New Fall Talking Circle Series at Halifax Central Library with Catherine Martin

“Very moving and thought-provoking” “One more reason to love the library” “Excellent! More, please!” Such was the feedback to the pilot Mi’kmaq Talking Circle Series, “Four Circles of Life…” last fall and winter. Thanks to Catherine Martin’s gracious gift to lead the 2018 Halifax circles and partial funding from the Halifax Community Health Board of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, a new series, “Ego to Eco: Learning the Mi’kmaq calendar to Experience Human and Ecological Health’s Interdependence” will launch this coming Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Talking Circle area of the Central Library and continue each month (October 23, November 20 and December 18) at the same location.

 

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NSEN, with its revitalized new board chaired by PhD Engineering student, Chris White, and the crucial in-kind support of one of Halifax’s favourite gathering place is committed to hosting Mi’kmaq circles in order to facilitate a more ecologically and inclusive way for people to meet and face our fragile future on the planet. The series looks at components of human health through the prism of environmental elements and the eco-centric Mi’kmaq Calendar.

For millennia the unceded Mi’kmaq territory (what is now called the Atlantic Provinces) was sustained by an eco-centric philosophy of a land-based consciousness. The inclusivity and egalitarianism of this philosophy is exemplified by the Mi’kmaq talking circle tradition, an ideal setting for all people living in this time and space to come together to learn how to best survive spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. By acknowledging that 1/putting the needs for a healthy environment before egoic greed, 2/considering what the fullness of the natural world (of which human animals are a part) offers in each month through the perspective of the Mi’kmaw calendar and 3/ discussing the challenges of being healthy in a society that most often ignores that nature is in control, will integrate humans to see that we must put nature first and create the political will to protect our environment above everything.

NSEN encourages a repeat of the broad spectrum of last year’s circles’ representation during which Mi’kmaq, Anishnabe, Cree and Haida First Nations, Inuit people from fifteen countries, all ages, genders and economic backgrounds, longtime residents of Halifax, new Canadians, professionals from the arts and sciences and persons of all abilities came together to listen to the Circle leader and then to each other.
Alanis Obomsawin, a renowned Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist, relayed this pithy and poignant indigenous wisdom: “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”

For more details, check out the Facebook Event

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Volunteer Opportunity – Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Halifax

Volunteer Opportunity 
 
Are you very concerned about the catastrophic consequences of global warming and more than ready to act on this? Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Halifax is searching for a new Group Leader (who can be located anywhere in the province and can rename the organization CCL Nova Scotia if so desired).  It’s a great volunteer opportunity to meet other dedicated and compassionate climate change volunteers from across Canada (by way of monthly conference calls and lobbying on Parliament Hill) and learn a myriad of transferable skills. The time commitment is up to you, from 2-4 hours a week on average.

 

CCL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions. In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.
 
If interested, write to Cathy Orlando cathy@citizensclimate.org or brett.cease@citizensclimatelobby.org or telephone present group leader, Joanne Light at 902-429-1571

Sierra Club Applauds Neonicotinoid Pesticide Phase-Out, Calls for Fast Action to Protect Bees

OTTAWA, ON, August 15, 2018 – Sierra Club welcomes the ban of dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides, announced today by Health Canada, and urges a more rapid phase-out than the proposed three-year timeline. Health Canada announced today it was phasing out two of the more commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides.
Neonicotinoids contain neurotoxins that affect insect life. Concerns about impacts on pollinators, especially bees, has mobilized Canadians to stop the use of these chemicals.
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Last year, the international body devoted to protecting global biodiversity, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a review of over 1,100 peer-reviewed scientific studies, concluding there is no doubt neonicotinoids harm bees.

Health Canada’s own research found that impacts on aquatic insects, often vital to food webs – including fish and birds – are threatened by harmful levels of at least one of these chemicals found in the environment. And because insects are the most diverse known form of life on the planet, impacts on insects should raise alarm for global biodiversity.

“The scientific evidence that these pesticides were hurting pollinators and aquatic life is overwhelming and alarming,” according to Sierra Club Canada Foundation National Program Director Gretchen Fitzgerald. This evidence is being taken seriously by Health Canada, and we applaud them for taking action. We are breathing a sigh of relief today, but hope Health Canada will move quickly to make sure use is stopped sooner than their 2021 deadline.”
“For years, our supporters have pushed for the rapid ban of these pesticides,” according to Fitzgerald. “I can only hope that the damage we have already seen caused by neonics – and the resulting massive public concern – will result in reform for how we approve such pesticides in the first place.”

