Action Sandy Hill to host EcoFair 2023

Tim Williams

Save the date! Action Sandy Hill is organizing a spring environment fair. May 13 is the day for Sandy Hill EcoFair 2023, from 10 a.m.to 2p.m. in Strathcona Park.

ASH is inviting organizations and people that work toward environmental solutions to gather in our magnificent Strathcona Park and to answer your questions. Groups such as Bike Ottawa, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Safe Wings Ottawa, and EnviroCentre will be found in tents along the path starting from the central parking lot and leading to the play structures.

Other activities, organized or encouraged include: a returnable bottle and can drive in the parking lot of Strathcona Park organized by BottleWorks in support of homeless and at-risk youth in Ottawa; an organized scavenger hunt for the children, and “explore the park.”

It is migratory bird season, so bring your binoculars to spot the warblers. Sometimes it is best to just observe our beautiful park and river and their inhabitants. Let them teach us their lessons to help increase our understanding of our world.

“EcoFair” is an appropriate name, as “eco” has its root in the Greek oikos, meaning “house.” From the Rideau River to its namesake canal, from Rideau Street to Strathcona Heights and Robinson Village, this is our house, our home; this is our habitat.

Of course, Sandy Hill is a human construction—a human habitat—and ASH’s focus on environmental issues is to meet human needs. Everyone benefits from a well-functioning urban environment that promotes physical and mental health, where relationships between humans and the natural world are sustainable over the long term.

The Sandy Hill EcoFairÊ2023 is being organized to help us all better take care of our home. In so doing, we can also make a contribution to addressing global environmental challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

Please join ASH in Strathcona Park on May 13 for Sandy Hill EcoFair 2023. More details will be available closer to the date, so keep an eye on the ASH website ash-acs.ca for updates.

If you are interested in volunteering at the EcoFair, please send an email to actionsandyhill@gmail.com.