It’s not every day you have a lineup of people eagerly awaiting crud.
That was exactly the scene at the Earth Day celebration at Victoria Park on Sunday, as Brandon residents filled the green space for a chance to listen to live entertainment, get a free hotdog, learn tricks on how to be more environmentally friendly, and yes, get some compost.
Pat Cowan carried a large bag of compost around the festivities, compost destined for her garden as spring planting begins to kick into high gear. The three seedling pine trees that she carried in her other hand were destined for another place — and for someone very special.
“The seedlings are for our seven-month-old granddaughter,” Cowan said with a big smile.
The Earth Day celebrations offered free compost and seedlings to anyone who wanted them, as members of Mecca Productions and Crocus Plains Express filled the warm April air with song and dance. The event also featured informative sessions on how everyone could do their part in protecting our planet.
“Today is really opening a lot of people eyes on what we have here (in Brandon) and what people can do to help,” Cowan said.
“It’s important to learn about how you can help. It’s up to us to teach the younger children to keep things going the way they are, and make them better in the future,” Cowan said.
Last year, Mother Nature seemed opposed to the celebrations.
This year, a warm spring sun graced participants’ faces as the mercury flirted with 20 C.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we’re really excited because we had to cancel it twice due to snow last year,” said Lindsay Hargreaves, chair of the Earth Day celebrations committee. “(Saturday) made me a little nervous waking up to snow, but it’s turned out great and everyone has shown up to celebrate Earth Day.”
More than 300 people were at the park at any given moment, with many more stopping in throughout the course of the day-long event.
Earth Day, which is now a global event, was established in 1970, following the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. The aim was demonstrate the importance of protecting the only home we’ve ever known, something that is still at the very heart of the celebrations today.
“Our goal is to bring environmental awareness on a global front,” Hargreaves said. “In the last ten years the environment is an issue that is on everyone’s radar and people want learn about how they can help become more environmentally friendly.”
Hargreaves hoped that everyone left the celebration with a simple tip on how they could help the environment. Those tips include shutting off the computer overnight to learning how to use a rain barrel properly.
The message was clear, we’re all in this together.
“Everyone can take something home from here on how they can do their part,” Hargreaves said.
“We’re very lucky to live in Canada, but we have to make sure we protect that.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 23, 2012