St. Patrick’s Day is long gone, but organizers hope everyone will be thinking green after attending this event. Glengarry Earth Day takes place on April 27, 2019 from noon to 5 p.m. at Island Park in Alexandria.
Before the main event, everyone is invited to take part in a two-kilometre walk guided by the Friends of the Glengarry Trails Association. The walk departs at 11 a.m. Then, at 11 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m., there will be guided tours of the Alexandria Water Plant.
A full afternoon of presentations are scheduled for Saturday afternoon in the Gary Shepherd Hall.
From 12 noon to 12:20 p.m., Artist/Environmentalist Jacqueline Miller 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.
From 12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., Earthworks Permaculture spokesperson Alain D’Aoust will present “Quick and Easy Permaculture”, including ways to incorporate permaculture and sustainability into your life. D’Aoust also manages the Edible Cities Project in Cornwall.
From 1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., René Goulet of Goulet Septic Tank Pumping & Design will talk about “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.
From 1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., Chris Meechan of Switch Energy – Solar net-metering will discuss how adding an on-site solar power plant can save you money, improve home comfort, increase energy efficiencies and create energy security and fight climate change.
From 2 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., Carilyne Hébert from the Waste Reduction Action Group — 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.
From 2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., Kristin Campbell of Radical Roots – Vermi Composting will talk about 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.
From 3 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., Dan Vivian, P. Eng., will discuss: The Five Most Effective and Significant Economical Energy Conservation Measures for your home. Learn how to reduce your home’s energy costs and reduce detrimental environmental impacts at the same time.
From 3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., Dorothy Hamilton, a retired forester working with regional forestry programs and initiatives, will discuss the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association, which promotes responsible and long-term forest management techniques.
From 4 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., beekeeper Stephen Burgess will discuss Pollinators at Risk.
From 4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., Eric Payseur — Growing Eastern Ontario Organically — Canadian Organic Growers, will discuss organic farming and how organic production has the potential to reinvigorate rural communities while bettering the environment.
Various information booths will be set up at the Sandfield Centre, while outdoors in the park, the Alexandria Farmers’ market will host a special event, there will be a rain barrel sale to benefit Glengarry Memorial Hospital, there will be electric vehicles with their local owners, planting of seeds in newspaper pots (an activity) and electric lawnmowers on display.
Island Park is located at 102 Derby Street in Alexandria.