Golden Horseshoe Electric Vehicle Association (GHEVA) members were out in force covering two Earth Week events this past Saturday.
At the Hamilton-Burlington Earth Week event at Churchill Park, several hundred tree-planting volunteers came out as well as a variety of community groups to show their wares and talk to community members about environmental related topics. The event started with a First Nations' ceremonial drumming and smudging followed by a string of excellent speeches from Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger and a supporting cast of Councillors, MP David Christopherson and Hamilton Blue Dot leader Grant Linney.
This Earth Day event was part of a special celebration on behalf of the Hamilton Blue Dot movement - a David Suzuki Foundation-led initiative to create a municipal level grass roots environmental declaration in communities across Canada. Hamilton was the first city in Ontario to adopt the non-binding declaration of the right to clean air, clean water and clean soil. The objective of the Blue Dot Movement is to create a ground swell that will eventually lead to a national change in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Presently 110 nations around the world have enshrined the right to a healthy environment in their charters but Canada is not among that list.
On this gorgeous day the afternoon the showstopper was Anand Sinha's orange Tesla Roadster. Other GHEVA support members were Janice Currie and husband Maurice Desnoyer with their smart fortwo electric, Rob Campbell with his recumbent electric assist trike, Robert James (smart fortwo), myself with the Sun Country Highway Volt and Mike Molinari (red Volt).
At Burlington Central Library, which was billed as a Seedy Saturday Earth Week event, the following GHEVA members participated: Andy Stark, Julie Winfield (smart fortwo electrics), Steve Richardson (Nissan Leaf), Joel from Brampton (white Volt) and Paul Raszewski (not shown) with his Ford Fusion Energi.
Coming up on Saturday April 25th, GHEVA members will be support Raptor Fest (raptorfest.ca) in Grimsby, ON at the Peach King Centre. Raptor Fest is a conservation event featuring Ontario birds of prey. All EV owners are welcome to participate.