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mid-February 2020 Newsletter supplement

MID - FEBRUARY NEWS – SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT NETWORK SOCIETY 

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SENS STUFF

1. Sustainability Film Festival: Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:45 pm at the Vernon Library.

February 20th Wasted! The Story of Food Waste with  celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain- informative, entertaining, 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.

2 .5G: SENS made a presentation to City Council recently on the dangers of 5G wireless technology, asking council to place a moratorium on installment of 5G until council is sure it poses no environmental harm or health hazards. A letter sent to Penticton Council from a McGill University Toxicology Professor on the Health Effects of Electromagnetism says it all here.

Watch a video of the presentation  here. You can then scroll down on the site to see the powerpoint that was used.  For more on health risks, go HERE .

 According to one media source, after the presentation  the City asked staff to do research and the staff response, using OLD 1979 data from Health Canada (noted as being 50 times poorer than many European countries for stringent health safety reporting/testing) was that 5G would do no harm… yet it is already banned in many places.  Google C4ST for more health details on 5G then contact each Vernon councillor with your concerns and let us know that you did!

AND… From Salmon Arm: Switzerland’s Environmental Agency has announced a National Moratorium on 5G based on the fact that this technology has not been proven safe.  Yet after several presentations to our local City Council as well as meetings with our School Board officials there is no intention to adhere to the precautionary principle and wait until safety can be proven before allowing the deployment of more antennae here, (proven to kill pollinators and songbirds and harm our families. We all need to learn the truth about this ‘5G’ plan from Scientists and Doctors who are not paid by the Telecom Industry to tell us everything is fine.

Film Night: Are They Safe?  Living In a Wireless World, Feb 21, 7 – 9 pm, 1st Community United Church, corner of Okanagan Avenue and 4th St, Salmon Arm. Free but donations appreciated.

LOCAL STUFF

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. Permaculture: The local group meets monthly on the last Wednesday (February 26 for this month), 7 pm upstairs in the Vernon library to plan food forests and share regenerative knowledge with newbie organic gardeners. All are welcome. Contact: Erik at mikass347@gmail.com  or 250 859-6302. 

3.WonderCafé.live: Lumby United Church Hall. Free, but donations appreciated.  Please contact Dave @ 250-547-6368 or daboss65@telus.net if you have an idea or wish to present.

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

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

5. Vernon Heron Protection Society: has just received support from RDNO to curtail trespassers. Full story here: https://vernonmatters.ca/2020/02/13/update-heron-protection-society-concerned-trespassers-rezoning-application-could-affect-bird-habitat/ 

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1. YouTube:  (a) Cheap Tiny Home                 (b) Living In An Earthship

                      (c) Dream Tiny Home                (d) Tesla Solar Roof

                      (e) Container Tiny House:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZURIKHf6Es

2. Regenerative Self-Sufficient Neighbourhood: It’s already in the works! Why not here?!?  https://www.businessinsider.com/self-sufficient-village-regen-2016-9?fbclid=IwAR2HTg6eWuv7CHdgZwHxrXuhMUNE7UB0wP4JTOhMuj4LnxNgKvkLjjRgN_0

FROM OKANAGAN COLLABORATIVE CONSERVATION PROGRAM (OCCP)

1Protect Okanagan Lake: A new planning initiative is aimed at identifying policies, regulations, and processes to enhance shoreline management for water source and natural areas protection. To read more, go here. 

2. Ecoaction Community Funding Program Opportunity: This program is now accepting applications! They are due March 30th, 2020. 

3. OCCP in 2019: “2019 marked the OCCP's 11th year supporting collaboration for conservation ... Looking forward in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss, it is imperative more than ever that the OCCP partners build upon and create new partnerships to protect our natural environment! “ For the entire article, go here.

FROM EVERGREEN

1. Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI): The UN says there needs to be more investment in BGI to mitigate disaster risks from climate change globally. This would involve environmental components and natural assets that are integrated into the urban landscape to create and promote more sustainable ecosystems.  Google “Blue-Green Infrastructure projects making a splash” for how Vancouver, Copenhagen, Philadelphia, Singapore and Melbourne are dealing with heat and excess water events… 

FROM IISD

1. Food or Biofuel Sugar: The latest report in this ISSD series reveals why only 3% of the world's sugarcane—used for both food and biofuel—is grown sustainably!

2. Energy Needs for Cooling: They’ll triple by 2050. We need to invest in sustainable construction and start future-proofing our buildings: the good news is, it's not rocket science!

3. Public Bike Sharing: Social, economic and environmental benefits would outweigh the costs of a bike-sharing system in New Delhi, ISSD researchers show.

4. How to say "Mercury" in Ojibway:  An educational video on mercury created by our freshwater experts has been translated into Ojibway; The CBC explains why this matters!

 Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck 

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