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EOS members and volunteers plant a rain garden in the Tantramar region. EOS ECO-ENERGY PHOTO
EOS members and volunteers plant a rain garden in the Tantramar region. EOS ECO-ENERGY PHOTO - Contributed

Tantramar Climate Change Week will be held Feb. 9-17

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Tantramar Climate Change Week will be held Feb. 9-17.

All Climate Change Week events are free and open to everyone, including children. The week’s activities are focused on carbon pricing, agriculture in a changing climate and spending time in nature.

Following is a list of local Climate Change Week events:

Saturday, Feb. 9

Catch EOS at the Sackville Farmers’ Market at The Commons (64 Main St., Sackville), from 9 a.m. to noon to learn more about all the week’s activities.

Tantramar homeowners can seal up leaks in their homes by having a draft-proof working party, hosted by EOS Eco-Energy. EOS ECO-ENERGY PHOTO
Tantramar homeowners can seal up leaks in their homes by having a draft-proof working party, hosted by EOS Eco-Energy. EOS ECO-ENERGY PHOTO

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Commons, kids are welcome to join in the “There’s No Such Thing As Garbage” Art Hive and think creatively about trash and waste through art.

Sunday, Feb. 10

There will be guided hikes through the Fort Folly nature trails, 38 Bernard Trail, Fort Folly, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., followed by a Lettuce Eat community meal of soup and bannock from 3 to 4 p.m. There will be a cultural hike and a climate-focused hike led by Nicole Dube and David Knockwood.

Monday, Feb. 11

EOS will host a panel on carbon pricing moderated by Dr. Brad Walters with panelists Lois Corbett, the executive director with the Conservation Council, Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar and Dr. Frank Strain, a professor in the Mount Allison Economics Department. The panel will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vogue cinema, at 9 Bridge St., Sackville. After the panel, Dr. Mike Fox will be hosting a screening of This Change Everything, based on Naomi Klein’s book.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

ACORN will host a screening of the film From Seed to Seed, a feature-length documentary film by Katharina Stieffenhofer about ecological farming in a changing climate and a farming family filled with hope for the future in the Canadian prairies. Join ACORN in the Wu Centre in the Dunn Building, 67 York St., Sackville, from 7 to 9 p.m. for the film followed by a panel of local farmers.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Pull out your snowshoes and join Samantha Brewster of Ducks Unlimited Canada to learn about wetlands and carbon sequestration in Sackville’s Waterfowl park from 1 to 3 p.m., meeting for the hike at the Sackville Visitors Centre, 34 Mallard Drive.

EOS staff member Amelia Moore demonstrates reusable beeswax food wrap. EOS ECO-ENERGY PHOTO
EOS staff member Amelia Moore demonstrates reusable beeswax food wrap. EOS ECO-ENERGY PHOTO

“This event is open to everyone and is a great opportunity to learn about wetlands and their importance to the climate,” says Climate Change Week coordinator Amelia Moore.

That Saturday evening, join local artists and poets for HOWL, an open mic event at the Painted Pony, 26 Bridge St., Sackville. The open mike event will take place from 7-10 p.m. Interested performers are welcome to attend.

Sunday, Feb. 17

There will be a Nature Kids snowshoe hike around Cape Jourimain Nature Centre from 10 a.m. to noon. Throughout the week EOS staff and volunteers will also be visiting local schools across Memramcook-Tantramar with lessons and art activities focused on climate change.

“This year we’re encouraging students to express their feelings about climate change and to think about how they can reduce waste and save energy,” explains Moore.

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If you are wondering how you can take more actions at home to help reduce and adapt to climate change, be sure to check out EOS’ list of tips at https://eosecoenergy.com/en/tips-for-living-sustainably/. You can save energy with draft-proofing, insulating, using a rain barrel, installing energy retrofits, walking or biking, reducing waste, and more.

Find the full schedule of Climate Change Week events on the EOS website at https://eosecoenergy.com/en/climatechangeweek/. For more details contact Tantramar Climate Change Week Coordinator Amelia Moore at mailto:info.eos@nb.aibn.com or 506-536-4487.

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