Greener BeeGreen LivingAjax is Green Living these days

AJAX — It’s early spring and the town is thinking green.

Green Living Days runs from April 20 to 23, with the aim of putting the spotlight on environmental initiatives.

Ajax holds Green Living Days as part of a celebration of Earth Day, which falls on April 22, said Jade Schofield, the environmental sustainability co-ordinator for Ajax.

“It’s a global movement. It’s one of the world’s largest environmental movements. We want to build a healthy and great environment for future generations,” Schofield said.

It kicks off on Thursday, April 20, with tree plantings next to the Ajax Cricket Club grounds south of the Ajax Community Centre. Schoolchildren will plant trees in morning and afternoon sessions.

A new event this year is a climate change mini-symposium at the St. Francis Centre, 78 Church St. S., on April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s being staged in partnership with the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade and will feature discussions on Towards Resilience — Durham’s Community Climate Adaption Plan, by Brian Kelly, the manager of sustainability for Durham Region, and Weather Gone Wild: How Wetlands Can Help, presented by Anne-Marie Hutter from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.

Following that will be a screening of the documentary Before the Flood, directed by Leonardo DiCaprio.

A climate change symposium is “something definitely new for us. We want to get people aware of climate change in Durham and around the world,” Schofield said.

Friday, April 21, is the community-wide 20-minute makeover, where residents are encouraged to pick up litter. It starts at 2 p.m.

A community tree planting is being held on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miles Park, which is at the east end of Chambers Drive, bordering on Carruthers Creek. More than 1,000 trees will be planted in memory of fallen heroes. It’s part of the Honda Canada Foundation and in honour of the Highway of Heroes.

“We’re replanting where we had to remove ash trees because of the emerald ash borer,” Schofield said.

A mix of native species will be planted, including trembling aspen, oak, white pine, white spruce and silver maples.

On Sunday, April 23, an Ajax Meadow Maintenance Workshop is being held at that Ajax Meadow, which is just east of Veterans’ Point Garden. There will be mulching, weeding and planting wildflowers.

It goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the planting of wildflowers is to provide pollen for butterflies and bees, she said.

All events are free, but registration is needed for some activities.

For more information or to register, visit www.ajax.ca.


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