Earth Day #50 in Sooke ~ Community Clean-Up and Repair Cafe

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, yet Transition Sooke and its working groups will be marking this landmark occasion on a number of days this April. Our contribution will be the following two events …

1. Sooke Repair Cafe, Sunday, April 26, mid-morning until early afternoon downstairs at the Sooke Community Hall under the direction of Zero Waste Sooke’s Bernie Klassen.

2. Announcing the Earth Day 2020 Sooke Community Clean-Up ~ Sunday, April 12 everywhere in Sooke! Over to organizers Marlene Barry and Wendy O’Connor for the details.

“Good day folks,

Planning is under way in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We would love to match and exceed the amazing participation we had in our 2018 Sooke Region Earth Day Clean Up!

This year’s clean-up will take place on Sunday, April 12th, (yes, the Sunday of Easter weekend) to coincide with the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Whiffen Spit Beach cleanup. This is two weeks prior to Transition Sooke’s planned Sooke Earth Day Celebrations at the Sooke Community Hall.

Surfrider has assured us that clean-ups held on long-weekends have not appreciably reduced the number of volunteers participating. We hope this will not deter you from joining in this great community and family event, possibly hunting for garbage instead of Easter Eggs. There will be a great “apres-trash” for teams.

As with the previous region-wide clean-up, we will need a key contact person for each participating community / neighbourhood. Early registration ensures we will have enough garbage and recycling bins delivered to each community.

One big change is that we will need at least one volunteer assigned to stay at the bins to assist with sorting and security. Bins will be locked when not manned. Sadly last time, we had banned items put in bins after hours, and little sorting out of recyclables.

Mark your calendars, spread the word and start gathering your teams again.

Thank you!

p.s. Don’t hesitate to contact Wendy at wendyoconnor@me.com with questions or comments.”