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10. YUKON LINKS
1. LOCAL MEETININGS, WORKSHOPS, EVENTS & CONFERENCES
The student forum takes place on Monday December 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This full day educational forum is geared towards grades 9-12 and centers on a highly interactive, participatory-based format. Students will have a unique opportunity to learn about the Arctic ecosystem, northern issues, IPY, climate change,
The Yukon Science Institute would like to know how they are doing. By filling out the survey, you can help them design our speaker series to better meet the interests of you, their members. Please email Lori Schroeder at the Yukon Science Institute for a copy of the survey as I can not attach it to this message. firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Dinner & Discussion Nights have resumed! Join us Thursday December 6th for a Free Dinner and Discussion about Free Entry Mining. The free entry system of granting mineral tenure was developed back in the Gold Rush days of the 1850s. The underlying philosophy of this frontier mentality was that mining was the best use of Crown land. Public attitudes and mining technologies have changed, yet the archaic law remains. CPAWS-Yukon is working together with the Yukon Conservation Society to raise awareness about the challenges of the free entry system, stimulate discussion and determine if there is appetite to see a better system put into place for the
A new food event will happening every Monday this winter at the Fireweed Kitchen in Shipyard Park. Called the Whole Foods Cafe, It will feature good wholesome cooking suitable for vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet. Every week will feature a new and interesting dish, and effort will be made to use the best quality ingredients available: local and organic preferred. Also, it is my desire that this sort of food be affordable to most people, thus I will strive to keep prices reasonable. Hours are currently 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but I am flexible and open to the needs of customers. if enough people want breakfasts, that can also be arranged. Best wishes, Andrew Buchan.
2. JOBS, VOLUNTEER
Make 2008 a Carbon-friendly birding Year! Join “Bigby“for a year of carbon-neutral birding, where you only count those species seen within walking or cycling distance of your home or principle place of work. This is a low-key, friendly birding competition for these days of carbon emissions and climate change. For more information, go to: http://www.sparroworks.ca/bigby.html. Send your carbon-friendly birding ideas to email@example.com and we'll share them with the world! To follow the adventures of Bird Year Yukon Enviro-birders, Malcolm Boothroyd and family go to: http://www.birdyear.blogspot.com/
.Environmental Careers Organization (ECO). ECO Canada was established in 1992 as part of
Current RCEN e-bulletin employment postings: http://www.cen-rce.org/ebulletin/employment.html.
WorkCabin.ca is the latest tool for Canadians seeking employment in the growing green economy. WorkCabin was established in 2007 as a way to help Canadians find green work opportunities. It has quickly become the source for employment and volunteer opportunities in all fields concerning the environment. For job postings go to http://www.workcabin.ca/job-postings.htm. For more information, visit www.WorkCabin.ca. WorkCabin.ca is 100% Canadian owned and operated and is located in
GoodWorkCanada.ca: “More than just jobs, GoodWork is the place to get connected to environmentally and socially responsible projects, organizations and companies in
News Release - Proposed Wildlife Act Regulation Amendments out For Public Review. Please see http://www.gov.yk.ca/news/2008/08-287.html for more information. Yukon
News Release - Wildlife Inventory Work Helps Climate Change Response. Please see http://www.gov.yk.ca/news/2008/08-280.html for more information. Yukon
►Conservation group Nature Canada has launched a Web site called VoteForNature.ca as a public service to help voters become informed about the issues that affect them – clean water, renewable energy, healthy biodiversity and action on global warming. You can: Send a letter to your local candidates and ask them where they stand on nature-related issues - Sign up for weekly election news bulletins - Check out the 10 Questions you should ask your local candidates this election. http://www.naturecanada.ca/votefornature_questions.asp Chris Sutton, Communications Manager, Nature
► Environmental Petitions Process. The environmental petitions process was established in 1995 by Parliament when it amended the Auditor General Act to create the position of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in the Office of the Auditor General. Since then, the Commissioner has managed the petitions process on behalf of the Auditor General and has reported on it annually to Parliament. Environmental petitions are letters sent by Canadians to the Auditor General as a way to present their environmental questions and concerns to specific ministers of the federal government. Ministers are required to respond in writing within 120 days. The issues raised most frequently in petitions since 1995 include biodiversity, human and environmental health, and environmental assessment. According to our recent survey, both petitioners and department officials who responded believe that petitions have had an impact on the way the federal government manages certain environmental matters. To learn more about this important resource, please visit the following websites. For information on the petitions process: http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/domino/cesd_cedd.nsf/html/petitions_e.html. To access the Environmental Petitions Catalogue: http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/domino/petitions.nsf/english - click on the Continue button to view the catalogue. To read the 2007 Environmental Petitions Report to Parliament: http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/domino/reports.nsf/html/c20071002c_e.html
The 2008 Hometown Heroes Award Program is a great recognition program highlighting important environmental work at the community level.
