Spring is in the Air

Why did the coyote cross the road?

Coyote Crossing (Credit: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife – http://www.flickr.com/photos/odfw/7489976680/in/photostream/)

Spring is in the air! And to celebrate, we’re bringing you a jam-packed show that’s bursting with life. How does giving birth change your perspective on the environment? What happens when the natural world unexpectedly encroaches on the human? Why do the Great Lakes suddenly need our protection? Who was responsible for the origin of the environmental movement? When will the show start? Just as soon as you hit that “play” button.

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Eye-opener: Aurélie Arnaud on Giving Birth

From time to time, we bring you Eye-openers: moments that have dramatically shifted how you look at the environment. This week, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips brings you a story from Aurélie Arnaud, a Montreal woman whose experience as a mother has sharpened the way she see the state of the planet.

Urban Coyotes Project

Urban coyotes are a growing concern in North America.  Over the last two decades, these opportunistic carnivores have been cropping up in urban centers from Vancouver to Toronto, forcing some city dwellers to find ways to coexist with their new neighbors.

Enter the Urban Coyote Project: a multi-faceted study of urban coyotes based out of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Their goal is to collect information on the movement, habitat selection, and diet of coyotes–along with our perceptions of them. From our archive, we bring you Rebecca Rooney’s interview with Maureen Murray, a masters student working on the project.

More information: Edmonton Urban Coyote Project, Edmonton Journal

The State of the Great Lakes

Back in September of 2012, Canada and the US renewed their commitment to cleaning up Canada’s fresh water bodies by amending the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This new plan expands the scope of concern to include the impact of climate change as well as the protection of lake species and habitats.

To get a better sense of the problems facing the Great Lakes, we contacted Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a charity that’s trying to make the “Lake of Shining Waters” cleaner, safer, and healthier for the public. Also from our archives, we have Hamdi Issawi’s conversation with Krystyn Tully, the Vice President of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

More information: Lake Ontario WaterkeeperEnvironment CanadaCBC News

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

March 20th marked the first day of Spring, and to honor this particular season, we’d like to share a history lesson. Have you ever wondered about the origin of the environmental movement or the people behind it? To give you an idea, Yvette Thompson serves up a short on Rachel Carson, a woman who spoke out against pesticides with her 1962 book, Silent Spring. More information: The Life and Legacy of Rachel CarsonThe Story of Silent Spring

What’s Happening

Yukon Invasive Species Workshop

Attention Yukoners: Do you want to put the “eye” back in “invasive”? The “ward” back in “stewardship”? The Yukon Invasive Species Council wants to train YOU to identify, manage, and report invasive plant species in the territory. On Wednesday, March 26, there will be a plant identification workshop at the Yukon Order of Pioneers Hall (or Y.O.O.P. Hall) in Dawson. Become a “Spotter” and protect biodiversity in your territory by nipping invasive species in the bud before they become a problem. Even if you’re not in Dawson, find out how you can help by visiting yukoninvasives.com

Earth Hour

On Saturday, March 29th, The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) invites everyone to celebrate Earth Hour and show their commitment to the planet by turning off their lights for sixty minutes between 8:30pm-9:30pm local time. If you’d like to find out how others in you city will be celebrating, or create you own Earth Hour event, you can do so at the official website earthhour.org

Guelph Seedy Saturday

Also on Saturday, March 29th, a Seedy Saturday will be sprouting at St. Georges Church in Guelph, ON. This is a community seed exchange where you can buy or swap organic and naturally pollinated seeds from local growers and vendors. Expert led teaching and sharing circles will help you cultivate sustainable gardening practices while the live music will nurture your soul. If you’re bringing seeds to trade, just make sure they’re labelled, detailed, and non-GMO. For more dirt on this event, checkout the blog guelphseedysaturday.blogspot.ca/

Livable Cities Forum

Are you interested in preparing for climate change at the local level? From April 2nd to the 4th, the Livable Cities Forum in Vancouver, BC, will be exploring how to build sustainable and economically resilient communities in the face of new environmental challenges. Learn all about Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative; explore the city through study-tours; and rub elbows with other delegates between workshops, presentations, and panel discussions. For more about the program, pricing, and registration visit livablecitiesforum.com

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