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mid-April 2020 Newsletter supplement

MID-APRIL 2020 NEWS – SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT NETWORK SOCIETY

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1. All events are cancelled.

LOCAL STUFF

1.Farmers’ Markets:  It would be outdoors but you still need to observe the 2-meter safety space. A mask helps prevent you from “shedding” the virus if you have it and don’t know it. A bit of vacuum filter inside a cottom mask changes the efficiency of the mask from 60% to over 90%.

            Vernon: Possibly Monday, April 27, Kal Tire Place.  

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

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1. Some People Ignore Public Health Orders: Here's an insightful article on this dangerous behaviour!

2. B.C. Burn Ban and Reduction of the Virus Impact: It come into effect April 16th and aims to dampen COVID's effects by improving air quality. For more, go here!

3. Good News For Grassy Narrows: Mercury-poisoned people will finally be helped. Check out this piece in the Toronto Star for details.!

4. Renewable Energy Course: Simon Fraser University and BCSEA offer this 12-week online professional development course from April 6th – June 28th, 2020. The 30-hour course is designed for local government staff and other individuals concerned about their energy future!

5. Garden Worm Towers/Buckets for Compost: Check out these Youtube links (1 and  2)!

6. ACTION for Quesnel Lake (via Amnesty International): Our B.C. government has extended the permit for the Mt. Polley company to dump more mine wastewater into the tailings pond, despite the environmental damage already done by the previous collapse... Sign this petition!

7. More on COVID 19:

a) From Cal Tech: According to this virologist, we're still nearing “the tip of the iceberg”. Stay vigilant!

b) From The Guardian News: Here's some good news out of Italy!

c) Vitamin C treatment:  In New York, intensive care patients with COVID are receiving 1,500 milligrams intravenously (3 – 4 times a day) of this powerful antioxidant. Read the full story here!

d) Advice For Canadians: Go to canada.ca/coronavirus for the latest information from health experts.  The Canadian Medical Association provides this site for Q and A: https://www.covidquestions.ca/

e) Disinfecting – But Protecting Our Lakes:  easy-to-share tips from IISD.

8. The A-Project: April 15th marks Micro-Volunteering Day and U.B.C. has developed opportunities for alumni to give back online and help from home. Just select from one or more of the activities listed here!

9. EVERGREEN: is launching a new video series on gardening: @evergreen_brick_works Instagram, Wednesdays.

 FROM FRESH WATER ALLIANCE

1. Why Social Distancing is Necessary: Check out this article by the Washington Post for more info on this! If we stick to the regimen and intervene early, we can save lives.

2. Early Intervention: University of Toronto researchers have created a model to describe this effect!

3. COVID and Our Water Systems: Go here to read about how the panic about COVID-19 is contributing to extra stress on our water systems!

4. Nature and Pandemics: “COVID-19 is fundamentally a story of humanity’s ever-encroaching relationship with all other living things on this planet.” Check out the entire article here!

FROM WESTERN CANADA WILDERNESS COMMITTEE (WCWC)

WCWC Celebrates some Recent Successes: (1) getting protection of the Catchacoma old growth forest and of Peace Valley caribou, (2) stopping the Tech Frontier Mine, and (3) helping Fanning Park continue to grow…  For more details, go here!

FROM CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (CAPE)

Webinar now available: COVID-19 and Climate Change - Where do we go from here? 

FROM GUY DAUNCEY

1. 50 Ways to Stay Sane Re: Corona 19: Just a small correction! added… 

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1. Connecting to Our Surroundings: “… in these physically distancing times!” For the full article, go here.

2. Vancouver Port Expansion? The environmental assessment panel recognizes the risks involved surely.... Right? Read the full report here.

3. Walk in the Trees! “We can’t live without trees and forests. They provide oxygen, food, wood and other resources, and sequester carbon. Forests (and all natural spaces) are also beneficial for our physical and mental health. Numerous studies illustrate how much forest walks can do for heart and respiratory health, immune system function and lowering stress levels.” For the entire article, go here!

4. Forward-thinking Stories From All Over:…from the Charged Up library.

5. A  review in Nature   indicates that increasing marine protected areas can bring large areas of ocean back by 2050. 

FROM IISD

1. Three Ways: The COVID- 19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. Here are three ways the Coronavirus is shaping sustainable development!

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck 

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