My Time at the EPIC Expo

My Time at the EPIC Expo

By: Chris Ng
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On May 14, 2011, I spent my day at the EPIC Sustainable Living Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It was truly an amazing experience for the environmentally conscious, or even for the philomath inside you.

For those unfamiliar with what the EPIC Expo is, or what sustainability is, please refer to my last blog.

To showcase a few key highlights from my short and enlightening time at the expo, here are some of the eye-catching booths I’ve noticed.

- FOTIS BC’s Home of Energy Efficiency

- SmartKlean Laundry Ball

- “Bee a pollinator” by Whole Foods Market

Albeit there are a lot more booths in the expo, including several Fair Trade coffee and tea booths such as Salt Water Coffee, I cannot enumerate them all. You can search them up at the EPIC Expo website.

I’d like to highlight the “Bee a pollinator” booth for this blog. As one of the event presenters mentioned, “one of every three bites of food we take is a result of bee pollination”. The “Bee a pollinator” organizers are advocating saving pollinators (including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths) as their population dwindles down.

The bee population is declining at a rate of 20% per year. Natural habitat loss, pesticides and insecticides, as well as colony collapse disorder are the buzzing babbles on the bees’ declining population. For those unfamiliar (with the issue), colony collapse disorder can be summarized as the “absence of the adult bees in a hive where the queen, larvae and honey are still present”.

What can you do to help?

- Buy or build a bee condo

- Plant a bee-friendly garden

- Avoid pesticides

- Buy local, raw honey

- Provide water for the bees to drink

I hopefully get to share my experiences with the two other eye-catching booths in the blogs to follow. In the meantime, let me know what you think about saving our pollinators!

By Chris Ng

Posted on May 19, 2011
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