I rode my bike over to Innisfil Beach Park on the weekend to check out the Celebration of Lake Simcoe sponsored by the Ladies of the Lake, Windfall Ecology Centre and other organizations. Links to some of the participants appear in the side bar of this blog.
The message is that, essentially, saving Lake Simcoe will involve changing the way we do a lot of things. This is not so much a matter of doing with less but rather using resources more wisely instead of wastefully. The good news is that we would be improving our enjoyment and quality of life at the same time.
Displays presented information on waterfront restoration, water conservation, invasive species, energy conservation, county history and architectural conservancy. I picked up a set of Lake Simcoe Action Cards. The set of 16 cards is an attractive and creative tool that discusses problems, suggests alternatives and inspires action. I recommend having a look if you haven’t seen them. One of the cards contains this message:
“To generate real and lasting change we all need to wake up, shake off the fog, stretch our minds and take in the warmth of a new way to live.”
Absolutely, which is one reason for this blog. Real and lasting change has to begin with individual commitment and action. This blog is an opportunity for Innisfil residents to become more aware of the issues, discover alternatives, find links to local resources and have your say 7 days a week.
There was an earnest volunteer conducting a survey with visitors to assess the impact of the event. Annual attendance in future years will be an interesting indicator of how seriously Innisfil residents view this resource and how successful the Ladies of the Lake are in achieving community engagement. Did you attend this event? What were your impressions?
The Ladies of the Lake have been very successful in rallying several organizations to work together and secure funding for their diverse projects. (See www.our30million.ca) Now we need to wake up our municipal council. We need to know where this year’s candidates stand on the issues spotlighted at this event. What priorities and projects will our municipal candidates adopt as a platform to sustain Lake Simcoe and the communities around it?
In Britain, concerned citizens in some towns developed a detailed “Energy Descent Plan” to prepare for a day when oil is unaffordable or unavailable at any price. In Germany, citizens are so committed to sustainable practices that a new town was built without any automobile access. (Creating a ‘Car-Free’ Community – Green Blog – NYTimes.com) And in the Ruhr Valley, a 60 km. stretch of the A40 Autobahn was closed for a day to host a “Still Life” party attended by more than 2 million people.
How will Innisfil move into the 21st century? That’s the question.