Please contact Reid Bodley (coordinator) at Gala & Hometown Heroes
(t) 416.599.1991 x 114
Energy Solutions Directory - get listed. The Energy Solutions Centre is developing a new Energy Solutions Directory that will help Yukoners find renewable energy solutions and energy efficiency expertise. If you offer an energy product or service in any of the following categories, contact us for a free listing; renewable energy, energy efficiency or transportation. To submit your companies information, contact the Energy Solutions Centre at 867.393.7148 or toll free from the communities at 1-800.661.0408 ext. 7148 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CIELAP releases report on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) has just released a new report entitled Waste Bytes! Diverting Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in
Climate change makes headline news in UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector quarterly magazine, SHS Views N° 19. Following a trend of continuous evolution, the issue N° 19 of the quarterly magazine of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector has just been published. You will find in this issue an article on “2008 – Year of Planet Earth: Mobilizing societies to adapt to climate change”; an interview with Koïchiro Matsuura (UNESCO Director General): “Social and Human Sciences play an indispensable role” and articles on themes like science for peace, ethics, water management, racism and discrimination, sport, philosophy and human security. To read SHS Views N° 19 go to http://portal.unesco.org/shs/en/ev.php-URL_ID=11734&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
BC Breeding Bird Atlas - the website and registration are open! The website for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas project is now officially open! We were a bit rushed into this by the offer of a prominent article in the newspaper (it must have been a slow news day) so not all links are functional. The registration page is open, though, so now is a good time to get your name and contact info online so that we can keep you up-to-date as other parts of the website, such as maps, instructional kits, and data entry (I'm already hearing from people who have found nesting birds and want to report them!) are available. The website URL is http://www.birdatlas.bc.ca. You can register by clicking the "Get Involved" menu and selecting "Register for the Atlas". For questions about the atlas project, contact Dick Cannings at dickcannings AT shaw.ca.
Hollyhock Leadership Institute: A school for Social Change - New Programs for 2008. For more information go to http://www.hollyhock.ca/
► Boreal Learning Network: Call For Participants - Environmental Groups and First Nations Working Together to Protect the Boreal
Call for Proposals - Funding Available for Research on the Social Economy in
►Three hundred green and sustainable events in
Energy Policy TV has a large inventory of full-length presentations, lectures, discussions, etc. covering all topics related to sustainability (not just energy).
International Year of Planet Earth to be launched at UNESCO. Building safer, healthier and wealthier societies around the globe by using the knowledge of the world’s 400,000 earth scientists more effectively is the main goal of the International Year of Planet Earth - Earth science for Society- which will be launched on 12 and 13 February at UNESCO. To know more on UNESCO’s action on Earth Sciences: http://www.unesco.org/science/earth/. Official website of the International Year of Planet Earth: http://www.yearofplanetearth.org/.
Climate Discovery Courses for Educators – Online. The
online courses for middle and high school science teachers, combining geoscience content, current climate research, easy to implement hands-on
activities, and group discussion. Registration is open for the Spring term, April 4-May 16, 2008. http://ecourses.ncar.ucar.edu/
Environment Canada Website Upload: Clean Air Heroes. Clean Air Heroes is now posted on the Educators' Web site. You can find it in the section dedicated to lesson plans and teachers' guides for ages 9-12. See: http://www.ec.gc.ca/education/default.asp?lang=En&n=E70AABF9-1.
BiologyBrowser - Biology Browser is a free website offering resources for the life sciences information community. You can browse by organism, subject,
and geography. The Guide to the Animal Kingdom offers a simplified (and somewhat abbreviated) classification scheme for the whole animal kingdom. A searchable database offers links to information and resources for educators and students. http://www.biologybrowser.org/
earthOCEAN.tv - Online channel about the marine environment. They produce educational videos from the field documenting environmental issues, scientific research, and conservation efforts around the globe. All videos programs are 10-20 minutes in duration and are freely distributed online in a number of formats through their website. There are also teacher's guides and fact sheets, including Disappearing Dolphins, Southern Right Whales of Argentina, and more.
