Tuesday 7 January 2020

EcoSask News, January 7, 2020

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Upcoming Events
50th Anniversary Celebrations (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 with a series of fundraising events to ensure their ongoing sustainability. Events include a music series, a picnic, a spin class, and a trivia night.

Implementing Regulatory Commitments, Jan. 8 (Saskatoon) 
David Stevenson, Government of Saskatchewan, will present an update on the implementation of regulatory commitments made in Prairie Resilience at noon, Jan. 8, at the U of S.

Microscopic Organisms, Jan. 16 (Saskatoon)
Find out about the microscopic organisms below the surface in your backyard at the 7:30 pm, Jan. 16, meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society.

Electronic Recycling, Jan. 16 (Saskatoon)
Find out how the Electronic Recycling Association is reducing electronic waste and reusing unwanted equipment at noon, Jan. 16, at Innovation Place.

Repair Café, Jan. 18 (Prince Albert) 
Celebrate and share maintenance and repair skills from 1-4 pm, Jan. 18, at Repair Café Prince Albert.

Snowshoe & Skate, Jan. 18 (Echo Valley)
Check out the new skating trail and participate in a guided snowshoe hike at Echo Valley Provincial Park from 11 am-4 pm, Jan. 18.

Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Saskatoon Young Naturalists 
Mar. 7, 1-3 pm – Owl Pellets
Mar. 28, 1-2:30 pm – Birdhouses
Apr. 19, 7-8:30 pm – Crocus Hike
May 2, 1-3 pm – Pike Lake Field Trip
Space is limited; register early to avoid disappointment.

Other Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips
Feb. 1, 1-3 pm – Beaver Creek Twigs & Bark
Feb. 8, 2-3:30 pm – Forestry Farm Bird Walk
Feb. 23, 2-3:30 pm – City Park Bird Walk
Feb. 29, 9-4:30 pm – The Leap to Gardiner Dam

Everyone is welcome. Check the Saskatoon Nature Society’s website for full details and updated information.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 


In the News
A 12-year-old says cigarette butts should be part of a federal single-use plastic ban expected in 2021.

The fracking industry has to stop flaring and venting so much methane.

Major oil companies, facing the prospect of reduced demand for their fuels, are ramping up their plastics output.

From domination to fellow beings - a tidal shift in how Americans view wildlife.

“Over the years, clothes have been my comfort blanket and confidence boost. They’ve been a recreational hobby, a competitive sport and a way to bond with people in pub toilets”: her New Year’s resolution - and she stuck to it - no new clothes for a year. Here are some tips for following her example.

Shifting baseline syndrome, collective amnesia about past natural abundance, is a curse for conservation.

Turning contaminated land into a solar park.

Icarus Complex, a European biannual magazine, is an in-depth look at the issues surrounding climate change. The first issue included articles about ClientEarth, a charity using the power of the law to protect the planet, and about the American Conservative Coalition, which is seeking “to activate the conservative movement . . . . through the promotion of free-market and pro-business environmentalism.”

Food in the nude: “a group of supermarkets have abandoned the use of plastic wrapping for virtually all of their fruit and vegetables.”

The City of Vancouver is slowly eliminating single-use plastics.

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter looks at what happens to our stuff when we no longer want it - from “thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana.”

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