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Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

Posted at 12:15pm

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Guest Article by Catherine Owen

Stephanie Martin is on a mission to educate you about the toxins in our environment. As an elementary school teacher, she has developed concerns about the well being of young people in our sometimes toxic environment. “Children are more affected by toxins as they are still developing.” the Suzuki school educator explained. She herself has been practicing a “green” lifestyle by keeping her household as chemical free as possible.

This interest led her to see a seminar last fall in London, Ontario featuring a group of students from the University of Nipissing that are spearheading an educational campaign called “Love the Label”. Their main concern is exposing the toxins in cosmetics and personal products, and offering safer alternatives. Stephanie was greatly impressed with their presentation, and suggested they come to Windsor. From that initial encounter, the May 5th eco-conference at the Dr. David Suzuki School developed.

This event couldn’t be held in a more fitting location. The school is the first certified LEED platinum school in Canada, as well as the most energy efficient. Besides a workshop by Love the Label, there will also be a presentation by Mary Ann Azey, a London-based certified educator who will be focusing on detoxifying your household. There will be vendors and information booths, all espousing an environmental theme. Some of the information booth groups are Windsor Essex County Environment Committee, Fluoride Free Windsor, and 350.Org. Vendors include artists that make items from plastic bags and recycled denim.

Philippa Von Ziegenweidt, a parent at the school, will be organizing the lunch menu. Gluten free options are planned, as well as local, free range chicken soup.

Lead organizer Stephanie hopes this event “gets people thinking, to make a change in their lifestyle for themselves and their children.” The Eco-conference takes place at 6320 Raymond on Saturday from 9am till 3pm. Admission is $5.

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