September 2019 Newsletter

SEPTEMBER 2019

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: www.sensociety.org 
NEWS FLASH!!! – We are now allowed to accept memberships via e-transfer. 
Check the SENS website for details!
*** SENS provides tax-deductible receipts for donations ***
 
Information contained in this newsletter may not imply approval by SENS directors.
For the latest updates, check out the SENS Facebook Event Page!
 

SENS NEWS

1. Grocery Story: September 4th , 7 pm, Vernon Public Library. Free! Author Jon Steinman of Nelson discusses his involvement in the Nelson food co-op start-up and what the benefits are for locals and farmers alike! His new book “Grocery Story: the promise of food co-ops....” will be available. SENS and Monashee Co-op co sponsor with ORL.

 2. Environmental All-Candidates Forum:  September 26th, 7 – 9 pm, Vernon’s Schubert Centre. Come early to allow time to read answers to ‘Green’ questions SENS provided to all candidates in August! Do YOU have a question to ask? Candidate answers should be available before the forum on the SENS website.  One of our questions is on the Blue Dot Pledge (Everyone in Canada should have the right to clean air and a safe, healthy environment). In early May SENS asked all 5 candidates to sign a pledge to uphold this right. Thank-you for signing to: Cindy Derkaz (Liberal Party), Harwinder Sandhu (NDP), and Marc Reinarz (Green Party).

 3. Green New Deal: SENS shared a town hall-like sharing evening with the Climate Action Group in June to look at the idea of a Green New Deal. Notes should be on the SENS website soon.

4. For Lake Country Citizens or ???: Are you interested in organizing events in your area?  If you would like to work with us and do events similar to those SENS plans for the Vernon area such as car free day, electric vehicle eve, or curbside giveaway weekend, please contact SENS (jblissau@telus.net)! 

LOCAL STUFF

1. Farmers’ Markets:

             Vernon: Mondays and Thursdays, 8 am – 1 pm, outside of Kal Tire Place.     

             Lumby: All year round, Monashee Food Co-Op (GMO and pesticide-free produce), Shuswap Ave.

 2. Kal Tire Community Eco-Fair: September 21st, 9 am – 2 pm, Kal Tire Head Office (1540 Kal Lake Rd). This family-friendly event shows all the great things happening in Vernon and includes artists, entertainers, and information booths. Bring your scrap tires to unload! For the Facebook link, go here.

 3. Food Action Society (FASNO) Community Kitchen Classes: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, People Place. Check it out at their event website or register through Facebook!

 4. Car Free Day: September 22nd.  What can you plan to do NOW so that your vehicle stays at home?

 5. Cool It: BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) created a four week challenge where prizes were given to elementary students/classes for initiating life-long behaviour changes in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Would you set up such a program here? For more, go here!

 6. Allan Brooks Nature Centre:

a) Men’s Shed: They’re seniors who meet and build for ABNC and others. Read their July newsletter here!

b) Garage Sale: Sept 14th and 15th at ABNC! Items in good shape can be donated until Sept 7th,  9 – 3 pm.

c) The Bug Guys: They provide hours of high quality education, plus ecology, with live critters you can see close-up and even handle.... Perfect for your family/friend get-togethers! Contact them via Facebook.

7. Bill McKibben – 350.org

– An Invitation to Make History:

On September 20 and September 27, around the world, there will be an all ages ‘strike’ on September 20 or 27 to mobilize and demand climate action. From Bill’s message:   :…solving the climate crisis will involve disrupting ‘business as usual’… we elders need to act like elders. On what kind of world do we expect 15-year-olds to tackle our biggest problems by themselves? The climate crisis represents an assault on justice (those who have done the least to cause it suffer the most) and it is our collective responsibility, across generations, to respond.”

What can YOU do to help your (great great) grandchildren? 

