Sustainable Development Fair

Sunday, 3 June - 1 to 5 pm - Jack Blanchard Centre

Dozens of fascinating displays & family fun … and it’s free!

‘Pipelines and climate change, income inequality and justice for indigenous peoples: sensible development — economic, environmental, social — is probably the key macro-concern of most Canadians.’

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Charlottetown is hosting a “Sustainable Development Fair” on Sunday June 3rd from 1-5pm, at the Jack Blanchard Family Centre (at Holy Redeemer – Pond St. Charlottetown). This no-charge afternoon will include informative displays and activities provided by multiple organizations which are devoted to sustainable development — doing things which accord with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the City of Charlottetown’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, concerning environment, climate, poverty, education, decent work, clean energy, equality, innovative technology, healthy communities, social justice.

“If you care for our planet,” says Rev. John Clarke of St. Paul’s, “and want to learn more about doing your part to help end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, this event is for you.” He says, “it’s a great event for families, young and old. There will be give-aways, demonstrations of technology, theme-related children’s activities, refreshments, and other fun, family friendly activities.”

There’ll be literally dozens of businesses and non-profit organizations demonstrating how they contribute to making a more sustainable community — innovative engineering, smart construction, clean energy advances, conservation projects, equality and social-action projects, food production and growing things … lots to see, lots to think about.

Again, that’s Sunday June 3rd, from 1-5pm, the St Paul’s Sustainable Development Fair- a no cost, fun family activity for a Sunday afternoon. For more details, contact Carolyn Jenkins, our Parish administrator at 902-892-1691, check our website – www.stpaulschurch.ca or visit our Facebook page.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Charlottetown is committed to being mindful of important issues within our church, community, country and our world. Our church has a strong, widely-shared reputation for social-justice outreach and activism, and for commitment to stewardship of resources, both natural and human. At every baptism the congregation promises to “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation — to respect, sustain and renew the life of the earth,” as well as to “strive for peace and justice, and respect the dignity of every human being.” As out Outreach and Social Justice Committee’s Mission Statement says, “We seek to achieve fairness for all through support, advocacy and education, with special concern for the for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.” This is the motivation for our holding a Sustainable Development Fair.

We have identified the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals set out in 2015 as an essential topic to promote awareness in our church and to the public. The objectives of the UN goals are in keeping with Christian responsibilities to love and care for all of God’s creations. The key focus of the UN goals is to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all”. In response to the UN’s clearly stated Sustainable Development mission, we will host our “Sustainable Development Fair” on June 3rd from 1-5 p.m. We are currently now arranging with the help of the City of Charlottetown for an appropriately sized venue. Admission is free to all. There will be Informative displays and activities provided by multiple organizations which are devoted to sustainable development — doing things which accord with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the City of Charlottetown’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, concerning environment, climate, poverty, education, decent work, clean energy, equality, innovative technology, healthy communities, social justice. Our aim is to provide an opportunity for ground-breakers, and grass roots innovators to educate, inspire and promote awareness to the public through their expertise in Sustainable Development.

Invitees will include a variety of people from various sources including government, organizations, companies, foundations, special interest groups, and individuals

Come and enjoy this event. Besides display tables/booths, there will be:

giveaways — seed packets, tree seedlings

demonstrations of technology

theme-related children’s activities (Sierra’s Wildchild; Children’s Library)

refreshments

short videos

a panel or workshop about businesses’ social responsibility toward sustainability

hand-out pamphlets about the UN SD Goals and the ICS Plan

a pledge document by which visitors are asked to commit to action for sustainability

It is meant to be educational and fun, family-friendly and open to all, without charge.