International Earth Day will be marked on Sunday, April 22, by Agassiz United and All Saints Anglican Churches hosting the award winning documentary Spoil.
This 45-minute film by the Pacific Wild and the International League of Conservation Photographers contains amazing photos of the animals and scenery of the Great Bear Rainforest in Hartley, B.C. It challenges citizens to be informed and involved in the future direction of development that threatens this pristine environment.
A short video, Gratitude, emphasizes the beauty of every day. The local singing group “e Viva” will perform. Refreshments and displays are provided.
The films will be shown at Agassiz United Church at 7 p.m.
Agassiz Library will have activities the whole week starting on Tuesday, April 17. And on Saturday, April 21, Communities in Bloom joins in a “Plant –In” with dirt and pots provided at the library.
The Earth Day movement began in the United States in 1970 to bring environmental concerns to the attention of world governments. Groups with shared common values about clean air, clean water and endangered species began to speak out with a louder voice. Hope and excitement followed the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Now, 20 years later, there is still a long way to go for nations to live up to that vision and continue the impetus. Every citizen has a part to play. Plan to attend the local events to learn what you can do to make a difference.