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May 2020 Newsletter

MAY 2020 NEWS – SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT NETWORK SOCIETY

* Information contained in this newsletter may not imply approval by SENS directors.

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SENS STUFF

1. SENS AGM, May 21: Only members will receive details on taking part for this virtual zoom meeting.

LOCAL STUFF

1. Farmers’ Markets: 

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

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

                        Armstrong: Saturdays, 8 am – noon, IPE grounds until the end of September.    

2. Gently Used Clothes…Vernon Hospital needs men’s clothing for patients who have lost theirs due to accident etc. If you have clothes to spare, please phone Susan at 250 545-7753.  She’ll come, pick up your extras, and deliver.

3. RDNO Water Supply Webinar Recording: https://www.obwb.ca/water-supply-webinar-thursday-april-16/ 

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1. BCSEA’s Earth Day “Treats”: Earth Day was April 22nd! Here are some of the things BCSEA was watching and listening to on that day: BUILT ON SAND,THE STORY OF A SPOON, WHY BIODIVERSITY IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, THE CRUEL IRONY OF AIR CONDITIONING, CBC'S QUIRKS AND QUARKS EARTH DAY SHOW, AND THE KRATT BROTHERS/WILD KRATTS...

2. Eco Canada Survey: They wish to find out what the impacts of COVID 19 are for businesses and other organizations… Click here to take the survey!

3. COVID 19 Peanut Butter Sniff Test?!? Here's a novel way to test yourself! It may sound dubious, but a Canadian-professor designed it...

4. Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (FASNO): They provide a valuable service for our community but need YOU on their Board to help effect change! Please ask for the form, then take a moment to complete and submit to foodactionsociety@gmail.com. It doesn't matter if you are new to being a board member or new to the Food Action community. The only prerequisite is a passion for our community!

5.YouTube: 1 Earth,1 Humanity v.s. the 1%: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNM833K22LM

FROM WEST COAST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

1. Webinars of Interest: Looking for new learning opportunities to keep you busy this May? WCEL’s got two webinars / virtual discussions to boost your knowledge on environmental law:

a) Indigenous Law for Land, Air & Water, is set for Tues. May 12th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Register here! 

b) What’s next for climate law after COVID-19?, is set for Tues. May 26th, 12:00-1:00 pm. Register here! 

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1.Butterflyway Rangers Foundation: Become a “butterflies-in-my-back-yard” (BIMBY) citizen scientist! Google ‘butterflyway rangers’ for details on observing, taking photos, and sending them in.

2.Home Cleaning: Read the Queen of Green’s helpful home-cleaning tips.  

FROM BC NATURE

1. Stuff To Do: Learning Portal at Royal BC Museum Link 

                        Escape Into Nature With These 5 Documentaries Link 

                        Plant Intelligence: Rethinking Thinking Link 

                        Seminars-on-Science: American Museum of Natural History  Link  

FROM NATURE CONSERVANCY CANADA

1. Virtual tour of NCC properties: If you love getting outside and exploring the wonders of nature, these extraordinary times can be difficult. That’s why NCC is bringing nature to you this spring. Using Google Trekker NCC has captured images of some of your favourite NCC properties. Let's take a hike! 

2. Get Free Bird Migration Map: If you’re spending your days at home right now, you can still spot many bird species along their migratory routes. Celebrate the return of spring by testing your knowledge of these iconic Canadian bird species, and learn how to identify them. Sign up to receive a FREE digital migration map. Guess that bird! 

FROM FRESHWATER ALLIANCE

1. Action on Environmental Laws: The Alliance is concerned that oil industry lobbyists are asking for leniency from strong environmental laws. Please send them a message by signing this petition!

2. Digital Environmental Action: This workshop will provide tips, tools and skills so you can protect places you cherish while still staying home. May 7, 9am PT, 12pm ET.  RSVP here. 

3.Differences for Responses to Corona vs Climate Change: four important reasons. 

FROM SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION

1. Four Things to Watch/Read/Do: Here's just a few things to watch, read, or do on this special (but already gone) Earth Week:

(a) Enjoy this extraordinary, sweeping visual narrative of Wonderful Earth!

            (b) Learn more about the animal-to-human spread of disease and more in this interview!

            (c) Read from The Guardian's The Sound of Icebergs Melting  by Jonathan Watts!

            (d) Keep At-home kids connected to nature with Sierra's Wild Child program! 

2. Action: Exemption to Allow Exploratory Drilling: Oil and Gas Industry wish to not have impact assessments involved. Tell them “Hell No”! 

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck 

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