Think spring: Earth Day

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Think spring! This warmer weather event may help you shrug off any late win­ter blues you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing -- Earth Day will be held in Alexan­dria April 27.

“There is quite a bit of en­thu­si­asm” about the day, that will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sand­field Cen­tre in Is­land Park, says Deb­o­rah Wad­dell, who is head­ing the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee.

Or­ga­nized with the as­sis­tance of North Glen­garry Town­ship, the agenda will in­clude fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion booths, demon­stra­tions and pre­sen­ta­tions.

A va­ri­ety of eco­log­i­cal top­ics will be cov­ered rang­ing from al­ter­na­tive en­ergy, wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, waste re­duc­tion, re­cy­cling, en­vi­ron­men­tal agri­cul­ture, lo­cal food sourc­ing, CO2 man­age­ment, elec­tric ve­hi­cles to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and smart home ren­o­va­tions.

There will be a craft area for kids in­side and a park out­side. This is an op­por­tu­nity to “meet up with our lo­cal eco-war­riors and find out how you can make a dif­fer­ence,” says Ms. Wad­del, who can be con­tacted at sus­tain­able­glen­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion.

Ms. Wad­dell, who is try­ing to show­case busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­mote sus­tain­able prac­tices, is hop­ing that elec­tric ve­hi­cles will be among the dis­plays.

Ob­jec­tives also in­clude height­en­ing aware­ness of ac­tions that con­trib­ute to a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment, en­cour­ag­ing en­gage­ment and co­op­er­a­tion among all ages in pro­mot­ing a

clean, green en­vi­ron­ment and pro­mot­ing the pro­tec­tion of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

The pro­gram will fea­ture in­for­ma­tion on “green­ing your food,” by eat­ing lo­cally, eat­ing “sus­tain­ably, re­gen­er­a­tively raised meat,” grow­ing your own veg­eta­bles, as well cover top­ics such as com­mu­nity gar­dens, per­ma­cul­ture, green­houses, hy­dro­pon­ics.

Peo­ple can also pick up waste re­duc­tion tips.

Buy used; fix in­stead of re­plac­ing; use re­us­able gro­cery bags; com­post your food waste; ex­plore al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic. Home own­ers will be able to learn how to make their res­i­dences more ef­fi­cient through im­proved win­dows, roof­ing and in­su­la­tion, and by con­sid­er­ing pas­sive so­lar, so­lar pan­els and geo-ther­mal in­stal­la­tions.

Other top­ics will be preser­va­tion of wa­ter, the im­por­tance of trees, pro­tect­ing land from tox­ins.

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