Two Summer Positions – Oceans Learning Partnerships (OLP)

Oceans Learning Partnership is planning to hire two post-secondary students as educators this summer (May to August) with our partners.  One position will be based in Terra Nova National Park with our friends at Park Canada, and the other is a shared staff position shared between Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, the Ocean Sciences Centre, and our program in Holyrood.  The applicants must meet the requirements for the Canada Summer Job grant (student, returning to studies in September, between ages of 15 and 30, legally entitled to work in Canada).Job Opportunity_Marine Educator_2016Job Opportunity_OLP Science Educator_Terra Nova

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.

Conservation Corps NL Environmental and Cultural Hiring Opportunity (ECHO) Program

ECHO Application FinalECHO Application Guide 2016 FinalGreen Team or ECHO ProgramEnvironmental and Cultural Hiring Opportunity (ECHO) Program is designed to build strong connections between youth and local organizations, communities, and municipalities by providing students (ages 15-30) with training and employment opportunities through paid work placements with community-based organizations.

Each ECHO project placement must have an environmental or cultural focus. Each project must provide a direct or indirect benefit to the community in which it takes place, be completed using the resources at hand, and provide meaningful work and learning experiences to the students.

 

Some of the outstanding features of this program include:

  • Proposed work placements can be for individual student work, or as part of a larger project.
  • Wage subsidy: CCNL will contribute 75% of the cost of student placements while the community partner is responsible to contribute only 25%.
  • Students hired through the ECHO program will be paid at a rate of $11.50/hour.
  • Community partners can apply for a maximum of two ECHO students.
  • Community Partners can apply for 8, 12 or 15 week placements.  (Community Partners will have the choice to avail of a reduced duration if partial funding is granted.)
  • CCNL will be responsible for administering funds, assisting with recruitment and hiring, payroll, primary supervision, safety orientation and training, and provide some safety equipment for student placements.
  • Community partners devise work plans to meet the needs of the organization or community.

All the details for the ECHO Program can be found in the attached documents or at http://www.ccnl.ca/news-and-events/current-news/  

The deadline for the ECHO Program is February 19, 2016.

In addition to this brand new program, CCNL is also accepting applications for our 2016 Green Team employment program.  Our flagship program has been a tremendous resource for communities across Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 20 years and we look forward to another exciting season of employment opportunities for youth and working with our incredible partners to enhance and restore communities around the province!  All Green Team Program details can be found at http://www.ccnl.ca/programs/green-team/

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