Climate Change Town Hall

Nick Whalen, the Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, will be hosting a Climate Change town hall on Thursday, September 8th from 6-8pm at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church auditorium, located at 8 Military Rd.

As part of this event we are planning to have outside groups, involved in mitigating climate change in various ways, joining discussions at roundtables throughout the room. To make this event a success in harvesting ideas to provide to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change we would like to extend the invitation to anyone interested in joining our discussion and provide solutions. Tables include: International Cooperation, Food and Agriculture, Mitigation of Emissions, Preservation of Habitat, and Municipal Planning.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/NickWhalenMP

nick.whalen@parl.gc.ca

ANNUAL NATURENL LONG POND CLEAN-UP

ANNUAL NATURENL LONG POND CLEAN-UP
Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is holding our annual clean-up of Long Pond on Saturday, May 7, 2016, starting at 10:00 a.m. Meet  and other campus buildings). We anticipate that Clean St. John’s will supply garbage bags and collection. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and wear boots. For more information, email: naturenl@naturenl.ca

WEC News – NL climate change advisory group

Are you hearing the buzz? The world is changing. And it is changing fast.
First there was Paris – the world agreed to act on climate change
Then oil prices plummeted (and will likely stay low)
Now even large pro-oil lobby groups like UK Energy are calling for a shift towards renewables

During the first week of March Justin Trudeau will discuss climate change measures with the Premiers during the first ministers meeting.

A new climate change group has formed. The NL Climate Change Advisory Group. And they have sent an open letter in light of the first ministers meeting.
WEC is strongly supporting this initiative and encourages you to contact your MP (see list below) and MHA with a similar message.
This can be a pivotal moment.
Your WEC crew
Open Letter to Premier Ball and Ministers Trimper, Coady and Byrne

February 29, 2016

NL climate change advisory group

Corner Brook, NL

info@nlccag.ca

Dear Premier Ball, Minister Coady, Minister Trimper, and Minister Byrne,

The NL Climate Change Advisory Group is a newly formed independent citizens group focused on climate change policy and research specific to the NL context. We were pleased to see a number of climate-related actions in the mandate letter of the Department of Environment & Conservation, and we look forward to working with you in the coming months and years on this major issue.

As you are aware, this past December, the world’s governments negotiated a landmark agreement on climate change that puts the world on a cleaner energy path. The negotiations sent a strong signal to financial sectors and global markets that investments be redirected to low-carbon and climate resilient development. At the closing of the negotiations, Lord Nicholas Stern, the author of the influential Stern Review on the economics of climate change, stated: “A green race is going on [and] if we get this right, it will be more powerful than the industrial revolution.”

Even Energy UK, which represents the big six providers of energy in the UK, says it now supports phasing out coal-fired stations, after years of defending the use of fossil fuels. And they are even going as far as calling for the UK to develop their own version of the German “Energiewende” [Germany’s plan to move to a majority of renewable energy sources].1

Indeed, the green finance agenda is becoming mainstream, and over the last few years we have seen a growing international flight of investment capital from fossil fuels and other carbon-intensive industries combined with a shift to investment policies that increasingly prioritize socially and environmentally favourable development.

Your government has recently come to power under the banner of a “Stronger Tomorrow.” In early March, Prime Minister Trudeau will host a First Ministers Meeting to discuss what path this country will take as we move at both the national and global scales towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future. We trust your government will show leadership at this meeting to help move our province and country into a cleaner, greener economy.

There are many reasons to begin moving towards a green economy right now.

We are currently in a precarious position where thousands of skilled workers are out of work and are moving back to our province where there are not enough jobs for all.

This shift should of course be based on sound information and we recommend that a feasibility study assesses the right mix of green technologies for the NL context, which is then followed by a strong and bold move towards a green economy. This can help address our unemployment problem at the same time as moving us toward a low carbon future.

More specifically, the policies we need include:

  • net metering and feed-in tariffs with attractive rates guaranteed for a certain period of time to encourage rapid development for small scale energy producers
  • security measures for private and corporate investments in the green energy sector so that a growth in small scale energy production will benefit Canadian manufacturing
  • federal and provincial investments in green tech infrastructure
  • a tax on carbon that gets reinvested into the green economy

We know that we cannot expect a rebound in oil prices in the near future. Saudi Arabia recently announced in a press conference in Texas2 that they are not afraid to keep oil prices low and that high-cost producers, such as the oil sands, should get out of the market.

It is time for Newfoundland and Labrador to seriously focus on the urgent need to diversify its economy and move away from a crippling dependency on boom and bust industries. Transformational change and green economies are good for business and job creation. We want to work with your government to help make this change happen, for the good of our communities, our province and our world.

References:

  1. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/28/top-lobbying-group-green-energy-u-turn
  2. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/saudi-oil-minister-in-houston-1.3459539)
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The MUN Botanical Garden: Stakeholder Discussion

The MUN Botanical Garden is entering an exciting new phase and is seeking input from stakeholders for direction and priorities for the next five years. What key issues would benefit from the work of faculty, staff and students at the Botanical Garden? What research, teaching and learning, and public engagement opportunities can the Garden pursue in horticulture, wellness and the environment as it connects with your area of interest? What are the most effective approaches and programs that the Garden can use to advance this work?
 
A session will be held in Corner Brook on February 17 from 12:00 – 2:00pm in FA224. Your participation would be most appreciated. People with an interest in agriculture, horticulture, botany, climate change, folklore, food security, public engagement, public art and performance, education, and visitor experience are particularly encouraged to attend.
 
A light lunch will be provided. Please email Sandy Brennan at sbrennan@mun.ca to RSVP.

Just Get Out – 2015

Just Get Out is a fun overnight workshop full of hands-on activities that will offer participants the chance to improve their leadership skills for taking children outdoors. It is intended for teachers, parents, early childhood educators, education students and non-formal educators. It will give you the chance to “un-plug”, enjoy the peace of the boreal forest, eat delicious, healthy meals, and participate in engaging, hands-on learning with other educators! This year’s workshop will offer some of the great activities from previous years, but will also include several new sessions, designed to cater to a range of age groups, from pre-school to high school.

Date:
Friday- Saturday, November 20th-21st, 2015

Location:
Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre (bus available from St. John’s and Salmonier Line)

Registration:
**Transportation by bus and all meals are included in registration fee**
$140 ($125 early-bird to November 1st)
(Memorial University students may qualify for an additional discount… get in touch to find out more!).

Family Rate:
$25 – ages 12 and under
$35 – ages 13-16

Goals of workshop:
Participants will:
– Improve leadership skills for taking kids outdoors
– Learn practical activity ideas, and identify useful resources
– Have fun and meet like-minded educators
– Enjoy the peace and beauty of the boreal forest in the fall

For more information and to register, visit http://www.nlee.ca/upcoming-events.html

Questions to: justgetout.nl@gmail.com

Community Threads: Connections for Sustainability

thegreenrock.ca wants everyone to know that there are many smart people and great organizations working toward sustainable living in this province. thegreenrock.ca Community Threads questionnaire is designed to recognize and highlight community organizations’ efforts that support collaboration, wellness and sustainability.

Community Threads is supported by the Wellness Coalition Avalon East. With permission from the respondent, results will be published on thegreenrock.ca.

The form is online at thegreenrock.ca http://thegreenrock.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/community-threads-connections-for-sustainability/

or here is a link…

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nZZlWv02qV777rU50NkO88s4S2RIl4VudY28F-rmnh0/viewform