Event: Climate Change Policy – Friday Sept 16, 2016

The gravity of the climate change threat demands bold measures.  “The Leap Manifesto” is a sweeping and ambitious plan, but it also entangles climate policy with a host of other matters that are part of a larger ideological agenda. So it’s a profoundly divisive document at the very moment that we need to find common ground on climate change. Is there an alternative climate policy that would both unite us and make a real difference?”

Thomas Homer-Dixon, the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems, Balsillie School, University of Waterloo will present the 2016 FPA Currents Lecture “Leap to Where? Elements of a Canadian climate policy that could be both feasible and enough.” as part of Carleton University’s Throwback celebrations. Mr. Homer-Dixon is a Carleton alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science…  (more)

Protecting Wild Bees: Workshop and Film

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Wed Jul 13, 2016, Ottawa, ON (and Sunday too)

Join Friends of the Earth Canada at Fletcher Wildlife Garden at 7-8PM on Wednesday, July 13th and 9-11AM on Sunday, July 17 to learn how to protect native and wild bees. Includes a showing of a new documentary film (A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee) and a tutorial on how to participate in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. On Sunday, we will be going out into the garden to practice taking photos of and identifying bees. Everyone is welcome!  http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1btYHcY9S3J2

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Beyond CSR: Can Business be a Force for Good?

Business for good

by Mike Gifford, Guest Writer

Are you an entrepreneur who would like to run your business in a way that also benefits society and the environment? Or are you a consumer who would like to deal with some of the most ethical, sustainable firms? “B Corporations” may be what you’re seeking. There are now 155 “B Corps” in Canada, including 72 in Ontario.

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Break free from fossil fuels

It’s no secret that 2015 was one of the hottest years on record and one of the world’s biggest contributors to our rapidly changing climate is Canada’s tar sands. It’s time for us to break free from fossil fuels. You and I both know that dangerous tar sands infrastructure, such as the proposed Energy East pipeline, will only lock us into the fossil fuel economy of the past, and make the shift to 100% renewables that much harder.

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March Against Monsanto 2016

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO OTTAWA – Day of Action
(French to follow)

The March will begin at Major’s Hill Park @ corner of Murray Street & Mackenzie Avenue, and end at Parliament Hill. Please meet @ 1:30pm; the March will begin @ 2:00pm. (https://goo.gl/maps/Vytz6A6ddBw)

Let’s unite and stand together for this global event! Come and support food safety and transparency. Bring your friends, your family and your pets. Wear red, or maybe dress up as a bumble bee or… a beet!

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Green Eggs n’ Protest Breakfast: Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and TransCanada

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Join us in telling the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce that it’s not OK to host TransCanada on the eve of Earth Day!

When: Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 AM.
Where: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel (Albert Street)

April 21st is the eve of Earth Day.

As it turns out, however, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce does not seem to understand its significance….

Join us! http://www.ecologyottawa.org/chamber_action

Film premiere: Love thy Nature

Screenings

Sunday April 10 to Wednesday Apr 13, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario

Join us for the Canadian premieres of the award-winning documentary “Love Thy Nature” screening at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre on April 10, 11, and 13 at 6:30pm.  Watch the 2-minute trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7yljPRMZJA

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Spirit of Sustainability – Photo Contest

Show us what sustainability means to you…
In your home, your workplace and in your community!

Set your sights on the every day sustainable moments that inspire you!

Winning photos will be selected in three categories:

  1. Healthy, efficient homes
    Show us how you improve everyday energy use in your home! It can be something like changing to LED lighting, using Energy Star appliances, or making grand scale green renovations.
  2. Connected, environmentally-aware businesses
    Does your business have a green team? Are you turning computers off at night to save energy? Or providing incentives to staff to take transit or bike to work? Show us what you’ve done or are doing!
  3. Engaged, sustainable communities
    What are you, your family, friends or community members doing to make your neighbourhood a better place to live? Are you using your bike to get around or building a community garden? Show us your sustainable community or what you’re doing to create one!

Contest opens on March 21, 2016 and closes at midnight ET on May 15, 2016. All photographic entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15, 2016.

The grand prize winner will receive a $200 gift certificate of the photographer’s choice to either Henry’s Camera Store or Vistek.

For more details and to submit your photo:
http://www.envirocentre.ca/photocontest