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January 2021 Newsletter

JANUARY 2021 NEWS
·Information contained in this newsletter may not imply approval by SENS directors.

SENS STUFF

1. Zoom Event - Vernon’s Climate Action Plan (January 21st, 7 pm): Join in (or just listen in) for a presentation on what the plan will contain, followed by discussion, questions and answer. This plan, which many citizens have provided input on and has had much research included, will be presented to Vernon City council in February for approval.  We believe an outpouring of support from all of you will show Council how important it is to us! The Zoom link will be sent closer to the date. Everyone is welcome take part!

LOCAL STUFF
1. Farmers Markets:
Vernon:  Fridays, 11 am – 3 pm inside, Kal Tire Place, until March.
 Lumby: Year-round, Monashee Food Co-Op (GMO/pesticide-free!), Shuswap Ave.
 Armstrong: Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm at Odd Fellows hall, Bridge St. for the Winter.

2. Code Blue BC: According to our new Minister of Environment's mandate letter, he will “lead work to protect clean water, including through the creation of a Watershed Security Strategy and the associated Watershed Security Fund.” Of interest is that other ministries will also be involved! Read of Code Blue’s expectations here!

3. YOUR Wishes for B.C.’s Environment: Feel that the environment is not strongly presented? Please let our new government know your top priorities as they head back into the legislature!

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1. YouTube Links:

            (a) Dream Bunk-Studio by Bill Gates’ Home Designer            (b) Tree Planting Drones         

            (c) Earth-cooled Underground Container Home                     (d) $1200 Pallet Tiny House

            (e) Air-crete Dome 

2. Books Of Note:

a) In Bad Science, the author exposes how non-science background journalists sensationalize without understanding, how our emotions, despite facts, mislead us and much more. Check out this TED Talk as well!

b) The Great Reset is a must read for anyone interested in the future of the economy! … interesting graphics show all the issues that threaten the future and how they relate to each other, plus conclusions for each threat.

 3. Wild Child: Sierra Club Canada recognizes the value of having children take part in Nature and provided some readings on the topic. How might YOU invite urban nature back into the lives of children around us? Here are some articles to consider

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1. Salmon Conservation: Check out this short DVD on Salmon Hatcheries: Wild Works Best now.  A summary report with the main issues discussed in the film, policy recommendations for recovering salmon, and a reference list for those wanting to research further can be found here!

 2. Empathy and Agreeing on Science: Check out this article in Scientific American: “What Conversations with Voters Taught Me about Science Communication”!

 3. ACTION: Blue Dot Environmental Movement Update: A BlueDot petition, signed by many Canadians and asking lawmakers to strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), has been tabled in Parliament. Contact your MP and ask for their support on this bill!

FROM PREVENT CANCER NOW

1. Integrated Pest Management is NOT Working: Following their report, PCN is concerned. For the safety of staff, golfers, adjacent residential communities and environmental sustainability it is time for the golf industry to live up to promises made in 2008. Ontario golfers and neighbours of golf clubs should press for nothing less. Here's a summary! 

FROM BC NATURE

1. Bank Swallow Report Request: Bank swallows are threatened in Canada. Their nest and roost sites are critical habitat needed for their survival and recovery. If you or others you know have sightings of these habitats in B.C. or elsewhere in Canada, please send the information here! This information will be shared with Environment Canada to include in the recovery strategy and help us conserve this species!

2. BC Nature Photo Contest, 2021: Deadline is March 15th, 2021. For the entire article, go here!

3. Old Growth Forests: Because of you, Premier John Horgan has made some big promises on old-growth forests. Now our task is to make sure he keeps them.  Take action now!

 FROM EVERGREEN

1. Outdoors Programs: Check out the Environmental outdoors programs newly created by Evergreen for students here! 

FROM ALUMNI UBC

1. Post-Wildfire Logging: “After wildfires, logging the forest can harm wildlife for up to a decade.” Go here .

2. Death by 1000 Cuts: 'Death by 1,000 cuts' for 102 Fraser River estuary species at risk of extinction.” Go here!

3. Killer Whale Killings: “What’s killing killer whales? This Orca report covering a decade of deaths identifies threats.” Go here for the article!

FROM LIVING OCEANS 

1. Salmon Success: This group is pleased to announce that Salmon Farms in the Discovery islands will be gone by June 2022 as pledged by the federal government.  Here’s a recap of all efforts that brought this end result!

FROM INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE EVELOPMENT (IISD) 

1. Celebrate! IISD says we've seen progress in sustainable development!

2. Annual Report: IISD shows us a more equitable, inclusive, and resilient world!

3. Biodiversity vs. a Hydro Project: The future of Europe's last free-flowing river might be in jeopardy!

4. Nature-Based Solutions: Natural infrastructure can support adaptation while creating social and economic benefits!

5. ARGH! Plastic never disappears… It's now being found in human placentas! Can we negotiate our way out of this mess?

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck

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