Class 1 Environmental Assessment- Goldboro Gold Project

This is to advise that on August 1st, Anaconda Mining Incorporated registered the Goldboro Gold Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act. Public comments must be provided by August 31st, 2018, to be considered in this environmental assessment.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is the development and operation of a 575 tonne per day, 24 hour/day, 7 day/week, surface and underground gold mine along with a concentrator and accompanying tailings facility. This would occur on Goldbrook Road, Goldboro, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia with a disturbed footprint of ~125.9 hectares. Site construction and preliminary production would begin in 2020, with a currently projected completion in 2029, pending approval.

All project information including the Registration Document will be available on Nova Scotia Environment website at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/.

Please note that comments must be provided by August 31st, 2018, to be considered in this environmental assessment. Comments are requested to be provided via e-mail if possible.

On or before September 20th, 2018, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval. All submissions received, including personal information, will be made available for public review upon request.

If you have any questions, contact:

Harrison Moore, Environmental Assessment Officer

Environmental Assessment Branch

Nova Scotia Environment

1903 Barrington Street

Suite 2085

PO Box 442

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2P8

Phone: (902) 497-4119

Fax: (902) 424-6925

E-mail: Harrison.moore@novascotia.ca

Sign the 2030 Declaration for Climate Justice in Nova Scotia

The Imagine 2030 Network has been working among a wide array of environmental organizations, grassroots groups, labour organizations, Mi’kmaq people, and businesses on a Declaration for climate action, climate justice and the green economy here in Nova Scotia. The immediate goal of the campaign is to convince the Nova Scotia government to hold public consultations and to update the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA) to include ambitious climate justice targets.

The primary proposed climate target is a 50% reduction in provincial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030. If the province were to adopt this target and make it legally binding, many problematic fossil fuel developments being proposed in NS at present and in the future would be impossible to approve. The key, however, is to ensure these critical changes to our society go hand-in-hand with a just transition for workers and communities.

This Declaration has come from months of conversations within the network and beyond, and the advocated GHG target and jobs information is partly based on the Green Economy Network’s Climate Jobs Plan for Nova Scotia. While the Declaration is intentionally short and sweet, any organizations who sign on are encouraged to send a brief quote to be attached to the Declaration, highlighting why they signed on, why they think it is worthwhile, or just to add their own unique perspectives on climate justice.

The Declaration is provided below. If your organization will sign on to the Declaration, please forward your intent to Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator at EAC (stephen@ecologyaction.ca). If you would like to know more about the campaign before signing on, please get in touch with Stephen.

The launch event for the 2030 Declaration is at 10 AM on Thursday, August 30th at Hope Blooms in Halifax. Everyone is encouraged to attend!

There’s a Place for You At Our Table -Regenerative Farming, Eating, and Thinking by Starhawk

Join ACORN for a public talk by Starhawk – There’s a Place for You At Our Table -Regenerative Farming, Eating, and Thinking – and share this event with your network!

 

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In collaboration with the Tatamagouche Centre, ACORN is pleased to present our featured speaker Starhawk, following the business portion of our 2018 Annual General Meeting on August 27th. For more information about the AGM visit our website.

ACORN Annual General Meeting 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Special Permaculture Guest Lecture featuring Starhawk at 7:30 pm

Buy your ticket here

$15 for non-members

$10 for members

$20 at the door

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. She is in the Maritimes to teach her 2-week permaculture design certification course, Earth Activist Training at the Tatamagouche Centre from August 18-September 1st (space is still available!).

Learn more about Starhawk on her website.

Book Launch: There’s Something in the Water

The North Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Fernwood Publishing and the Tatamagouche Centre invite you to join us for the launch of a timely new book entitled There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities by Dr. Ingrid Waldron.

Event details
When:
 Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3, Tatamagouche (Map).

Everyone is welcome is to this free event. Books will be available for sale on site.

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Speakers

  • Dr. Ingrid Waldron is Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project).
  • Dorene Bernard is a Mi’kmaq grassroots Grandmother, residential school survivor and water protector from Indian Brook, Nova Scotia. She is also a Board member of the Council of Canadians.
  • Louise Delisle is the founder and president of the Black Pioneers Acting Troupe and is from Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

This event is part of the Earth Activist Training Permaculture Design Certificate course, which is being offered at the Tatamagouche Centre from August 18 to September 1, 2018.

It is co-sponsored by North Shore Council of Canadians, Fernwood Publishing and Tatamagouche Centre.

For more information, please contact the Tatmagouche Centre at 902-657-2231 or info@tatacentre.ca

We hope to see you on August 21 – please bring a friend!