The Green Living Show Goes Online Amid Coronavirus Spread

By Etan Vlessing 3/13/20 |

Kathleen Krimker, president and CEO of the Green Living Show — photo courtesy of GLS.
The Green Living Show is going virtual as the coronavirus spreads globally. After cancelling its in-person event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre set for March 13 to 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Living Show organizers unveiled a virtual event platform for the annual trade show.

From March 14 - 22, green-minded consumers will be able to browse sales, promos and ideas drawn from the original lineup of 2020 Green Living Show's speakers and exhibitors.  The live discussions can also be followed on the show's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and all free of charge.

The difficult decision to cancel the show was absolutely the right one, but we wanted to find a way to bring together our community. We know that the work we put into the show every year is matched by our exhibitors so we wanted to get creative to find opportunities that exist during this unprecedented circumstance,” Kathleen Krimker, president and CEO of the Green Living Show said in a statement.

“It’s important to continue to find ways to have conversations about climate change, the state of the planet and to promote and support those companies and individuals who like us, are committed to this cause," she added.

Scheduled speakers for the cancelled live show that may participate in the live online discussions on include Rochelle Byrne of A Greener Future, which works with local communities to organize litter cleanups, education programs and events; Allie Rougeot of Fridays for Future, Greta Thurnberg's youth climate movement; and Nikole Bélanger of Green Schools, Green Future, a non-profit that supports a more progressive education system for the climate change era.

The Green Living Show also scheduled a fast fashion environmental impact panel that was to include Kelly Drennan of Fashion Takes Action, which campaigns for sustainability in the fashion industry; and Candice Batista of Eco Hub, a website promoting ethical fashion and low waste living.

Another schedule speaker on sustainable living is Lilly Woodbury of Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit that organizes volunteers into helping protecting the world's oceans and shorelines.

The Green Living Show conference is the latest event to be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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