Tuesday, 21 May 2013

EcoSask News, May 21, 2013

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NatureCity Festival, May 25-31
The NatureCity Festival, May 25-31, is jam-packed full of activities. There is Animal Yoga, Wild Bees and Bee-Keeping, a Burrowing Owl Meet and Greet, a Flash Planting Mob (Saskatoon bushes), Wolves – Making the Connection, and art exhibits. Check out the full range of activities on Wild About Saskatoon’s website.

Forestry Farm Centennial Fair, May 26
Head on out to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo from noon to 5 pm on May 26 to celebrate the Farm’s 100th Anniversary. The Centennial Fair will include concessions, wagon rides, old-fashioned games and contests, an artisan marketplace, and demonstrations.

International Trails Day, June 1
There will be plenty of action along the Meewasin trails on June 1 in celebration of International Trails Day. There will be music, vendors, and a formal program in Friendship Park. Additional free activities include fitness classes, geocaching, interpretive walks. and more.

New Provincial Park
Saskatchewan has a new provincial park! Great Blue Heron Provincial Park will cover 11,168 hectares north of Prince Albert and will encompass the recreation sites at Anglin and Emma Lakes.

Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides
Sierra Club Canada is calling on the federal government to ban bee-killing pesticides.

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Don’t Toss It Away. Fix It!
Do you hate it when an electrical appliance breaks, and it’s cheaper to buy a new one than to fix it? Then you need a Repair Café where volunteer repair specialists will help you fix it. The first Repair Café was in Amsterdam, but they are spreading around the world with one opening soon in Toronto.

Interesting Reading
Northumbrian Water is turning 100% of its sewage into renewable energy

The economic and educational value of retrofitting schools

Eco-spirituality - towards a values-based economic structure

What are the implications of federal energy policies?

Sustainable Business
In The Guardian, Dr. Joseph Zammit-Lucia says, “Sustainability is not about nature, science or ideology but about people, and the choices societies make....If we are only creating value at the expense of the environment, then we are creating no value at all….Sustainable business cannot be the result of some kind of guilt trip that results in management throwing a little bit of money to make them feel better and to look good in the annual report. Rather we need to set about the much tougher task of creating a vision of the sort of future that we are offering people. A future that can credibly promise what people care about – jobs, security, social cohesion, improving living standards – in an ecosphere that remains viable.”

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