The presentation on Wednesday, January 11th at Science And Nature On Tap at the St. Lawrence River Institute for Environmental Studies was very well received. The room was packed with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants.
Larry presented on the theme of A Shared Responsibility, A Shared Response and the need for respecting the land through reconciliation and diversity.
The history of the partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada was presented in the context of the wampum belt which sought a relationship of mutual respect and shared respect for protecting the land.
Larry reviewed the international agreements which cover our collective responsibilities to the environment and spoke about a number of initiatives which are abiding by the principles embodied in these agreements.
We will best honour our responsibilities to future generations by working together to care for the land
Check out Plenty Canada’s list of New Years Resolution Challenges that are sure to leave you, your pocket book, and the environment all feeling better for 2017!
6) Find your fourth “R”:
Much like reduce, reuse, and recycle, this fourth “R” is REPAIR. Avoid throwing away things that are repairable. Take advantage of small, local businesses who might be able to fix something for you, before you throw it into a landfill.
5) Don’t be turned on:
When you’re finished in a room, save some money and energy by turning any lights off as you exit!
4) Turn it down:
Turn your furnace down when you’re away from home or sleeping. Throw an extra couple of blankets on the bed, instead!
Unplug appliances while not in use. Not only is this better for the environment and less costly on your hydro bill, it also helps to minimize the risk of a house fire.
2) Don’t drain it:
Most of us have a reusable water bottle, now! (If you don’t, you need to get one ASAP!) When you want to add fresh water or get rid of the H2O that’s been in a hot car for 3 days, remember that plants are thirsty, too! Instead of pouring leftover water down the drain, throw it out on your front lawn, or give it to an indoor plant!
1) Don't drive-thru.
How bad do you really want that $3 coffee? Bad enough to hop out of your car? If not, save your money and the environment by avoiding sitting idle in a drive-thru for service!
Each of these is a small commitment that we all can make. We challenge you to join us and do your part to reduce the strain on our Mother Earth for 2017. Happy New Year from Plenty Canada’s team!