Celebrate 40th Earth Day

Ponoka Pride is a registered Earth Day Canada project in co-operation with Earth Day Canada Week, April 17 to 24. This is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and we are hoping to make this the largest event on record for Canada.

Ponoka will celebrate Earth Day.

Ponoka will celebrate Earth Day.

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Next month you can show your Ponoka Pride and make the community more attractive.

Ponoka Pride is a registered Earth Day Canada project in co-operation with Earth Day Canada Week, April 17 to 24. This is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and we are hoping to make this the largest event on record for Canada.

Maurice Mazurat first began planning the event a few months ago with the support of community members and Earth Day Canada, the organization behind the greenest day of the year.

“It’s individual Canadians like Maurice Mazurat who make Earth Day the most celebrated environmental event worldwide,” says Earth Day Canada president, Jed Goldberg. “For 40 years, Earth Day has been an opportunity to celebrate environmental action and keep the environmental movement as a top-of-mind issue for Canadian families and communities.”

About First Ponoka Scout Group

First Ponoka Scouts is the local affiliate of Earth Day Canada. As a Scout Canada Group we try to teach youth about the importance of caring for the environment and wise use of our resources.

Earth Day Canada is the national organizer of Earth Day/Earth Week in Canada. April 22 is International Earth Day — the largest environmental event in the world. Every year, millions of Canadians join people in about 100 countries in positive environmental action.

Ponoka Pride started as a town cleanup project but with the enthusiasm of community members we are now planning events throughout Earth Day Week that will help beautify our town and do our part for the environment. It is now registered with Earth Day Canada as an Earth Day Canada event. You can check this out by going on the Earth Day Canada website.

We invite all government offices, businesses, schools, churches and community members of Ponoka to take part and show your pride.

How can you be a part of it all?

If you are a resident of Ponoka it can be as simple as a yard cleanup or cleaning your garage and home and properly disposing of all hazardous materials such as paint, used oil, pesticides, household cleaners, and other material.

Projects such as the Battle River cleanup, recycling sale and numerous cleanups have been planned by local service groups and schools.

If you, your group or business would like to be involved and would like to be registered, please call 403-783-0703 or email cmaz7@shaw.ca Registration forms can be picked up or dropped off at Tim Hortons.

One of the events planned is a community barbecue and Earth Day, April 22 at to be held at the Scout Hall in Ponoka. Proceeds will be used to make this a bigger and better event next year.

Anyone interested in taking part in Earth Hour, March 27 at 8:30 p.m., by turning off their lights, can register on the website Earth Hour Canada (http://wwf.ca/earthhour/) or by filling out the Earth Day registration form available.

Schools, local businesses, the Town of Ponoka, Tim Horton’s Ponoka and members in the community, who have been supporting this event. A special thanks has to go out to Bob Podritske, who has been instrumental in getting the project going.

It’s time that Ponoka shows other communities what we are made of and be an example in building a clean and brighter future.