Plastic bags create a forest of problems
When thinking about our collective human legacy, it has never been more important to consider how we treat our environment. When you look around the city, many times your view is blemished by garbage blowing through our parks, trails and streets. Often you will catch sight of the ubiquitous plastic bag caught in the branches of a tree. Sadly, this has become our legacy. We are planting garbage instead of trees.
A forest of plastic has sprung up within the actual forest. And the thought process in the legacy of Gage Park, where trees were planted decades ago to benefit future generations has been forgotten. We are not being good ancestors. Our values have changed from that of previous generations – the commercial is celebrated and daily living has been corporatized. The rise in the use of plastics has paralleled this shift in values and culture. It has become unescapable. In many ways we are all responsible and it’s easy to assume we don’t have a choice – but we do.
Coming this winter, DeLight, Hamilton’s Light Fest returns on Saturday, February 17, 2018, with a whimsical light installation in Gage Park to show that the park belongs to all of us – along with its forest of garbage.
The installation of lit-up sky dancers made of recycled plastic bags will playfully remind us that we can make better choices for ourselves and our community.
deLight was created during the 2015 Neighourhood Leadership Institute and had its successful debut in February 2016 with the Chinese Lantern installation at the Pipeline Trail in Crown Point.
Now, under the banner of The Hamilton Dialogues, a not-for-profit organization, deLight is being powered by the energy and talent of a core group of volunteers: Ben and Christina Babcock, Olga Kwak, Werner Lichtenberger, Ingrid Mayrhofer, Fatima Mesquita, Bethany Osborne, Douglas Petican, Elizabeth Seidl, Daniel Ubl and Magdalena Wierzbicka.