Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it best. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Earth Week was a lot of 'little bits of good’, and it is still not over. Sunday, May 7 is the rescheduled date for the Earth Day Memorial Park Clean-Up.
The original goal of Earth Week was two-pronged; a communal celebration ─ the RE-Use & ECO-Fair (R&E), and group events throughout the municipality sponsored by businesses, churches, and organizations.
Based on participant feedback, it is fair to say that the community events were outstanding. Robert Burcher’s presentation at the Meaford Museum on John Muir and Louis Riel was intriguing. John Harrison’s lecture on the Hidden Life of Trees at Christ Church Meaford was captivating. The Golden Town Outreach eco-friendly craft of planting in a recycled self-watering pot was innovative. The Canadian documentary All The Time In The World, sponsored by the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation, offered youth a new perspective on life and lots of laughs.
The Municipality of Meaford, under the guidance of Amber Knott, led by example by taking Earth Week under its wing. Ms. Knott worked tirelessly in harmony with volunteers to increase practical actions that help decrease our community’s ‘waste footprint’. Just over 1,964 pounds of donated items changed hands at the re-use portion of the R&E Fair; a four-year best.
To the individuals who stepped out of their busy lives to offer their time and talents to make the RE-Use & ECO-Fair a success, simple words of appreciation seem so inadequate. I’m honoured to be in your company.
To The Meaford Independent who ‘cares about our community’, your 7th Earth Day event will remain an inspiration. We’ll see you Sunday, May 7 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Memorial Park; another ‘little bit of good’ as we continue on the path towards zero waste.
On behalf of the Earth Week Organizing Team