The Peterborough Examiner
April 21, 2013
By: Dale Clifford

Getting people thinking green and getting ready for the season were the basic themes as the 7 Days of Green wrapped up with a variety of activities at several locations Sunday.

There was the grand opening of GreenUp Ecology Park; open houses at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre, Camp Kawartha Environmental Centre and the Canadian Canoe Museum and the Hands on Nature presentation at the Peterborough Museum and Archives.

With Earth Day Monday (April 22), the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough announced this new initiative, which was a city-wide cooperative celebration of all things environmental and featured a week of green activities and events.

It was also announced the Peterborough museum and Ecology Park would work together on various initiatives starting in May.

According to organizers, Hands on Nature was an exhibition that focussed on the disruption of the eco system, learning about the importance of biodiversity and gaining a better appreciation for protecting the natural world around us.

It was about preserving the diversity of life on earth and that it was not only beneficial but essential to humanity. It featured the different subject areas of biodiversity, including the broad perspective of habitats, the relationships between species within food webs and the gene pools of particular species.

They said habitat destruction was the most serious threat to biodiversity but there were others as well. Particular problems in this era of globalization were the trade in endangered species and the introduction of non-native species, which could have devastating consequences. However, there were people and organizations that strived to preserve or restore native habitats and species, and Hands on Nature encouraged participation in these efforts.

“The message here is to have respect for the environment,” said Marie O’Connor, education officer at the Peterborough Museum. “All parts of Mother Earth are connected.”

Marcy Adzich, manager of Ecology Park, said it was special to be part of the 7 days but emphasized: Every day is Earth Day here. It is a full season.”

She also said it meant a lot to officially open the season, which runs until the end of October.

Included in the day was general cleanup, collecting the garbage and mulch, workshops, introduction of park worms for composting and the planting of a tree, this year an Eastern Redbud.

“It was waking up the park,” she said. “It has been interesting with the weather we have been having. It is a time to let people know about the park and have them come out. We had a good day today. We had men and women of all ages and families. We have also lost trees to storms and infestation and public education is important.”

dale.clifford@sunmedia.ca