Global Warming? Earth Day Celebration Blasted By Blizzard

Happy Earth Day! How about that out of control, man-made Global Warming? More like the lack of it in Edmonton, Canada.

Eco-friendly groups in Edmonton were forced to abandon their original locations for their Earth Day celebration due to the blizzard. I guess they had to change their talking points from Global Warming to Global “Climate Change” to not sound like complete lunatics.

Report from the Edmonton Sun.

So much for global warming. Earth Day festivities went ahead despite the blast of frigid weather yesterday.

Vendors and presenters from various eco-friendly groups, including Bullfrog Power, CO2 Reduction Edmonton and the local solar energy society, crammed into a lone tent in Hawrelak Park after a blizzard forced them to abandon their original locations.

Organizers crammed over 40 groups in a space that would normally be occupied by half that number. Presenters’ booths were initially planned to have been spread out between at least five tents, with far larger displays.

“We’re normally here with a lineup of cyclists for our free bike repair service. No bikers came today. Big surprise,” said Chris Field of Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

A handful of visitors still took the time to inquire about several solar-powered products on display at the M.E.C. booth and browsed several others before running off toward the lone heater in the tent to warm up.

A lemonade vendor towards the front might as well not have been there.

“Obviously we’ll have fewer people than we would have liked, but to cancel an Earth Day event because of weather would kind of be the antithesis of what this is all about,” said organizer Janice Boudreau.

“This isn’t about celebrating just the parts of the Earth that we like, it’s about celebrating all of it.”

Eco-Air representative Eric Gormley couldn’t convince local kids lobbying city council for an anti-idling bylaw to brave the cold yesterday, but happily stepped up on their behalf, offering stickers and information about greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

“We’re here to raise awareness of the problem, even though on a day like today you don’t necessarily think of global warming,” he said.

“We especially want to encourage young people in school to join us. It’s the youth that have the power to make real change.”

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