The days of talking about the environment in the abstract are over, as people are coming to the realization that real steps can be taken to fix the problems, and — given the urgency of issues like climate change — that now’s the time to take them.
Enter Enviro-Fest, a three-day environmental festival that touches on a variety of green topics. While this is the seventh year for Enviro-Fest, this is the first time that events will be held over three days, June 6-8, with the recent addition of the Energy Film Festival on Sunday, June 8.
“Everything is falling into place,” said organizer Marie Fortin. “We’re growing every year, and it feels like it’s going in a positive direction.”
She’s also worked hard this year to recruit more presenters, focusing more on the solutions than the problems.
“It’s definitely more active this year,” she said. “We’ve had Terasen and the hydrogen buses here in the past to talk about their projects, but now things are closer to happening they’ll be here to talk about it and answer questions — I know I have some questions of my own.”
Fortin said she has been proactive in finding presenters for the Gaia Gala, Enviro-Fest Fair, and Energy Film Festival, and is excited by the range of participants this year.
“For example, I scoped out a company that’s bringing home worm composting to Whistler that’s going to be pretty good. Then we have a local company like Namasté Tea jumping on board, and they’ll talk about packaging and the fact that they use post-consumer cardboard, and why they don’t produce their product in China. We have two companies that have green cleaning products… one that comes into your home to clean, and another that sells the cleaning products.
“It’s all about what you can do, because really everybody can do something to help the environment.”
Here’s a quick look at what’s on this weekend:
June 6 — The Gaia Gala
Drop by Millennium Place at 7 p.m. to socialize and take in two presentations. Bruce Sanguin of the Be the Change Earth Alliance will make a presentation on Global Warming: Spiritual Crisis and Opportunity, discussing the ways we can all reduce our carbon footprint.
The second part of the show is Out of the Box Experience, a presentation by musician and performance artist Toby Beaulieu who blends guitar with a multimedia presentation.
Kevin Damaskie will emcee the evening.
Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.