This first annual event hopes to make people more aware of their environmental surroundings
The sun was shining Saturday as visitors to Earth Day 2012 in Chilliwack heard music, explored exhibitors, and toured the newly opened Sunshine Community Garden at the Mathieson Centre.
There was a cloth diaper change, an electric car, free range BBQ burgers for lunch, yoga, crafts for the kids and even a magician.
This weekend is all about cloth diapers, organic farming, nature crafts, planting shrubs, cleaning up rivers and getting in touch with the planet.
April 22 is Earth Day worldwide and there is a whole host of local events planned all weekend.
The biggest and first is Earth Day 2012 at the Mathieson Centre (45195 Wells Rd.), Saturday, April 21, an event co-ordinated by Dayna Fidler, the Chilliwack Society for Community Living and a group of volunteers.
This event will feature the official launch of the Food Matters Chilliwack community garden, a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Sharon Gaetz, Sto: lo drummers and garden blessing, and much more.
The day kicks off at 9: 30 a.m. with the Great Cloth Diaper Change where local babies, moms and some dads will once again participate in the Guinness World Record-breaking attempt at most diapers changed simultaneously.
Last year Chilliwack was involved in the 5,026 babies having their cloth diapers changed at the same time across five countries.
After that, there will be a drum circle and garden blessing at 10 a.m., a ribbon-cutting with the mayor at 11 a.m., and then music, yoga, food and lots of fun. A number of local businesses and organizations will have booths set up, there will be interactive demonstrations, and stay for lunch as there will be local, organically-raised beef burgers (and veggie burgers) on the grill.
? For full details on the day check out earthdaychilliwack.com.
Going green for Earth Day in Chilliwack on April 21
It’s shaping up to be a jam-packed Earth Day event in Chilliwack on April 21.
The launch of community gardens will be celebrated along with garden tours, live music, and a chance to break a Guinness world record for cloth-diaper changes.
“Earth Day Chilliwack is about bringing community together, learning, sharing and being part of creating a sustainable city,” said Dayna Fidler, one of the event organizers, and a SOL farmer. A range of activities centred on the environment are being organized both inside and out at the Mathieson Centre on Wells Road, including the blessing of the Chilliwack Society for Community Living Community Gardens.
The day-long event has the potential to unite everyone around some common ideas like the need for enhanced food security.“This is going to be a great event for all ages connecting with many amazing community members in our Fraser Valley.“Earth Day is something we should celebrate every day, but we are going to showcase how we, as a community, make the earth a better place together one day of the year,” she said. A pancake breakfast will lead up to the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., with a drum circle and garden blessing, and then a ribbon cutting. There’s a barbecue lunch set for noon and throughout the day there will be garden tours, as well as lots of goodies and organics to purchase and lots of earth-related tips to learn about.
Find out more about some of the speakers, exhibitors and vendors who will be at the event at Earthdaychilliwack.wordpress.com. Earth Day Chilliwack is April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 45195 Wells Road at the Mathieson Centre. Then on April 28, everyone is invited back by Food Matters Chilliwack for the launch of the Plant A Row/Grow A Row program and Seedy Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m., also at the community gardens site, outside the Mathieson Centre.