Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Earth Day is a comin'

Wow! Is this turning out to be a big deal or what? I thought I really was in tune to this kind of thing. I'm fairly technical savvy, I am always trying to do my best to recycle, reduce, reuse.....but Earth Day? I knew of it, but I know little of it. Did you know that the first earth day started on April 22, 1970. More than 6 million Canadians join 1 billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity. Earth Day is celebrated annually around the globe and is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. That being said, I set out to find out exactly what festivities were happening in my home town of Winnipeg.

The biggest event I have seen so far is this one:
Come and hear speakers from the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance talk about green cities and geothermal energy. There will also be displays featuring Climate Change Connection, Ten Thousand Villages, MPI, and an E-Waste Depot in the parking lot area. This is happening at my home church, St. Mary's Road United, 613 St. Mary's Road, from 7:00PM -10:00PM. I will definitely be attending this one.

One group in our community is offering a waste drop off. The announcement is as follows:

Earth Day is on Wednesday, April 22nd. I am pleased to inform you that Investors Group, 1345 Waverley is hosting an Earth Day E-Waste Drop Off. If you have any electronics equipment that you want to dispose of, instead of throwing them in the garbage, please bring them to our office between 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM. We will have a drop off site set up in our front parking lot. Items accepted are as follows:
Ø Computer monitors
Ø Desktop computers
Ø Laptop computers
Ø VCRs / Stereos
Ø Phones / Cell Phones
Ø Scanners / Copiers / Fax Machines
Ø Microwave Ovens
Ø Rechargeable batteries
For more details, please call (204) 489-4640 Location: 1345 Waverley Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba (the corner of McGillivray Blvd. & Waverley Street) Please tell your neighbors, friends, and relatives. This is open to everyone!

All in all, I'm almost disappointed by the lacklustre performance of my home town celebrations...unless I'm missing something? If you know of other events happening here in Winnipeg please let me know. Meanwhile, I'm going back to living green as long as I can and as much as I know how.

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