An Environmental Fair for Healthy Living, Biodiversity and a Sustainable Future
Glen Abbey Community Centre, 1415 Third Line, Oakville, L6M 3G2
Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm
Organized by the:
Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)
P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5, (905) 849-5501, firstname.lastname@example.org
15th ANNUAL HALTON ECO FESTIVAL HELPS BRING COMMUNITY TOGETHER
The Halton Eco Festival is one of Ontario’s longest-running environmental fairs.
We organize this environmental fair in order to bring the community together while promoting healthy living, biodiversity and a sustainable future.
The Halton Eco Festival is an interactive, informative and fun event that showcases a wide range of eco-friendly products, services and campaigns. Sponsors and exhibitors help people to choose healthy, sustainable options for themselves and their families.
Green businesses, the local environmental movement, government initiatives, healthcare and businesses with products and services that benefit the environment and contribute to sustainable living were set-up in draped booths at the Halton Eco Festival.
The event took place in the blue rink at the Glen Abbey Community Centre located on Third Line just south of Upper Middle Road in Oakville.
The issue of biodiversity was highlighted with all-day live presentations of reptiles by Sciensational Sssnakes!! Visitors learned more about invasive species and climate change. Various educational speakers addressed how we can achieve a sustainable future. Many joined in a yoga meditation!
Many new initiatives have emerged after getting connected with others at past Halton Eco Festivals and we are sure many more will arise.
Sponsors and exhibitors attend in order to take advantage of one of the best available local opportunities to meet people who are looking for ways to live a more healthy life, want to reduce their environmental impact, are becoming more actively involved in defining their communities and aspire to live in a more sustainable world that greatly values biodiversity.
HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES AT THE 2015 HALTON ECO FESTIVAL INCLUDED:
- The live presentations by Sciensational Sssnakes!! were very popular with families; children were encouraged to handle various snakes; staff was exceptionally outgoing and are great ambassadors for biodiversity.
- Guest speakers discussed a variety of environmental, health and social issues.
- People grabbed a snack or meal and relaxed with a hot or cold beverage at our eco cafe food booth; somozas and pakoras were very popular.
- Halton Region Public Works Department distributed 100’s of free blue boxes and the new orange boxes; representatives were very helpful in sharing information about their many public services provided.
- Door prizes included a Bluetooth speaker donated by Cogeco.
- This event strives to be as waste-free as possible and we are pleased to report that less than one bag of garbage was generated for disposal.
- There were dozens of educational and very interesting booths; visitors enjoyed speaking with the highly motivated representatives staffing their booths and they learned a lot about sustainability and how to get green.
SPONSORS OF THE 2015 HALTON ECO FESTIVAL
“An environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed.”
“Our goal is to mainstream the United Nations Decade on Biological Diversity to the people and businesses in Halton and Peel. We are focusing on the issue of invasive species.”
“Public Works delivers safe drinking water, treats wastewater, maintains safe roads and promotes the 3Rs. We are giving out 500 free orange boxes for collection of household hazardous waste and hundreds of free blue boxes, one per family at the Halton Eco Festival.”
“Kick-off Earth Week at the Halton Eco Festival and stay green all year long. Please visit our booth to learn more about our various programs and activities to benefit the local environment.”
“A high quality magazine that reflects the lifestyles and values of people along the Niagara Escarpment.”
EXHIBITORS AT THE 2015 HALTON ECO FESTIVAL
“We provide hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians for the young and the young at heart. Our shows feature an informal lecture about the animals, their ecology and conservation issues as well as a session in which participants are able to interact, touch and hold the animals. Our displays feature animals in terrariums with interpretive signs and backdrops. Our programs feature live animals that are safe, friendly and easy to handle.
Many of them are native Ontario species, some of which are now endangered in the wild, and rarely seen.”
“With over 500 varieties, we promote and offer fresh quality seed in heirloom, organic, unusual and many popular categories.”
“Swiss, botanically-based, certified vegan, health, wellness and daily care products.”
“Educating communities to monitor and take ecological action in response to climate change.”
“Students collecting books to promote literacy in aboriginal communities; please bring your books for donation to our booth at the Halton Eco Festival.”
“Dedicated to creating effective environmental leaders, high school students receive an outdoor education.”
“Convert household garbage into nutrient rich fertilizer; vermicomposting is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to save tonnes of waste from going to landfill.”
“A natural advantage to health care.”
“A pore-deep, chemical-solution free cleaning system that saves time, money and the environment.”
Friends of the CBC
200/238 – 131 Bloor Street West, Toronto M5S 1R8
1-866-833-1282, (905) 825-0848
“Not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party, we
are an independent watchdog for Canadian programming.”
“Sample and purchase our nutrient dense foods including organic raw dark chocolate bars, chocolate covered dried fruits, edible body care, and ethically sourced superfoods. All of our products are free of nuts, dairy, soy, gluten, corn, eggs, wheat and refined sugars.”
Halton Environmental Network (HEN)
P.O. Box 60037, South Oakville Centre, Oakville L6L 6R4
Office at QEPCCC, 2302 Brisdge Road, Oakville L6L 2G6
“A network of non-profit environmental groups, committees, and organizations operating in Halton Region, HEN’s vision is to achieve environmental sustainability in Halton.”
“Specializing in family wellness and corrective care.”
ICAN Oakville: International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
c/o OCCPEHR, P.O. Box 52007, Oakville L6J 7N5
“Local peace activists mobilizing the community’s involvement via petitions, speakers, Hiroshima vigils, contacts with area politicians and appeals.”
“Membership supports our on-going efforts to maintain and preserve the Niagara Escarpment; discover the abundance of waterfalls in the Iroquoia section.”
“Taking initiatives for social justice around the globe.”
“Voted Burlington’s best, the relaxed atmosphere and family friendly environment will make you feel right at home.”
Oakville Federal Liberal Association
2009 Lumberman Lane, Oakville L6M 2Z2
“Visit our booth to learn more.”
“Conservation programs and initiatives for home and work: SaveONenergy.ca.”
“Pursuing a stronger and more caring Ontario.”
“Protecting nature where you live.”
“The leading voice in the promotion and preservation of Ontario’s natural environment through the creation of parks and nature reserves, the responsible management of forests, and the protection of rare, threatened, and endangered species.”
“Committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons and all the harmful effects of the nuclear fuel cycle.”
“We combine education and actions to develop measured solutions to unsustainable patterns and approaches.”
“Recycling solutions for a cleaner, greener tomorrow. We recycle alkaline batteries using the most environmentally sustainable technology available in the world today.”
“We host free weekly sessions in Oakville and Burlington.”
“Providing practical and hands-on solutions for communities to co-exist with wildlife.”
“Your go-to resource for all things veg!”
“A farm-based, cooperative community dedicated to ecological and sustainable living.”
“Your backyard bird feeding specialist bringing people and nature together with excellence.”
** Eco Stage Presentations included **
10:00 AM vectorIAS
Invasive Species in Halton Region with Bernadeta Szmudrowska
11:15 AM Cathy’s Crawly Composters
11:45 AM Physicians for Global Survival
Preserving the Planet with Dr. Barbara Birkett
12:15 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation: Music
12:30 PM Sahaja Yoga Meditation: Group Meditation
1:00 PM Cathy’s Crawly Composters
2:15 PM Oakvillegreen Conservation Association
Seed bombs with Beatriz Gomez
2:45 PM vectorIAS
Garlic mustard: An invasive species with Andrew Clouthier and Erica Tudo
3:15 PM Kairos
Climate change crisis: Ethical and theological considerations with Rev. Dan Phannenhour
4:00 PM Thank you for attending!