Tuesday 23 August 2011

EcoSask News, August 23, 2011

Leave No Trace Training for Master Educators
The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association is holding a Leave No Trace Training for Master Educators from September 2 to 6 on the Boreal Trail in Meadow Lake Provincial Park.

Contact c1p2b3w4@gmail.com for more information or soeea.sk@gmail.com to register. Additional information is available on the Leave No Trace Canada website.

Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson
Eco-Pirate, the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans, is being shown at the Roxy Theatre on 20th Street from August 26 to September 1. Show times are available on Roxy Theatre’s website. The week-long engagement has been partially sponsored by the Saskatchewan Eco Network, The Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and Turning the Tide bookstore.

SES Fun Run
Participate in the Outter Limits Fun Run (10 km run or 5 km walk/run) at Elk Ridge Resort on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The money raised at this year’s event will be given to the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Scholarships for Students in Need. The entry deadline is September 1, 2011.

Next Up - leadership for social change activists
Next Up is a leadership development and training program for young people (ages 18-32) committed to social and environmental justice. The program includes evening and weekend sessions, meetings with community leaders, and hands-on involvement in an issue you’re passionate about. Applications are now being accepted for the second cohort; the application deadline is 11:59 pm, September 16.

A fundraiser is being held at 7 pm on Thursday, September 1 at Lydia’s Loft on Broadway Avenue to raise funds to support the program. Admission is free, but there will be a financial appeal. For more information, call Tracey at (306) 244-4955 or email sask@nextup.ca.

Radiant Rivers photography contest
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is celebrating World Rivers Day, September 25, with a photography contest to highlight the beauty of Saskatchewan’s rivers.

The photos must fit one of three categories (action, tranquil, sustainable), and participants must describe why water is valuable to them and what they do to protect it.

Winning entries will be displayed as a travelling photo exhibit at locations around the province and will be entered to win prizes, including three outdoor adventure packages.

Email your entries to water@environomentalsociety.ca on or before September 26 at midnight. Winners will be announced the following week. Call 665-1915 for further information.

Great Canadian Shoreline – National Cleanup Week
Join a national movement to clean up the litter along our shorelines during National Cleanup Week. Their website lists a number of sites along the South Saskatchewan where you can join in or coordinate a cleanup during the week of September 17-25.

Saskatchewan Environmental Society
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has a new website.

Nature Canada
Take a look at Nature Canada’s online annual report for 2010-2011.

America needs complete streets
The 8-80 Cities’ August newsletter provides a link to a comprehensive article on why America Needs Complete Streets.

A complete streets policy considers the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, public transit passengers, and drivers. It encourages street connectivity and aims to create a comprehensive, integrated network for all modes of transportation.

The article provides background information, case studies and a review of perceived obstacles and risks.

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