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February 2020 Newsletter


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1. Sustainability Film Festival: Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm at the Vernon Library. The Library is excited to host the annual Sustainability Film Festival in their meeting room. Watch thought provoking films and engage in discussion. Free events, open to all!

February 6th Metamorphosis captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis but also shows opportunities for transformation. Stunning images offer a bold new vision for humanity & earth.  Film screened in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.

February 13th Edible Paradise: Growing the Food Forest Revolution tells the story of community in action, creating an Edible Paradise in public spaces in every corner of Aotearoa - New Zealand.   Film screening sponsored by Vernon Permaculture.

February 20th Wasted! The Story of Food Waste with  celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain
is informative and entertaining and takes you around the world, showing the 1.3 billion tons of food that gets thrown out each year and the people fighting hardest to prevent it.  Film screening sponsored by the Regional District of North Okanagan.

February 27th Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices is about connecting to the land and the community. It follows the Salatins, a 4th generation farming family who produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it.  Film screening sponsored by SENS.


1. Farmers’ Markets:  Vernon: Indoors at Kal Tire Place on Fridays, 11 – 3 pm

      Lumby: Year-round, Monashee Food Co-Op (GMO / pesticide-free!), Shuswap Ave.

                                    Armstrong: Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm, Odd Fellows Hall, Bridge St. 

2. NONC Meeting: Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00 pm, Schubert Centre. Les Gyug from Kelowna speaks on 'Williamson Sapsuckers: Ten years later’.

3. WonderCafé.live: Always at Lumby United Church Hall. Come, listen, and take part! Free, but donations appreciated.  Please contact Dave @ 250-547-6368 or if you have an idea or wish to present.Feb 14th, 7 pm - ‘The Buteyko Technique’ (stop wasting your air) with Chris Bauman.

Feb 28th, 7 pm - “Don’t’ Just Stand There – Do Something! A personal journey” with Mikkie Nettles.

4. BC SEA, Okanagan Chapter: Feb 4th, 7 – 8:30 pm at Vernon’s LibraryJoin them to plan the EV float for the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade!

5. Building Community Resilience in a Changing Climate, Feb 26th, 6:30 pm. Commons Lecture Hall, UBCO.  Nobel peace prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is keynote speaker. Tickets $15 through EventBrite. 


1. EcoAction: This program is providing funding for new projects that deal with fresh water and water quality. March 3rd, 2020 is the deadline for projects that would start in the summer. For details, go here.

2. Cancer: Rate of Male Breast Cancer on the Rise in Scotland, Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Suspected  The costs of disease burden and health care related to chemical environmental exposures, writ large, may constitute a figure somewhere north of 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). 

3. More on 5G:

AND:  Dr. Sharon Goldberg Testifies at Michigan’s 5G Small Cell Tower Legislation Hearing October 4, 2018. She explains why 5G should not be rolled out, and the association between exposure to microwave rf radiation and blood sugar, diabetes, co... 


1.Wetlands +: New report from Ducks Unlimited details how Natural Infrastructure can support climate readiness for our communities.  


1. Jumbo Valley Victory: It took 18 years but… This valley plus 700 more surrounding acres in the Purcell Mountains is permanently safe from a proposed ski development! The area will become the Qat’muk Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area and will be managed by the Ktunaxa. For more, go here.

2. Protecting Communities & the Environment: They’re arguing that British Columbia has a right — and a constitutional duty — to protect communities and the environment from toxic diluted bitumen spills. Governments at all levels, provincial and federal, must be able to pass laws that protect the environment and communities from hazardous dilbit disasters. Check out the innovative thinking of this court argument!   


1.Fracking: CAPE is calling for a moratorium. ‘Unconventional’ natural gas contains mostly methane which is 86 times more powerful than CO2 as a climate warming agent….and fracking is a danger to health – read more  here. 


1. There is No Planet B: “City councils need to step up. The climate crisis is not a normal political negotiation between different interests, where solutions come from compromise. The climate crisis is a collision between human beings and physics. Physics does not compromise!” For more, go here.

2. Movers, Shakers, City Builders::  Here are five city builders + projects that inspire leaders at Evergreen. 

3. The Future of Cities: “Innovation is the key to the survival of cities, and it’s critical that we get innovation right to provoke new thinking and approaches to age-old city-building. “ For more, go here. 


1. Threats to Canadian Freshwater: Check out this Globe and Mail article!

2. Global Groundwater Sustainability:  Over 700 signatories from nearly 80 countries have signed the Global Groundwater Sustainability Statement, an initiative to ensure groundwater benefits society now and into the future!

3. A Watershed Security Fund for British Columbia: This position paper describes a genuine opportunity for the provincial government to create an enduring legacy for freshwater in B.C. It was produced through collaboration between the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, First Nations Fisheries Council, BC Wildlife Federation, and BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative. To read more, go here. 


1. Success Through Adaptation Planning: There are 120 developing countries preparing for the impacts of climate change; here are just a few examples of progress being made.

2. Ethical Clean Tech: The extraction process for electric vehicle (EV) batteries “must be more transparent, says the co-author of our report on Green Conflict Minerals.

3. Shrimp Woes: Harmful subsidies must be reformed to help shrimp populations recover and allow local fishing economies across Latin America to thrive.

4. Gender Impacts of Fossil Fuel Subsidies: ISSD's new report recommends changes to India's cooking gas subsidies in order to help the nation's most vulnerable communities! 


1. Protecting the Gulf of St Lawrence: “After more than ten long years, the licence to explore for oil and gas in the Gulf has been allowed to lapse.'' To read more, go here.

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck

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