Water focus of 2015 Ecostravaganza

Ecostravaganza 2015 promises loads of family fun but also marks a serious occasion: World Environment Day.

The École Cobble Hill Parent Advisory Council has put together a celebration that will promote green living to the 25,000 families living in the Cowichan Valley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the school, 3642 Learning Way.

"Ecostra vaganza 2014 attracted many families, local vendors and dozens of performance groups , and we are building on this success, "said Sarah Doyle , parent volunteer .

"There is a real need in our comm unity for simple and concrete green ideas on how people can change the way they live , consume and comm ute , and Ecostra vaganza can help ." This year’s theme is Water – Yours to Protect!, so there will be ideas about what can be done to conserve water and protect local watersheds.

There will be a green marketplace featuring local eco-vendors, children’s activity area, plant sale, live stage, silent auction, food court, Junk in the Trunk, used book sale and a 50 per cent off Scholastic book fair.

"Families like mine living in the Cowichan Valley and across Vancouver Island are looking for ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle and a greener future for their children," said parent Erin Arrowsmith. "With the dry winter and spring we’ve had, and very low snow pack, I’m looking forward to finding out how to conserve water this summer and protect our local drinking water."

Proceeds from the event will help equip the school’s classrooms and library and make improvements to the music program. Part of the proceeds will also go to the Shawnigan Residents Association to help protect the Shawnigan Lake watershed.