Three Workshops: Green Legacies – Planned Giving for Environmental NGOs. The Sustainability Network will be offering three learning opportunities in February and March on the topic of planned giving. The goal of the intensive workshops is to help ENGOs develop a serious planned gifts program in order to help them do their vital work. All three workshops will take place at the Sustainability Network in
Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution (WEEP) – International Report. WEEP is a volunteer charitable Canadian organization dedicated to advocating the health dangers caused by electrical and electromagnetic pollution and helping victims who are harmed by it. They have collected a vast amount of scientific research and evidence which links electro magnetic radiation (EMR) harming humans, animals, birds, bees, trees and insects. Although the harm being caused to the Canadian environment may be extreme, the problem is still virtually unknown. For an international report on this, please refer to the Bio Initiative Report by a group of scientists who specialize in EMR- www.bioinitiative.org. If you would like further information about EMR and its effects, please send a message to WEEP at email@example.com.
Book - The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security. Edited by Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte, The Future Control of Food is a wide-ranging guide to the key issues of intellectual property and ownership, genetics, biodiversity and food security. It also details the international agreements (such as TRIPS) and organizations (such as WIPO, WTO, FAO and CBD) involved in negotiations for future control of genetic resources and food production. For more info about the book, go to: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=310 .
Books - Illustrated children's books on composting by Larraine Roulston. Book combines compost facts with literature - for more information go to: www.castlecompost.com
Big Steps Forward: Recommendations for Budget 2008 (the Green Budget Coalition’s priority recommendations for the 2008 federal budget). This document details three priority recommendations, and six recommendations on other important issues, that aim to build upon the environmental progress made in Budget 2007 and to fulfill Canadians' desire for ambitious, effective action on the environment. For more information go to: http://www.greenbudget.ca/2008/main.html To download the report: http://www.greenbudget.ca/pdf/GBC_2008.pdf.
Newsletter: Nexus, February 2008: The Sustainability Network Newsletter. To view the February issue, go to: http://sustain.web.ca/Nexus/02-08.htm. The Sustainability Network is a support centre for environmental nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of the environmental community by improving organizational management and leadership skills. Find out more at http://sustain.web.ca
National Round Table on The Environment and The Economy (NRTEE) Final Advisory Report: Getting to 2050:
Launch of the Fourth Global Environment Outlook: Environment for Development (GEO-4). Published 20 years after the World Commission on Environment and Development produced its seminal report, Our Common Future, GEO-4, the latest in UNEP's series of flagship reports, assesses the current state of the global atmosphere, land, water and biodiversity, describes the changes since 1987, and identifies priorities for action. The full report, including graphs, fact sheets and other resources can be found at http://www.unep.org/geo/geo4 .
► Youth Venture for Young Canadians - Young Canadians in all provinces and territories can now apply to Youth Venture for support in launching their own “social ventures” – sustainable youth-led projects that benefit communities or the world at large. Young Canadians who are ready or willing to launch social ventures may apply at Youth Venture’s website: www.genv.net/en-ca . In addition to many useful tools and resources, the website also provides downloadable action plans to guide youth step-by-step in launching their project. Applications are accepted three times a year.
Funding Available for Research on the Social Economy in
Sources of Funding for Environmental/Conservation Projects (last updated February 2007). This listing has been compiled by the Yukon Department of the Environment to help you find funds to carry out your environmental projects. It includes Yukon Funding Sources, Federal Government Funding Sources, NGO/Foundation and Trust Funding Sources, and Private Funding Sources. http://environmentyukon.gov.yk.ca/educationyouth/documents/FundingSourcesUpdate_2007_Feb.pdf
Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Fund (WRRI) - Yukon Territorial Government (YTG), Department of Environment Recycling depots, nonprofit organizations, community groups, or individuals. Projects dealing with ‘hard to recycle materials’ or materials posing a threat to environmental and/or human health. Typically up to $10,000 applications accepted year round. Contact Pat Paslawski (867) 6675934 email: firstname.lastname@example.org (A)
The Community Development Fund (CDF) - The CDF gives Yukon community, industry & professional associations, non-profit & charitable organizations and municipal & First Nations governments money for projects and events that: create jobs, generate spending on Yukon goods and services, support community well being, have measurable social, cultural and economic benefits for Yukon residents and communities. The primary goal of the CDF is funding projects and events that provide long-term benefit and value to
· Tier I ($20,000 or less) application deadlines are; January 15, May 15, July 15, and October 15.
· Tier II ($20,001 to $75,000) application deadlines are; May 15, September 15
· Tier III ($75,001 or more) application deadline is January 15.
