Electric Cars, Green Investment & Family Fun at this Year’s EcoFair at the Barns
The 1,700-plus people from babes in arms to older seniors who poured through the doors of the Wychwood Barns for the November 6 EcoFair were in for a treat for all their senses, including their sense of empowerment. The high attendance provided a resounding 'yes' to the question of whether Torontonians are thirsty for information about how they can reduce their environmental impact.
This family-friendly and action-packed day drew 500 more people than last year and was one of BlogTO’s top five free events for the week in Toronto. At this eighth annual EcoFair, more than 40 exhibitors provided information on topics ranging from urban biking with CycleTO, to vegetarian living with the Toronto Vegetarian Association, to renewable energy with SolarShare and Bullfrog Power.
Many attendees treated themselves to driving one of three leading electric cars – the Chevy Volt, BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf. They also participated in droves in free hands-on activities including learning to caulk a window to reduce the leakage to the outside of heat in the winter and of cool air in the summer, finding Toronto’s lost rivers, getting their clothing fixed at the Repairathon, and making pioneer crafts and eco-friendly cleaners for their homes.
The younger set were far from left out of the chance to try fun, free and educational activities. They made origami paper pots to plant with seeds courtesy of Kids Growing City, used a microscope to sneak a peek at the bevy of bugs in a local stream with Ontario Streams and explored a POP-UP Adventure Playground with Earth Day Canada.
“We love bringing the EcoFair to the public every year; it’s a fun event that helps keep the November blahs away, and it’s so inspiring to learn from and celebrate the many people, groups, and businesses that are leading the way towards a healthier more sustainable future. There are actually dozens of things we can do to improve our quality of life, live more sustainably, while creating a healthier city for our kids and grandkids,” said Lee Adamson, who co-chairs the organizing committee.
Kids of all ages also enjoyed good food prepared by the West End Food Co-op, Lemon and Allspice, and Cocobananaz.
The EcoFair closed with a free screening of the family-friendly and fun film 'The Clean Bin Project: A Competition Where Less is More.' Audience members pondered whether they themselves could live waste-free for a year.
The EcoFair was co-organized by Green Neighbours 21 and Transition Toronto, and was sponsored by Meridian Credit Union. For more information – and to get a taste of what your visit may be like to next year's EcoFair – go to https://ecofairtoronto.org/.
By Rosemary Frei