Celebrate Earthday 2005
Gillian Dickens, Tofino
On April 23rd the Tofino masses will gather together to scarf down
stacks of hemp pancakes and gulp mugs of hemp coffee to celebrate Earth
Day—a day to rekindle commitments to building a cleaner world.
The celebration continues after breakfast with a town flea market from
10 am to 3 pm at the Tofino Community Hall. The market – hosted
by the District – is an incentive for people to reuse and recycle
anything they no longer want kickin’ around the house.
Earth Day is meant to broaden support for environmental programs and
build community activism worldwide through events like the flea market
and the Tofino pancake breakfast and silent auction fundraiser hosted
by two local businesses – The Raincoast Café and Fiber
Options. Employees are donating their time for the second year in a
row to making yummy and wholesome hemp pancakes, topped with all-natural
maple syrup for the folks of Tofino. The silent auction will feature
natural fibre clothing and body products. Although Earth Day is officially
on Friday April 22, both the breakfast and the flea market will be
the next day – Saturday – to make sure as many people as
possible can attend. All funds generated through donations and the
silent auction will go to the Raincoast Interpretive Centre – a
non-profit centre aimed at educating both children and adults about
the natural environment. Last year the event raised $477 for the RIC.
Although Earth Day is as much local as it is global, it actually
began in the United States in 1977. Wisconsin senator at the time,
Gaylord Nelson, was so sick of us politics ignoring the environment
as an issue that he highlighted April 22 the day to celebrate the
Earth. This same governor, bless his heart, brought bans on ddt
and Agent Orange (245t) and introduced mining and car emission
It wasn’t until 1990 that Canada and many other countries hopped
on the Earth Day train, marking April 22 as an international day to
pump-up environmental protection programs and simply celebrate the
Earth. Now 141 nations are on board. In 1992 some of these Earth Day
supporting countries pressed others to participate in the United Nations
Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This summit addressed issues such as
species extinction, desertification and climate change. Arguably the
most important revelation to come out of the summit was the Kyoto protocol – an
agreement to effectively lower carbon emissions nationally and internationally.
This movement is one example of what Earth Day is meant to do.
According to the Earth Day Canada website, Earth Day is the most
celebrated of all environmental events in the world. This is probably
no surprise, considering it is Earth Day. Even so, the numbers
are staggering. Over 6 million Canadians join the pack of 500 million
people worldwide organizing events for the day to address local
and global environmental issues.
Keep your ears open to participate in local events. And as Earth Day
supporters say, the point of the day is not just to raise funds but
to raise awareness that the Earth shouldn’t just be celebrated
one day of the year but all days of the year.
Some ways to reduce your footprint on the Earth are: