The Roncesvalles Village BIA is encouraging the community to come out and gather in solidarity for this year’s 6th Annual Earth Hour candlelight walk. 

The walk will begin at the future site of the Dundas-Roncesvalles Peace Garden in front of the Starbucks at 8:15 p.m. The walk will begin at 8:30 p.m. and finish up around 9:30 p.m.

“It’ll be a fun way to spend a Saturday and get to know your neighbours,” said Keith Denning, the manager of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, who added volunteers from RoncyWorks will also be attending the walk.

The walk takes place during the Power Down Hour, initiated by World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF Canada) as a global environmental movement in 2007. It was started to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on the planet.

Businesses along Roncesvalles will also be participating by using only candles during the power down, Denning said. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own candles or lanterns.

The event is spear-headed by local resident Karyn Klaire Koski, who believes Earth Hour is an important symbolic gesture.

“The more people that attend the Roncesvalles Annual Earth Hour candlelight walk, the more evident it is to educators, commercial planners and governing parties that our neighbourhood cares and wants strategies that will safeguard the world from issues like climate change,” she said.

Koski started the walk in 2009 after attending one in Bloor West Village, the event inspired her to bring the message to her local community of Parkdale and Roncesvalles Village, where she knew it would interest many of the community members.

“I felt that the residents who live in the area are more environmentally supportive than most,” said Koski.

“Our local political representatives are known for campaigns like clean train initiatives, our schools excel with Green Teams and community groups like RoncyWorks are champions of cooperation and streetscape safeguarding.”

The walking route will be heading south along Roncesvalles Avenue towards Grafton Park, about a 1.5 kilometre walk.

According to Denning, last year’s turnout had about 60 people show up and he’s expecting that many if not more this time.

For Koski, having people show up this Saturday, March 28 is a testament to successful non-violent community communication.

“There is no fist pumping or screaming demands to recognize and do something about climate change,” she said.

There are just a whole bunch of people, that get together every year to walk down a kilometer and half of Toronto real estate, holding lit candles symbolically representing that we aren’t using conventional man-made power for just one little hour. And we’re doing so because maybe one day, there just won’t be any.”

For the complete article……………Mar 24, 2015

Parkdale Villager By Hilary Caton