Green Christmas at the Biosphère: Recapture the Holiday Spirit! An entertaining program on responsible consumption

    MONTREAL, Dec. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - To celebrate the Holiday season,
Environment Canada's Biosphère is pleased to present its Green Christmas
programming from December 8 to January 6. As varied as they are entertaining,
the activities in this program are intended as an invitation to give the
planet a gift by being greener, more responsible, consumers. The
Recycling-Artists Eco Fair, the Réc-up Fashion Exhibit, the interactive tale
Sainte-Emilie Flying Beavers and the plays Meilleurs voeux, prise deux! and
Trop tard... are among the activities offered for the enjoyment of adults and
children-who will also be welcomed by Green Santa. Unless otherwise indicated,
activities are offered on Saturdays and Sundays in December beginning
December 8, and continuously from December 22.

    Recycling-Artists Eco Fair: December 8 and 9, 2007

    To help us make environmentally friendly gift choices, the Biosphère
presents the Recycling-Artists Eco Fair again this year. This second edition
brings together, into two categories, 45 exhibitors who have tackled the
challenge of creating unique and original products using recovered materials.
Basing their creation on human and environmental values, the exhibitors have a
shared social, ethical and environmental awareness. The Useful objects,
jewellery, furniture and accessories category will involve 31 craftspeople,
while the Eco-designer Fashion category will involve 14 creators. Entrance to
the Eco Fair is free.

    Réc-up Fashion Exhibit: Continuous 5

    This exclusive, original exhibit presents 22 dresses and other garments
made from consumer products such as water bottles, electrical wires,
electronics, cigarette butts, and aluminum cans. Designed to sensitize
visitors to overconsumption, the exhibit also presents astonishing data on
mass consumption and its impacts on the environment. The dresses were created
by 22 designers exclusively for the Réc-up Fashion Show, presented at the
Biosphère on December 3 and 4.

    Modern Christmas tale - Sainte-Emilie Flying Beavers

    In a village in the Haute-Mauricie area, will the magic of Christmas find
a place in a busy young family's daily life? Combining humour, mystery and
realism, this interactive story for the entire family gives us a chance to
think about our holiday habits today.

    Plays - Meilleurs voeux, prise deux! and Trop tard...

    In a context of overconsumption, we can make green choices during the
holidays. The intervention play Meilleurs voeux, prise deux! (Seasons
Greetings, take two!) involves the audience, which has a role to play as this
story on good manners-environmental good manners-unfolds. The play Trop
tard... (Too late...), aimed especially at teenagers, encourages the public to
become more responsible consumers. The characters, to their surprise, find
themselves wanting to fight for the environment. Trop tard... is presented on
December 15, 16, 22 and 23. Meilleurs voeux, prise deux! is presented
beginning December 27. Both plays are presented in French only.

    Eco-Elves Workshop

    Young people are invited to make a surprise bag of green resolutions
using recovered materials, in connection with the tale Sainte-Emilie Flying
Beavers. The activity takes place in the Eco-Elves Workshop, under the
supervision of Green Santa, who will be greeting visitors on
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 24.

    Green tips

    In addition to its Green Christmas programming, the Biosphère also
offers, on its website, practical tips for this time of year. You will find
ecological and more environmentally friendly alternatives for Christmas trees,
decorating, wrapping, food and clothing. The public is also invited to make a
green resolution.

    Summary of activities:

    Recycling-Artists Eco Fair: December 8 and 9
    Réc'up fashion exhibit: continuous
    Green Santa: December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24
    Creating a surprise bag: December 8, 9, 15 and 16, and continuously from
    December 22
    Sainte-Emilie Flying Beavers: December 8, 9, 15 and 16, and continuously
    from December 22
    Trop tard...: December 15, 16, 22 and 23 (in French only)
    Meilleurs voeux, prise deux! : continuously from December 27 (in French

    Remember: admission is free at all times for persons aged 17 years and
under (does not apply to school groups). During the holidays, the Biosphère
will be closed December 25 and 26 and January 1. For green tips, or for more
information on Green Christmas programming, please visit the Biosphère
website, at

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Blais, Senior Communications Advisor,
Environment Canada, (514) 496-8285,

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