GSS Halton-Peel had an amazing time at the One Burlington Festival on August 6th in Central Park, Burlington! Despite the weather, crowds by the hundreds came out to enjoy the free cultural and faith performances, delicious food, and fun children’s activities. The theme of the festival was The Green Rule – do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you – developed by Faith & the Common Good and proposed by GSS Halton-Peel as a great, interfaith, and unifying theme for this year’s event.

Faith communities, environmental organisations and community partners in Burlington came together to showcase and celebrate peace, unity and diversity, along with their shared value of being environmental stewards for this and future generations. GSS Halton-Peel was happy to propose and support green ideas in the lead up to the festival, and we were so incredibly impressed at the efforts put forth by faith communities in Burlington to truly live up to the Green Rule for this festival! 

Some of the environmental initiatives included: serving vegetarian and chicken burgers for the free BBQ instead of the much less environmentally-friendly beef burgers, using only compostable dishes/cups/cutlery to reduce and mitigate waste produced, encouraging people to bike/walk/carpool to the event, offering refillable water bottle stations and encouraging people to bring reusable water bottles, getting eco-friendly paint for the children’s mural, reducing printed material and using eco-friendly printers, choosing biodegradable soap for the hand-washing stations, putting up and sharing their faith connections to the environment at their booths and on stage, etc. We can’t say enough about how grateful we are to have been a part of this fantastic event and to be connected to this network of wonderful people from faith communities all over Burlington and Halton!!

GSS Halton-Peel ran an information booth to talk about their work assisting faith communities with environmental initiatives in the two regions, as well as the active community programming at the Halton Environmental Network. Our outstanding team of volunteers also ran a natural products workshop for 100 kids that involved making all natural sugar scrubs, along with supporting other activities like the mural painting, colouring activities, beanbag toss and the fun activity passport that encouraged festival goers to learn about each booth to get nature stamps. Thanks to Conservation Halton and Halton Region, we had native wildflower seed-packs to give away as prizes as well! 

A massive thank you to all the faith and partner communities for welcoming our GSS Halton-Peel team into the One Burlington Festival organising committee – we are already excited for next year!!

OBF - GSS Sugar Scrub activity
OBF - HEN - GSS information tent
OBF crowd - Stuart Pike photo