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April 17, 2000
Celebrate The Earth Day Spirit With The City Of Toronto's First Enviro Festival
  
Works and Emergency Services - The City of Toronto celebrates International
Earth Day 2000 with the first Enviro Festival on Monday, April 17 at Nathan
Phillips Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free public event was initiated by
the Environmental Task Force as one of the recommendations in its new
Environmental Plan.

The Festival Launch will include:
- Interactive displays and children's activities, focusing on environmental
sustainability as it relates to air, water, soil and energy
- Live animals including the recently saved-from-extinction Peregrine Falcon
- Environmentally-healthy alternatives to energy consumption, pesticides and
transportation
- Official proclamation of Earth Week/Earth Day by Councillor Jack Layton,
Chair of the City of Toronto's Environmental Task Force
- Live dramatic performance by the Student Environment Network
- The Singing Cyclists
- Free lunch served by Enbridge Consumer Gas

In the City Hall Rotunda, from April 17 to 20, information displays will be set
up focusing on water efficiency, clean air, clean water, restoration and
renewable energy sources.

The Enviro Festival continues with children's workshops that will take place
across the city, at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Riverdale Farm and Black
Creek Pioneer Village. Each site will accommodate approximately 500 elementary
school students. The goal of each workshop is to teach the attendees to become
"Environmental Ambassadors" who will return to their schools and pass on what
they've learned about air quality, forestry, composting, water quality and
plant life.

"Making Toronto a clean, green and healthy city is the responsibility of
everyone. We have taken the important first steps through the endorsement of
our first Environmental Plan. Effort and enthusiasm will carry us further
towards this goal," said Works Committee chair Councillor Bill Saundercook.


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