It will be easier to be green
It will be much easier to be green after you attend Glengarry’s first Earth Day that will be held Saturday, April 2 from noon to 5 at the Sandfield Centre in Alexandria’s Island Park.
“It will be a fun, informative event about how each and every one of us can change our habits a little at a time to make a difference to our world,” says Deborah Waddell, who is heading the organizing committee.
Before the main event, everyone is invited to take part in a two-kilometre walk guided by the Friends of the Glengarry Trails Association at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., there will be guided tours of the Alexandria water plant.
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A full afternoon of presentations, beginning at noon, is scheduled in the Gary Shepherd Hall.
Artist and environmentalist Jacqueline Milner will talk about “The Interconnectedness of all Life.” She hopes to leave listeners with a better understanding of wasps, piles of leaves and dandelions which are a part of our everyday life.
Earthworks Permaculture spokesperson Alain D’Aoust will present “Quick and Easy Permaculture,” including ways to incorporate permaculture and sustainability into your life. He also manages the Edible Cities Project in Cornwall.
René Goulet of Goulet Septic Tank Pumping & Design will look at “Water Preservation and Water Recycling.” The water that comes out of your septic system is the water that we eventually drink and must be filtered, cleaned and treated.
Chris Meechan of Switch Energy will explain solar net-metering and how adding an on-site solar power plant can save you money, improve home comfort, increase energy efficiencies, create energy security and fight climate change.
Carilyne Hébert from the Waste Reduction Action Group will discuss “Low Waste Living will present: What is the solution to our current waste crisis?” We must change our habits to create change. Learn some simple, everyday habits to reduce our impact.
Kristin Campbell of Radical Roots will dig into vermi composting -- the process of composting food scraps indoors by feeding them to worms in a fully-enclosed bin. Learn about diverting food waste from landfills and how to turn your food waste into a valuable asset for your gardens.
Dan Vivian will list the five most effective and significant economical energy conservation measures for your home. Learn how to re
duce your home’s energy costs and reduce detrimental environmental impacts at the same time.
Dorothy Hamilton, a retired forester working with regional forestry programs and initiatives, will discuss the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association, which promotes responsible and long-term forest management techniques.
Beekeeper Stephen Burgess will talk about “Pollinators at risk.”
Eric Payseur, of the Canadian Organic Growers, will look at organic and how this form of production has the potential to reinvigorate rural communities while bettering the environment.
Various information booths will be set up in the Sandfield Centre, while outdoors, the Alexandria Farmers’ Market will host a special event.
There will also be a rain barrel sale to benefit Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital, electric vehicles with their local owners, planting of seeds in newspaper pots and a display of electric lawnmowers.