Because there is no "Planet B".
April 22, 2019 - Saanich
By: Ashlea Veldhoen
Earth Day is always a time of celebration. It allows us a day to observe our impact on the Earth, renew our Earth-friendly goals for the year, and make new ones, too. At HCP's Earth Day event this past Monday, we witnessed an inspiring range of people from toddlers to seniors come together to celebrate the wonderful planet that we call home. With free admission for Earth Day guests could visit the native plant garden to learn more about our native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Exhibitors included eco-friendly vendors and organizations including our friends at the Pollinator Partnership, the Greater Victoria Green Team, Victoria Bug Zoo, Rent the Chicken and Bees Please Farms, West Coast Refill, Bespoke Blossoms, books, upcycled clothing, Friends of Tod Creek Watershed, the CRD, and more. The HAT booth was inundated by families with young children curious about our native bat species, owls, volunteering opportunities and more. We also shared our brand new reptile guide with Earth Day attendees as well.
Guests were impressed by Paige Erickson-McGee's "Creating Frog-friendly Spaces" talk, where she explained the importance of using native plants in home gardens to create habitat for native amphibians including frogs, newts and salamanders, as amphibians not only rely on wet, but also forested habitat to survive. Paige then took a large group of attendees on a walk in the nearby Viaduct flats to get a first-hand look at native wetland plants and natural amphibian habitat. We also had a prize draw for a small container garden featuring Blue-eyed Grass, Pacific Water Parsley and Few-flowered Shooting Star.
Earth Day is a day we reflect on the impact our actions have on the Earth both now and over the long term, as well as celebrate the wonderful things nature provides to us from fresh drinking water, clean air, producing wholesome nutritious foods, isn't it time we give back to nature? We believe it should be Earth Day every day, which means reflecting on your actions every day to reduce your impact: Doing simple things like walking or cycling to work, minimizing your use of single use-plastics, re-using and repurposing plastic containers and even packing a bagged lunch can all contribute to reducing your ecological footprint.
Because there is no "Planet B".
Thanks to Saanich Native Plants for donating the container garden and to the Gardens at HCP for the use of their indoor pavillion and providing access to Viaduct Flats for our Frog-friendly Spaces Walk & Talk.
Earth Day at the Gardens at HCP 2019
For a list of all the attendees, see below!
Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society | Victoria Master Gardener Association | Victoria Bug Zoo | Usborne Books | Bees Please Farms/Rent The Chicken | The Truffles Group | Pollinator Partnership/Island Pollinator Initiative | Greater Victoria Green Team | West Coast Refill | Bespoke Blossoms | CRD Watershed | Creatively United | Friends of Tod Creek Watershed | Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society | Christa Brenan (sustainable fashion)
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