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January 2019 Newsletter



Support Us! You can become a member (Family - $20.00, Individual - $15.00, Basic - $5.00), attend our monthly meetings (the 4th Thursday usually), donate, and/or volunteer. 

Mailing address: SENS (Sustainable Environment Network Society), c/o the Boys and Girls Club, 3300-37th Ave., Vernon, V1T 2Y5. Website:   
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1.  “Hands on Make-and-Take-Home”:  January 19th, noon – 2:30 pm, Schubert Centre. Please sign up ASAP with Julia so that we may ensure sufficient supplies for making laundry detergent, all purpose cleaner, tooth oil, calendula cream, etc .  Bring enough glass containers of various sizes and small squirt bottles. Also, why not bring old T shirts and we’ll make a few “Boomerang” shopping bags to reduce single plastic bag use!   AND… recipes by presenters from our October 25th short “Make It” demos evening are on the SENS website.  Get a group of friends and neighbours together for a day of making and sharing! 

2. Seeking “Old Coots”: Seedy Saturday in 2019 is set for March 16th.   If you're experienced with green-ish thumbs, willing to dress the part (!?), and want to have a fun day talking to other wanna-be gardeners and answering the weirdest questions, please contact Heather

3. Winter Carnival Parade on February 2nd:  SENS director Terry Dyck needs volunteers to carry banners as part of an electric car “flotilla” during the parade.  Please contact Terry if you can help! 


1. Farmers’ Markets: 

            Vernon: Kal Tire Place, Fridays, 11 – 3 pm, indoors for the winter.     

            Lumby: Monashee Food Co-op, Shuswap Ave, year-round,GMO and pesticide free produce! Check out their website.

            Armstrong: Saturdays, 9 – 1, Odd Fellows Hall, Bridge St. until March or later.

2. Volunteering Value: This year the Allan Brooks Nature Centre  alone had 100 volunteers work in various capacities for more than 6,000 hours.  At $15 per hour the minimum financial value of their time would be $90,000. Think of all the other non-profits in town that provide multiple people help for many hours and realize how beneficial and valuable volunteers are to every community. So please, get involved!

3. Local Cannabis Grow Ops: These Grow Ops use massive amounts of energy to maintain 25-30 degrees, use twice as much water when compared to a similarly sized crop of grapes, use (rat )poison and a lot of pesticides (unless organic), and can be a source for chemical spills, thereby contaminating local water/soil and air. As such, Pitt Meadows council has already called for a total ban on all marijuana production within the ALR. Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay said, “... ALR land is intended to be able to provide an opportunity for people to grow food, not a high-profit crop.” RDNO and the City have plans for use of our scarce ALR land…

4. North Okanagan Naturalists: Jan 9th, 7:00 pm Village Green Hotel. Norbert Maertens speaks on medicinal herbs.


1.Plastics: Our Canadian Parliament has voted unanimously to enable creation of legislation to tackle the global plastic crisis…. but the MPs still need to be reminded to act on the vote! For more, go here.

2.YouTube Gems: Mongolia- Cold Climate Greenhouse…

                        Off Grid Tiny House - Grand Forks:

                        Self-Heating Greenhouse

                        Regrowing Store-bought Veg and Herbs:

3. Civil Disobedience to Save The Planet: Here's an interesting Globe and Mail article!  AND… Climate Change Blame:

3. The Automatic Farm: “There are now seven billion people on Earth. By 2050, the planet’s population will have grown to 10 billion. [Couple this with the increasing loss of arable land due to global warming and pollution], we need to come up with another way to address the world’s growing demand for food.” So enters this Farm! 


1. Canada’s Climate Future: Canada must cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 and get to net-zero emissions by 2050, or risk a dramatic increase in deadly health impacts, sea level rise, extreme weather, and biodiversity loss. Allowing some provinces to opt out of climate action puts the health, security, and well-being of all Canadians at risk. Ecojustice Lawyers are going to court to defend the federal government’s ability to take urgent action on climate change. Carbon Pricing is a must! Full article - go here. 


1. Holiday Plastic Reduction Tips:  About 90% of plastic waste is not recycled in Canada, and during the holiday season, Canadians produce 50% more waste than the rest of the year - and we already produce way too much to begin with! To try and tackle the #ProblemWithPlastics, here are some tips to reduce plastic waste with the end of holidays! 

2. Sable Island Oil Leases: One of the most prolific fishing grounds on earth is being auctioned for lease to Big Oil! Last June, BP hadn’t even drilled their first exploratory well when it accidentally spilled 136,000 litres of irretrievable drilling mud into the sea. Last November, there was another Husky Sea Rose incident - a quarter of a million litres of crude spilled into heavy seas with no way to retrieve it, much less contain it. In this accident-prone context, drilling around and under Sable Island, a National Park Reserve, should never happen! Read this or this to find out what the *^%$#’s going on and take action. 


1. Freshwater Management – 10 Years Later: Ten years have passed since British Columbia released the Living Water Smart plan, a visionary provincial strategy that outlines 45 commitments to improve freshwater management in B.C. While there has been notable headway on implementation, new research from the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, based at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, reveals that nearly one-third of Living Water Smart commitments have seen minimal progress to date. As the co-author of the report says, “there is still a lot of work to be done.” Read the entire article here! 


1. SUMOFUS.ORG Accomplishments for 2018: They: (1) got the EU and Canada to ban Bayer’s bee-killing pesticides; (2) pushed McDonald's to put oceans before profit by reducing plastic waste; (3) protected orangutans by getting PepsiCo, Nestle, and Citigroup to dump palm oil villain Indofood; (4) fought against Mayer-Monsanto for victim's compensation; and much more… Do bear in mind though that these successes aren't just entirely theirs. 

2. Palm Oil: FGV or “Felda” has been found guilty of human trafficking and forced labour on its plantations.160,000 SUMOFUS members like you helped expose FGV, Malaysia’s biggest palm oil producer, in 2015, prompting Unilever and Hershey’s to drop FGV! Now SUMOFUS needs your help to create a domino effect and put FGV against the wall -- to force it to change its exploitative ways. Can you sign the petition to demand that Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Mondelez, and PepsiCo to stop doing business with FGV! 


1. Criminals of Humanity: “Those who stand in the way of protecting people and countless other species from the worst consequences of climate disruption, especially those with the power to do something, are committing crimes against humanity.” For the full article, go here 

2. Blue Dot Movement: 35 MP’s across Canada have already signed on to support environmental rights and recognize the right for everyone to a healthy environment, which includes the right to clean air, safe water and a stable climate. Countries with these rights tend to perform better environmentally and take bolder steps to fight climate change. Canada has yet to sign on… Please ask your local MP (No Okanagan MP has signed yet) to pledge to support environmental rights. Read the article here 

3. Free Course: Afree Renewable Energy 100 course will be provided by Solar Energy International, Sunday, January 27,  11 am PST – it’s an informal Q and A session. Register for the recording of the webinar if you can’t listen in. Send questions to

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck


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