I have been following with interest the emergence of a new festival to the South Shore called the Bridgewater Sustainability Festival and am looking forward to seeing what its all about this Saturday morning.
I asked ‘Leon De Vreede’ why the Bridgewater Sustainability Festival has come about…
Why a “sustainability festival”? To take a proactive stance on this important issue, and to let the public know that change is possible and that there are people and organizations working hard at making a difference. Living “within the earth’s means” is an extraordinary task, and will take a dedicated effort from ordinary people, businesses, all levels of government, and civil society. The science is clear – we have to change the way we live on our Earth, or we’ll continue to see more and dramatic problems, from climate change to pollution to depleted oceans to conflict over dwindling resources. Sustainability is the practice of weaving all these complex issues together and creating a path toward a future where we don’t rob future generations of their right to a good quality of life the way we have been taking advantage of ours.
From 2008 to 2010, the Planning Department of the Town of Bridgewater will be hard at work developing a long-term vision and action plan for the community called the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). This process to develop this plan is called “Sustainable Bridgewater”. This Festival marks the launch of the initiative. Sustainable Bridgewater will have a booth at the Festival where members of the public can come to learn more about the initiative, and provide their thoughts on how Bridgewater can become a more sustainable community.
Sustainability planning for communities is not new but this practice is growing rapidly in Canada thanks to a federal funding program called the Gas Tax Transfer. Using this funding, all 55 municipalities in Nova Scotia are required to have produced ICSP’s by 2010. Bridgewater is using some of its Gas Tax dollars to fund a series of public education and consultation events, including this Festival.
Support our movement toward becoming a sustainable community by coming to this event, celebrating a great day outside with music, food, and fascinating things to learn and do. How can you make a difference? You won’t know if you don’t come! For more information visit www.bridgewater.ca/sustainability
Leon De Vreede