have less environmental impact. Instead of shipping foods thousands of miles, our local foods travel a lot less, arriving fresher and with a smaller carbon footprint.

Local foods also preserve our green space and farm land. By buying foods grown near us, we help preserve the farmland and green spaces in our area.

Happy Earth Day!




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