thanks to Gail Schultz, Hannelore Ionnides, Joyce Hale, Marian Rowat, Pamela
Harbord, Bruce Cooper, Inez Walker, Martha Orr, Green Foundation (Alberta),
Stephen & Janet Gray, Jocelyn Floyer, Andrew Beath, Shelagh Levey, Sandra
& Ron Jenkins, Ellie Boisvert, Debra Barr & Nattanya Hewitt.
can be sent to EcoNews, 395 Conway Rd, Victoria V9E 2B9. For a receipt,
enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
receive EcoNews by email, send a message to fill out the form at the
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a line (free to non-profits & low-income). 1" box ad $30, $2"
Fantastic new map of southern Vancouver Island. Hiking trails, mountain
bike, kayaking info, wilderness camp sites. Detailed maps of Carmanah-Walbran,
Nahmint & Alberni Valley, Juan de Fuca Trail & Ridge. Send $10 to
CFS, 1431 Richardson
Street, Victoria, V8S 1R1. Can also be bought wholesale, used as fundraiser.
To let: Small house in Highlands on quiet organic farm. Attached greenhouse
kitchen garden, wood heat, propane stove. No pets. $605. Call Peter, 652-2613
For rent: Cabin in the woods, some amenities. Prefer farm-oriented person.
$350 per month. 478-5334.
Office Paper Buying Club. Join hundreds of businesses and environmental
groups who save money on recycled chlorine-free paper. $56/case + taxes
& delivery. Pre-payment essential. Deadline July 30th. 250-935-6992,
firstname.lastname@example.org Reach for Unbleached! + Paper
Community Gardens: Wanted - reflections for a publication celebrating
community gardens in the CRD. Non-fiction, personal stories, reflections,
poems, photographs. 500-1500 words. Call Emily MacNair (250) 721-8193.
Upset with proposed Middle Schools? Call Families Against Imposed Reconfiguration
(FAIR), Trevor 472-4681 www.MoreThanSolutions.com/FAIR
Web-radio station planned, Victoria based, environmentally oriented.
Interested? Dan Rubin email@example.com
the summer. So beautiful. Let’s take the boat out!" Under the water,
however, for the fish, whales and sea creatures, its "Uh-oh – here
they come. Another summer of diesel and oil spills, dumped bilges and six-pack
rings." Careless boaters do a huge amount of damage by little things
like topping off the tank, which means spilling 1/2 litre into the ocean.
But hey – the Georgia Strait Alliance has published a neat little ‘Guide
to GreenBoating’ that will allow you to enjoy a summer on the water without
spoiling it for the otters, seagulls and starfish. In Victoria, call 361-3621
for a free copy. Elsewhere, call (250) 753-3459 www.georgiastrait.org/
that’s a misnomer, really. Even if you drive a fuel efficient Toyota Prius
or a Honda Insight, you are still pouring out carbon emissions (though much
less than if you’re a proud SUV owner). Summer is a great time for road-trips,
but with every gallon of gas, your car releases 20 lbs of CO2 which accumulates
in the atmosphere, fueling global climate change. Luckily, there is something
you can do about it (as well as driving less). Climate Partners is a Victoria-based
organization which enables you to buy "carbon offsets". Here’s
how it works. If your car produces 5 tonnes of CO2 in a year (which is typical),
your offsets will be used to stop 5 tonnes being released somewhere else
by investing in projects such as carpooling, energy efficiency or solar
energy, making your car "climate-neutral". For details, see www.climatepartners.com,
or call 381-5550 (toll-free 1-877-621-3555)
to see cousin Betty, and all the kids in Halifax. What fun we’ll have! But
airplanes release CO2 too: Victoria to Halifax = 3.4 tonnes. For a family
of three, that’s 10 tonnes. How did I know this? I checked a sneaky cool
site on the internet - www.chooseclimate.org/flying, which will calculate
your emissions for any journey. If you link up with Climate Partners, you
could pay $100 in carbon offsets to make this trip climate neutral. Now
– how many of those government types and eco-dudes who are flying to the
Bonn Climate Summit are going to fly carbon neutral? That’s the challenge.
We’ve got to start paying our eco-debts to the planet – our Eco-VISA cards
are WAY overcharged.
can I resist sharing this? After a year’s hard work, my new book, ‘Stormy
Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change’ has been published,
co-authored with Patrick Mazza, to praise from David Suzuki, Elizabeth May,
Amory Lovins and others. (He said, shyly). "A fabulous book. Everybody
talks about the climate, but nobody does anything about it. Now they can.
Stormy Weather provides a sweeping vision of the issues, and comprehensive
practical solutions. A must read for anyone who wants a cleaner, healthier
planet." James Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
It will be in the bookshops by mid-July ($27.95 CAN; $19.95 US). If you’d
like a signed copy, send a cheque plus $4.50 postage (Canada), $7 (USA),
or $9 (overseas) to Guy Dauncey, 395 Conway Road, Victoria V9E 2B9. I’m
giving a public lecture on ‘101 Solutions to Global Climate Change"
on Tuesday July 17th, to co-incide with the Bonn Climate Summit,
in the downtown Public Library multipurpose room.
accredited certification means
that the forest is managed according
to strict environmental,
social and economic
standards. Chain of custody certified by Silva Forest Foundation.
trademark © Forest Stewardship Council A.C.
you teach environmental classes or organize environmental initiatives in
your school? We thought it would be useful for eco-teachers to get together,
and West-Mont School in Metchosin has offered to host a BBQ in late August.