Ted Parnell Scholarship. The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) offers an annual scholarship of $500 to a student pursuing any aspect of environmental studies. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student demonstrating outstanding interest and motivation in the environmental field. Interests pertaining to northern environments such as wildlife, ecology, renewable resources, energy, and environmental education are appropriate areas for eligibility. Application Requirements: Applicants must be
Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Recovery: Call for Proposals 2008-2009. This week marks the release of the formal call for proposals for the Government of Canada's Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk http://www.recovery.gc.ca/AFSAR-FAEP/ – the Aboriginal Capacity Building Fund and the Aboriginal Critical Habitat Protection Fund. New for 2008-2009 is an on-line application tool through which applicants may submit their proposals. Interested applicants must contact the Regional Coordinator to obtain a User ID and password to submit their proposal. The regional coordinator will set up the account and then forward the instructions of how to access the system. Please refer to the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Application Guidelines for further details. The Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk is only one of the SARA-related programs available to Aboriginal organizations. Other programs include the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, www.recovery.gc.ca/HSP-PIH , and the Interdepartmental Recovery Fund, http://www.irf-fir.gc.ca/. Contact: Nancy Hughes, Environment
Funding available: Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program (IASPP). IASPP has funding available for projects that address the threat of aquatic invasive species, terrestrial invasive alien plants and plant pests, and invasive alien animals. Projects supported by the program will: reduce the introduction and spread of IAS and address their pathways of invasion through prevention, detection, and management (eradication, containment, and control) activities; enable Canadians to become actively involved in projects that address the threat of IAS; and improve Canadians' understanding and awareness of IAS and the individual actions and choices which contribute to their introduction and spread. http://www.recovery.gc.ca/IASPP-PPEEE/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.main&lang=E
National Green Source Funding Guide The Green Source is a resource guide prepared by Environment Canada that will help you locate numerous sources of funding for environmental projects. It includes information on public and private sector programs and organizations that provide financial assistance, labour costs or in-kind donations to community groups. The Green Source is available in searchable database format, or hard copy format from the Environment Canada regional office serving your area. http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/before_e.html (A)
As part of their Time Capsule initiative, the International Polar Year (IPY) Canadian Youth Steering Committee (http://www.ipycanada.ca/YSC/), is pleased to announce the beginning of the Polar Photo Contest for Youth. Entries of photos taken in the
Photo entries will be included in the IPY Time Capsule, also organized by the Canadian Youth Steering Committee, and will be stored in the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre in
We invite high school teachers and youth leaders from across the North to encourage participation in the Polar Photo contest. For more information visit the Time Capsule website at http://timecapsule.edublogs.org/ or contact us at IPY.email@example.com.
The deadline for entries is December 31st, 2008 and the photos should have been taken during 2008. Please contact Bob Van Dijken, Yukon IPY Coordination Office, International Polar Year. Bob.VanDijken@cyfn.net
Youth Venture for Young Canadians - Young Canadians in all provinces and territories can now apply to Youth Venture for support in launching their own “social ventures” – sustainable youth-led projects that benefit communities or the world at large. Young Canadians who are ready or willing to launch social ventures may apply at Youth Venture’s website: www.genv.net/en-ca . In addition to many useful tools and resources, the website also provides downloadable action plans to guide youth step-by-step in launching their project. Applications are accepted three times a year.
