Celebrating Earth Optimism - Earth Day 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 19:30 to Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 00:00
This year’s Earth Day celebration is dedicated to Earth Optimism, inspired by the Smithsonian Institute’s Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, DC.

Working to protect our planet is a big job, and we often focus more on the challenges in this work than our successes. Earth Optimism is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.

Join us in celebrating all that we have to be optimistic about in Nova Scotia! We are partnering with Lion & Bright and Saint Mary’s University School of Environment to offer two days of talks, interactive workshops, discussions, music, and celebration.

Friday, April 21st

10:00am - Launch of Nova Scotia Environmental Bill of Rights, in partnership with ENRICH and ECELAW

Wooden Monkey, Halifax Location - 1707 Grafton St

Moderator: Ingrid Waldron (ENRICH Project)


  • Marlene Brown, Community of Harrietsfield
  • Jonathan Beadle, Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Raymond Sheppard, Community of Lincolnville
  • Dorene Bernard, Sipekne'katik (Indian Brook) First Nation
  • Louise Delisle, Community of Shelburne
  • Lisa Mitchell, ECELAW

Documents Being Released - April 21st, 2017:

  • Environmental Bill of Rights
  • Community Summaries from 5 affected communities
  • Environmental Rights Overview

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/428441534214887/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1492438573134793

7:30pm – Earth Optimism: Community Solutions for the Earth and the Economy

Public Lecture with Professor Tony Charles, presented by SMU School of the Environment (partner event)

Sobey Building, room 255, at Saint Mary's University

Saturday, April 22nd

10:00am - Welcome & Opening
10:30-12:30pm – Interactive Workshops at Fern Lane
  Option A Option B Option C
10:30am-11:15am Kids' Crafts with Madeline Learn Basic Bike Maintenance with Adam from Making Tracks DIY Earth Friendly Salt Scrubs with Dana
11:15am-12:30pm Community Walk with our Active Transportation team Learn to make Kimchi with Julia Planting Seedlings + learn about Food Waste with FOUND Forgotten Foods

Family Friendly! Everyone is welcome!

2:00-4:00pm – Connecting to Optimism in the Face of Uncertainty - Community conversation at Fern Lane

We live in uncertain times, and news headlines often show us the worst of the world. At the same time, there is real progress happening! Join us for a conversation to connect with each other beyond our screens, and celebrate the stories that give us hope for the future.

9:00pm–2:00am – Lion & Bright Earth Day Party

-          Live Music by the Modern Grass

-          Tap Takeover by Big Spruce Beer ($1 per pint donated to the EAC!)

-          Raffle basket including $200 gift card from MEC

All Weekend Long: Lion & Bright will be donating $0.50 to the EAC for every taco sold!

This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Contact Joanna at joanna@ecologyaction.ca or 902-454-5226 if you have any questions!