EcoFair Encourages Canadians to Take Action on the Environment
June 9, 2016 Ottawa, ON – Today the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict (OCED) hosted EcoFair on Sparks Street, a brand new event that brought over 50 local environmental groups and other organizations together in the same place. It is an important part of Environment Week which runs from June 5th to 11th and is designed to encourage Canadians to take action on the environment.
With over 100,000 people coming to work every day in the downtown core, the event was designed to make it easy for employees to get involved in Environment Week. People who dropped by were able to learn more about a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, lighting efficiency, green real estate and the preservation of natural areas to name but a few of the many great ideas for environmental action.
“Our goal was to create a showcase event on the environment and then to encourage everyone to come out and visit.” said OCED Executive Director Don Grant. “This is a big plus for the groups sharing information because there was a steady flow of interested visitors all day.”
The EcoFair also aligns well with the efforts of Environment and Climate Change Canada to engage Canadians in the development of a federal plan on climate change. At their booth, representatives of the department encouraged people to use the tag #CANClimateAction and the project web site to share ideas for fighting climate change.
“Environment Week is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the way we treat our planet.” said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister for Environment and Climate Change. “It is also a time to reflect on the action we want to take collectively to fight climate change globally and here at home. Seeing so many smart solutions at EcoFair today was inspiring. It is a reminder that Canadian ingenuity will pave the way for sustainable, clean economic growth.”
Even though this was the first year for EcoFair it was a tremendous success. Several thousand employees flowed past the booths over the lunch hour.
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Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict