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Lovin' the Earth Climate Action Fair


SPEC TURNS 50 THIS YEAR!

And to celebrate, we hosted the one-of-a-kind event Lovin' the Earth Climate Action Fair on August 31st, 2019 at Riley Park. 

This inspiring day was full of reconnecting with nature and discovering effective climate actions in a neighbourhood and family friendly way.

HANDS ON ‘LOVIN THE EARTH’

This one-of-a-kind fair was less about talking and more about doing. SPEC staff & volunteers, along with guest speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors chose the most meaningful and impactful actions to take to combat the climate crisis and and gave attendees the tools to accomplish them.

Participates were able to tour with a residential fire-smart expert, test drive an electric car, talk with alternative energy installers, discuss plant-based diets and recipes, discover zero-waste shopping options, learn non-partisan tools for identifying climate courageous leaders, and discover a support network. 

The “Lovin the Earth” campaign is about supporting each other to take the right actions and make them count, to identify and back climate courageous leaders, and to find the confidence and well-being that comes from reconnecting with nature and each other.

Learn more about the August 31st activities.

Fair Schedule


Thank you to the following individuals and groups for being speakers and workshop hosts at the fair:

Sinister Seniors and the Pender Ocean Defenders

Leona Brown

Sophia Yang

Vesanto Melina

Dave Demers - Park Board Commissioner

Daniel Rotman - SPEC


Rebecca Hamilton - Sustainabiliteens

Rose Murphy

Winnie Hwo, David Suzuki Foundation

Thank you to the following organizations, businesses and groups for being exhibitors at the fair:

BCIT

Boomerang Bags

CBC

Dogwood

Electra Meccanica

Farm Folk City Folk

Fire Smart Canada

Force of Nature Alliance

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Green Burial Society of Canada

Humans of Blue Dot


Leadnow

Little Mountain Cohousing

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

Master Gardeners

NADA

Pacific Parklands Foundation

R.E.A.C.H. Program - Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) - UBC

Re:FILTER

Rebecca Hamilton and Sustainabiliteens

Riley Park Community Garden

Robin Clark

Sinister Seniors and the Pender Ocean Defenders

The Cultch - SHELTER

The Soap Dispensary

UBC Botanical Gardens

Vesanto Melina

Village Vancouver

VREC


SPONSORS

We are so grateful to our ‘Lovin the Earth’ sponsors - CBC VancouverVancity Credit UnionAviva Insurance, Vancouver Sun; partners - Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and Riley Park Community Garden, as well as our in-kind sponsors - LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, The Soap Dispensary, Tense Watch, Vancouver Farmers Market, and Nada. All have a longstanding commitment to support projects and events that build community cohesiveness and support the growth of social and ecological well-being. We’re also grateful for all the participating businesses and organizations that attended, and most of all our amazing team of volunteers. 


SPEC IN THE COMMUNITY

SPEC has a long history of working to protect the natural world and has been widely praised for its award winning projects and campaigns. The story of SPEC starts in the Coquitlam home of Derek and Gwen Mallard in 1969. They brought together friends and colleagues who shared their concern about what was then broadly termed pollution. Over the next two years their living room meetings mushroomed into a 4,000 member organization named Society for Pollution and Environmental Control, or SPEC. Membership was free and it was exciting to be a part of this new movement on behalf of nature.

SPEC quickly developed a sturdy reputation as a research driven activist and advocacy organization. Within a decade SPEC had award winning research projects in every major area of environmental work, and members were honoured for their contributions in research, policy advocacy and public education. In the 70’s and 80’s SPEC was the “go to organization” covering many issues and encompassing a broad mandate. But as the growth of the environmental movement brought many new organizations into the playing field, SPEC took on new identities.

Currently, SPEC focuses on positive and effective ways to change our habits, our homes, our schools, our businesses, and our neighbourhoods to promote a climate stable future. Concern about climate change is at an all-time high. Indigenous people say this is a time for all of us to be in the same canoe and paddling in the same direction. Nothing brings people together better than facing a common challenge and discovering we can act together to make a difference.


CLOSING REMARKS

Thank you to everyone that attended, volunteered, or participated in the fair on August 31st. What started as a small vision blossomed into a wonderful and inspiring event. We hope everyone was able to learn, discuss, and share  knowledge on how we can make a difference and come together to fight the climate crisis.

Warm regards,

The Climate Action Fair Planning Team.


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