Join the Cumberland Community Forest Society for the Cumberland Earth Week Festival, April 19-25. Photo supplied

Cumberland celebrates Earth Week with seven days of activities

Join the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) and friends from across the Valley for the Cumberland Earth Week Festival, April 19-25.

The global theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore the Earth.”

Whether you live in the village, the wider Comox Valley, the Salish Sea region or across the globe – you are invited to connect for this celebration of biodiversity, restoration, regeneration, climate resilience, and community action.

The Cumberland Forest has organized a diverse program of afternoon and evening events ranging from webinars, after-school programs, trivia, theatre and an online auction, to scavenger hunts and guided walks and talks (as public health orders allow).

All the details and registration links can be found at www.cumberlandforest.com/earthweek/ and more events are still being added.

Monday evening, April 19, join the Comox Valley Land Trust for a webinar on nature-based climate solutions.

Tuesday afternoon features two after-school sessions celebrating flowers, pollinators, and waste-free lunches.

Tuesday evening, join First Credit Union and the Cumberland Business Association for a webinar exploring a vision of a thriving circular economy in Cumberland and across Vancouver Island.

Wednesday evening features a beginner’s guide to green burial hosted by local green burial advocate Madeline Christie, with special guest speakers Catherine Valentine of Salt Spring Island Natural Cemetery, and Sita Then of Evergreen Coffin Company.

Thursday, April 22 is a doubleheader for Earth Day. Join the Comox Youth Climate Council at 4:30 for Our Future – Youth Storytelling for Climate Action. Members of the Comox Youth Climate Council share personal stories on topics such as eco-anxiety, health, nature-based solutions, political engagement, food security, and many more.

Then at 7 p.m., sign on for the 10×10 Resilience Round-Up. Join 10 community guests for 10 visually centred presentations, each 10 minutes long.

The 10 x 10 “Resilience Round-Up” is a #climatehope initiative of the CCFS and Resilience Comox Valley to celebrate projects and initiatives that are underway right here in the Comox Valley and helping to build connections, inspiration, and action toward community climate resilience.

Friday, April 23 features Cumberland Forest Spring Trivia. The CCFS is joining forces with Lucky Village Enterprises to bring the party right to your living room. Registration is now open, and 100 per cent of revenues support the land protection, biodiversity, and restoration projects of the CCFS.

On Saturday evening, take in some wonderful music from Weird Church Cumberland for Weird Café: CCFS Fundraiser or join Comox Valley Arts for a virtual staged reading of Water Play by Tim Sutherland.

This play is a “multi-layered exploration of human-to-water related entanglement; from the physical to the alchemical/chemical to the socio-geo-political. We are mostly water; water connects us to our world and to each other. In a not-too-distant future where water has become THE commodity, a woman, her parents, and a doctor converge as the result of a freak storm, bringing them face-to-face with what lies beneath the surface…”

Sunday evening, the week wraps up with Connected by Water – the Earth Week Edition. This project of the Comox Valley Regional District is all about building knowledge, connections, and action toward climate resilience and watershed protection in the Comox Valley. Learn about projects and initiatives that are helping to support a healthy resilient watershed, and how each of us has a role to play in the health and sustainability of drinking water resources.

Check out the detailed schedule and more info at www.cumberlandforest.com/earthweek/

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