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Earth Day in Burlington – cleaning up and greening up.

One of the biggest perks I’ve encountered as I’ve been writing this blog is meeting all the tremendously enthusiastic people involved in the sustainability movement in the GTHA.  I have come to realize that the networks and these people’s energy is our region’s most valuable asset, and at every event I’ve attended so far, the electricity and optimism in the air is always invigorating.  The more of these people I meet, talk with and get to know, the more I believe that our region is poised to become a leader in the green economy.  So when I went back to Burlington for their Community Clean Up and Green Up Day and saw those familiar faces from my trip intermingled with so many Burlington residents who had come out to make their community a greener place, my spirits absolutely soared.

Some of the 8,000 Burlington residents who came out over the course of the week leading up to Earth Day to help clean up their city.

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Burlington residents show off some of the bags of Invasive Garlic Mustard plants they collected from the environmentally sensitive LaSalle Park

Earth Day in Burlington this year wasn’t the kind of day that organizers dream of.  It was grey, chilly, slightly rainy, and overall just not particularly nice.  But that didn’t stop people from coming out in droves to clean up the trash around their community and learn about the City’s environmental initiatives.  Throughout the week leading up to April 22, residents and school groups from 23 different schools all did their part making Burlington a little bit greener, and by the end of Earth Day, over 8,000 Burlingtonians had come out to clean up their community, a new City record.

Aside from the City’s clean up efforts, there was also a fantastic tree planting event organized by BurlingtonGreen, where nearly 70 volunteers planted 350 trees in Lasalle Park.  Volunteers braved conditions that were far from ideal to ensure that the next generation of Burlingtonians will have a tree-filled park to enjoy.

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One down, 349 to go! Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven helps to plant one of 350 trees that were planted in Lasalle Park on Earth Day.

Planting in Lasalle Park

Burlingtonians of all ages took part in the Earth Day events.

After all the picking and planting wrapped up, residents retreated to the warmth of Burlington City Hall for an Eco-fair, where local groups distributed information and other goodies to eager participants.  Residents who volunteered their time to help clean up the City were rewarded with Tim Horton’s Coffee and Burgers prepared by the , and were entered into a draw for prizes donated by local businesses and groups.  City Hall was packed, and the enthusiasm of the residents of all ages was palpable.

Residents are thanked on Earth Day

Inside a jam-packed Burlington City Hall, residents are thanked for their hard work during the day.

My trip to Burlington for Earth Day was a ton of fun.  It’s always nice to reconnect with the people I met during my Day-Cation in the City, and to see a bit more of the community side to all the great sustainable activities going on there.  With such an engaged citizen base and an enthusiastic group of sustainable advocates, I’m sure there will be many more events in the coming months which will draw me to return to Burlington, which I’m genuinely looking forward to.

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