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Earth Week Celebration 

Summerland's Annual Earth Week Celebration 2021


All-Week Activities

April 19-25: Earth Week Family Bingo

Celebrate Earth Week with our Family Bingo Card. Try and complete as many Bingo items as possible on the Earth Week Family Bingo Card & be entered to win great prizes! Click below to download the card or pick one up in person at the Summerland Aquatic Centre anytime this week. 

Earth Week Family Bingo Card

Send your cards to climate.action@summerland.ca before 9pm on Sunday April 25 to be entered to win a prize (no minimum amount of items required to be completed to be entered). 

April 19-25: Earth Week Film Series

The District of Summerland will be streaming several FREE award-winning films for you to enjoy from home. From April 19-25th, you will be able to access the following films at your leisure through this page:

Webpage: https://vimeopro.com/bullfrogfilms/district-of-summerland-film-series
Password: D0SF5v (best to copy and paste)

POINT OF NO RETURN takes viewers behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world, where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution. Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Not the weather, not the technology. And certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below. A 57 and 95 minute version of the film are each available. 

A QUEST FOR MEANING tells the story of Marc and Nathanaël, two childhood friends who take an impromptu road trip attempting to uncover the causes of our current global crisis and to discover a way to bring about change. The two friends invite us to share their quest as they meet with activists, biologists, philosophers, and custodians of ancient traditions. Equipped with nothing more than a tiny camera and a microphone they document some of the solutions that are laying the foundations for a sustainable world. This life-changing journey restores confidence in our ability to bring about change both within ourselves and in society.

DEATH BY DESIGN: In an investigation that spans the globe, award-winning filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the international electronics industry and reveals how even the tiniest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. This film tells the stories of young Chinese workers laboring in unsafe conditions, American families living with the tragic consequences of the industry's toxic practices, activists leading the charge to hold brands accountable, and passionate entrepreneurs who are developing more sustainable products and practices to safeguard our planet and our future.

 

We will also be hosting several films ‘live’ on April 22 with a short discussion after each. See details below. 

April 19-25: Online Educational Resources

Want to know more about electric vehicles? What about backyard composting? Curious about why protecting our foreshores is so important? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day from home and just need inspiration. Whatever you’re interested in, check out these links below:

https://www.summerland.ca/evcharging

https://www.summerland.ca/city-services/garbage-recycling (click the “RDOS Video Resources” button halfway down the page)

https://earthday.ca/april-22/campaign/earthdayathome/

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/best-management-practices/okanagan/gonidea_angulata.pdf
Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel Habitat
Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel Habitat (highest concentration in Okanagan Valley)

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/species-ecosystems-at-risk/implementation/conservation-projects-partnerships/rocky-mountain-ridged-mussel

April 20-23: Curbside Collection – Unlimited Yard & Garden Waste Pickup

Are you filling up your yard & garden waste cart? The District of Summerland will be holding an unlimited Yard & Garden Waste Curbside Collection event. Try timing major yard work around this unlimited collection week – April 20-23, 2021.

  1. Fill your Green Yard & Garden Waste Cart and put it out for collection.
  2. Place additional Yard & Garden Waste out beside your cart for collection as follows:
    1. In “kraft” style yard waste paper bags;
    2. In any container that is clearly marked as “yard waste only”, has a volume capacity of 95 Litres or less and a maximum weight of 25kgs;
    3. Bundle branches, 5 centimetres in diameter and under, with string or twine. Bundles must be less than 1 metre long and weigh less than 25 kgs.

*NOTE: Paper bags that are ripped or heavily saturated will not be collected.

All materials must be placed out for collection by 7:00am on your regular collection day. An additional truck will collect the extra yard waste after the garbage is collected.

Daily Activities

April 21, 11:00 am: How are Local Governments Leveraging Green Power Webinar 
Online (registration details below)

Don’t miss this highly informative webinar on Summerland’s successful municipal projects and policy tools to reduce energy and greenhouse emissions in our community.
Register online at www.cleanairpartnership.org/events

April 22 – 10:00am-6:00pm: Used Book Sale
Summerland Branch – Okanagan Regional Library

Come check out the library’s Earth Day used book sale. Buy a reusable library bag and fill it with used books for only $10.

