Earth Day at Earthwalk - 2012 Events
Come Celebrate Earthday at Earthwalk On April 22 2012
Come and enjoy a full day of films, seminars and workshops on Sustainable
Living on Saturday April 22th from 10am to 9pm. Earthwalk will also be
showcasing local artists during a day of celebrating all things green.
Seating is limited for workshops and films so please call 905-355-3000
to pre register for films and workshops.
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION MARKS START OF THIS
YEARS EDUCATION PROGRAMS ON HEALTHY AND ECO RESPONSIBLE LIVING AT EARTHWALK
Earthday At Earthwalk on April 22nd is an eco celebration with Workshops,
Art, Music, Films and fun in support of Earthwalk Eco Education Center.
Workshops and Films will run all day Saturday April 22nd from 10am to
9pm on subjects ranging from Bulding A Sustainable Community, Earthworks
Eco Village, Organic Gardening. (Admission Is Free though donations are
appreciated) So pack a lunch and join the folks at Earthwalk for an entertaining
and enlightening celebration of our planet Earth.
Earthwalk Eco Education Center sponsors this and many other eco events
and offers sustainable educational experiences throughout eastern Ontario
and beyond. Earthwalk's mission is to raise consciousness about sustainable
solutions to social environmental issues. Through workshops, seminars
and courses, and mentoring programs Earthwalk is providing information
and techniques for sustainable living. Creating a sustainable life is
not only critical to the quality of life of this generation, but also
that of our children and our children's children. We are developing educational
programs that facilitate the creation of a new and more sustainable culture,
including programs on eco home design and construction, healthy home solutions,
organic food production, natural health strategies and eco transportation.
Say Program Director Garnet McPherson.
Once again this year program is truly outstanding. The presentations at
Earthwalk on April 22th begin at 10:00 am and will include:
Towards a Sustainable World
An open discussion will be introducing the days mini conference with and
introduction to Sustainable Living. We will also explore how developing
a sustainable culture can provide the needs of the world’s current
population without damaging the ability of future generations to provide
Waste Not Want Not
Elma Parker from the Council of Canadians will discuss how we are managing
waste and what solutions we have for a more sustainable approach and future.
This includes social and economic factors that will have a direct impact
on waste management issues and solutions
The Climate Crisis – The Science and
Garnet McPherson the local ambassador of for Gore’s Climate Project
and Earth Day Co-Ordinator will explore an overview of the issues related
to the single biggest environmental issue of our times.global warming
and the resulting climate crisis.
Foods The Heal - A Revolution in Health Care
The workshop explores how food and lifestyle can put an end to many modern
deseases. Leigh Czombos a raw food advocate will be exploring how our
diet can help our bodies in the process of reversing desease and maintaining
Earthworks Eco Village - Community Of The Future - This workshop explores
the design of an optimal eco village that is completely self sufficient
and generating as close to a zero foot print as possible. Earthwalk Sustainable
Living Center is facilitating the creation of a demonstration Eco community
in Eastern Ontario on 75 south sloping acres of organic fields featuring
hydro, solar, and wind power generation sufficient to provide for the
whole community. Earthworks provides us not only a wonderful place to
live but a place to learn, create, work and play all in the context of
our natural world.
This village is being designed to be an example of optimized ecologically
based community living. To provide food security for the community edible
forest gardens will be integrated into the landscape around the Eco homes
we will be building. Our goals include meeting the human needs of our
membership, so we are incorporating not only food and energy security
but resources for education, Eco business, natural health and recreation
into our site plan.
GAIA FILM CLUB - Eco Film Festival
Throughout the day, the Gaia film club will be holding discussions and
screenings of recent eco films that are having a major impact on our understanding
of the current state of our planet.
Biodiversity In Jeopardy 10 – 11:30 AM
• A Sense of Wonder – Run Time 55 minutes
“When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent
Spring in 1962, the backlash from her critics forced her into the role
of controversial public figure. Using many of Miss Carson’s own
words, actress Kailulani Lee embodies this woman in the documentary style
film A Sense of Wonder, which depicts Carson in the final year of her
life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both anger and humor
the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as
she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the
Our Material World 11:30 – 1:30 AM
* The Story of Stuff – Run Time 20 minutes
The Story of Stuff explores rampant consumerism and its adverse effects
on our environment and us. This witty and highly entertaining, fast-paced
video is a clear call for people to consider the impact of our actions
on the planet and humankind. It runs through the whole cycle of the materials
economy from extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal.