If you’d like to come, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
· wealthy · wise
Free Naturally kits,
lawn signs, now available.
381-9995 or e-mail email@example.com
Mallard died on June 1st, and is now holding hands with Gwen
in heaven, where they are probably deciding which projects to support as
angels. Derrick and Gwen were active as earth-angels since the late 1960s,
during which time they campaigned for many causes, including saving Tod
Inlet from development, helping create the Gowlland Tod Provincial Park,
preventing the spraying of 2-4D herbicides, organizing an annual butterfly
count to measure the impact of pesticide sprays, and much, much more. Right
up to the end, Derrick was planning a new campaign, so if re-incarnation
runs true, they’ll probably be back soon. For all your good work, Derrick
and Gwen, we thank you. May you rest in eco-peace.
would probably appreciate this. Susanne Wiigh-Masak, a Swedish biologist,
has discovered a more environmentally friendly form of burial, which recycles
our corpses quickly into good soil fertilizer. Normal coffin burial takes
50 – 60 years for our bodies to decompose. And incineration sucks, emitting
poisonous gases. In the new green method, which has been approved by the
Church of Sweden, the body is immersed in a bath of liquid nitrogen, producing
30 kg of pure organic matter, which is put in a thin, easily degradable
coffin. Buried near the surface, it enriches the soil just as autumn leaves
do, becoming new life the following spring. (Reuters/Planet Ark).
Gardens fireworks Ecotours
Inlet ecotours – and more!
at Brentwood Bay
MAI: NOW ITS GATS
in the heart of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a new initiative is
being prepared to do what the defeated Multilateral Agreement on Investment
(MAI) had hoped to do. The WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services
(GATS) has been around since 1994. At the moment it only applies to a few
sectors, including telecommunications and the financial sector. It the WTO
free tradeocrats have their way, it will soon apply to almost everything.
What would this mean? The goal of the GATS is to ensure that private corporations
have the right to compete for every kind of public service that might currently
be provided by a government (health care, water, postal, energy, etc), and
to receive financial compensation if the GATS Dispute Panel rules that a
law or regulation is "more burdensome than necessary", where ‘necessary’
means "least trade restrictive." (Article VI.4) The Dispute Panel’s
hearings are closed. Trade unions, consumer, health and environmental groups
are barred from participating. Details of its rulings are not published.
The Dispute Panel would not accept the defense of "safeguarding the
public interest." The consequences of this proposed trade legislation
are shocking. People have fought painful struggles over hundreds of years
to win the right to rule themselves through elected democracies – and now
the global corporations are planning to over-ride the ability of our elected
governments to set their own rules and regulations. The GATS Dispute Panel
will have the power to decide whether a nation’s law or regulation serves
a "legitimate objective"; the GATS plan will create an international
agency with the power to veto parliamentary and regulatory decisions made
by sovereign governments wherever these decisions are ruled to be "trade
restrictive." Under the current, weaker version of GATS, Japan was
forced to tear up its planning rules to let the retail monster box companies
in. A similar NAFTA panel ruled recently that a Mexican municipality did
not have the planning authority to prevent the construction of a toxic waste
dump in its jurisdiction. EcoNews will be following this closely. Meanwhile,
these sites have useful background information:
(Friends of the Earth International)
is my rent for
living on this planet."
in 1992, at the Rio Earth Summit, there was much concern expressed to seek
out the concerns and opinions of children about the environment they were
going to inhabit. As a result, the first International Children’s Conference
on the Environment was held in Eastbourne, England, in 1995. The 2nd
was held in Nairobi in 1998, and the third in Eastbourne in 2000. Next May,
21st – 25th, 500 young 10-12 year olds from 115 countries
will be gathering here in Victoria for the 4th International
Children’s Conference on the Environment, sponsored by the United Nations,
to be hosted at UVic. During the conference, they will be looking at four
main themes: Water, Climate Change, Healthy Communities, and Resource Conservation,
combined with workshops and field trips, with recommendations going to the
World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio +10), to be held in Sept 2002
in South Africa. For details, see www.iccCanada2002.org
OF THE MONTH:
THE GENOA G8 SUMMIT
July 20th – 23rd, the leaders of the G-8 nations will
gather in Genoa, Italy. Some of the richest countries have promised 100%
cancellation of the debts they are owed by the poorest countries, following
the worldwide Jubilee 2000 campaign. $100 million debt cancellation was
promised, but only $12 billion has been written off, and most of the ‘heavily
indebted countries’ are still paying more in debt payments than on health
care for their people. The G8 leaders have the power to instruct the IMF
and the World Bank to use their resources to cancel the multilateral debts
they are owed by these countries (World Development Movement www.wdm.org.uk/campaign/debt.htm).
This is a campaign being waged in 14 countries – but not yet in Canada.
So let’s join in, and make sure Canada’s delegation knows that we care too.
Write to the PM, the Right Honorable Jean Chretien, 80 Wellington St,
Ottawa, K1A 0A2, and ask him to use all his influence at the G8 Summit to
complete the process, and write off 100% of the debt owed to the IMF &
the World Bank by the world’s poorest nations. Fax (613) 941-6900. Email