Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Kitchener
KITCHENER -Thursday, April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The City of Kitchener and community partners have organized a variety of events to celebrate and we encourage residents taking part in the many activities around the region.
”Earth Day is all about empowering and encouraging Canadians to take environmental action in their communities,” said Councillor Berry Vrbanovic, council vice-chair of the city’s environmental committee. ”Citizens are encouraged to get involved whether they volunteer to pick up litter, visit the Bloomin’ Earth Festival or learn more about energy and wildlife conservation through one of our activities.”
Each year the city organizes a number of events to mark Earth Day including litter clean ups for residents, businesses and schools, festivals and entertainment and planting and stewardship opportunities.
Kitchener’s Earth Day events for 2010 include the following:
Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. near home or work.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to take 20 minutes on Friday, April 16 to get out there and pick up litter close to their place of work or residence. The city provides garbage bags and gloves to all registered participants while supplies last. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/earthday or call 519-741-2227.
This activity happens simultaneously in Waterloo and Cambridge.
Tim Hortons Community Clean-up
Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon outside the Victoria Park Pavilion (80 Schneider Ave.).
Citizens are invited to pitch in and help out with the annual Tim Hortons Community Clean-up. Enjoy refreshments and a chance to win prizes. Pre-registration is not required. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 519-741-2227.
This activity happens in locations in Waterloo and Cambridge.
Kitchener Natural Areas Program (KNAP) Celebration
Saturday, April 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Huron Natural Area (801 Trillium Dr.).
Canadian Raptor Conservancy will have live birds of prey shows starting at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to build and take home a bird box (limit of one per household). There will also be opportunities to plant trees and go on nature walks. For more information, contact 519-741-3400 x3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Spring Clean – school clean-up
Schools are encouraged to clean up their own schoolyards and/or adjacent public space. The city provides gloves and garbage bags. Visit www.kitchener.ca/earthday for more information.
Community organized clean-ups
The City of Kitchener also supports groups looking to organize their own clean up by providing free bags and gloves, as well as tip sheets on how to organize a clean up. During April, Tim Hortons provides prizes and supplies for those who organize their own clean-up. Register at www.kitchener.ca/earthday or by calling 519-741-2227.
Living Earth Festival
Join this vibrant, grassroots celebration, revealing our living connection to each other and the earth. Events include the Blooming Earth Artisan Market, Procession of the Species Parade and Earth Day Eco-Showcase along with many others. Visit http://www.livingearthfestival.org for more details.
Earth Day art installed in Grand River Transit buses
In conjunction with Earth Day 2010, running through April and May for a month, City of Kitchener Artist In Residence, Stefan Rose, will be exhibiting photographs and poems of the Grand River. The artwork is part of Rose’s project Grand River: Grand Conversations, which examines Kitchener’s geography and history, residents’ sense of place, and the environment using photographs and poems to stimulate dialogue. The five panels will be randomly placed inside the fleet of buses. More information about the project can be found at http://grandconversations.spaces.live.com
First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated as the birth of the environmental movement. More than six million Canadians will join one billion people in over 170 countries worldwide to heighten awareness of local environmental issues.
Recently, the City of Kitchener joined millions around the world by during, turned off non-essential lights in city facilities to celebrate Earth Hour.
The purpose of these initiatives is to help raise awareness about environmental issues by encouraging as many people, businesses and other organizations as possible to participate. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/earthday