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!

Puffin Patrol is Hiring!

Attention Students! Looking to get more involved with Puffin Patrol? CPAWS-NL is Hiring (Funding Pending)! More details are to come but generally seeking students returning to school under the age of 30 willing to work at headquarters in the evenings and weekends for the month of August with the possibility of some mornings to release the birds. In addition you will be promoting the program in communities, plus other duties as required, minimum 5 weeks. Applicants must be able to work with the public, not afraid to handle our feathered friends, and able to do social media. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please send along a resume to nlpuffinpatrol@cpaws.org.

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.

Volunteer Opportunity: Kitchen Helpers at Echo Pond Summer Camp

The Environmental Education Commission is seeking volunteers to help out in our kitchen during our 6 summer camps in 2017. Our preference would be for volunteers who would be available for a full camp (i.e. 3-days or 5-days), but we would also be interested in having volunteers who can stay for a minimum of 2 days. Please visit echopondsummercamp.ca for a list of camps and dates.

Volunteers would aid our 1-2 cooks in preparing healthy, homemade meals, and keeping the kitchen clean and tidy. Specifically we would like volunteers who could help with: chopping vegetables, making desserts, setting up the dining room, and washing dishes. Benefits include: complimentary meals and accommodation, spending time in our beautiful forest, getting to observe an environmental education camp in action, and access to swimming and canoes during your free time when they are not in use by campers.

Echo Pond Summer Camp is run by the Environmental Education Commission at the Brother Brennan Centre, a registered charity. We aim to make our camps as accessible to as many children as possible, and therefore rely on volunteers to help keep our prices affordable.

Volunteers will be asked to provide an up-to-date Criminal Record Check certificate.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send a short email letting us know your availability and a little about yourself, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Email us at echopondjobs@gmail.com

CPAWS Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter Annual General Meeting

April 12th, 2017, 6:30 PM
172 Military Rd Gathering Place, St. John’s, NL

 

Guest Speaker: Dr.Rodolphe Devillers , “Towards better scientific approaches for selecting new marine protected areas”

Election of New Board of Directors

If you have an interest in the environment, and would like to become more involved in the protection of our natural resources, please join us for an exciting evening!

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Newfoundland and Labrador has a mission to promote the systematic establishment of new terrestrial and marine protected areas and to foster effective management of existing protected areas in the province.

We would love to see you there!

For more information please contact us at  (709) 726-5800 or email at nlcoordinator@cpaws.org.

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]