Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – Events of Environmental Note around Cornwall – January 8, 2010

Events of Environmental Note around Cornwall

Happy New Year Everyone!  There are many individual citizens and organizations who are passionate in the work they do, in serving the community, in sharing their talents; while being mindful of and respectful of our environment.  The earth is what sustains us and she can only continue to do so with our respect and consideration.

As the winter beauty of Cornwall and S.D. &G area surrounds us I would like to pass along events of environmental note which are eye opening, inspiring and educational.  We are in fact stewards of bounty and beauty while here; hopefully leaving this place in a better state than when we arrived.

Cornwall Electric has partnered with The Cornwall Public Library to bring area residents the Watt Reader Program. This program gives library members the opportunity to borrow a Watt Reader to plug in with your appliances so that you can see the amount of electricity being consumed by different appliances in your home.  They also have useful energy saving tips available in brochure form.  The Library also reports in their year-end newsletter that they are planning to incorporate more environmentally sound practices in the year 2010. They encourage the public to pass along any suggestions that might help them in this regard.

Canadian Photographer Edward Burtynsky will be giving a talk about his work Sunday, January 10th at 2 p.m. Carleton University, Tory Building, Room 360.  Admission to the lecture is $5.00, $3.00 for students.  Parking at the campus is free on Sundays.  This lecture is sponsored by the Carleton University Art Gallery which will feature the exhibit Edward Burtynsky: China Photographs until February 7th.  Edward’s huge landscapes bring disturbing light to the hand of man on earth and Mother Nature’s resilience.  “Burtynsky’s images are included in the collections of 15 major museums around the world”.

I think life is a continuous journey of learning so I’m always curious to see what St. Lawrence College has to offer in their Distance and Part-time studies catalogue.  They have a NEW Eco-Friendly Living course which will be offered in April of this year at the Cornwall campus.  For those of you wondering how you can become a better steward of the earth; this six hour, two day course “unveils simple tips that will help you go green.” Information will be included on beauty and cleaning products.  Check out the Cornwall-Winter 2010 catalogue for more information.

Lastly, Cornwall will once again be the host city for The Canadian Organic Growers’ Eastern Ontario premier farm conference, (Feb 27-28) Eco Farm Day.  The theme for this year’s conference is Keeping it Local & Sustainable.  Visit for more information.  This is a very popular event.  It is advisable to confirm your attendance early.

2010 will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations.    Please do share with us what you will be doing to help and sustain our Mother Earth on this special occasion either as a concerned individual or as a group.  Perhaps your contribution and sharing will inspire others.

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