Protecting Biodiversity at Halton’s 13th Annual Eco Festival

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“We are very pleased to announce that five sponsors will be joined by 40 other exhibitors at the free 13th annual Halton Eco Festival on Saturday, April 6 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Glen Abbey Community Centre on Third Line in Oakville,” says Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.
The five sponsors are the Town of Oakville’s Environmental Policy Department, Conservation Halton, Halton Region’s Public Works Department, the Burlington Reuse Centre and the Halton Peel BioDiversity Network.
“The Halton Eco Festival is one of Ontario’s longest-running environmental fairs. Attendance increased to 2,500 people last year as the popularity of the event continues to grow,” Dankowich says. “The event is free to attend. We want to encourage the participation of the greatest number of Halton residents in the protection of biodiversity which is the diversity of genes, species and their ecosystems.”
Jasmin Adams, manager of the Halton Peel BioDiversity Network, which is an advertiser in Niagara Escarpment Views, says “At the Halton Eco Festival, we can learn so much about the importance of biodiversity. The years from 2011 to 2020 have been declared as the Decade of Biodiversity by the United Nations. In this decade, everyone in Halton is encouraged to learn why biodiversity is so important and what actions they can take.”
“The Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s economic and social development,” adds Dankowich. “As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been so great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate. This is the message from the introduction to the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity. The protection of biodiversity implies that humans strive to live in harmony with nature and do everything possible to prevent species extinction. Future improvements in our quality of life are possible if we now pay more attention to cultural diversity, ecosystems and the natural environment. People need access to food and water and protection from natural disasters.”
BIODIVERSITY LANE AND OTHER FEATURES
“Sponsors and exhibitors will let visitors know what they are doing to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity at the annual environmental fair. Green businesses and not- for-profit groups will help to get you involved. This is a wellness fair too, as alternative health care is well represented; discover the benefits of aroma and massage therapy, yoga, chiropractics, nutrition classes, naturopathy and acupuncture,” says the show manager. “Take a stroll down Biodiversity Lane where you will be greeted by dozens of live animals, reptiles and birds. Our animal ambassadors are Ron Woolley of Exotic Critter Tales, Jenny Pearce of Sciensational Sssnakes!! and Jenn Bock of Wild Ontario.” Featured presentations will take place at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
Families with young children may also enjoy the expanded Kids Eco Fun Zone sponsored by Smart Green Baby and featuring two Green Hands arts and crafts workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Speakers will conduct educational workshops throughout the day at this waste-free event including one about the proposed pipeline that would transport western oil to eastern Canada through Halton. Visitors will be invited to participate in an international survey about biodiversity.
Parking is free and local buses go right to the event from the Oakville GO and Bronte GO Stations. There are free door prizes and gifts to be bid upon at a silent auction. Lunch, snacks and hot and cold beverages will be available. Sponsor Halton Region will be giving out 500 free Blue Boxes with a limit of one per family.
For more information, to volunteer or to register as an exhibitor, contact the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights at (905) 849-5501, info@oakvillepeacecentre.org or by mail to OCCPEHR, P.O. Box 52007, Oakville L6J 7N5.
Visit the event website at www.oakvillepeacecentre.org/haltonecofest for updates about the 2013 Halton Eco Festival.

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