Keep cool with these online links to the most relevant climate information.
BC Climate Action Toolkit – Healthy Community, Healthy Province, Healthy Climate. Local governments can make a significant contribution to the growing movement to protect the global climate. While much of their control is indirect, local government decisions influence approximately half of BC’s greenhouse gas emissions.
EcoKids – Canada’s Environmental Destination for Kids – This site provides games, information and inspiration for kids to get involved in saving the environment. It also provides teachers lesson plans, contests and printables.
Planet Friendly – A great resource for teachers and middle to high school student about climate change.
Resources for Rethinking – Sustainability resources reviewed by teachers for teachers.
Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association – Curriculum guides and maps are available for download.
Squamish Open Green Map – The Squamish Open Green Map is a collaborative community project which uses local knowledge and perspectives to share an awareness of Squamish’s social, environmental, historical and business assets. The map illustrates these community-valued assets and concerns of life in Squamish as well as visions for a “greener”, sustainable future.
A wonderful movie: HOME, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a feast for the senses
In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it’s too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth’s riches, and change its patterns of consumption.
By bringing us unique footage from over fifty countries, all seen from the air, by sharing with us his wonder and his concern, with this film Yann Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation stone for the edifice that, together, we must rebuild. The movie HOME was conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. On May 5th, 2009, crew members announced HOME would be 100% free for everyone to view, as “The benefits of this film cannot be counted in dollars. WATCH IT HERE!
FOOD AND CLIMATE
All about spin-farming– www.spinfarming.com
C-Dar Biodynamic Society – http://www.cdarbiodynamic.org/
By the way, our visit to C-Dar Biodynamic Farm in Paradise Valley on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 was a great success! A bus full of real food and farming enthusiasts enjoyed a lecture on the principles and practices of biodynamic farming, followed by a hearty lunch of home-made soup and a tour of the farming grounds.
The BC Food Systems Network works to eliminate hunger and create food security for all residents of British Columbia – http://fooddemocracy.org
100 Mile Diet Vancouver. The 100-Mile Diet Society and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm have united to explore how sustainable agriculture can help reduce climate change and nurture the environment. Their project is called ‘The Foodshed’: http://foodshed.100milediet.org/
Permaculture Planet. The World’s Permaculture Portal: http://www.permacultureplanet.com/
What is a Food Charter? It is a statement of values and principles to guide a community’s food policy… and a lot more: http://beyondfactoryfarming.org/build-alternatives/food-charters
CLEAN AIR STARTS WITH YOU!
On November 3rd, 2009 council adopted a bylaw to regulate unnecessary vehicle idling. The bylaw enforces that a person must not allow a vehicle to idling for more than 2 consecutive minutes. The first few months will be a opportunity to educate the public and get them to break their idling habitats, with the $75 fine associated with the offense to follow early in the New Year. Information cards (seen above) are available at Municipal Hall – so stop by and grab some to distribute to idling cars in your neighborhood. As winter falls upon us, an important thing to remember is that vehicles warm up 50% faster when you drive them. So spare the air, turn your key and to make Squamish Idle Free.
The Story of Stuff
How come we have so much stuff that we have to get rid of? Well, this story may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. Watch The Story of Stuff here.
More than 70 per cent of bottled water samples from Canada contain bacterial rates that exceed recommended limits in the U.S.
Inside The Bottle, the peoples campaign on the bottled water industry, is a part of the Polaris Institute
Twilight Earth News, discussion, Advocacy and Activism mentions 1st decline in bottled water sales
Campbell Government Okays Destruction of Fish/Biny Lake Read more
Fish-bearing lakes to be destroyed to become tailings ponds: CoC to sue feds Read more
Learn more about the worldwide on going privatization of water:
The documentary Troubled Water (free on YouTube) “examines the threats to public water systems and watersheds using the East Coast of Vancouver Island as a case study. Privatization, public private partnerships (P3’s or P4’s Public Pays for Private Profits), privately owned community watersheds, vulnerable aquifers, over-development, ground water contamination and international trade agreements all undermine the safety and security of public water systems, public ownership and the fundamental human right to access clean drinking water.”
Another very good documentary on the topic of the ongoing privatization of water is the German/French documentary Water Makes Money.