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Earth Day Forum goes big

“We are on our way to an event that is twice as large as last year,” says Lorelei Muller, who is coordinating the second edition of the Earth Day Forum, set to take place at 10 a.m. on April 20 at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School.

At least 27 non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities will be present for the event at informative kiosks, and an additional ten businesses will also have booths, including market gardens, food vendors, artisans, and designers.

Along with the informative kiosks, there will be a crafts station for young activists, as well as 3R Workshops, where visitors will be able to create new items at an upcycling station, or repair small household items at a mending station where various glues will be available and volunteers will be on hand to help with sewing. The Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Centre will be accepting old computers for recycling and will provide laptop revitalization services to renew older models with free software. Visitors are also encouraged to donate recyclables including corks, bottles, and cans to the Genie in a Bottle project, which will have a collection station set up in the parking lot.

“It was a challenge sorting out lunch and refreshments for a large group in an as-environmentally-friendly-way as possible,” says Muller, who notes beverages will be available for purchase for those who bring reusable mugs, and a lunch prepared by Chef Annie will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $15.

Speakers, including representatives of the Table de concertation pour l’environnement du Haut-Saint-Laurent (TCEHSL), Evelyne Bouchard of Tandem Architecture Écologique, and Stéphanie Leduc of Nature Conservancy Canada, will begin their presentations at 1:30 p.m. The forum will also feature a screening of the documentary film Humus at 3:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with Havelock farmers François D’Aoust and Mélina Plante, as well as director Carole Poliquin.

The event will be capped by an Earth Day parade at 6:30 p.m. at a location to be determined closer to the event. To volunteer or for more information, contact Lorelei Muller by email at (SR)

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