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Love the Earth


Saturday April 22, 2023

Let's gather together & invest in our planet

Every April 22nd, Earth Day is celebrated globally, a time to join together and take collective action to protect the home we all share.

The town of Collingwood in partnership with the Collingwood Climate Action Team (CCAT) will be hosting an Earth Day Flag Raising and Fair.

2023 Youth Earth Day Flag Design Competition

WINNER: Gabriela Vara Molino

Copy of Earth Day Flag 2023.png

Thank you to everyone who submitted their designs! Honourable mentions to the first two flags featured below. 

Excited to see everyone's entries for 2024.

Jillian Morris - Collingwood's Poet Laureate

Jillian Morris graciously shared her Earth Day poems and spokenwords at the event.

See more of Jillian's work HERE.

By Jillian Morris

Humble yourself, let ego fall away
Lay upon the earth close your eyes
feel the rhythm of the land
Listen to your mother’s heartbeat

Greeting you with knowing
Re-enter the womb in your mind
Comforted as if your years are few
Giver of teachin
gs of unconditional love
She offers grace despite our misgivings
The trees begin their dance
filling our vision with colour
only to sacrifice that beauty for new life
The winds, the waters carrying the seeds of tomorrow
All following their natural instructions
Honouring an inherent role
all our relations, our kin, our teachers
Do you hear them, do you see them?
They love without discrimination
They love as she loves
Awaken her teachings, your sacred duty
Love as she loves

By Jillian Morris

The returned earth of untold ancestors
The blood and clay of our Mother
I am, you are, we are
The scattered stars that gaze upon us
The fair counsel of our Grandmother
I am, you are, we are
The rapid passage of guiding waters
The cleansing roar of our Grandfathers
I am, you are, we are

The soft moan of gentle breath
The fierce bellow of the biting gale
I am, you are, we are
The propitious light of days anew
The ceaseless fervor of brotherly love
I am, you are, we are
The enlightened myth and the trying truth
The disorderly entanglement of abundant story
I am, you are, we are
The carnal
The celestial
We are


Collingwood Curling Club

250 Hume St.

10am Earth Day Flag Ceremony


10:30am-1:00pm Fair

We encourage you to bike, walk or take some other non-car form of transport to the event!

Earth Day Schedule & Activities

10:00 AM | Earth Day Flag Raising CURLING CLUB

  • Unique 2023 flag designed by CCI student Gabriela Vara Molino

  • Unveiled and raised by Mayor Yvonne Hamlin

  • Proclamation by Mayor Yvonne Hamlin

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Earth Day Fair | CURLING CLUB

  • Earth day themed games, crafts, and family activities

  • Earth day "bingo" to win prizes

  • Measure your household carbon footprint with CCAT

    • Children can learn about their own carbon footprints​

  • Live music!​

    • Joanna Horning who will be playing from her children's album "Little Tracks-Songs From the Forest". Accompanied by the teachers from the Collingwood School of Music​

    • Local youth and community members will perform songs and poetry

  • Collingwood's poet laureate, Jillian Morris, will share her talent and words​

  • Meet with local environmental groups (see list below)

  • Speak with members of council to learn about the towns corporate climate change action plan and green initiatives

  • Kick off to Community Clean-up Days 

  • Make a button with the Collingwood Museum

  • Vegan snacks  - please bring a reusable water bottle


and more!

Volunteers Cleaning Park

Environmental Groups Participating

  • Blue Mountain Watershed Trust

  • Friends of Silver Creek

  • The Nature League

  • The Escarpment Corridor Alliance

  • Pollinate Collingwood

  • Protect Our Winters

  • Georgian Bay Forever 

  • Collingwood Water Department - Rain Barrel Program

  • Nottawasaga Conservation Authority

  • Keep Collingwood Clean

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