NL Conservation Fund – Letters of Support Requested

Dear ENGOs and Environmental Allies,
Kathy Unger at CPAWS has been working towards a very exciting prospect for all of us, and we need everybody’s support to make it happen. Specifically, Kathy is asking for a letter of support from all ENGOs working in the province to further her work on establishing a NL Conservation Fund via conservation license plates.
Your letter of support can be quite simple, stating such things as your organization supports this initiative, that you would be grateful beneficiary of this fund, and you look forward to seeing conservation efforts in the province grow as a result. Be sure to have your letter of support on your organization’s letterhead and email it to Kathy directly (kunger@cpaws.org).
For further details, please read her email below as well as NL Conservation Fund Fact Sheet found here.
You may contact her directly with any further questions you may have.
Regards,
Trina Porter

On behalf of NLEN

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Hello,

I am writing you because you represent an environmental organization listed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network, or we have spoken directly, and I believe you would be interested in being a part of an opportunity to establish NL’s first Conservation Fund to support environmental initiatives in our province.In an attachment in this email, (here: NL Conservation Fund Fact Sheet) you will find a fact sheet with information about why I am working towards the establishment of a provincial Conservation Fund and how we can get there using a Conservation Plates program.

I believe you will agree that environmental programs enhance and strengthen the cultural, social and economic protection and appreciation of our province’s natural resources. These programs deliver crucial services and opportunities to ensure the long-term, well-being of our iconic species and wilderness across our province for future generations. Without reliable provincial or other region-specific funding, environmental initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador are under-supported.  Consequently, local ENGO groups may never see capacity growth, may never realize crucial projects, or may face dissolution. Conservation License Plates, are an innovative solution for our region. They have been tried, tested, and proven successful in many other regions of North America.

What I am asking from you today is to read the attached information sheet (NL Conservation Fund Fact Sheet), contact me if you have questions, and show your support for this endeavour by providing a written letter of support from your organization, which will be used to approach decision makers and funders to advance this initiative.

Thank you kindly for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Kathy Unger
Conservation Coordinator
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter
Address: 360 Topsail Rd. Suite 103, St. John’s, NL, A1E 2B6
Tel: (709) 726-5800
E-mail: kunger@cpaws.org
Website: www.cpawsnl.org

Earth Day Fair Registration

NLEN is happy to co-host the Suncor Fluvarium Earth Day Fair – Sunday April 22, 2018 12 noon – 4:30pm and we want your organization to be part of it!  

NEW: Register quickly online here: https://goo.gl/forms/EKrnzlktMIwu3JSU2

Each year hundreds of families come through the event, and leave with a better understanding of all the environmental initiatives that are taking place.   This year we’re featuring a Mend-It Café, encouraging people to fix their cloths instead of trashing it, try some up-cycling and help out with a quilting service project!

As usual the event is free to the public or by donation. Environmental Non-Profit Organizations are welcome to set up a booth; For-Profit organizations are charged a fee of $25-50 (depending on what they can afford to pay). Sales or collections of any kind are not permitted during the fair; organizations are welcome to collect names for follow up and are welcome to have free draws at their booth.

 Please see the questions below and let us know if you are participating.

The format will be similar to previous years with door prizes to be won (hopefully provided by some of your organizations) and a wide variety of Environmental Organizations represented sharing ideas for how to live gentler on the earth! The more hands-on activities the better and the more real data about why all of this is important would be great!

So … Are you in?? Here is what we need from you …

1)       Will you be attending (or not)? I need an organization name and as soon as possible and a contact name for further communications about the event.

2)       Do you have something you can donate as a giveaway to all or many participants at the door (something functional)?

3)       Do you have something that we can use as door prizes (something to help people take the next step)?

4)       Spread the Word! Join the Facebook Event! Share this information with other organizations or send me contact information that I can follow up with for other organizations that should have a booth!

The Mend-It Café was well received last year as a way to help participants keep good clothes out of the land fill, or at least think a little more about it! Imagine, volunteers with sewing machines and button attachment know-how and other such clothing repair skills sharing their machines and abilities with others – it was lovely!  We will be looking for volunteers with know-how around some basic clothing repair. If you know anyone who can help with: sewing, buttons, fixing zippers, hemming … please share! This year we will also be working as a community to build a quilt to be donated to the Veterans Pavilion.

A little more information about the fair:

– Depending on how many people join us, each booth will have between 3-6ft of table space (assuming that some organizations may have to share a banquet table).  If you have an organization that you would like to share a table with, do let me know!

– Have someone at your booth for the duration of the event; there is lots of time now to organize a shift or two.

– NLEN is hoping to have someone move around to offer relief to booths with only one volunteer available.

– Last year there were about 100 people through our doors … with that in mind let’s get the word out so we can double that this year!

Register quickly online here: https://goo.gl/forms/EKrnzlktMIwu3JSU2

Email fluvarium@yahoo.ca  or Call Denise at The Fluvarium if you have any questions (754-3474). We look forward to working with you to make this an amazing event!

 

Corner Brook Christmas Bird Count

Posted on behalf of Humber Natural History Society (HNHS)

December 16th

Corner Brook to Little Rapids

People will count birds by walking/driving/skiing within a preset circle which includes Corner Brook and extends from Massey Drive around Curling to Mount Moriah, and out the Humber Valley to Little Rapids. A social follows to tally the results.
You must preregister so that there is no overlap in areas covered.
If interested in participating, please contact Lois Bateman lbateman@grenfell.mun.ca

Join the Blue Dot Movement as an organization!

The Blue Dot Movement is a movement for Environmental Rights in Canada initiated by the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice in 2014. This nation-wide grassroots movement has led to over 140 municipalities making declarations for their citizens Right to a Healthy Environment, including Mount Pearl and St. John’s. Right now, a team of 40 volunteer ambassadors across the country are working with their local MPs to persuade them to support a Federal Environmental Bill of Rights, and the ultimate goal is to change the Charter to include this fundamental Human Right to clean air and water, safe food, and a stable climate.

Canada’s patchwork of environmental laws is simply not working to protect the people and places we love. Meanwhile, international examples demonstrate that countries with laws recognizing the right to a healthy environment perform better environmentally and economically than those that do not have them.

So what can you do?

1. Visit bluedot.ca to sign the pledge and learn more, and like Newfoundland Blue Dot Movement on Facebook.

2. Have your organization sign a declaration of support for environmental rights. This is a simple but fantastic way to help us keep growing a large base of support. Please email Alex Hayward at amhayward@mun.ca if interested!

2017 Pride in your Community 3 Hour Challenge

Facebook event: 3 Hour Challenge Community Clean up – Sponsored by Tim Hortons

The 2017 Pride in your Community 3 Hour Challenge, sponsored by Tim Hortons, will take place on Saturday, June 10. The clean-up will take place from 9 am to 12 noon with a community celebration to follow at the Conception Bay South Arena from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.

Celebration will include Tim Hortons refreshments, hot dogs, a photo booth, live music and family activities. Bags, gloves and a limited number of t-shirts will be provided.

To register as an individual or a group please contact the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services at 834-6500 ext. 601 or email recreation@conceptionbaysouth.ca

NLEN Member – The Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program are participating as a group focusing on the Kelligrews Pond and beach. They meet in the ourdoor classroom on Pond Road.

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks received annual core funding from the Government of Canada.  This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut.  This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget.  This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks.  A proposal has been submitted.  It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general.  Feel free to use the template letter provided below.  You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here:  http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament. The mailing address for any member of parliament’s hill office is:

Hon. [Name of MP]
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

 

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small.  This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.  This is not acceptable.  A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada.  I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]