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The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of groups throughout the province dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta's environment. The AEN's purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information & resources among member groups, and to assist them in taking common action. AEN also promotes awareness of environmental issues & activities with stakeholders & the general public. AEN facilitates member group meetings and the participation of member groups in meetings and consultation with government and/or industry. Check out Field Notes for the latest news, events & action alerts from the AEN & our member groups.


People's Climate Rally - Calgary

Nov 29 2015 - 2:00pm

From the Facebook event page:

On November 29th we have the best moment of the decade to pressure our leaders to avoid catastrophic climate change. Together we can rise to the challenge and make this the biggest climate mobilisation ever. Events are being held all over the world to kick off the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris that begin on November 30.

Here in Calgary, we will be holding a joyful rally to lend our voices to the global demand for an international climate treaty. But we're also going farther than that- after the outdoor rally, we will be heading indoors for a program of fantastic music, dance, and speakers. Then, we'll open it up for a mixer, where you can meet and mingle with other Calgarians who care about the climate crisis and find out how you can make a difference.

This event is family friendly, so bring your parents, your kids, your friends and your neighbours! Let's make this a historic day!


Scarboro United Church
134 Scarboro Avenue SW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 25, 2015 by AEN

The People's Climate March Edmonton

Nov 29 2015 - 2:00pm

From the Facebook event page:

On November 29th, the eve of a historic summit on climate change, people across the world will take to the streets in their hundreds and thousands to inspire the world’s most powerful leaders to take ambitious action on the climate crisis.

With our future on the line and the world watching, we have the opportunity to meet this moment with unprecedented mobilizations in cities across the globe.

From New York to London and Delhi to Australia, we’ll take to the streets to demand the world as we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for the people; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

There is only one ingredient required: to change everything, we need everyone.

Event details: meet everyone at 2:00 PM at the Legislature grounds.
Taz Bouchier, Randy Haluza-DeLay and Godo Stoyke will be our guest speakers!


Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 25, 2015 by AEN

Green Drinks Lethbridge

Dec 1 2015 - 4:00pm

Green Drinks meets in Lethbridge on the first Tuesday of every month at 4 pm at the Owl Acoustic Lounge - next meeting is Tuesday, December 1.

  • Meetings are on an open-house, informal basis - all are welcome, bring a friend, to enjoy conversing and sharing in an easygoing manner.
  • Drinking is not a requirement, but paid for individually by the drinkee.
  • On December 1 we will talk about shared hashtags and better collaboration on social media. 
  • Group focus is: communication, outreach, collaboration, environment, community, networking, learning, social media, marketing, mentoring, cutting down on duplication of effort, enjoying each other's company.  
  • Overall focus is on developing communication professionals and practice in Lethbridge.
  • Read more »


Owl Acoustic Lounge
411 3 Avenue S
Lethbridge, AB

Posted November 24, 2015 by AEN

Navigate 2016: Youth Water & Environmental Leadership Summit

Mar 10 2016 (All day) - Mar 13 2016 (All day)

From the Navigate 2016 website:

Calling all Alberta’s young leaders and their teachers! Applications are now open for Navigate 2016

Here’s your chance to make a significant impact in your school, community and province!

We invite you to be part of a fun, memorable, all-expenses-paid trip to Canmore, Alberta on March 10-13, 2016 where we will explore the most important environmental topics facing our province. 20 leadership teams comprised of four students and two teachers from high schools across Alberta will spend three days taking part in interactive sessions, workshops and activities.

After the summit, your team will put this amazing experience into action with projects designed to encourage awareness, understanding and excitement in your school or entire community.

The deadline to apply is December 31st, 2015; don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity for you and your students!


Canmore, AB

Posted November 24, 2015 by AEN

Take action: Oil by rail projects need thorough environmental assessments

Nov 30 2015 (All day)

From the Ecojustice website:

Have you heard of the Hardisty Rail Terminal Project? If not, you should.

