Tuesday, 29 October 2013

EcoSask News, October 29, 2013

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SK Citizens’ Hearings on Climate Change, Nov. 1 & 2
The Saskatchewan Citizens’ Hearings on Climate Change will be held at The Refinery from 9:30 am – 9:30 pm on November 1 and 2.

Keynote speakers (via internet A/V links) include Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and author of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril and Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Four Commissioners (Maria Campbell, Harry Lafond, Marcia McKenzie, Willard Metzger) will listen to the presentations and draft a report summarizing the testimony.

Future of Meewasin, Nov. 7 
Meewasin Valley Authority is holding a Public Open House from 3-7 pm on November 7 at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. The public is invited to provide input on Meewasin’s future work, from conservation efforts and river valley development to recreation and education programs. There will be program information, displays for visitors to vote on ideas, and questionnaires.

Important Saskatchewan Issues
Energy 
Fracking could permanently damage our province’s water supply, says Josh Fox, director of Gasland and Gasland II

The oil boom is laying waste to North Dakota’s air and ground

A new material could cut solar energy costs by three quarters

Grasslands 
More voices – from across the political spectrum – speak out in favour of protecting our Prairie grasslands

The North American grasslands stretch from southern Saskatchewan to northern Mexico. A new report by over 70 grasslands experts outlines strategies for all those who share the ecoregion

Oil & Mining Industries
New federal environmental review rules have obvious gaps – for example, oil sands and potash mines

Transportation 
4300 South Koreans went car-less for a month. What if Saskatoon held a car-free week – for starters?

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Waste 
Saskatoon tosses more waste than most Canadian cities. Residential garbage could be reduced by more than 40% if the City began a serious composting program

Water
Water conservation and recycling are cheap ways to meet the growing demand for water

British supermarkets strive to reduce their water footprint – can we follow their lead?

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