Tuesday 11 June 2013

EcoSask News, June 11, 2013

Dandelion Seeds

Global Warming: Crisis, Solutions, Opportunities, June 13
The Green Party of Canada is hosting an evening discussion on global warming at 7 pm on June 13 at the Frances Morrison Library. Speakers include Dianne Rhodes, Mark Bigland-Pritchard and Patricia Farnese.

Summer Solstice Supper, June 22 
Weczeria is hosting a local dinner on June 22 with proceeds going to the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. Chef Dan Walker will purchase the ingredients in the morning at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and serve a four-course meal with wine pairings in the evening.

Prairie Passages Fundraising Dinner, June 27 
Join Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson on June 27 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Regina for a fundraising dinner for Prairie Pastures.

Birds & Butterflies 
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society on one of their frequent field trips:

June 22 - Mark Thompson Naturalized Park walk (discuss future management plans with the park supervisor)

June 23 - Learn how to identify local butterflies (event will be cancelled if weather is poor)

Additional information is available on Saskatoon Nature Society's website.


Lake Diefenbaker
Phosphorus discharge from Alberta, along with other effluents, is causing severe pollution problems for Lake Diefenbaker.

The Saskatchewan River system sustains 3 million people and has been labelled “Canada’s most threatened river” by the World Wildlife Fund.

The Economic Value of the Prairie Pastures 
The sale of the community pastures continues to generate media attention. An article in The Western Producer recommends looking beyond “mere price” in order to “protect ongoing value.”

Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
Do you spend time at a lake? The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey needs your help to count the number of loon pairs on your lake and track the number of chicks that are raised to adult size by surveying your lake at least three times per year.

Meeting Global Needs for Clean Water
This article provides a different perspective on the problems caused by bottled water. It says, “We cannot seriously talk about consumers not understanding or caring about sustainability and not consider the millions of consumers in the developing world without piped water, who are given no choice but to buy bottled alternatives at up to 10 times the price. That is what unsustainable consumption looks like.”

The article goes on to say that sustainability is about meeting consumer needs, not creating consumer wants.

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.

You can follow EcoFriendly Sask by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or by email (top right corner).