May 2018 Newsletter

MAY 2018

Support Us!
You can become a member (Family - $20.00, Individual - $15.00, Basic - $5.00)
attend our monthly meetings (the 4thThursday usually), donate, and/or volunteer. 
Mailing address:
SENS (Sustainable Environment Network Society), c/o the Boys and Girls Club, 3300-37th Ave., Vernon, V1T 2Y5.
*** SENS provides tax-deductible receipts for donations ***
Information contained in this newsletter may not imply approval by SENS directors.
For the latest updates, check out the SENS Facebook Event Page!

1. No Newsletter until late summer or September! Enjoy the outdoors!

2. Electric Car Show: May 24th, 7 pm, Schubert Centre, Vernon.Check under the hood? Drive one? Try out an electric bicycle?They will be on display outside in the east parking lot until 8 pm. Then, join owners inside as they speak to the benefits of their own mode of transport. Reading material and vehicle specs will be available.

3. Directly Affected– A Kinder Morgan Documentary: May 31th, 7 pm - 9 pm, Schubert Centre.Hear from locals in pipeline-affected communities, from first nations, and from fossil fuel energy workers, all of whom are affected but did not have a voice in the National Energy Board process. The filmmakers, Zack Embree and Devyn Brugge, should attend and take part in discussion after the viewing. $10 at the door, $5 for students and retirees. SENS is sponsor.

4. Blue Dot Action: Vernon and RDNO are now Blue Dot Communities. Ask if your MP supports the right to a healthy environment, then ask them to support the June vote to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which will add this environmental right for all of us!

5. SENS Events for 2018 – 2019: Please contact us with topics you’d like to hear about in the coming year!

LOCAL STUFF

1. Farmers’ Markets: 

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

Lumby:Open year-round, Monashee Food Co-op, #3-1965, Shuswap Ave.

GMO and pesticide free produce! Information is on their website.

2. Creating a Better City: Evergreen.caprovides several contacts for those who would like to see their city transformed to become a better City for everyone! They encourage all of us to take action through such planning groups as 100in1Day.ca. Share your wishes for the Vernon area via #CityWishList.

3. Action Re: Kinder Morgan by the Local 350.org Group: May 4, 10am, Triumph Coffee in Vernon to call on the Federal government to drop their multi-billion dollar bailout plan for Texas-owned Kinder Morgan.RSVP here and bring your pots and pans because we plan on making a lot of noise!

Also, should you wish background on the oil sand production check out Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. They have a a new pagefor all such information.

4. North Okanagan Naturalists:May 2nd, 7 pm, Village Green Hotel. Author and artist Lou McKee from Bellingham, Wash. presents her new book "Klee Wyck Journal". The book contains illustrations and stories of the people and adventures involved in the building of a coastal wilderness shelter hidden among old rain forest firs and cedars.

5. Bike to Work (BtW)/Shop/School Week:May 28th– June 3rd, here in the Vernon area. Research shows that compared to drivers, car passengers, and public transit users, bicyclist commuters are the happiest… so, register and start cycling! Registration is super easy (last year's participants only need to loginto the BtW website / newbies just need to registerand take a few minutes to sign-up) and it' FREE! Plus there are prizes for all participants and a Grand Prize Trip!For morelocal information, go here.

6. Pre-BtW Team Leader Social/Meeting:May 7th, 5 pm – 7 pm, Vernon City Hall. Meet other leader cyclists, get information on local cycling, pick up your T-shirt, and more. Refreshments! RSVP to Arleneby May 3rd.

7. BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA):May 16 meeting, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Vernon Library/. Check out CRE Green’spassive solar house in Kelowna using OM Solar ideas - the Japanese version of a passive house - a concept that has been around for over 30 years. Check out their progress on their blog.

8. Mega Plant and Garage Sale:May 25th- 26th, 8 am – 4 pm, May 27th, 9 am – 3 pm, Allan Brooks Nature Centre, 250 Allan Brooks Way. Donations can be dropped off here too between Tues-Sun from 9 am - 4 pm, or schedule a time to have ABNC pick them up!

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1. Species at Risk Act:Western Canada Wilderness Committee reports that, with support from you, they and others were able to apply pressure to the federal government so that, in 2 months time, 50 at risk species will receive the protection they need.

2. Community Shred Day: May 12th, 11 am – 3 pm, Village Green Hotel parking lot.. It’s by donation ($5 per box) to support North Okanagan-Shuswap Crime Stoppers. The stuff makes great compost….

