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Earth Week Celebration 

Summerland's 10th Annual Earth Week Celebration:
April 23-28, 2019
Join the District as we celebrate 10 years of Earth Week activities in Summerland and our 13th annual Earth Day tree planting event. Celebrations are ongoing throughout the week, and include:

April 23, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm: E-Bill Signup Blitz
Municipal Hall (13211 Henry Avenue)


Reduce your paper use, plant a tree, and get entered for prizes all at once!

Staff will be on hand at Municipal Hall to help residents sign up for electronic billing for utilities. The postage offset by E-Billing customers is used to plant trees in Summerland, and everyone who signs up with staff on the 23rd will be entered to win great prizes from local businesses!

April 24, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: One-Day Recycling Depot 
Municipal Hall (13211 Henry Avenue)

Our one-day downtown recycling depot is back!

Bring your glass, styrofoam, plastic bags & overwrap, other flexible plastic packaging, electronics, and power tools to Municipal Hall and help us keep recyclables out of our landfill.

April 25, 12:00 - 4:00 pm: E-Day Event
Memorial Park (9999 Wharton Street)


Curious what an electric-powered chainsaw sounds like? Want to try an E-Bike? See the latest electric vehicles? This is the event for you!

Come to Memorial Park and view the latest in electrically-powered equipment and transportation options. Vendors will be displaying various power tools, bicycles, and cars that are available now. 

April 26, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm: Taking Action in our Community Film Series 
Centre Stage Theatre (9518 Main Street)

Join students from Summerland Secondary School as they host a series of short films about climate action and what we can do locally to protect our environment. Each film will be followed by a short discussion led by the students.

8:35-9:55am One Strange Rock – Episode 1: Gasp (47 min)
One Strange Rock tells the story of how life survives and thrives on planet Earth, as told by eight astronauts from their unique perspective of being away from Earth (for about 1000 days).

This episode: Astronaut Chris Hadfield reveals the unlikely and unexpectedly interconnected systems that allow life on our planet to breathe.

10:00-11:20am One Strange Rock – Episode 3: Shield (47 min)
One Strange Rock tells the story of how life survives and thrives on planet Earth, as told by eight astronauts from their unique perspective of being away from Earth (for about 1000 days).

This episode: The epic story of Earth’s battle with the sun and how life thrives here against the odds.

11:35am-12:55pm Disruption (55 min)
‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads. The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of
the planet during the UN world climate summit.

1:40-2:59pm Racing to Zero (55 min)
Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Why? Industry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on unrecyclable petroleum products. In order to reach zero waste, we need to change our relationship to garbage and view the things we discard as resources, rather than waste.

Racing To Zero examines our society's garbage practices in terms of consumption, preparation, use and production, and discovers some amazing solutions in San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps to reach zero waste. Cities all over the United States have instituted zero-waste policies of their own, and it is through these mandates that we are challenged to think differently about not only how we handle our garbage, but what it can become.

 

April 27: Community Event Series 


10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Stash Bash
Summerland Arts Centre, lower level (9525 Wharton Street)

Calling all artists! It’s time for the ultimate artsy yard sale - Stash Bash. This event features great deals on art supplies of all kinds, including paper, paints, sheet music, fabric, and more! Local artists will also have their art for sale. And if you have art supplies you want to sell, you can register to participate. Visit www.summerlandarts.com or call 250-494-4494 for more information.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: 5 Easy Steps to Composting Workshop
Summerland Arts Centre, outdoor plaza (9525 Wharton Street)

Composting is easy! Join Cameron Baughen from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen as he explains the 5 Easy Steps to keep your backyard composter smell and hassle free so you can get nutritious, high-quality compost for your gardens! 

Interested but can't attend? Check out this video for the highlights.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Planting Without Plastic

Summerland Library (9533 Main Street)

Parents, children, and families are invited to come have some fun with planting "popcorn" seeds! Activity sheets for kids will be available, as well as a story and books to choose from.

All Day (8:30 am - 4:00 pm, with a closure between 12:00-12:30 pm)
Summerland Sanitary Landfill (17202 Bathville Rd)

Head up to the Summerland Landfill with your containers/bags and shovel, and pay 2 cents per kilogram (minimum charge $2.00) for premium District of Summerland Compost!  If you need a pickup truck load…no problem, we’ll load your truck, approximately $22.00 per pickup load.

The landfill also has green wood mulch, white wood/apple box mulch and top dressing for sale for 2 cents per kilogram.

The District's high quality, sustainable, and safe Class A biosolid compost is valued for its high organic matter content and strong structure that drains easily and promotes healthy root growth. The Class A government designation means that the product can be sold with no restrictions. It can be safely applied to lawns, flowers, shrubs and gardens. 

Using District of Summerland Compost in the spring is a great way to set the stage for the planting season!

April 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Earth Day Celebration 
Waste Water Treatment Plant (7360 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. Display booths will have information on local wildlife, invasive species, landscaping with native plants and more. 

Tours of the Waste Water Treatment Plant will be offered at 11:15 & 12:15. All ages are welcome to join these interesting explanations of how our plant works and what upgrades have been made to save energy! To book your spot on the tour, please call 250.494.0447 or email recreation@summerland.ca 

Bring a reusable bottle or mug and we will provide free water or coffee. Bring your own shovel if possible - we will provide free gloves for volunteers!

All Week (Apr 23-28) 
True Grain Bakery (10108 Main Street)

Throughout the week, True Grain Bakery will be promoting a series of in-store and online educational tidbits covering organics, green packaging, and local agriculture. They will also be challenging their customers to use their refillable mugs and giving away sample bags of kernels to encourage people to try growing them at home. 


Email: climate.action@summerland.ca or call 250.404.4068 with questions or for more information on any of these events.