This week is Emergency Preparedness Week -- the kind of non-event, event that might mean we’ll see a photo (or two) of a politician at some media event, but most won’t give it a second thought.
At best, it might evoke an image of Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory with his survival backpack and fluorescent arrows painted on the floor. Some of us older folks might evoke the man on a street corner shouting: “Repent the end is near!”
AROUND THE WORLD honey bees and other life-sustaining pollinators have been disappearing. Beekeepers in Canada have suffered tremendous losses and many face losing their farms, homes and businesses. Scientists are calling the recent bee carnage a second Silent Spring -- referring to Rachel Carson’s landmark book documenting the near extinction of birds of prey as a result of the pesticide DDT.
Testing has documented the presence of neonicotinoid pesticides in up to 90% of the bee deaths—and honey bees are just the tip of the iceberg. What other insects and birds have ingested neonicotinoid pesticides? No one knows as they haven’t been monitored like the bees. Put simply: the extent of the damage caused by neonicotinoid pesticides remains unclear.
ACTION ALERT / February 5, 2014
Tell the Senate to Speak Out Against Neonicotinoid Pesticides
The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry is now holding hearings on widely-used, bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. The committee has invited beekeepers, grain-farmers, and scientists to present evidence at the hearings.
Sierra Club Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, Equiterre, EcoJustice, Ontario Beekeepers Association, Wilderness Committee, Canadian Organic Growers, National Farmers Union, Canadian Environmental Law Association, United Church of Canada, Bio-Dynamic Society, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, and Council of Canadians.
We hear a lot of talk about sustainable products, but this week I'd like you to give a unique sustainable product a try.
First think of a mountain made of 134 million laundry detergent jugs (because that’s how many Canadians use every year). Yes, we can recycle them - but wouldn’t it be better to eliminate them completely. Then consider a company with a social conscience that works to support the planet and organizations like ours. A New Brunswick inventor has done just that with a product called Dizolve. I was impressed with the concept so I tried it. It certainly got the job done. It’s great, really.
EARTH DAY ACTION ALERT
On this Earth Day I am urging you to take a moment and help us fight for the protection of people living downstream of the Tar Sands. The health and well-being of these downstream communities, including Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan, has been sacrificed at the altar of economic-growth-at-all-costs.
UPDATE / March 20, 2014 -- U.S. delays moving armed convoys carrying nuclear waste through Ontario
One day soon, people in Ontario may spot an armed convoy passing through their town. Heavily armed guards will be protecting trucks carrying thousands of litres of radioactive waste containing highly enriched (weapons-grade) uranium in a toxic mixture of acid and countless other radioactive isotopes. It will be the most dangerous transport of nuclear waste ever attempted in Canada.