Tuesday, 12 November 2013

EcoSask News, November 12, 2013

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Events
Edible City, Nov. 21
Slow Food Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Eco Network are showing the movie Edible City: Grow the Revolution at the Frances Morrison Public Library at 7 pm, November 21. Edible City profiles a diverse group of people who are challenging the status quo food system through edible education, grassroots activism, and building local economies.

Community Pastures, Nov. 21
Joe Schmutz will provide an update on Saskatchewan’s community pastures, explaining the relationship between grass, birds, and cowboys at 7:30 pm, November 21, in Room 106 of the Biology Building, U of S (Saskatoon Nature Society monthly program meeting).

NE Quadrant Open House, Nov. 26
The Meewasin Valley Authority is holding an open house from 5:30-7:30 pm on November 26 to discuss development plans for the city’s Northeast Quadrant (particularly north of Circle Drive).

Winter Festival & Camp, Dec. 7
The SK Outdoor & Environmental Education Association is hosting a Winter Festival & Camp on December 7 at St. Michael’s Retreat, Lumsden. The Festival will include winter games, a survival skills demo, and a Leave No Trace workshop. Pre-register if you want to try your hand at camping in a snow shelter.

Take Action
It’s easy to become discouraged about climate change. It’s a lot harder to figure out ways in which we, as individuals or small groups, can make a difference. Here are some ideas. If you’re interested, be sure to apply for an EcoFriendly Action Grant.

Organize a tour of Saskatoon’s most sustainable housing (solar energy installations, insulation, etc.)

Set up an office compost bin

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Saskatoon’s City Centre Plan includes pedestrian streets, improved public transit, native plants, and additional sustainable building practices

Solar energy is on the rise and getting cheaper every day

This school has a constructed wetland that treats wastewater on site – not to mention recycled building materials, green roofs, and solar energy panels

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The report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development states that “the government has not met key commitments, deadlines and obligations to protect Canada’s natural spaces”

Tar sands development in northern Saskatchewan

EcoSask News is a weekly round-up of local news and events. Email us if you have items you would like us to include. Additional upcoming events can be found on our Calendar.

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