Go­ing green

The Compass - - COMMUNITY SERVICES -

Par­tic­i­pants will be do­ing their part to lessen the hu­man foot­print on the en­vi­ron­ment through a se­ries of lo­cal Green Com­mu­nity Fairs this month.

Ocean Net is part­ner­ing with schools in Old Per­li­can, Bay Roberts and Blake­town to host the fairs at Bac­calieu, As­cen­sion and Cres­cent Col­le­giates later this month.

Kay Cox­wor­thy, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ocean Net said:“the Green Com­mu­nity Fair is an op­por­tu­nity for cit­i­zens to con­nect with ex­hibitors cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, al­ter­na­tive en­er­gies, wa­ter qual­ity, wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, waste man­age­ment, marine de­bris, or­ganic farm­ing, com­mu­nity gar­dens, air qual­ity, cli­mate change, re­cy­cling, com­post­ing, and much more.”

Cox­wor­thy ex­plained the fairs are the main com­po­nent of Ocean Net’s Green Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge, which is based on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 10Point Life­style Chal­lenge de­vel­oped specif­i­cally to be adapt­able to the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador. It of­fers five greener choices for the home, and life­style.

“Ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors to the fairs are do­ing their part to green their com­mu­nity, to lessen their hu­man foot­print and de­crease their con­tri­bu­tion to cli­mate change, and save lots of money,” the Ocean Net spokes­woman said.

Mu­sic, a chil­dren’s pro­gram with Terry Rielly, face paint­ing and food will be in­cluded for all vis­i­tors to the fair.

There is no cost to exhibit or to par­tic­i­pate in any of the events.

Draped ta­bles, pro­fes­sional sig­nage and theem­ing will be pro­vided at the fairs.

The Po­sei­don En­vi­ron­men­tal Group at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate will host their fair from 7 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day, March 26. The Bay Roberts event is be­ing hosted by the GAIA Group at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, and will run from 1-5 p.m. Satur­day, March 28. And the stu­dents of Cres­cent Col­le­giate will hold their event from 2 to 5 p.m. Tues­day, March 31.

“Ocean Net cares about the health of our en­vi­ron­ment, and is com­mit­ted to lessen our hu­man foot­print by mak­ing small changes in our everyday life­style to take action on the global is­sue of cli­mate change, Cox­wor­thy said.

“Work­ing to­gether we can make a real dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­ni­ties and our world.”

Any­one wish­ing to exhibit at ei­ther or all of the Green Com­mu­nity Fairs or to be in­volved as a com­mu­nity vol­un­teer should con­tact Ocean Net at (709) 753-3680, fax (709) 753-4679, email us at info@oceannet.ca, or visit us on the web at www.oceannet.ca

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