P.E.I. sustainability fair promotes social change, environmental stewardship
Event aimed at 'making this planet and its people prosperous and sustainable'
It was a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon, but warm and friendly inside the Jack Blanchard Family Centre in Charlottetown for the Sustainable Development Fair.
Different government, private and NGO organizations set up displays, booths and interactive elements with the shared focus of working toward a common cause.
"All of the people here share a thing in common and that is that they are committed to the UN's sustainable development goals," said Rob Thomson, one of the fair's organizers.
"That have the aim of making this planet and its people prosperous and sustainable in the idea that it will endure."
Environmental stewardship was was one of the main three focuses for the event presented by St. Paul's Church, Thomson said. Economic development and social issues were the other two.
One of the 25 organizations to take part in the sustainable development fair was the City of Charlottetown, focusing on its Integrated Community Sustainability Plan or ICSP.
"One of the themes in the ICSP is people and places," said Jessica Brown, sustainability outreach coordinator for the City of Charlottetown.
Gender equality was included in the fair's presentations along with solar and wind power, vegan and vegetarian lifestyles and sustainable food practices.
"Working toward gender equality helps support women and others get the resources that they need in their community, be able to support themselves, live healthy lifestyles, contribute to the economy," said Kate Dempsey, lead project facilitator with Women's Network PEI.
Organizers and exhibitors hope to be a part of another sustainable development fair in the future after the outpouring of community support for this one.
"When we have a lot of people under one roof, it introduces all these organizations to people who may not have known that they are out there and it also broadens our idea of what sustainability encompasses," Dempsey said.
The UN's 17 goals are aimed at making a difference in the world by 2030.