Earth Day celebrated with music and discussion

Earth Day will be celebrated in Ponoka with a concert, video and discussion night at the Ponoka United Church sponsored by Klaglahachie on April 22.

Earth Day will be celebrated in Ponoka with a concert, video and discussion night at the Ponoka United Church sponsored by Klaglahachie on April 22.

Local music artists Ben Wilson, Laura Laycock and Lauren Gust will be performing at the event. The music will feature songs written by Wilson and Laycock as well as songs that bring a message about the environment.

Wilson had performed with Laycock and Gust at the Craig Cardiff concert earlier in the year and the postive feedback has motivated the group to entertain on Earth Day.

“It’s a spinoff from the Cardiff concert in February,” said Wilson. “We thought we should do this again because it was so successful and it’s a good event for the Klaglahachie group.”

The evening will also feature special guest Rene Michalak, founder of ‘Sustainable Red Deer’ an organization that encourages the city to be responsible in urban planning and getting citizens involved with it as well.

“It’s really taking off in Red Deer,” said Wilson. “Sustainable Red Deer gives a tangible and realistic example of what can be done in towns and cities and that it is possible. If we can adopt some of these things in Ponoka, why wouldn’t we? It would benefit the community and the environment.”

Michalak will be showing a short effective video that is humourous but gets a powerful message across. The video will show the life cycle of consumer products and the impacts of consumer choices.

The event will also allow for discussion about the environment, the role of communities to reduce their ecological footprint and sharing ideas of what is being done in Ponoka to help the environment.

“There are a lot of innovative families in our community,” said Wilson. “It would be great to hear about each others initiatives.”

Wilson encourages everyone to attend the event and celebrate Earth Day.

“It’s an opportunity for good music, to have fun and learn about our environment,” he said.

For more information contact Wilson at (403) 783-4510.