February 2015 Update

Happy snowy Tuesday!  As we enter the mid-winter period, it's a good time each year to pause and reflect on our lives and get to understand ourselves better.  

That's just what Lee Simpson did when she took an entire year to reflect on her consumer habits... and not purchase a single thing beyond her food needs!  Her fascinating and insightful story has been featured on the Chronicle Herald and on CTV, and I am very pleased to let you all know that Ms. Simpson has accepted an invitation to come and speak at Bridgewater Town Hall about the things she learned during the year she bought nothing!  

Please join us on February 17 at 6:30PM for this wonderful opportunity. Presentation to be followed by a regular meeting of the CSN membership.  For a short video teaser of what Ms. Simpson will be speaking to us about, click here.

In the meantime, enjoy this edition of our newsletter, and stay safe during the storm!


A hearty welcome to those who joined in the past month:
You can find out more about these groups and individuals, including what sustainability products, services, interests and ideas they have, by viewing their profiles on the Network website.

Remember, Network membership is 100% FREE and open to families & individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups, and institutions & government departments.  As a general rule of thumb, members are welcome to join from Bridgewater AND area – that means anywhere in Lunenburg County.

Upcoming Events
Know of any relevant events to add to this FREE calendar? This is your chance to inform people about all the great things going on around here!  Posting an event is easy: go to the Events section of the website, click on "submit an event", and fill in the form. One of our moderators will review the information and post the event if it meets our general criteria.  If you have any questions about what kinds of events you can post, please contact us.

Call for Submissions to Canada Water Week Photo Exhibit

Members of the Community Sustainability Network are invited to submit matted prints of original photographs to the Second Annual Community Photo Exhibit “Our Water, Our Life”. The Exhibit celebrates Canada Water Week and World Water Day, with the aim to (a) raise awareness and create dialogue across a broad range of environmental, economic, social, and political interests related to water security, and (b) to help enhance the appreciation, conservation, and protection of our water commons.

The deadline for submissions is March 9th. Invitations to submit are being sent to all contributing partners, including local photography clubs and the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians. This year, we are also making a special effort to invite interested students at local high school and NSCC. If you are interested, please read the Call for Submissions carefully. If you have questions, please direct them to Charlene Morton at east.morton@eastlink.ca.

Blue Communities Update

At the Feb 24th evening Council meeting of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, a small group, including CSN members, will be presenting a 10-15 minute presentation about the Blue Communities water campaign. A “Blue Community” is one that adopts a water commons framework by taking one or all of these three actions:
  1. Recognizing water as a human right.
  2. Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.
  3. Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.
This campaign was started a couple years ago by the Council of Canadians and CUPE, and has over 15 towns and municipalities signed on in Canada and, recently, two international cities in Switzerland and Brazil. The Town of Bridgewater has enthusiastically adopted the first two actions and is interested in considering the third at a later date. No other Atlantic community has signed on yet. Perhaps MODL will be the first to adopt all three actions!  The Blue Communities community team is inviting CSN members to attend the MODL meeting to show your support for securing our water commons. The meeting will begin at 6:30PM, and the Blue Communities presentation is slotted for 7:30 pm.

For more information about the campaign and a list of Blue Communities, go to the Blue Communities website.  For a good short video summary of the issues, click here.

Winter Walk Day 2015

Winter is as good a time as any to walk. Schools, youth groups and others are invited to walk to school, have an intentional walk or go for a hike on Winter Walk Day. Don’t let cold, wind, snow or rain keep children and youth from heading out for a walk. If they dress properly and practice winter safety, they’re ready to go! Walking is fun when you walk together. It’s good for our bodies because of the extra physical activity. It’s good for the Earth if you walk as transportation because it cuts down on the number of polluting cars on our streets.

Any day in February, 2015 can be a school's Winter Walk Day.  Schools and youth groups may register at this website and qualify to win a prize. This event is a partnership of the Ecology Action Centre, Heart&Stroke Walkabout and Recreation Nova Scotia's Take The Roof Off Winter campaign, which promotes healthy outdoor winter activity in Nova Scotia.

Big Events Call for Help

Are you interested in helping to bring big events to Bridgewater that relate to healthy and sustainable communities?  Volunteers and other supporters are needed for the following events:
  • The provincial Small Farm Expo has just announced that it will be hosting its annual event on July 19, 2015 at South Shore Exhibition grounds!  Organizers are looking for interested people to help organize the event, exhibitors to host booths featuring equipment and suppliers, and workshop hosts.  A great opportunity to promote local food, businesses, and things to see and do!
  • A submission is being prepared to host the 2017 Canada Games (55+) in Bridgewater, and the organizing team needs help preparing our community's submission!
If these events interest you, please contact Andrew Tanner at atanner@bridgewater.ca

Attack of the Killer K-Cups!

If you haven't seen this internet sensation video yet, check it out.  What would happen if those non-recyclable coffee cups really did take over the world?  Hold on to your seat - the truth may be too scary to even contemplate!  Anything can happen when environmentalists team up with action movie film makers!

The campaign wouldn't be complete if there wasn't also a petition to sign.

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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