Green Communities News – GCNews #611

611: 15 December 2008

ANNUAL
CONFERENCE.

Greening the economy – one community at a time is the theme
of Green Communities
Canada
annual national conference. Hamilton. 18-20
March.

RECESSION.
Pete Wobschall, executive director at Green Venture, is quoted in a
Hamilton Spectator article
about “jobs-versus-environment.”

GOOD
FORTUNE.
Canadian musician makes
a living
selling high-tech junk salvaged from corporate trash
bins.

ONTARIO
ACT
.Green Energy Act
Alliance
has released its recommendations for the upcoming Ontario Green Energy Act:
create green jobs, reduce Ontario greenhouse gas emissions, and
allow individuals, communities and companies to become energy
producers and conservers.

GREEN HOLIDAY SEASON.
Resource
Conservation Manitoba
recommends you become a S.N.U.B (Say No to
Unwanted Bags), that you ‘chip
in
‘ (your Christmas tree, that is); and that you avoid wrapping
paper blended with wax, plastic and foil, which cannot be recycled…
Other
ideas
.

THE
GRADUATES.
Three new energy advisors have joined
the fold. Pat Provenzano for Windfall Ecology Centre,
Mike Masney for Green
Venture
, and Bhim Subba, Director of GCC’s Home Performance department.

WELL STEWARDSHIP. Green
Communities Foundation
, the charitable affiliate of Green
Communities Canada, is one of 12 Leadership Grant recipients of the
RBC Blue Water
Project
. The Foundation will be working in partnership with the
Ontario First Nations Technical
Services Corporation
and the Well Wise Resource Centre on a
private well stewardship pilot in First Nations communities.

CHRISTMAS WISH LIST.
Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative is looking for Board
members
… St.Catharines Climate Action Now is looking
for a printer donation.

GREEN
BEHAVIOR
. Some findings from the new Statistic
Canada report Environment
and sustainable development indicators:
45% of Canadian
households are very active across a range of environmental
behaviours and home ownership is most strongly associated with a
household being very active.

CLIMATE
SCARE.
Journalist Gwynn Dyer spells out Four
Truths About Climate Change We Can’t Ignore
: scientists are
really scared; global warming threatens world food supply; there is
a point of no return after which warming becomes unstoppable; and we
will have to use geo-engineering to temporarily hold
temperatures down.

NEWS
HUNGRY.
Share
information
on community gardens, urban agriculture, farmers
markets, school meals, local food systems and more with Toronto Food
Policy Council
information service … Subscribe to
Foodforethought e-mail newsletter.

GREEN
MEALS.
Ecotarians
eat foods with the lowest environmental burden. … Listen to US chef
and author Mark Bittman talk What’s wrong with
what we eat
. “In terms of energy consumption, serving a typical
family-of-four steak dinner is the rough equivalent of driving
around in an SUV for three hours while leaving all the lights on at
home.”

CHILDREN
HEALTH.
Public forum Protecting
Our Children from Toxic Chemicals in the Environment and in Consumer
Products
, by Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and
Environment. Toronto, 16 December.

SYNTHETIC
FIX.
The documentary film Addicted To
Plastic
looks at how plastic invades nearly every square inch on
earth, affecting the food chain. History and worldwide scope of
plastics pollution, toxicity, solutions. Includes trips to Pacific
Ocean Garbage Patch
.

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