Beware of plastic bags and monsters in old Quebec

Apr 16 LUSH plastic bag monster.jpg

Photo taken in BC in preparation for the Plastic Bag Monster event.

Earth Day is coming up soon! It’s time to think of the planet and how our actions affect our home over the short and long term. Thinking about it now will get us ready for Earth Day on April 22.

One way is to come face to face with our waste.

That’s the idea behind a stunt organized across Canada at the 39 LUSH handmade cosmetic and soap stores for April 16.

A Plastic Bag Monster will be seizing customers’ nasty bags and offering them a cloth bag in exchange.

They’ll also be explaining the history of the plastic bag.

The stunt is being organized in LUSH stores across the country, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Edmonton, and a boutique on Petit-Champlain. Employees will also be handing out educational pamphlets and petitions.

The Earth Day website gives a little information about Canadian consumption — up to 115 billion plastic shopping bags a year.

Our convenience can translate into the death of wildlife and sea life that mistake the plastic for other objects or creatures, such as jellyfish. That goes for birds, turtles, dolphins, livestock and deer.

Musée de la civilisation to celebrate Earth Day

On Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, the Musée de la civilisation, Rue Dalhousie, will play host to Cité Vert, kiosks, talks and presentations on sustainable development and Franco Dragone’s project for a green roof on the museum. Catch Vivre en ville on Saturday at 2 p.m., Stratégies Saint-Laurent on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Cohabitat at 3:30 p.m. Nature Québec will present videos on both days at 1 and 4 p.m. Admission is free. On Earth Day, the museum will open its doors to close to 200 elementary school students who will spend the rest of the day learning how to plant their own seeds.