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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.

 

Pembina reacts to Paris Agreement tabled at COP21

12 Dec 2015

PARIS, FRANCE — Erin Flanagan, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the global climate change agreement adopted today at COP21:

“The Paris agreement marks an important moment in the global transition to a low-carbon economy. The agreement endeavours to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and supports a global emissions peak and decline by mid-century. These commitments underscore a powerful global transition away from high-carbon fossil fuels.

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Posted December 12, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Water Management Working Group (Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands)

Initiative: 
Water Management Working Group, Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands
Position: 
ENGO Sector Members (4)
Application Deadline: 
16 Dec 2015 - 23:59

The Water Management Working Group (WMWG) is a team of knowledgeable water professionals, representing various disciplines and perspectives, that advises the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Energy Regulator on implementing the water management direction outlined in the Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF). Read more »

Posted December 9, 2015 by AEN

Pembina available for comment at Paris climate summit

30 Nov 2015

Paris — Today, 150 Heads of State and Government joined the President of France, His Excellency Mr. François Hollande, in an opening ceremony for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Four experts from the Pembina Institute will be attending the summit, and are available today and until the summit adjourns on December 11th, to provide commentary on what the conference’s developments mean for climate action in Canada, at the federal and provincial levels.

Our spokespeople include: Read more »

Posted December 2, 2015 by AEN

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!

Location

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!

Location

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.
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Location

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!

Location

Canmore, AB

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.”

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Posted November 23, 2015 by AEN

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