Earth Week colouring sheets will also be available all week long.

For more information please visit: https://www.orl.bc.ca/hours-locations/summerland

April 22 – 7:00-8:00pm: First Things First Okanagan - Deep Dive Discussion Series
“Rethinking How We Live - committing to climate action”
Online (registration details below)

Are we ready to re-think how we live? What kind of world do we want to live in and how can we get there? Join First Things First Okanagan in a conversation about personal and political climate action. What changes can we make in our own lives? How can we promote climate action locally, provincially, and federally?

RSVP to get the zoom link and list of resources on the discussion topic. 

April 22: Earth Week Film Series ‘Live’
Online (link below)


Click here to watch the film series (all films through one link - join anytime starting at 9am on the 22nd).

The District will be hosting the following award-winning films ‘live’ with a short discussion after each:

9:15-10:15: Kiss the Ground
This documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson sheds light on an “new, old approach” to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.

10:30-11:30: Our Planet: One Planet
Witness the planet's breathtaking diversity -- from seabirds carpet-bombing the ocean to wildebeests eluding the wild dogs of the Serengeti. Exhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarely-seen animals mix with somber truths about humanity's impact on the planet's habitats and species.

12:20-1:35: Point Of No Return
This documentary takes viewers behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world, where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution. Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Not the weather, not the technology. And certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below.

1:50-2:45 Our Planet: Fresh Water
The need for fresh water is as strong as ever. However, the supply is becoming increasingly unpredictable for all manner of species. Exhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarely-seen animals mix with somber truths about humanity's impact on the planet's habitats and species.

 

A number of other films will also be available to stream 'anytime' throughout the week - see details above in "all week activities." 

April 23 & 25 – 10:00am-1:00pm: Community Planting Days
Summerland Wastewater Treatment Plant – 7630 Dunn Street

Celebrate nature in Summerland!! 

Join other community members at this FREE family celebration to create a dryland, natural habitat around the perimeter of the Waste Water Treatment Plant off Dunn St. 

There will be planting of native trees and shrubs that would naturally be found in the area. Bring your own gloves & shovel if possible.

Pre-registration is required.

Register online at summerland.perfectmind.com, in person at the Summerland Aquatic Centre or by phone at 250-494-0447.

*Washrooms will not be available during this event. COVID-19 protocols will be in effect.

April 24, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm: One-Day Recycling Depot 
Summerland Arena Recycling Compound – 8820 Jubilee Rd

Our one-day recycling depot is back! 

Bring your glass jars/non-refundable bottles, styrofoam, plastic bags and overwrap, other flexible plastic packaging, residential batteries and lightbulbs, electronics, TV’s and small appliances to the Summerland Arena Recycling Compound and help us keep recyclables out of our landfill.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions on how to sort and place your recyclable materials.

Visit www.summerland.ca/recycling for more information on how to separate recycling into the above categories.

All Users MUST wear a mask and follow all COVID-19 Protocols.

April 25 (all day): Summerland Flag Project
Summerland Secondary School Field - Jubilee Rd W

Summerland Secondary School students invite community members of all ages to join the Summerland Flag Project and show you care about our home!

ALL DAY Sunday April 25 pre-cut pieces of fabric will be left in the High School Field by the gate between the skate park and Kelly Ave. Bring your own sharpie or writing device and add a flag to the fence.

What to write on your flag? Write about a passion or concern you have regarding climate change or the environment. It can be a fact, the way you are taking action to protect our environment, why climate action is important to you, or even something you love to do outside. If you like, sign your flag with your name and age and finish by securely tying end ends flag to the fence.

Busy on the 25th? No worries, everyone is invited to add their own flag anytime.

Click Here for more details about this student-led event.