May 25, 2018, WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – On June 2, 2018, Williams Lake joins residents across the country in transforming their city through hundreds of positive actions that inspire movement and connection in their neighbourhood. 100In1Day Canada is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their communities, providing residents with a platform to showcase their ideas aimed to spark change in their cities. This year, 100In1Day Williams Lake is led by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC) and powered by Future Cities Canada.
Leading up to 100In1Day Canada, Williams Lake residents, community groups, local organizations and businesses have been coming together to share and develop innovative, creative and reflective ideas around invasive species prevention and management that will spark change and build capacity to convert interest into action at a local level. On Saturday, June 2, Williams Lake community areas come alive with interactive activities, including the creation of an invasive-free garden, a weed pull along the River Valley Trail and more! Additional interventions are strongly encouraged, 100in1Day is a tool for residents to showcase their vision of healthy landscapes and community areas that are free of invasive species.
“Williams Lake has been through a lot this past year, but through this, we witnessed a lot of good from people in tough times,” says Harry Jennings, Chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Invasive Plant Committee. “100in1Day is a great way to celebrate our capacity and strength when individuals come together to make something positive happen in our community”.
Invasive species are the second largest threat to biodiversity, and they threaten the environment, economy and social well-being.
“To be one of 12 cities across Canada is pretty special in itself, and to be able to contribute to 100 positive actions by working towards keeping Williams Lake free of invasive species puts 100in1Day over the top,” says Gail Wallin, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.
The 100in1Day community festival will be held at the River Valley Trailhead from 1-4pm. Free Grow-Me-Instead flowers will be handed out, and an identification station will be set up for folks to take a look at. A kid’s basket booth will be set up, where kids can decorate a funky flower pot and plant it, or bring their own to plant! 100in1Day will also have free bike washes offered to anyone that passes by or brings a bike to the festival. “Scourge of the Cariboo” written and performed by local artist Sharon Hoffman alongside Harry Jennings of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee will be a highlight of the festival. There will also be a community weed pull to remove burdock and other invasive species along a section of the well-used and well-loved River Valley Trail.
“With the fires last year, some of the invasive plants along the River Valley Trail couldn’t be treated,” says Harry Jennings, Chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee. “There are burdock plants with burrs still attached that stick to people and their pets. It’s great to give back to the community by removing these and sharing positive messaging on what simple actions residents can take to help prevent further introduction and spread.”
A native flower garden is being installed in an available flower bed at the Potato House from 10am-noon. Many invasive plants have attractive qualities and are often purchased and planted in gardens as ornamental plants. The ISCBC provides Grow-Me-Instead options that offer equally beautiful and functional, non-invasive plant alternatives (native and exotic) that work well for a range of growing zones and conditions in BC. The native flower garden will provide a great showcase of how native plants can create beautiful flower beds.
The ISCBC strongly encourages additional invasive species prevention or management activities to be registered. They can be performed individually or with support from the community and the council. Newcomers are welcomed to the final planning session will be held May 31st at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre from 6:30-7:30pm, or they can contact the ISCBC if they want to get involved. 100in1Day is a really great way to gain volunteer experience on a global initiative!
“We are really excited about all of the volunteers’ contributions to 100in1Day so far, and can’t wait to see what the end product of all the positive actions will look like!” says Wallin.
To learn more: www.100In1Day.ca
For media information, please contact:
Gail Wallin | Executive Director | Invasive Species Council of British Columbia | 250-305-9161| firstname.lastname@example.org
100In1Day Canada is part of a global initiative with the goal to inspire change in cities across the country by compelling residents to activate 100 innovative, thought-provoking ideas into interventions to enhance their city all on one day. 100In1Day (first known as 100en1dia) was started in 2012 by a group of design students in Bogotá, Colombia that intended to launch six urban interventions that would maximize the potential of their city. Over beers they decided to be more ambitious and launch 100 urban interventions that would take place in one day. On May 25, 2012, over 250 urban interventions took place in Bogotá, and a phenomenon was born.
100In1Day Canada, powered by Future Cities Canada, is part of a growing global movement changing how people interact with their cities. Its impact extends beyond June 2, inspiring people to act and support policy change, innovation and transformation in their cities by scaling of temporary actions into new lasting projects, programs and relationships.
About the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia:
ISCBC is dedicated to keeping our landscapes and communities free of invasive species. It provides a coordinated, province-wide approach to reducing the impact of invasive species in BC. The ISCBC unites efforts across the province and collaborates with a variety of partners to develop unique solutions for the wide variety of ecosystems across BC.