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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.


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 for themselves.

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 Solutions
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 optimum health.

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 American people.”

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 and have-nots.

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 cancer-causing chemicals.”

The Energy Future 5:00 – 6:15 PM
* Turning Down the Heat The New Energy Revolution – Run Time 49 minutes
“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 appreciated)
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 Highway 401)
For info Call 905-355-3000


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