Trees for Goals

This week on Terra Informa, good news for fans of the Boston Bruins and reforestation. Stanley Cup of Chowder’s Sarah Connor is on the line talking about the audacious challenge she made to Boston Bruins player Andrew Ference, and the treesforgoals campaign it launched. Then, we ask Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman about the importance of independent media, and talk to Jennifer Wickham – a poet with a message to share about the sacred waters in Wet’suwet’en territories.

Andrew Ference skates with his stick on the ice

Boston Bruins player Andrew Ference helped inspire the Trees for Goals campaign [Photo credit: slidingsideways]

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Sarah Connors on the treesforgoals Campaign
No matter where you are in Canada, chances are you’re happy to have the NHL back on the ice. At the beginning of a 2012 shortened season, the NHL was looking for a way to help give back, in hopes of enticing lost and frustrated fans to come back. Close to the beginning of the 2013 shortened NHL season, Sarah Connors, the managing editor of the blog Stanley Cup of Chowder, contacted Andrew Ference, a defenseman for the NHL club the Boston Bruins, via Twitter and told him she would buy 50 trees to plant, via the Plant a Billion Trees campaign, for every goal that he scored. From there, it took off, and as Kyle Muzyka finds out, the treesforgoals campaign started off as a very casual idea, but turned into something very special. 

More on this story: Donate to the treesforgoals campaign at  Stanley Cup of Chowder@cupofchowdah on Twitter, Plant a Billion Trees

Amy Goodman on Independent Media
In November 2011, Terra Informa correspondent Myles Curry caught up with American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist and investigative reporter, Amy Goodman. She is the host of the popular independent news show Democracy Now. Myles asked her what media independence means for environmental reporting.

More on this story: Democracy Now!

Environmental Poetry with Jennifer Wickham and “Engussi Wedzin Kwah”
For our Terra Informa segment on environmental poetry, Annie Banks spoke with Jennifer Wickham last November. Jennifer shared her poem “Engussi Wedzin Kwah”, about sacred waters on her traditional Wet’suwet’en territories, and also some of her thoughts on poetry, the role of a poet and what’s currently inspiring her writing and resistance. Jennifer’s book of poetry will be coming out in summer 2013.

More on this story: Unis’tot’en Action CampWe Support the Unist’ot’en and the Wet’suwet’en Grassroots Movement – Facebook Group

What’s Happening

Edmonton Supporting a Green Economy (E-SAGE)
The Common on 109 st and 99 ave are hosting an event for Edmonton Supporting A Green Economy or E-SAGE on Wednesday, the 6th. ‘Good Business’ is the month’s theme and they willl be exploring initiatives taken and being made to make Edmonton a more sustainable city to live and work within. You’ll get to connect with some of Edmonton’s leading figures & thinkers in ‘good business’ and learn what kinds of opportunities exist out there for you!

More information: The Local Good

ExpoPlaza Latina
They say it’s “the only event like this in western Canada.” Vancouver is hosting a conference titled ExpoPlaza Latina on February 7. I bet you’re wondering, what does that even mean? Well, listeners, this event focuses on three industries that are flourishing in Latin America, one of which being Green Technologies. People are invited to attend this conference to understand their trading partners better, create connections, and learn more about what it means to be a sustainable city. The event takes place at the Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, registration is $150 for the full day,

More information: ExpoPlaza Latina website.

APIRG Board Nominations
Are you an Edmonton student looking to get involved in social problems and public interest? The Alberta Public Interest Research Group, or APIRG, is taking nominations for their board of directors until February 15 at 5 pm. This student-run, student-driven, and non-profit group helps to turn ideas into reality. Based out of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, elections for board positions will coincide with student union elections on March 6 and 7. For more information or to download a nomination form, check out APIRG’s website, call 7804920614 or drop by the APIRG office in Hub Mall at the U of A. If you are from Edmonton, head to the APIRG office on February 6 at 12:00 pm for the Elections Information Session.

More information: APIRG

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