The project would send up to 336,000 barrels of crude oil by rail  from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries around North America every day. That’s more oil than flows through Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, or Kinder Morgan’s existing TransMountain pipeline. That’s more than half the planned capacity of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. As I said, it’s a lot of oil!

What’s more, this would continue for at least the next 25 years. This when scientific research tells us we need to start leaving that oil in the ground.

We know that locking in more carbon-intensive infrastructure will not help us reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change. And we know that putting more oil trains on the tracks means a greater chance of explosive derailments, risking public safety and the environment.

That’s why Ecojustice lawyers will be telling the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, on behalf of Greenpeace Canada and Safe Rail Communities, that we need an environmental assessment of the Hardisty Rail Terminal Project.

Read more »

Posted November 24, 2015 by AEN

Phasing out coal is a win for all Albertans

Alberta plan protects health and saves money

23 Nov 2015

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Director at the Pembina Institute, adds his comments to the growing support for Alberta’s coal phase-out plan.

“The decision to phase out coal by 2030 makes it clear the government of Alberta is intent on improving Albertans' air quality and tackling one of our highest-emitting fuel sources. Given the international attention on coal as an unnecessary source of pollution, the government of Alberta's decision to phase out coal stands it in good stead to bring a better message and approach to Paris.

“The province's approach will mean significant savings for our health care system. Coal plants are a major source of air contaminants, including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter. This pollution contributes to over 4,000 asthma episodes, over 700 emergency visits for respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and around 80 hospital admissions, with chronic exposures resulting in nearly 100 premature deaths every year in Alberta. The cost to the health care system is close to $300-million dollars annually.

 “Alberta is now a leader in the transition away from coal and can proudly stake its territory among the world’s most proactive jurisdictions.”

Read more »

Posted November 23, 2015 by AEN

Survey: Albertans want more wilderness protected

19 Nov 2015

(Calgary, Alberta) — A first-ever survey of Albertans' outdoor activities and values toward recreation and wilderness shows that 76% of adult Albertans regularly participate in outdoor recreation, 86% of adult Albertans would prioritize non-motorized recreation in wilderness areas (vs. motorized recreation, such as ATVs, off-highway vehicles, dirt bikes and motorboats) and88% of Albertans want government to set aside more wilderness where human activity is minimal. Read more »

Posted November 19, 2015 by AEN

Panel Discussion: Is Our Drinking Water at Risk?

Nov 30 2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Is Canada's urban drinking water at risk?

Clean drinkable water is life, yet most Canadians take water for granted.

With less than 3 per cent of municipally-treated water used for drinking, the rest goes down our drains and toilets or on our gardens. We often fail to consider the sustainability of our water.

On November 30, you are invited to a free panel discussion at the John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library in Calgary, featuring:

David Schindler, University of Alberta 
Eminent Canadian biologist andenvironmentalist gives his perspective on water and the environment and the danger to our water supplies from human activity.

Arlene Kwasniak, University of Calgary
Lawyer and water policy expert explores the push and pull on water resources from competing industries and the policies we should enact to protect this vital resource.

Masaki Hayashi, University of Calgary
A local field researcher tells tales from the watershed. Before it comes to our taps, what happens to the water along its trip from alpine lakes, through prairie rivers? Read more »


John Dutton Theatre Library
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB

Posted November 17, 2015 by russ

ELC Report—Conservation Directives: an unknown and untested tool

The Environmental Law Centre has published their report "Conservation Directives: Alberta's unknown and untested conservation tool":

When we think of protecting Alberta’s landscapes there are a variety of tools that are quite well understood and used: parks on public land, conservation easements on private land.  The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) greatly added to the conservation tool box by providing a variety of legal mechanisms to plan and manage for conservation purposes.

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

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AEN Fall Cross Caucus Meetings

November 28 & 29, 2015
Edmonton, Alberta

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