GreenLearning is pleased to announce that a new Pembina Foundation program is now up and running! GreenLearning has been developing a youth leadership program for the last two years, from the research phase through to program design and securing funding. We are working in collaboration with the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership. Our youth leadership program will be unique in
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten winners from the
Festival VidéEau - "Water, People and Sustainable Development". The Festival VidéEau is an international competition for video clips organized by the International Secretariat for Water (ISW), in preparation for the International "Water and Film" Events that will take place in Istanbul in 2009, within the context of the 5th World Water Forum. The Festival invites young people aged from 17 to 30, to submit 90 second or shorter video clips on the theme "Water, People and Sustainable Development". The winners of the competition will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony to be held during the World Youth Congress, taking place in
KidsCall is the international Youth Campaign by the World Future Council. We are writing to the most important politicians in the world to save life on Earth! Will you join us? Our Earth is in danger! Climate change and environmental damage threaten our future. To cope with the increasing demand for energy and growing traffic, people are burning more and more oil, gas and coal. This releases CO2 which heavily pollutes our atmosphere and causes climate chaos. Climate change threatens life on our planet. The polar ice-caps are melting and sea-levels are rising. Natural disasters such as floods, storms and droughts are on the increase. As more and more land becomes desert, many species of animals are dying out and more and more people are starving. We can do something about climate protection! We are the future generation. We will intervene! Politicians have the power to make the right decisions. That's why we're writing to the most important politicians in the world to tell them how we'd like our future to look and what they should do about it. If we pressure them enough, they have to listen to us! Join Us go to: http://www.kidscall.info/en/campaign.html for more information and to join. You can find more information about the World Future Council at www.worldfuturecouncil.org
World Wildlife Fund
Doing something to help the green cause? Simon &Schuster is publishing a book called Green Generation and is looking for young people under 20 who are engaged about the environment and doing something to help the green cause. See attached e-mail for additional information. Anthony Chiorazzi, tel: 831-901-5614, firstname.lastname@example.org
French environmental education resources – interactive games and nature activities - Resources d’éducation à l’environnement en français - jeux interactifs et activités de nature. http://www.frapna.org/
EnerAction Now Up and Running! Bring energy conservation and efficiency projects to your Grades 4 to 7 classrooms with EnerAction. Eleven lesson plans, written by teachers for teachers, offer you a range of ways to make energy come to life in your classroom. Try the new Carbon Calculator! This innovative and interactive web-based lighting activity is a great tool for students. In one lesson, students investigate the costs in energy and in greenhouse gases to light their classrooms. They then identify ways to save energy and track their success. Students work alongside the Carbon Critter whose footprints grow larger when they use a lot of energy, and shrink when they save. Teachers can register with GreenLearning here: http://www.greenlearning.ca/register. To learn more about EnerAction got to: http://www.greenlearning.ca/eneraction. To visit the student website and try the Carbon Calculator go to: http://eneraction.greenlearning.ca/
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the 17th International children's painting competition. The Competition is organized annually by the UNEP and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received over 190,000 entries from children in over 100 countries. This year’s Competition will focus on Climate Change: Actions we can take now. The selection process will be in two stages; the regional selection which will be done by UNEP Regional Offices and their partners, and the global selection which will be done by UNEP and its partners, Foundation for Global peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. For more details on the competition visit http://www.unep.org/Tunza/paintcomp/.
10. YOUTH RESOURCES:
North3 website - a website, in eight languages, where young northern residents can record their opinions and ideas about the circumpolar world. On the occasion of the International Polar Year, this website will support an outreach program by the missions, including speaking events and school visits, designed to engage youth in the Government's priorities for the
Website – Pembina - GreenLearning.ca. GreenLearning is a premier learning resource for innovative teachers. Lessons and activities are curriculum-aligned, comprehensive, fun and FREE. Help your students participate in their own learning while gaining a more holistic and hopeful understanding of complex energy and environmental issues. Sign up for GreenLearning today! http://www.greenlearning.ca/ Also, now available – eCards: research, write, design and send! eCards is an innovative core-curriculum integrated resource for Grades 6, 7 and 8. It meets curriculum expectations in Geography, Language Arts, Visual Arts and Information Technology. Visit the GreenLearning website for a complete list of the
Consumers Guide to Afterschool Science Resources. The Consumers Guide to Afterschool Science Resources contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. It provides a wide range of after school activities, curricula, and more. Reviewed materials include semester- and year-long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides consisting of many related activities, and websites that offer content appropriate for afterschool programs. Users are able to search and sort entries by title, subject, grade level, audience, and cost. A brief description of each resource is accompanied by two expert reviewers' detailed commentary. http://www.sedl.org/afterschool/guide/science/index.html Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future. The Population Connection is updating the secondary curriculum, Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future, and offers the second edition free for downloading on its website, including all readings and activities. Units include Population Dynamics, Climate Change, Water Resources, and more.http://www.populationeducation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=443&Itemid=2
youtube video! Declaration on Climate Change from Youth of the Arctic - A bunch of great young people from across the
Arctic got together and wrote/filmed this Declaration on Climate Change in 2005. The video was taken to the United Nations (Framework Convention on Climate Change) and highlighted during Arctic Day at CoP11 ( , 2005 UNFCCC). To view video, click here or go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxjbTBi8e3g&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Etaiga%2Enet%2Fayn%2Fhome%2Ehtml Montreal, Canada
▫ Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op ▫ Arctic Youth Network ▫ Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon ▫ ▫ Northern Climate Exchange ▫ Raven Recycling ▫ Rivers Without Borders ▫ Wildlife Conservation Society Canada ▫ ▫ Yukon Bird Club ▫ Yukon Conservation Society
English: ▫ http://www.cen-rce.org/ebulletin/index.html