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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.

 

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

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 »

Location

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

Report: Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta

The Pembina Institute has published their report "Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta":

British economist Lord Nicolas Stern has noted that “climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen.” Putting an effective price on carbon pollution is one of the best ways to correct this failure while capitalizing on the flexibility and efficiencies afforded by the market. An increasing number of industry players, environmental organizations and economic institutions are also recognizing this fact.

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Publication—In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows

The Environmental Law Centre has made available for download their report "In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows":

Should Alberta adopt policies that allow for 3rd party participation in instream flow protection?  Are water trust organizations a part of the answer to instream flow needs in over-allocated basins?  The Environmental Law Centre’s report In Water we Trust:  Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows seeks to answer these questions.

Read more »

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Wine & Wilderness (proceeds support Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition)

Nov 26 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wine & Wilderness is your chance to sample some premium wine and craft beer samples, get your name in for a door prize ($50 CrossIron Mills gift certificate), receive a discount on your Christmas wine purchases, and...most importantly...toast the great outdoors and celebrate our love of trees, water, bugs, mountains and all those big animals we like to see from a distance! Read more »

Location

5 Vines Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits
215 12 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

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