It will be eas­ier to be green

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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.

E-mail sus­tain­able­glen­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion.

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.

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