Tuesday, 1 April 2014

EcoSask News, April 1, 2014

American Robin with bug

Events
WAM Potluck, Apr. 4
We Are Many is holding a potluck supper and meeting at 6 pm, April 4. Contact WAM if you are interested in attending.

Burt’s Buzz, Apr. 10
PAVED arts is presenting the documentary, Burt’s Buzz, at 7 pm, April 10, at Broadway Theatre. The film is about Burt Shavitz, the founder of Burt’s Bees.

SK Paddling Symposium, Apr. 25
The 2014 Saskatchewan Paddling Symposium at TCU Place on April 25 will feature speakers, a trade show, and a show & shine.

Earth Day, Apr. 22
There will be an Earth Day celebration at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market from 3-9 pm, April 22, with activities for all ages and a concert from 7-9 pm.

Jane’s Walk, May 4
Check out the Jane’s Walk Saskatoon website to see the list of walks that are currently on offer. Don’t miss nature photography in downtown Saskatoon with Branimir Gjetvaj (9 am).

Take Action
We can make a difference. We just need to take action. Here’s one idea:

Adopt a park (preferably a naturalized park) - plant and weed, clean up litter, fundraise for new features

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EcoFriendly Action Grants - March 2014
EcoFriendly Sask is pleased to support the following organizations with an EcoFriendly Action Grant:

Grade 8 class, Ecole Alvin Buckwold School - $500 to purchase automatic light sensors to reduce energy usage in their school

Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education - $300 towards an Ecological Camp for Youth

CISV Shaunavon - $500 towards the May Mini Camp in the Cypress Hills

Wild about Saskatoon - $5000 towards the NatureCity Festival 2014

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If you’re interested in wetlands, check out the Wetland Network, a Canadian website with lots and lots of information.

Thought Provoking
Canada’s economy relies on its natural resources. The Importance of Natural Capital to Canada’s Economy policy brief says that, “We are not measuring how much natural capital we have, at what rate we are using it, or how it is being devalued by pollution, environmental degradation and unsustainable resource extraction. 

"Without valuing natural capital and including it in our national accounts, we are making decisions without full information -- and we risk making poor decisions. Unvalued natural capital and uncosted environmental degradation can lead us to economic activity that will degrade our economy’s natural capital and put at risk its ability to generate goods, services and income into the future.”

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