By Perry Zavitz
Earth Day first came into being in the spring of 1970, the year that brought us the last Beatles album, Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’, and Pete Seeger’s political activism against the war in Vietnam. It was the height of the hippie era, with peace as the mantra and free love as the song of young people across the continent. Fast forward 44 years, and, in the Wakefield community, we find the same focus – although the environment has taken on a more central role.
Earth Day has gone global and the effects of decades of living high off the hog has nudged us perilously close to the edge: the ultimatum is to reduce our footprint on this dear earth, or suffer the consequences.
This year’s Earth Day began at the Wakefield Spring, where Luce Belanger shared a beautiful song from our First Nation’s traditions honouring water; each participant received a smudge for purification. Mother Nature helped out with a fine rain which kept up all day to ensure a damp reception to all who participated.
In Chelsea, ACRE (Action Chelsea for the Respect of the Environment) partnered up with the Mary Magdalene Anglican Church to host a number of events such as a bike swap/sale/tune up, E-waste recycling, footprint calculator, earth yoga, and much more.