Keep Winter Cool, Cycling Plans, & Idling Myths – GCNews # 574

KEEP WINTER COOL.
“Stop global warming or the snowman gets it” warned the poster for
an environmental awareness program, held Saturday at Collingwood’s
Blue Mountain Ski Resort.
The Environment
Network
participated in the event, which included a kid’s camp
and an “off-the-grid radio show” … See the Sustainable
Slopes environmental charter and assessment tool
.

RESERVATIONS. “Just a
note on red dot campaign,” says Lynda Bausinger, Elora Centre, responding to an item
in GCNews 572. “I use unaddressed
ad mail
to deliver Well Aware
flyers each and every year – it is a great way to get the word out
to the public. I have reservations about who decides what junk mail
is.”

ECO-JUSTICE. See
information about environmental justice and racism at AREC and the Environmental Justice Resource
Center
. The Youth Environmental Network offers an Environmental
Justice Kit, part
1
and part
2
. Includes an organizational self-assessment tool. Quoting
AREC: “Wealthier, predominantly white communities are protected by
the state and dominate and control the environmental movement,
whereas communities of colour, First Nations, immigrant and
low-income communities bear disproportionate environmental
burdens.”

CYCLING PLANS. See article with
six detailed case studies of cycling in the Netherlands, Denmark,
and Germany – “the very best in coordinated policies and programs to
make cycling safe, convenient, and attractive.” (Source: Gil Penalosa)

CLIMATE CHANGING. See
a new federal
government report
for a regional Canadian approach to current
climate impacts and future risks.

LAWYER ON BOARD. A
lawyer on the board of a non-profit contributes “professionalism,
conscientiousness, attention to detail” as well as legal knowledge
and skills, says the latest issue of the Board
Cafe
. However, boards should be wary of potential downsides,
such as a poor fit of specialized knowledge with your requirements,
the potential to “over-legalize” issues, and “the smartest guy in
the room phenomenon.”

TIP. Board Cafe advises: “Go to Google Alerts and put
your organization’s name in the box, and you’ll get an email
whenever there’s a listing somewhere on the web.”

ENVIRONMENTAL
REPORTING.
Get published and win an award with Young Reporters for the
Environment
(YRE), a network of international
high-school teachers and students who write about and take photos of
environmental problems and solutions in their communities. Run in
Canada by Environmental
Defence
.

SUSTAINABLE
BUSINESS
.
Dalhousie
University
‘s Norman
Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship
organizes Ecoprise 2008, 28-29 March,
Halifax. Remediation, eco-design, socially responsible investing,
clean energy, eco-efficiency, and emerging green technologies.

VOLUNTEER VALUE.
Hands-on workshop, Accounting
for the value added by volunteers in non-profit organizations
,
Social Economy Centre
at University of Toronto, 28 March.

TOMORROW’S BREAD.
Broadcast premiere of Hijacked Future, a
documentary on seeds ownership, agricultural system, world food
security, 22 March. See movie
trailer
.

IDLING MYTHS. The Children’s Clean Air
Network
partners with business to launch more idle-free schools
and to debunk idling myths. Free bumper
stickers
. Watch video and
forward to idling enthusiasts.

JOBS. ECOCanada advertises Canadian
environmental employment opportunities…

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