Green Living: Montreal Earth Day 2013 happenings

Many Montrealers are marking Earth Day (Jour de la Terre) on April 21st this year even though Earth Day falls on April 22nd.

Organizers of  Sunday’s big Earth Day march in downtown Montreal have put out a cute video (in French) explaining the whys of the march:

From 1-2 p.m. parents and children are invited to let their imaginations go wild as they use sidewalk chalk to draw messages for the Earth at the Place des Festivals, corner Jeanne Mance and Ste. Catherine St. W. (Place-des-Arts metro)

Marchers will leave the Place des Festivals at 2 p.m.

Details available here.

Here are a few other free Earth Day happenings you may not have heard about:

Saturday April 20, 2013

Neighbourhood cleanup and Fête de Quartier

Join Coop Le Milieu and the Éco-Quartier St-Jacques in cleaning up the surrounding neighbourhood (the area bordered by Ontario/Ste-Catherine/Amherst and Visitation).

Then head back to Le Milieu for a neighbourhood party. Festivities include a workshop on making your own seedling pots from recycled materials, music, snacks and even beer!

Where: Coop Le Milieu, 1251 Robin (Beaudry metro, Beaudry & Robin)

When: Gather at the Coop at 1 p.m.

Sunday April 21, 2013

At the Eleanor London Library, 5851 Cavendish, Côte St. Luc

Author Talk – Taras Grescoe

In his book Straphanger Montreal-based Grescoe travels the world to profile public transportation systems. He’ll discuss that experience and chat about environmental issues and urban transit.

When: 11 a.m.


Learn, enjoy a light refreshment, take part in family fun or win a prize at an eco-fair featuring such eco-minded businesses and organizations as A Votre Santé, Alternatives, Dix Mille Villages, Ecollegey, Lufa Farms,  Santropol Coffee and Urban Seedling.

When: 12 noon-5 p.m.

A screening of The Lorax film in English happens at 2 p.m. Registration required, call (514) 485-6900

Earth Day/Buy Nothing Day Party at the Coop La Maison Verte

While the Coop sells all kinds of sustainable merchandise and food, you can’t buy anything at this celebration except seedlings and flowers since it’s an opportunity for people to “reflect on the impact of our behavior on the environment and to recognize the power we all have to minimize our ecological footprint.” The fun will include live music, a sampling table and a crafting corner.

Where: Coop La Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke W. (between Melrose & Wilson)

When: Celebration starts at 10 a.m. If it rains, the event is rescheduled to April 28th

Monday April 22, 2013

BeeGreen Festival in Hampstead

Activities at the Irving L. Adessky Community Centre and in Hampstead Park include flower painting, exhibitions, music, kite flying, a BBQ, chances to adopt a park and buy books at a new “quality used book sale.”

When: 5-8 p.m.

Details available here


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