FROM POLIS WATER SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

Australia’sPeople and Rights to Water: In her latest book, Dr. Marshall pushes for law reform to protect Australia’s indigenous water rights and interests that were taken away to benefit white landowners. To learn more about her book, gohere.Given the similarities to Canada's past and present treatment of our indigenous people, it has some good ideas worth reading!

FROM AVAAZ.ORG

Deforestation: In March, Colombia's Deputy Minister received Avaaz's petition. How he responds could lead to Colombia halting their massive deforestation! For details, check out what they did here!

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1.Biodiversity Decline:We're talking aboutnature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. In order to reverse it's decline, we should: (a) eat less meat, (b) waste less food, (c) use water more efficiently, (d) reduce toxic chemical use, and (e) shift from fossil fuels. For more, read David's article here.

2. Action on Fish Farms: The B.C. government will decide in June whether to renew tenures for open cage salmon farms, which operate without the consent of those most affected - indigenous peoples. Dense concentrations of salmon in net pens magnify the problems of parasites and disease. Lets give young wild salmon their best chance to survive! Please let your MLA know that youdon’t want open net cage salmon farms on the coastand that we need to transition to closed containment farms on land.

FROM ECOJUSTICE

Action to Protect Caribou in Northeastern Alberta: Forestry and oil-sands development are taking a heavy tollon these boreal herds that call the region home, but provincial laws aren’t doing enough to protect this threatened species. Please send a letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, asking her to urgently recommend a SARA safety net order to protect boreal caribou ranges in Alberta.

FROM CAPE

1. Fukushima’s Continuing Effects: Anyone who believes nuclear power is safe, reliable, and the answer to global warming should read this recently published article-- and weep. It's a recapitulation of the Fukushima meltdownfrom the POV of U.S. Sailors as the massive radiation plume enveloped their recovery fleet! And along the same vein, here's an articleabout Montreal's nuclear caused smoke screen.

2. Active Transport: CAPE has been actively supporting these activities associated with "active transport". One example of primary infrastructure to facilitate active transport is the setting up of completely separate bike lanes. Here's a study/articlethat shows that it's hugely beneficial for economic reasons -- far outstripping the cost of setting up bike lanes. Let your local politicians know!

3. National Tree Planting Strategy: As part of the 2018 budget, the government pledged over $1 billion towards conservation projects. 

Enter the concept of a 
nationally-coordinated tree planting strategy.
 Toronto alone could plant 50 million trees, sequestering the equivalent of 6.6 megatonnes of CO2. If we were then to add in the other provinces....
 More trees would also have added benefits to our economy (lumber), a variety of health benefits (e.g. cleaner air), and lower temperatures in urban neighbourhoods. All that's needed is government support! 
The time to plant trees is now. For the entire article, go here.

4. Agricultural Pesticides:In February, the Quebec Minister for Sustainable Development announced a new law for pesticides. It includes a ban on three neonic pesticides, atrazine, and chlorpyrifos. Neonics are harmful to bees and many other living organisms in the ecosystem; chlorpyrifos was recently named a “toxic” to a child’s development by the State of California, and atrazine has been banned in Europe for more than a decade. To read more, go here.

5. Tackling Climate Change:13 research universities in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada have announced the formation of a coalition to tackle climate change. The Canadian participants are U of Toronto and UBC. For more details, go here.

FROM IISD

1. Using Big Data:Seven organizations, including IISD Experimental Lakes Area, are using big data in new and innovative ways to ensure communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change. These range from using cell phones to help herders in Mongolia anticipate the weather, to scientists in Canada planning how lakes will change over time. Read the full story hereor a short blog post here.

2. NAFTA for People or Polluters?This report showsthat NAFTA’s energy proportionality rules would lock in 1,488 megatonnes more greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This is double Canada’s yearly emissions and more than 12 times greater than its 2050 climate pollution target!Read the report here.

FROM FRESH WATER ALLIANCE

Action for Aquifers:We're seeing water shortages already, yet a private company is permitted to take aquifer water for profit? This must stop! Access the Action for Aquiferspage to find out what you can do.

FROM SIERRA CLUB CANADA FOUNDATION

Reaction to BP's Latest Drill Permit: On April 21, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) announced it was granting permission for BP to begin exploratory drilling off Nova Scotia. According to the Director of Sierra Club Canada Foundation, “Although gut wrenching, in spite of this approval we continue to call on the Board to deepen its consultations before damage is done. And we call on the federal government to reverse plans to give these Boards more powers in new Impact Assessment rules under Bill C-69. They [The Boards] are clearly not capable of undertaking fair and credible assessments & consultations.” For the full story, go here.

Co- Edited with Egan Mandreck

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