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1. Video Links: 

a) Ontario Earthship                                        b) Exploring Alternatives

c) Net Zero Homes                                          d) Chasing Net Zero Series

e) Plastic & Branches for Bushcraft Dome       f) Build Simple Greenhouse: https://youtu.be/GvfDUaKbej0

g) Underground Dome Home – using the earth to stay warm: https://youtu.be/RoGuvvzHY1A

h) 9,000 Tons of Beach Clean-up: https://youtu.be/JtGsdiYdObQ 

2. Namibian Mushrooms: Massive mushrooms spring from tall termite mounds! Check it out.

3. Water Worries: Here are two stories relating to our water crisis: 1. and 2. Check 'em out!

4. Local Water Pollution: According to this, logging will have a dire impact on Vernon's drinking water!

FROM EVERGREEN.CA

1. How Does Speed Kill Cities? Find out by going to the CityLab!   

2. Green Bee-Friendly Bus Stops: Check this out to learn how one Dutch city transformed them!

3. ’Mobile City'? Check this out to find out what these are.  How close is Vernon to being a 'mobile city'? 

FROM COUNCIL OF CANADIANS           

1. Green New Deal:  It calls for rapid, inclusive and Canada-wide emissions slashing! The deal would meet demands of the multiple crises we face, respect the rights of Indigenous peoples, and create over 1 million jobs in the process. The Council has released a Guide that you can use to raise awareness and take action in your community!

 FROM SUMOFUS.ORG

1. Speaking Out: With shared support from the B.C. Government and the Services Employees Union, they were able to attend and speak at various AGMs. They called for those targeted corporations to pay better wages, take climate change and deforestation seriously, and fight back against sexual harassment! 

2. Help Ban Chlorpyrifos: Chlorpyrifos pesticide can irreversibly impact child brain development and hormonal systems.  Tell our Health Agency to ban Dow’s dangerous chemical Chlorpyrifos and work towards a toxic-free future for our kids and our environment! 

3. Keep Glyphosate Off our Shelves: Monsanto is paying billions in lawsuits due to cancerous Glyphosate Roundup. Tell major insurers like ManuLife, State Farms, Allianz and Prudential to help get glyphosate off our shelves and out of our fields for good!

 4. Stop Nestle: In one Ontario community Nestle has taken 4.7 million litres of fresh water per day for 3 years without a permit. Tell Ontario: Protect our water and deny Nestlé’s new permit!   Also, from Change.org:  Stop Those Leeches: Nestle is taking millions of  litres of water per day and leaving many Indigenous communities throughout Canada with nothing. Demand that the government stop allowing large corporations like Nestlé to take water from these communities! 

FROM OPENMEDIA.ORG

1. Make 'Stuff' Last Longer: 75 % of  Canadians recognize how much waste we generate due to poorly made ‘stuff’ that breaks down. So, sign this petition calling on the government to table Right to Repair legislation! 

FROM CHANGE.ORG

1. Whaling News: Iceland will not be killing whales this year! Why? Well this popular petition likely helped....

 2. Plastics Victory: According to this, Loblaws is set to eliminate plastic bags by 2020. 

FROM LEADNOW.CA

1. Some Sad News: The former Grassy Narrows chief who was fighting  for a mercury treatment centre has died... At least his battle with Ottawa continues. To read more, go here. 

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1. Climate Protection is Not a Partisan Issue:  Excerpt: “Global warming affects almost everything in our lives. It’s not [just] a special interest touted by environmentalists It’s a crisis for all humanity!  ... [To meet] the goal of a 45% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030, we have to start on it immediately and on an enormous scale.” For the full article, go here. 

2.  Need For Diet and Land-use Changesnew Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report,  notes that land use — including agriculture and forestry — accounts for 23 per cent of human greenhouse gas emissions. Natural, untouched land removes about 33% of  all CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry. Some say the IPCC study doesn’t go far enough. Because governments around the world must approve its reports, they tend to be conservative.  Check out the Suzuki website for details surrounding this recent report. 

3. Wins for all of us: a) Our courts have declared a climate emergency…b) Over 140 federal MP’a and candidates have signed the Blue Dot Pledge….c) There’s more protection now for Salish Sea Orcas… 

4. Tips: - on how to reduce plastic waste . 

FROM ECOJUSTICE

1. Jumbo Wild Victory: The Courts have just ruled that this slated large scale ski resort may NOT proceed with developmentGiven that biodiversity loss is accelerating, Canada is warming twice as fast as the global average, and the current poor state of grizzly bears in the region, opposition to the resort will remain.

