Cruise Ship Employee Inquiry on Industry Eco-Regulations

My name is Erin.

I work as a cruise ship employee, and lately I’ve been thinking about how we can do better.

This is a proposal I am trying to put together to pitch to the cruising industry. Cruise ships are not and never will be environmentally friendly, but if given the chance I believe plenty of vacationers would be happy to do the planet some good on their vacation. I do not make any money on this, I just believe it is the right thing to do.

I would like to find a way for environmental organizations to partner with cruise companies so that ships can offer tours to the guests that are actually helpful to the port they are visiting. My question to your organization is, what could you do with a nearly endless supply of volunteer labor?

Could you add a plastic-collecting session to a diving tour? 

Do you need people to plant trees, dig up invasive plants, clean up trails? 

Could people help with water quality sampling or data collection of some sort?

Would you teach people about sustainable farming or animal husbandry or local wildlife?

The benefits to the partnering organizations should be manifold. This could be a chance to help raise environmental awareness with people from all over the world, publicize the work you’re doing, and work with nearly endless supply of enthusiastic volunteers. 

Cruise ship guest are only in a port for a day, and the average shore excursion lasts anywhere from three to eight hours. While that may not seem like a lot of time, busy ports can get multiple ships a day every day for an entire season. That adds up quickly. The tour groups can be as large or small as your organization would feel comfortable working with- from ten people to fifty. How your organization would structure your time with the guests is up to you (and I would love to hear ideas.)

This is all still hypothetical. I’m still in the data collection phase, and I need to know that there are organizations who would be interested in the partnership before I pitch this idea to a cruise company.  By replying to this email you are not signing up for anything or obliged to anyone, just helping to get this project off the ground. If you’re not interested or this does not sound like a fit for your organization I completely understand. Any advise and additional ideas would be wonderful. If you know of environmental organization in the area that would be interested in hearing about this or having input, feel free to pass it on. I only ask that this be confined to strictly nature related environmental organizations. 

Again, this is not a business venture for me, but I do think I have an opportunity to make a difference for the better so that I what I am trying to do.

Thank you for your time.



Please email to connect with Erin!

Volunteer with Us: Outreach & Communication


Position: Outreach & Communication Volunteer
Organization: Nova Scotia Environmental Network
Location: work remotely from anywhere in Nova Scotia

Role Description

The Communications Volunteer is responsible for managing and growing NSEN’s online presence by creating, curating, and posting engaging content across all of our social media platforms, as well as assisting with traditional communications and media relations tasks. The role will also include work in event planning, fundraising, and building new partnerships.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Managing NSEN’s communication: responding to Facebook messages, responding to emails, creating content for website
  • Creating, curating, and scheduling/posting engaging content on Facebook and Twitter
  • Overseeing the content and distribution of our e-newsletter
  • Writing and/or sourcing environmentally-themed content for the website
  • Assisting with event planning, fundraising, and other duties as needed

Attendance of monthly NSEN board meetings is mandatory. These meetings can be down by Google Hangouts.

This is a remote position – we welcome candidates from anywhere in Nova Scotia to apply.

Good to Have:

  • Previous experience scheduling and posting social media and creating e-newsletters, preferably for a non-profit or social enterprise
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently without much supervision or as part of a team
  • Ability to use and familiarity with Hootsuite, WordPress, Mailchimp, Facebook
  • Experience in graphic design, photography, and/or videography, an asset


  • Positive attitude and team spirit!
  • Openness to ask questions and clarifications when needed
  • Organized & detail-oriented worker


Volunteers are expected to commit to approximately 8-12 hours per week on an ongoing basis.

If you are interested in being a part of the NSEN team, please email your resume and cover letter outlining your passions and skills as they relate to this opportunity to Megan MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, NSEN at .

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Please include your First and Last Name and Communications Volunteer in the subject line of the email 🙂

Tidal Talk Rescheduled for April 1st 2019

What’s Happening in the Bay of Fundy? Event Planned to Hear Diverse Perspectives on Tidal Power


Nova Scotia Environmental Network and Halifax Public Libraries will host a discussion about Nova Scotia’s tidal energy sector with eight panelists on Monday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax.

“‘Let’s Talk Tidal Power: What’s Happening in the Bay of Fundy?’ will provide a rare opportunity for the public to better understand who is who in the tidal energy sector, where things stand today, what is at stake, and how the future could unfold,” says Chris White, Chair of Nova Scotia Environmental Network.

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Moderated by White, who is a PhD student with Dr Lukas Swan’s Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory at Dalhousie University, the panel will bring together researchers, government, industry, First Nations, and fishers for a public discussion and Q&A period.

“NSEN has strived to bring a balanced set of perspectives to the conversation so the audience can draw their own conclusions from the event,” says White. “We expect to learn a great deal ourselves and we are excited to see how the discussion plays out.”

Research and development in Nova Scotia’s tidal energy resources have been ongoing for decades, but concerns have been voiced by various parties regarding the ecological impacts on the Bay of Fundy.  

“We think it is time for Nova Scotia to have an inclusive conversation about tidal power development so we can collectively establish common ground on a sustainable path forward,” says White.

All are welcome. Those not able to attend the event will be able to watch a livestream on NSEN’s Facebook page:


Darren Porter (Fisheries representative)
Dr Graham Daborn (Acadia University)
Colin Sproul (Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association)
Jon Woods (Minas Energy)
Tony Wright (FORCE)
Mike Wambolt (DFO)
Sara Swinamer (Bay of Fundy Water Protectors)
Melissa Nevin (Atlantic Policy Congress)

Let’s Talk Tidal Power: What’s Happening in the Bay of Fundy?

NSEN Tidal Event Photo.pngAs the world moves to replace fossil fuels with clean renewable energy, Nova Scotia finds itself with some of the world’s greatest tidal power resources in the iconic Bay of Fundy. After decades of research and pilot projects, however, some people are growing concerned that the present course of development will have negative consequences for the natural systems of the Bay and the livelihoods and cultures that are tied to it. So, what’s happening in the Bay of Fundy?

The Nova Scotia Environmental Network and the Halifax Central Library are proud to present this panel discussion to help the public understand who is who in the tidal energy sector, the history of development, where things stand today, what is at stake, and how the future could unfold. 

Moderated by Dr. Boris Worm of Dalhousie University, the panel will include tidal researchers, developers, regulators, First Nations, and fishers, bringing together a diverse set of perspectives for a balanced discussion and Q&A period.

Funding for this program is provided by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation and Global Affairs Canada.

Click attending and share our Facebook event here!

Environment Network (EN) Report to Diocesan Council Dec. 2018

National recognition: I am pleased to say that our diocese EN was featured in a national church article during Seasons of Creation:

Membership is approximately 200 and growing. Many churches have multiple members. The Church of St Andrew in Cole Harbour probably has the most, approximately a dozen parishioners are members of the EN. Members are involved in varying degrees.

Communication: At our September meeting we reviewed the EN’s call to teach, inform and motivate parishes to be greener, support all people who care about God’s creation, encouraging environmental activism, energy conservation and waste reduction. We agreed to take advantage of the Diocesan Times, to submit articles about people and parishes, profile them, what they are doing and how they are accomplishing it. Good news stories, for example the St Margaret’s community garden. Provide information on where to go to obtain information and funding. We should also continue to promote the EN in parishes and throughout the diocese. Engaging parishes in greening our buildings. A subcommittee developed a resource list for our webpage with the DT. One of our members, a journalist, will write articles featuring parishes that are engaged in caring for creation and a quarterly article on a “big issue”.

EN Retreat Weekend and Day Retreats: Evaluations showed satisfaction with the retreat in May and there were requests for more retreats. Some asked for annual retreats and one person asked for “mini day retreats”. As a result, the EN partnered with Kairos Canada and Christ Church, Darmouth and held an initial day retreat Nov. 18 with 30 participants. More day retreats are being planned for 2019 in Charlottetown, Pictou, Cape Breton, possibly Amherst and Yarmouth. Day retreats spreads those events throughout the diocese, engages more people and reduces costs. We would also be happy to provide day retreats for parishes, regions and various groups within the diocese as well. The EN is requesting Diocesan Council support. Estimated costs of day retreats is $500 each.

Season of Creation: We will approach Archbishop Ron about in promoting Season of Creation next year to increase participation. That being said, from my latest Creation Matters meeting, it appears that our diocese has more parishes engaged in Season of Creation than any other diocese in the country. At least a dozen parishes engaged in Season of Creation. I was guest preacher at the Church of St Andrew in Cole Harbour the end of September. Kudos to all who celebrated Seasons of Creation particularly:

Parish of Horton, Wolfville:

Held a mid-week book study using “Grounded: Finding God in the World.

Adapted a creation focused Eucharist from South Africa. “The response from a diverse group of folks was thought-provoking and theologically deep.”

Undertook a day retreat called “Soil and Spirituality” According to the rector, “Quiet contemplation on dirt, spirit, connecting with our roots in a beautiful garden setting at the Quiet Garden in Wolfville. Rev’d Lynn Uzans of the Anglican Parish of Wilmot lead this restorative day retreat.”

St. John the Evangelist, Middle Sackville:

Who marked the Season of Creation on four Sundays through September.
One of their Lay Readers, Maxine Simpkin found an “Earth” beach ball that was suspended from the cross beam in the middle of the congregation. They used the Joe Miller piece, “If the Earth were only a few feet…” as part of the liturgy opening. Maxine also found some “Earth” squeezy balls that they gave out to the children and the rest of those present the next week which was Welcome Back Sunday had a caring for creation theme.
One week they located the new baptismal promise to sustain and restore the Earth at the opening of the service as a reminder of our commitment.
They used the “Earth Blue Marble” photo from space on their bulletin covers (instead of the church photo) and on their slides for the projector.

“This was St. John’s first year so we started small and hope to do better next year.”

Developing relationships with like-minded organizations inside and outside the church: The church is in the unique position of being able to provide spiritual care and support to environmentalists. To better connect with other environmental groups and individuals Tory Byrne represents our network on the board of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and serves as treasurer,

Our EN promoted and supported Nova Scotia Environmental Network, Ecology Action Centre, Healthy Forest Coalition, Northern Pulp, Alton Gas and Council of Canadians Blue Community campaign.

Our expression of support to the fishers who are protesting pollution by Northern Pulp on Facebook resulted in well over 60 likes and positive comments from members of the Clean Up the Pictou County Pulp Mill FB page.

Provided support to Joanne Light for travel to Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada ‘s 13th National Conference and Lobbying Days, “Building Bridges,” on Parliament Hill (  

I am still an active member of national church’s Creation Matters Task Group and represent the ACC on the Kairos Eco justice Circle. And I recently acted as a resource to United Church Maritime Conference on their new environmental program Faithful Footprints.

Lenten Practice in our diocese: It was agreed at our September meeting that the EN would develop a “Stations of the Cross” type spiritual practice for Lent using local photographs taken by Donna Giles from the Church of St Andrew in Cole Harbour. The Stations will be available to parishes and regions throughout the diocese. Parishes or regions will be able to book the Stations in advance. EN members could be available for support. Contact Rev Marian if your parish would like to book the Stations. 902-483-6866

On Line Book Club: After a member of the EN lent me a book called Chasing Francis, I am hoping to introduce an on line book club.

Tory Byrne’s letter to the Nova Scotia Environmental Network re the meeting with the Minister of the Environment:

Specifically, the three areas I would like to see addressed are

1. The need for environmental non-profits to have core funding support from government, especially at a network level. It’s hard enough to find financial support for specific projects; it’s nearly impossible for administration, coordination, communication and education. Governments, both federal and provincial have noted the need for the public community groups to do monitoring and education because governments aren’t doing it. – And because self-monitoring by industry fails in the face of the need for industry and shareholder profits.

2. The environment can heal us, physically, mentally and spiritually, and keep us healthy. But if we continue to destroy the environment, it will kill us. This is a link which governments are missing. This government is taking a beating on health care, yet ignores practices and papers from other parts of the world that show that healthcare costs can be significantly reduced and health significantly improved by maintaining and building healthy forests, waterways and air, while providing access to all people. This is an environment issue, a health issue, a social justice issue and a spiritual wellbeing issue.

3. Listen to environmentalists: indigenous, academic, and the ecologically involved. Value all the knowledge that is out there. We don’t expect legislators to be environmental experts. We do expect them to listen and consider, act on and continue to be visibly acting on advice and information from all sources. Don’t pit industry against environmentalists (we do that well enough) but work with the issues to protect the environment AND provide for jobs. And probably profits – though these tend to leave the province anyhow). Example: according to the Economist, it costs $14,000 to extract one kilo of gold from the ground, as is currently being proposed for the Goldboro area gold mine, a mine which will devastate the land and waters and wildlife for generations. It costs only $4,000 to extract that same one kilo of gold from recycling electronics, which does minimal damage or even benefits to the environment. Both methods provide jobs. Due diligence may provide ways to better outcomes for the environment and for the people.


Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. Marian Lucas-Jefferies

Coordinator, Environment Network

Eco Connects NS Gathering a success!

Find the final report about the Gathering here: 150 Forward Final NSEN report.

Former EAC board member gets environmental lifetime achievement award

The NSEN board and organizers were heartened to see such a big and diverse crowd at #EcoConnectsNS in Truro this past weekend (over 100 people)- thank you to our members for continually connecting!

Our workshop hosts, keynote and panel speakers, and Pecha Kucha presenters are all exceptional leaders and knowledge resources in our network.

Together, we built some great momentum towards protecting our land, air, and water here in NS and revitalizing the value of the NSEN. We are learning so much together about the proper processes needed for reconciliation with our local Mi’Kmaw community members. We are especially grateful for Elder Albert Marshall’s wisdom shared and Mi’kmaw Conservation Group staff’s contributions and patience.

A huge thank you to our event sponsor Nova Scotia Culture, and our supporters NSCC Truro Campus, Divert NS, Patagonia and Lush Cosmetics North America for the beautiful gifts, and Just Us! Coffee for the donated coffee and tea. Thank you to our site hosts Town of Truro and Glengarry Inn! Gold Island Bakery and Red Knot Bakery provided delicious food on Saturday and we were in awe of the Eastern Eagle drummers and Liliona’s water dance Friday evening in beautiful Victoria Park.

Finally, thank you to CBEMN (Community Based Environmental Monitoring Network), Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Sierra Club Atlantic Canada Chapter, Clean Annapolis River Project, Dorene Bernard with Peace and Friendship Alliance for contributions with the organising. Reporting on the event will be widely shared using graphics recording from Mind’s Eye Creative Consulting & Facilitation (Ashton Rhodenhiser) and facilitator lessons from Bernice Williams.



Check out the amazing program here: Eco Connects NS 2017 Program. And see the fantastic supports below!

Have a look at our updated poster! Please to announce Elder Albert Marshall and Silver Donald Cameron will be our guest speakers.

EcoConnectsNS speakers

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the Nova Scotia Environmental Network two day gathering “Eco Connects NS”: September 22nd (Friday) and 23rd (Saturday) in Truro, NS, funded by Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage.
“A gathering to celebrate and build capacity for environmental conservation in NS”
What: Four themes: coastal, water, energy & climate, and forests. Panel discussions, children’s events, entertainment, caucus meetings, and more
When: Sept. 22nd and 23rd (Friday/Saturday)
Where: Glengary Inn and Douglas Street Community Centre, Truro, NS

As Nova Scotians, we are facing increasingly complex times when it comes to protecting, restoring, and managing our diverse ecosystems that sustain our economy and well-being. NSEN is in a stage of reinvigoration and is developing its role as the supporter and convener for people and organisations that promote environmental conservation across Nova Scotia. As part of this effort, we are following up with our government on the unused $350,000 Environmental Trust Fund in Nova Scotia in hopes that we can find a way to make it accessible.

At Eco Connects NS, we aim to build capacity for environmental conservation across Nova Scotia by bringing together diverse stakeholders, celebrating what’s been done, identifying the gaps, and revisiting and building on provincial EGSPA strategies (under themes of Water, Coasts, Forests, and Energy/Climate Change). We are inviting leaders from non-profit organisations, provincial/municipal/federal government, First Nations organisations, researchers, youth, and general public to join in the conversations and participate in reinvigorating the Network and our collective capacity to conserve our environment.

On Friday the 22nd (Glengary Inn), we will have presentations on the EGSPA strategies, networking opportunities, strategy-building sessions, and live Friday evening entertainment in Victoria Park. On Saturday the 23rd (Douglas Street Community Centre) there will be participant-led capacity building workshops, panel discussion, and Caucus meetings.

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And a big thanks to our organizing committee member organizations:

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Community Based Enviro Monitoring Network

Mi'kmaw Conversation Group

We are grateful for the generous support of:



Just Us

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