Connect the Dots

Sat, May. 05, 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Vernon
Bean Scene to Spirit Square

Ponderosa Event at Spirit SquareTwo local artists, Molly March & Cathy Stubington, from Calendario Art Project, and Bill Darnell & Mary Stockdale, from Vernon Climate Action Network, organized a 350.org Climate Impacts Day event.

Since the devastating pine bark beetle outbreak that has turned BC's forests red and then grey is a proven local example of climate impact, the main activity was to make a beautiful Ponderosa Pine drawing on a large banner, at the Bean Scene, with public input in creating the art. They also created a 'dot' banner and two smaller banners dotted with CO2 molecules.

Then, a group of about 25 people held a parade to Spirit Square near City Hall where there are 4 magnificent specimens of these pines.

Here there was a short celebration of the Ponderosa pine that included songs, poetry readings and speeches. Speakers handed around specimens of pine bark beetles as well as the puzzle-shaped bark pieces that fall to the ground whenever there is a beetle attack. Poems and songs celebrated the beauty, mystery and generosity of the pine tree, and grieved the loss of trees, jobs and sawmill workers' lives due to the beetle outbreak.
 
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