Pope Francis reminds us that “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue”. He specifies that this is not an optional or secondary aspect of our faith experience.
Let us gather for one hour during the following weeks in solidarity with fellow Canadians to reflect, pray and discuss on what we can do for Earth.
Dates: Tuesdays – March 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. (followed by cup of tea and snacks)
Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice
101 Mount Scio Road (next to Rainbow Riders), St John’s
To Register: Phone 722-0082 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members and friends of Humber Natural History Society are invited to a presentation on:
Birds of Torngat Mountains National Park
By Darroch Whitaker (Ph.D.) Ecosystem Scientist, Parks Canada
March 7th, 7:30PM
AS 2026, Grenfell Campus, MUN
Email for more details: email@example.com
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.
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
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.
[Your name here]
Sponsored by Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice
This session will explore the following questions:
• What is evolution?
• Why the fuss about evolution?
• How have we responded?
• Does evolution rule out God’s existence?
• Theology of Evolution
Guest Speaker: Rev. John McCarthy SJ
Scientist, author and Jesuit priest, John McCarthy SJ, was recipient of the 2002 Canadian Environment Awards Gold Medal (Lands and Forests category) for his work in boreal forest conservation in Newfoundland. He regularly speaks on the subject of Christian faith and ecology and publishes on lichenology as well as ecological theology and spirituality. A new lichen has been named after him – Acarospora maccarthyi K. Knudsen & Kocourk.
Feb. 15th, 2017
35 Barnes Road, St. John’s
RSVP by February 13th by calling 722-0082 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is Free.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network collected comments from 23 environmental nongovernmental organizations in NL on the Fisheries Act via teleconference, email, and in-person workshop between November 23rd and November 26th.
This PDF is the resulting document submitted to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans: https://nlenvironmentnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/nl-engos-fa-recommendations.pdf
All Nature lovers are invited to a party to celebrate the festive season. This can be a great opportunity to network and meet friends in NatureNL, as well as members of other groups working on behalf of our natural heritage.
When: Thursday 15 December 2016; drop in anytime from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Third-floor board room of The Gathering Place, beside the Basilica parking lot, door on your left. (Elevator available if necessary, but please contact 722-1925 ahead of time)
Pot luck “finger foods”, tea and coffee provided
Hosted by Nature NL on behalf of all of our environmental friends in the St. John’s area.
Any questions? Please contact Marjorie Evans email@example.com or 722-1925.
The Humber Natural History Society Annual General Meeting will be held 7 PM on December 6, 2016, in the Board Room of the Pollett Building (on Riverside Drive, Corner Brook).
The format will consist of three parts:
All HNHS members are encouraged to attend – HNHS works best when the members help us plan the year’s activities.
If you are not an HNHS member, we welcome your participation. Membership is only $10 per year and includes all the family.
Part of ACAP Humber Arm’s ongoing Coastal Matters Speaker Series
November 17th, 12:30 – 1:20pm
Room 2014, Forest Centre, Grenfell Campus
Deep-sea Mining of Hydrothermal Vents: A Future Reality or Fantasy?
Hot water volcanic springs on the seafloor produce mineral deposits rich in valuable base and precious metals. As a result of recent advances in submarine technology, and a push by nations to secure strategic metal supplies, these deposits may soon be the first mineral resource mined from the deep ocean floor. However, these deposits are also home to unique ecosystems, and the link between these organisms and the greater deep ocean ecosystem remains poorly understood. Considering the historically poor environmental record of the mining industry, there is much concern regarding the effects of deep sea mining on global ocean health.
ACAP Humber Arm invites you to join our next Coastal Matters presentation where Dr. John Jamieson, Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, will discuss the current state of knowledge regarding the resource potential of deep sea mineral deposits , and also discuss some realities and misconceptions regarding the future potential of mining the seafloor, followed by a Q&A with the audience. This talk will take place 12:30 to 1:20pm, Thursday, Nov 17th in room 2014 of the Forest Centre, Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook.
As with all Coastal Matters presentations this session is free of charge and open to the public. RSVP’s not required. Tea and coffee will be available; feel free to bring your own bagged lunch. Please help us promote this session by forwarding this email to your contacts and/or displaying the attached poster at your workplace.
ACAP Humber Arm wishes to thank Grenfell Campus for ongoing support of the Coastal Matter’s Speakers Series
NLEN: Many Voices for The Environment
As key stakeholders and environmental representatives, Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to participate as consultants in the review of the 2012 Fisheries Act. We have been advised that comments submitted as a collective will be more powerful and therefore we are encouraging representatives of ENGOs to participate in one or more of the following ways:
NLEN welcomes all commentary on the fisheries act as a whole. However, the government has narrowed the focus of this review to the 2012 changes to the fisheries act and as such commentary outside of the sections of the act which were changes may not have legs, so to speak. The sections under review are listed below. We strongly encourage you explore the following websites and the presentation by DFO on the review process in order to focus our commentary.
If you have specific questions about the review process or details of the act – Not questions about how to be involved in the workshop which should be directed to NLEN – then please contact:
Senior Biologist – Indigenous Engagement
Client Liaison, Partnerships, Standards & Guidelines Fisheries Protection Program
Client Liaison, Partnerships, Standards & Guidelines Fisheries Protection Program firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are the sections that are under review: