With the link between biodiversity and human health strongly documented it is welcomed that an extensive and complex report, prepared by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), is highlighting the need for sustainable development policy to reflect this relationship.
The full report can be found here: http://www.cbd.int/en/health/stateofknowledge
With more than 80 percent of Ontario’s drinking water coming from Lake Ontario, Sierra Club and Ontario residents will be looking to the new Great Lakes Protection Act (GLPA) for guidance and action on Great Lakes stewardship and protection.
Link to Media Release: http://ontario.sierraclub.ca/en/node/6930
You might have seen the Globe and Mail story on RCMP intelligence reports suggesting Sierra (along with Greenpeace and Tides Canada) are contemplating unlawful activity around petroleum infrastructure. I’m pretty sure Tides and Sierra are not, and Greenpeace might be thinking about erecting a banner somewhere.
Frankly, this kind of stuff coming from “intelligence” sources seems to be more about pleasing the intended readers in government than being truthful or realistic...
Toronto, ON – Sierra Club Canada Foundation (SCCF) welcomes the Government of Ontario’s Great Lakes Protection Act (GLPA), reintroduced at Queen’s Park today. The real challenge will follow. Ontario’s reality as the jurisdiction with the largest Great Lakes geographical presence has provided the province with a special responsibility for Great Lakes stewardship. Now the bar is set for the GLPA to deliver on that responsibility.
SCCF looks to the GLPA to lead the way in these specific areas:
As a part of our Natural Capital Campaign, Sierra Club has also been active in Peel Region! There will be a couple of events offered in Peel, after receiving funding from TD- Friends of the Environment and Community Foundation Mississauga Grants.
April 25th – One Million Trees Celebration and Earth Market
Hosted by the City of Mississauga, we will have volunteers at the morning tree planting and a table at the Earth Market. Come out and visit us to say Hi! There will be information booths, vendors, live music, prizes, a food truck, kids’ activities and workshops.
Last year with funding from RBC's Blue Water Grants, Sierra Club Ontario joined Town of Ajax, and Toronto Regional Conservation Authority to remove stormwater outflow pipes along Ajax’s beaches and replace them with bioswales to help improve water quality. Bioswales are human-created wetland features which slow the flow of stormwater, allowing nutrients and contaminants to be absorbed and filtered by the plants and soil, before the water reaches the beaches.
Last spring we had a successful tree planting at the Paradise Beach bioswale, and will be hosting another Tree planting and additional workshops and events this spring. List of events and volunteer opportunities below:
March 4th – Annual Waterfront Open House
Webinar: Extreme Water Levels on the Upper Great Lakes? Gone for Good? February 17, 2015.
If you’d like to chat with Roger or Mary for a preview or if you would like further information here is their contact Information:
In Nova Scotia & PEI Film Screening & Discussion: “Project Wild Thing”
In Halifax March 4th Wednesday, March 11 snow date at the Museum of Natural History, 7-8:30 with partners the Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia & the Ecology Action Centre, for additional information feel free to contact Sally Trower at WildChildForestSchool@gmail.com, and check out the facebook event
OTTAWA – The new climate proposal from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is a mixed blessing. It is great to finally hear a plan--unfortunately, it's not new at all. The federal government set targets and sat down with the provinces in 1998. It resulted in six years of meetings and little else. It too tried to both reduce emissions and increase oil exports. It failed.
“Climate change is the greatest threat to our national security. It requires a national effort to deal with it,” said John Bennett, National Program Director. “This timid plan to talk about it with the provinces and do what’s affordable while exporting oil won’t cut it. Only transformative policy can deal with the climate crisis.”