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Downtown Markham celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day - Downtown Markham

 

Despite some unseasonably chilly temperatures – we’ll blame that on global warming – hundreds of people gathered in Downtown Markham for hands-on displays and activities celebrating Earth Day.

Hosted by the City of Markham, community organizations and Markham schools showcased sustainability and conservation initiatives that people can take in their day-to-day lives to help preserve Canada’s environment.

“This is an important initiative for Remington Group to be a part of,” said Christina Butterfield, who oversees the Downtown Markham development. “Remington is committed to sustainability in creating healthier, more inspiring places to live, work and shop.”

The City of Markham’s focus during the event was encouraging residents to properly dispose of organics and recyclables, including putting fats, oils and grease in Green Bins instead of dumping them down the drain.

Driving into a greener future

A number of electric vehicle manufacturers, including Tesla, were on hand to provide test-drives of electric cars to consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprints.

Representatives from Scales Nature Park and Speaking of Wildlife let kids get up close and personal with a variety of animals, including a friendly skunk and porcupine.

Participants at the event were able to fill their “environmental passports” with stamps from booths by the Markham Public Library, Pitch It Green and the Markham Teen Arts Council, among others.

It truly was a wonderful and educational celebration. Thanks to all the organizers, vendors and volunteers who made this year’s event great!

And thanks to Ryan McKinnon-Mori for photos from the event!

Downtown Markham celebrates Earth Day

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