The video zooms in on our current predicament brought about by the long-term
effects of the ridiculous rate that we buy and dispose of our stuff. The
unending quest for bigger, better, faster and sleeker products has paved
the way for a lifestyle of convenience and higher standard of living to
some. But the means does not always justify the end. More often than not,
its drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Everybody needs to understand that
we all have a moral obligation to consume less. We owe it to our planet;
we owe it to ourselves and the generations to come. What is the price
for our so-called technological advancements and conveniences? Is pollution,
getting our environmental resources almost maxed out having countless
people displaced from their homeland and many others exploited in cheap
labor camps in the name of material gain for the few worth it?
In Debt We Trust –Run Time 88 minutes
“Pound of flesh: An impossible payment demanded by an unscrupulous
lender. In modern times, a demand for payment that can only be met with
great suffering. In Debt We Trust documentary sparks a national campaign
against credit card rip offs, more mortgage scandal. Facing record foreclosures
and first negative savings rate since the Depression, investigative film
targets “financialization” and calls for action. In Debt We
Trust shows how debt is strangling the lives of tens of millions of Americans,
and consolidating power into fewer and fewer hands by a credit and loan
complex not unlike the military-industrial complex. This has been called
the “financialization” of America –- producing a kind
of “modern serfdom” and widening the gap between the haves
The Food We Eat 1:30 – 3:30 PM
*Food Matters – Run Time 88 minutes
"Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food"
- Hippocrates. That is the message from the founding father of modern
medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters
from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch.With
nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely
upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our malnourished
bodies, it's no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters
sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide 'sickness industry'
and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming
illness naturally. In what promises to be the most contentious idea put
forward, the filmmakers have interviewed several leading experts in nutrition
and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies
with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements
and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as
terminally diagnosed cancer.
The Water We Drink 3:30 – 5:00 PM
• Tapped – Run Time 76 minutes
“Tapped examines the role of the bottled water industry and its
effects on our health. The film is a condemnation of one of the most ubiquitous
acts of consumption today, the purchase of bottled water. The scathing
new documentary reveals a litany of damaging effects as it follows this
environmental scourge from production to “disposal”, including
the Pacific Ocean’s floating continents of plastic debris twice
the size of the continental United States. Along the way, the directors
demonstrate how corporate greed combines with a lack of government oversight
to allow bottled-water giants Coke and Pepsi to continue bottling water
during recent droughts in Georgia and North Carolina and encasing it in
The Energy Future 5:00 – 6:15 PM
* Turning Down the Heat The New Energy Revolution – Run Time 49
“The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, which warms
the atmosphere, leading to increased floods, droughts and hurricanes.
Turning down the Heat addresses the crisis of global warming and offers
renewable energy and energy conservation as economically viable. Profiled
are innovative and successful projects of the new energy revolution: solar
energy in Holland, Japan and California; biogas energy in Denmark and
Vietnam; wind energy in Holland and India; and hydrogen fuel cells and
ground source heat in Vancouver. It’s a matter of making the policy
commitments. The future is waiting for us, with new jobs and new technologies.
Why are we waiting?”
Sustainable Communities 6:30 – 7:30 PM
* Designing a Great Neighborhood – Run Time 54 minutes
“To people driving past the old Holiday Drive-in Theater site in
Boulder, Colorado, it might seem like a new neighborhood has sprung out
of the ground overnight. But those who worked on the project’s development
know better. Collectively, hundreds of thousands of decisions and choices
were made to create the 330-home neighborhood, where affordability and
sustainability are primary goals. It wasn’t exactly a simple mission.”
* A Lot in Common – 7:30 - 9:00 Run Time 76 minutes
A community garden grows community as well as food, flowers and consciousness.
Meet the neighbors: Grandpa Roosevelt and his grandson, Joan the single
mom, Ruthe the psychic, and Amy the metal sculptor. They all have A Lot
in Common when together they turn a vacant lot in Berkeley, CA into a
blooming community garden full of lush native California vegetation, eco-friendly
technology demonstrations, and outdoor artwork by local artists. They
clash over political ideals, runaway pets and public art, yet in the end,
they grow a community of neighbors.
The Earth Day at Earthwalk celebrations are FREE (however donations are
Seating is limited at Earthwalk so if you want a seat please register
in advance by calling 905-355-3000 or check the Earthwalk website at www.ecoearthwalk.ca/ecofilmclub.htm
for more information.
Earthwalk is at 247 County Rd #25 (just north of the Colborne exit from
For info Call 905-355-3000