Thursday, February 18, 2010

Earth Day 2010

It all started back in 1970 as a universal reaction to photos that came back from the lunar landing.  Here's everything happening in or near the region for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!  Check back from time to time.  I'll add things as I find them.  Let me know of anything out there to add! ...

Earth Day Events (or maybe way before) - it's in chronological order:

Saturday, March 13
From 2-7 is a Z-Day celebration at Wilfrid Laurier University.  It's a movement that started from the film Zeitgeist.  Click the link to learn more.

Friday, March 26
Earth Hour in the schools is Friday all day.

Saturday, March 27
Elsewhere (at home) Earth Hour is the evening of Saturday, March 27th from 8:30 to 9:30.  Kitchener City Hall is running events from 4-10 with live music.    If you want to have a table there, e-mail Darren.

The City of Waterloo is hosting a drumming circle at the bell. I was told Sunday 8:30-9:30, but I'm guessing they meant Saturday. Check the link as it gets closer.

Friday, April 16
The 20-minute Make-Over is officially at 2:00, but I'd suggest doing it for the last 20 minutes of the day.

Saturday, April 17
From 10-12 is the Tim Horton community clean up at Waterloo Park.  Is that ironic or fitting?

Wednesday, April 21
KCI's EARTHFEST 2010 is happening in the auditorium from 6-10. This is an annual evening of music, art, activities, and community tables. If you're in a band, or if you want to reserve a table for something earthy, e-mail me your information (

Thursday, April 22 - EARTH DAY
W.C.I. is showing Petropolis at their school. Contact Kari Olsen there to bring a class. I think we'll be going to that one if we can.

Grand River is organizing an Earth Day Environmental Fair of local businesses and organizations from 1-6 in the afternoon. Contact Scott Curtis for more info.

Friday, April 23
Huron Heights is showing the film Oceans at the Kitchener Empire Theatre on April 22 and 23 at 10:00 and 12:30. Contact Chris Charman if you want to bring a class.  There could be buses, but he's not organizing them.

Saturday, April 24
There'll be a Procession of the Species Parade.  You can join in if you like, or just come to watch!  We're in the process of trying to get a workshop to run at Earthfest to prepare more kids for the procession.

There's a Blooming Earth Festival at the Kitchener Market from 10-4.

WCI (300 Hazel Street, Waterloo) will be hosting its 2nd annual e-waste collection including computer waste, televisions, printers, modems, phones, pagers, cameras, radios, etc. Contact Kari Olsen for more info.

REEP and U of W are holding an Earth Day Energy Showcase at Kitchener City Hall Rotunda:  a showcase of speakers and exhibitors.  If you know of other companies or organizations who would be interested in this event please feel free to pass this information on or contact Michelle Chung at 519-888-4567 ext. 38485 or at

Friday, April 30
Sir John A. Macdonald is hosting FREE 2010, an outdoor benefit concert/film festival/art exhibit for Free the Children from 7-10 at night. It's $5.00 to get in. Bring your own chair.

Eastwood's IMPACT is running EcoArts Festival. This is a FREE public event with a theme of 'Conscious Consumerism'. They are accepting donations of used portable e-waste devices such as cell phones and ink cartridges. The event will run from 6-9 and include an art gallery and sale, raffles, t-shirt sales, live music, education booths, short films, an improv performance, and the feature film: The Age of Stupid.

Consider Nixon’s State of the Union Address in 1970, the year 20 million Americans attended Earth Day rallies around the country:

In the next 10 years we shall increase our wealth by 50 percent. The profound question is: Does this mean we will be 50 percent richer in a real sense? Or does it mean that in the year 1980 the President standing here will look back on a decade in which 70 percent of our people were suffocated by smog, poisoned by water, and deafened by noise. The great question of the seventies is, shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations, for we still think of air as free. But clean air is not free, and neither is clean water. The price tag on pollution control is high. Through our years of past carelessness we incurred a debt to nature, and now that debt is being called.

Let's make this year one to remember. For keeps this time.

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