 2. Southern Resident Killer Whales: 3 more valuable members of this pod have died recently! Ecojustice is fighting two projects that would push the Southern Residents even closer to extinction: The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion and the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Pollution, vessel/underwater noise, and lack of salmon for food are also of great concern… They always welcome your donations.

 

3. Environmental Assessment Exemptions: Petronas Canada built two multi-storey dams north of Fort St. John to store water for fracking - without authorization. Ecojustice will be in court in October to argue against the exemptions that came after the dams’ illegal construction. 

FROM PREVENT CANCER NOW

Minimizing Cancer, Chronic Disease and the Climate Crisis :

a)The UN reports that improving agriculture and increasing our consumption of plant-based, less-processed foods will reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), plus, improved diets reduce disease.  

b) Google  **The Halifax Project (put out by ResearchGate.netfor the 10 biological mechanisms related to the development of cancer. Many of these mechanisms also lead to birth defects and chronic disease at great cost to individuals and society.  

In 2015, 350 scientists from 31 countries showed that together, common chemicals in consumer products and foods triggered all 10 biological mechanisms. Examples of these common chemicals from our technology that amplify one another’s harms are:  pesticides, chemicals in consumer products, pollutants, and radiation. Unfortunately we still have them because of laws, policies and regulators using outdated methods. 

Everyday exposures can combine to equal a complete carcinogen. Many tests deal with just one chemical by itself so it may appear to be benign, but in a mixture (not tested!) it would become deadly. When one chooses wisely, everyday foods and substances are beneficial.

c) Google: ** “Greenscreen” to identify hazardous chamicals and safer alternatives.

                **“Safe-by-design” (of chemicals materials and products ) for info on working towards a non-toxic                          environment and a circular economy.

                ** “Six Classes” for their approach to reducing chemical harm from 6 items (PFA’s, antimicrobials, flame               retardants, bsphenols+Phthalates, some solvents, some metals). 

FROM CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE

1. Navigable Waters: After a long process, including an ugly campaign by oil & gas lobbyists, Bill C-69 passed the Senate! Thus a reforming of environmental laws associated with Navigable Waters, Energy Regulation, and more starts.... 

FROM IISD (INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT)

1. Climate Adaptation: Involving ALL-sized enterprises is key for national adaptation efforts!

2. Modelling: Sustainably developed models can provide environmental, economic, and social benefits!

3. Plastics: The way we deal with our plastic waste is a missed economic opportunity... 

4. Subsidy Reform: According to ISSD, removing fossil fuel subsidies can lower GHG emissions by 6%!

5. Action for Sustainability: Ambitious climate actions create economic, environmental, and social benefits!

6. Funding Clean: Shifting just 10% of fossil fuel subsidies could pay for a global transition to clean energy!

7. Prevent Land Degredation: The UN aims to find solutions for 178 million people soon to be affected by water shortages, drought and habitat loss by 2050. 

FROM CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES

1. On Climate Action: Excerpt: “Increasingly, the public is ahead of our elected leaders. A solid majority of Canadians are ready to move beyond incremental policies and to entertain truly transformative climate action [and] bold leadership. And that is precisely what we need!” For the full article, go here. 

FROM SIERRA CLUB CANADA FOUNDATION

1. The Growing Plastic Threat: Excerpt: “Wildlife is being choked, poisoned, and entangled by plastic. The fish we eat and the water we drink is now contaminated with plastics. ... We need to go beyond the feel-good triage of beach clean-ups and address plastic pollution at its source. We need a federal policy that encourages the reduction or elimination of plastic waste.” For the 2018 article, go here. 

FROM BC NATURE

1. Making a Park: Here's an article on the delicate act of creating a national park.

2. Webinar: Check out the Trail Towns recording! 

FROM CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (CAPE)

1.Call to Action: On February 5th, CAPE, in collaboration with others, called on all federal political parties in Canada to make a commitment to keep global warming below 1.5 CoClick to read more here.

 Health professionals across Canada ask YOU to sign on to their call to action for climate change and health. The call to action (it’s on their website) asks for a reduction of climate emissions by at least 45 % by 2030. 

2. On Climate Change: Here's a funny but sad piece by Dr. Warren Bell.

3. Fracking Concern: The potential health impacts of fracking worry physicians... Read 'em here!

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck