SPEC turns 50 this year!
And to celebrate, we’re giving you:
Lovin’ the Earth Climate Action Fair
at Riley Park - August 31st – 10:00am-3:00pm
You won’t want to miss this inspiring and fun day of reconnecting with nature and discovering effective climate actions in a neighbourhood and family friendly way.
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.
This one-of-a-kind fair is less about talking and more about doing. SPEC staff & volunteers, along with guest speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors have chosen the most meaningful and impactful actions you can take and will give you the tools to accomplish them.
Take a tour with a residential fire-smart expert, test drive an electric car, talk with alternative energy installers, view a home energy audit, discover zero-waste shopping options, learn non-partisan tools for identifying climate courageous leaders, and discover a support network. Enjoy all of this and more as you mingle with other Metro Vancouverites enjoying a low-carbon holiday. Special activities for children.
“Lovin the Earth” 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.
We are grateful to our ‘Lovin the Earth’ sponsors - CBC Vancouver, Vancity Credit Union, and Aviva Insurance. 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 the support of our partners - Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, Riley Park Community Garden, and Riley Park Farmers Market, plus all the participating NGOs and most of all an amazing team of “Lovin the Earth” volunteers.
Volunteers Needed – Interested? Contact email@example.com to signup!