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Interview with Danielle Droitsch

Prior to her move back to Washington, D.C., Danielle Droitsch was Executive Director of Water Matters and Chair of the AEN Water Caucus. She has recently been named as the Pembina Institute's Director of U.S. Policy. Water Matters asked Danielle to reflect on her time in Alberta.

Read the interview on the Water Matters website.

Read Danielle's farewell remarks from the Alberta Ecotrust AGM. Read more »

Posted April 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta

Water Matters has released a new report entitled "Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta".

In Alberta, 90,000 square kilometres of forests safeguard the upper reaches of the Athabasca and Saskatchewan River systems, and more than 100,000 square kilometres of wetlands store and filter water over 18 per cent of the province. Making the Connection: Water and Land in Alberta, a new report by Water Matters, concludes that the Alberta government must protect these and other watershed resources to prevent a water crisis in the province in the coming decades. This is the easiest, most effective and least costly way to maintain healthy ecosystems and the benefits they provide including clean, abundant drinking water, sustainable fisheries, and water for agriculture and other industrial uses. The best part? It will also save taxpayers billions of dollars over the long term.

Download the report from the Water Matters website. Read more »

Posted April 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Provincial groundwater policy developments and initiatives: a sneak peek

Carlos Garcia reports on the recent Below Your Watershed — Understanding the Groundwater Connection conference in Medicine Hat.

"You need to understand it to manage it." This was a consistent theme of Below Your Watershed — Understanding the Groundwater Connection, a recent two-day conference held by the South East Alberta Watershed Alliance in Medicine Hat.

Read the full story at the Water Matters website. Read more »

Posted April 27, 2010 by Anonymous

Citizen's Guide to Climate Change in Alberta

Global climate change may alter our way of life in Alberta and around the world forever. In light of this, Alberta Acts has come up with a concise Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change in Alberta. The guide summarizes the potential impacts of climate change, highlights current Canadian and Albertan climate change policies, and identifies some potential paths forward. Read more…

In Alberta Acts’ Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change in Alberta, we cover the following topics: Read more »

Posted April 21, 2010 by Anonymous

Mike Hudema on banning tar sands

Greenpeace Canada Climate and Energy Campaigner Mike Hudema speaks about oil sands on The Mark.

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Posted April 19, 2010 by Anonymous

Materials from Greenhouse Gas Roundup Part II Webinar available for download

If you’re like many Albertans, you’re probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change. The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example:

  • How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market?
  • Will international climate change agreements influence land use activities?
  • Could more land users be regulated for emissions reduction as seen in the energy sector?

The Environmental Law Centre has made materials from their recent "Greenhouse Gas Roundup Part II: Agriculture Webinar"available for download. You can watch the presentation below, or on YouTube and visit the ELC website to download the slides.

Read more »

Posted April 16, 2010 by Anonymous

RCEN e-Bulletin — 14 April 2010

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Network News

April 14th, 2010

April 22 is Earth Day – Join an Event near You!

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by getting together with friends, family and co-workers. Mark the occasion by participating in one of the many events being organized by environmental groups across the country! Here’s how you can find one:
Remember that you can also add your own event for free. Happy Earth Day!

Caucus Elections: Take an Active Role in Leading Your Caucus

Attention all RCEN members! Steering Committee elections are now underway for 10 of our national caucuses. This is your chance to take an active role in shaping your caucus' activities and making decisions that will directly benefit your peers and ultimately, the success of our Network. Any member of the RCEN can apply from now until April 27th. More…

Download our International Year of Biodiversity Tool Kit

A practical resource for both organizations and individuals, the IYB Tool Kit features: tips on how to get involved locally for biodiversity protection; accessible information about the Convention on Biological Diversity; presentations on the Green Wave and more. Download the IYB Tool Kit

Biodiversity Hotspot #6: Oceanic Road Kill

Killer whales are found in oceans all over the world, from arctic to tropical waters. They live in pods of 40-50 individuals, can live to be 50-80yrs old and have no natural predators. They are also intelligent and deadly hunters. Yet somehow the whales, also know as orcas, find themselves on the Species at Risk Act list. How is this happening? More…

This Week's Headlines

Calls for Participation
David Suzuki Foundation asks Canadians: What's inside your cosmetics?

Comment on Proposed Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

Announcements
Environment Canada Report on Plans and Priorities for 2010-2011

Natural Step Canada’s Sustainability for Leaders Course

Nominate Yourself for a Speaking Role at the UN General Assembly

Delegate Selection - Policy Dialogue on the Way Forward on Climate Change Internationally

Action Alerts
Climate Action Network – G8/G20 Campaign Mobilization is Underway

Green Communities Canada – Keep the ecoENERGY Retrofit Program Alive

Resources
New issue of the Philanthropist now available

Events
17th Annual International Conference on the St. Lawrence River / Great Lakes Ecosystem

Participate in Healthy Schools Day in Canada on April 26th

Employment
NL Environment Network - Executive Director

Posted April 15, 2010 by Anonymous

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