Did you know that Ontario has more invasive species than any other province in Canada? In fact, there are 441 invasive plant species in Ontario alone. They pose a threat to our economy, our environment and can even impede our recreational activities. Over the next few weeks, Plenty Canada will be profiling a new invasive species each week that is specifically affecting Lanark and the surrounding area to help spread awareness about this issue.
As many people know, 795 million people, or 1 in 9 people around the world do not have the opportunity to eat 3 meals a day. A large portion of these people are children. An important part of child development is getting proper nutrition. Plenty Canada has partnered with Hope Heals Centre and Soup Kitchen Project in Swaziland, raising money to feed those living with HIV/AIDS, and children who have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Due to the critical importance of nutrition throughout childhood, our goal is to raise enough money to feed as many mouths as we possibly can. Visit our go fund me page to help us: www.gofundme.com/onemouthatatime
Every little bit helps!
As we prepare for our upcoming workshops, events and the arrival of our summer students, Plenty Canada is in need of a few items. If you can help in any way, please contact us at (613) 278-2215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to this fantastic podcast on how to become an ally to Indigenous peoples in Canada!
This is a very interesting interview done with non-Indigenous people sharing their stories of the cross-cultural bridge building between communities. Non-Indigenous peoples learn about and connect with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. David Suzuki shares his personal connections to Indigenous issues.
Read the full report written by Larry McDermott and Anne Bell, published February, 2017 by Ontario Nature, Plenty Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Trent University:
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation invites youth to compete for $5000 seed funding and the opportunity to present your green growth idea to North American environmental leaders at the CEC council session in Charlottetown, PEI on June 28, 2017.
The competition is open to youth aged 18-26 from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Participants are encouraged to "look beyond incremental solutions and propose bold ideas to leapfrog to alternatives and solutions that address the complex sustainability challenges facing North America. Ideas will be evaluated based on four criteria: innovation, feasibility, scalability/replicability, and impact. Students and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to share ideas on a broad range of green growth topics, particularly those that can be addressed at the regional level, including mitigating air emissions, reducing food waste and marine litter, mitigating the impact of ocean acidification, and protecting ecosystems from invasive species."
The challenge began yesterday. Ideas must be submitted by April 30th. The winning ideas will be announced June 7th.
You can post your ideas today or comment and vote on those of others. Ideas can be submitted in English, French or Spanish. The CEC has partnered with Silicon Valley-based innovation firm IdeaScale to host this challenge.
For more information and guidelines, visit http://cec.ideascale.com/
"The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is an intergovernmental organization that supports the cooperative environmental agenda of Canada, Mexico and the United States to green North America’s economy, address climate change by promoting a low-carbon economy, and protect its environment and the health of its citizens. The CEC is composed of three bodies: a Council, representing the governments of the three member countries, a Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) that advises the Council and serves as a liaison with the public, and a Secretariat that supports the Council and JPAC and prepares independent reports. The CEC brings together governments, civil society, and businesses to develop innovative North American solutions to global environmental challenges. Find out more at: www.cec.org"
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!
At this time of the year, we like to look back at some of the events that Plenty Canada participated in and some of the projects we worked on locally, regionally, nationally and globally and which brought us further to our goal of reconciliation of the earth and reconciliation of the peoples who live upon the land.
Here are some of the highlights of Plenty Canada’s work in 2016:
Tribal Park Gathering 2016
Plenty Canada provided staff and administrative support for the Tribal Park Gathering 2016 attended, presented at and supported the Tribal Park Summit in Tla-o-qui-aht territory. Check out the youtube video from the Summit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-4USXGlB4s
4th World Congress on Biosphere Reserves, Lima, Peru March 4-7th
The 4th world congress on biosphere reserves in Peru where the 10 year plan for biosphere reserves globally was approved by the 1200 delegates. Plenty and its representatives Larry & Aly played a significant role in working with other Canadian delegates. As result of the presentation and discussions with indigenous delegates Larry McDermott was chosen to represent the world’s indigenous people in the final plenary. The powerpoint slides are available below.
Check back to hear more about the exciting news we have for 2017 on the following projects:
Beginning in the early 1960's, the Dryden Chemical Company discharged chemical waste into the Wabigoon-English River system, upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation. The chemical waste contained mercury, and was the byproduct of a process used to create the chemicals necessary to bleach paper. It is estimated that 9000 kilograms of mercury were dumped into the river between 1962 and 1970, when the mercury contamination was discovered. Upon discovery of the mercury contamination, the Ontario government ordered the Dryden Chemical Company to stop discharging waste containing mercury into the river system, but did not regulate airborne mercury emissions.