Tuesday 29 September 2020

EcoSask News, September 29, 2020

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Upcoming Events 
Orienteering for Kids, Sept.-Nov. (Saskatoon) 
SaskOutdoors is offering 6 weekly sessions of orienteering for kids ages 5-12 in Saskatoon. Sessions are on Sundays from Sept. 27 to Nov. 1 (2-3 pm) and on Wednesdays (5:30-6:30 pm) from Sept. 30 to Nov. 4. 

Climate Reality Campus Corps, Sept. 30 (online) 
Find out about Climate Reality Canada’s Campus Corps, a student-led climate action initiative at U of S, in an online presentation at 7 pm, Sept. 30. 

Reclaiming Our Relationship to Mother Earth, Oct. 1 (online) 
Part Four of Mother Earth Justice Advocates’ Declaration for a Better World explores sustainability and local empowerment as they are rooted in kinship relationships from 5:30-7:30 pm, Oct. 1. 

St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Clean-up, Oct. 3 (Saskatoon) 
The Fat Tire Brigade is hosting a clean-up at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area on Oct. 3. 

Household Hazardous Waste, Oct. 4 (Saskatoon) 
You can dispose of household hazardous waste at City of Saskatoon’s Civic Operations Centre from 9 am-3:30 pm, Oct. 4. 

Build Better Walls, Oct. 7 (online) 
The Energy Management Task Force is hosting an online presentation on building better wall assemblies from 7:30-9 am, Oct. 7. 


Protecting Canada’s Fresh Water, Oct. 8 (online) 
Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin is offering a webinar from 12-1 pm, Oct. 8, on creating a Canada Water Agency

Would you like to replace cement with green shrubs and trees? 
Take a self-paced training program and become a certified Depave Paradise coordinator. For more information, contact Emily Amon at Green Communities Canada

A full list of upcoming events (online and in person) can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

In the News 
A steady diet of fertilizer has turned crops into couch potatoes – “big fat high-yielding crops that look good on the outside but are poor in minerals on the inside

Grass – “It’s a symbol of nature . . . . but a form of nature that’s perfect: uniform, smooth, and hardy” and it entails greenhouse gases, noise pollution, large amounts of water, and loss of biodiversity. 

A tidal wave of climate lawsuits looms over the fossil fuel industry. 

Energy giant BP predicts a “fundamental restructuring” of the global energy system, offering 3 possible scenarios

Natural forest regrowth - “Sometimes, we just need to give nature room to grow back naturally.” 

Canada needs zero-emission vehicle standards – here’s why. 

“A Dutch startup has created a biodegradable living coffin made of a fungus instead of wood that it says can convert a decomposing human body into key nutrients for plants.” 

Canadian and North American research shows that beaver coexistence tools (pond levelers, culvert protectors) are a cost-effective way to manage chronically flooded beaver conflict sites

What type of cloud is that? A basic guide to cloudspotting

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