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Organic grower seeking land to lease in or near Victoria
with water supply. Also, Omega 1000 Juicer for sale-used a few
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For rent. Small house on acreage, comes with greenhouse/sunroom
and own garden space. Wood heat, propane stove, electric hot water.
Partly furnished. $650. 652-2613.
The CRD Round Table on the Environment seeks 4 new
volunteer members - 2 representing the business community, 1 citizen
at large, and 2 representing professionals & labour. Valuable
work. Send resume by Dec 9th to CRD 524 Yates, Box
1000, Victoria V8W 2S6. For details call 360-3057.
Fernwood: quiet, bright 3 or 4 bedroom upstairs suite available
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garden, decks, eco-friendly, seeking 3 working persons or mature
students (Couple preferred for garden cabin), Cats O.K. $325 plus
Hydro. January 1st 595-1180
Research needs? The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research
Group seeks research proposals from community organizations for
its Research Internship Program. The students do the research
as part of their university studies, so there’s no or minimal
cost to your organization. For details, call Tim Richards 721-8629.
Good money. Looking for a good place for your savings?
The Land Conservancy’s Working Capital Fund needs investors (min
$10,000) to help it launch an intensive fundraising and awareness
program. 4% interest, repays after 3 years. Kari Frazer, 652-4689.
TLC Raffle. Garth Lenz has donated a gorgeous framed photo
of the Sooke Hills in support of The Land Conservancy’s Ours Forever
Campaign. 800 tickets are being sold at $20 for 3 or $10 each.
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WORLD BOWS TO TEWOLDE
Berhan is a slight, asthmatic Ethiopian who heads his country's
environment protection agency. During the recent big Johannesburg
Summit on Sustainable Development, the US delegation tried hard
to push through a resolution which would have given the World
Trade Organisation the power to override international environmental
agreements covering climate change, ozone depletion, toxic dumping,
etc. The negative consequences of such a vote would have been
appalling. The delegates were feeling exhausted, and about to
pass the resolution, when Tewolde Berhan made an impassioned late-night
speech that shamed the rest of the Third World and then the EU
into voting down the plan. No one could remember a personal intervention
having such an effect. Later in the conference, Tewolde did it
again, personally frustrating a US move to negate the small progress
made on corporate responsibility. (Thanks to Geoffrey Lean, The
Interventions like this do not come out of nowhere. During the
1990s, Tewolde put much of his energy into UN negotiations to
protect biodiversity, and built up a strong group of African negotiators
who began to take the lead on issues such as opposing patents
on living materials, which helped strengthen the G77 and Chinese
negotiating positions. He also worked for the recognition of traditional
and community rights in developing nations, and helped draft the
model community rights legislation which is now being used throughout
Africa. "I am local, rural, communal. And I find that the
whole world is a community. We have made progress in asserting
our local community rights globally. We shall continue to do so".
Tewolde won the Right Livelihood Award in 2000: www.rightlivelihood.se/recip.htm#2000
Oregon, the citizens’ petition to require labelling for GM food
won only 27% of the vote, handing a victory to big food producers
and biotech researchers who raised more than $5 million to combat
the initiative. "I don't consider it a loss. We may lose
this election but this is just the beginning of a movement here
in Oregon and across the nation," the measure's chief petitioner,
Donna Harris, told Reuters.
DESPAIR OF BC
The BC government’s new energy policy has opened wide the door
to coal-fired power, the cheapest and dirtiest way of generating
energy. It does suggest that 50% of BC’s new power come from green
energy, but only as a voluntary goal. The new policy fails to
introduce net metering for local producers of solar or wind energy,
makes no mention of a ‘distributed grid’, viewed by many as the
future of electricity supply, and fails to offer any tax credits
or supports for clean energy. On the bright side, the proposed
gas-fired power plant at Duke Point in Nanaimo will now have to
undergo a full review and find itself a private investor, before
it can go ahead.
PRAISE OF ALBERTA
Gomberg, a past Edmonton city councillor and ever keen Kyoto activist,
has unearthed a 1990 Alberta government report which shows that
if the province invested $6.7 billion in a package of 300 different
energy efficiency measures, it could reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions by 7.3% below the 1988 level (21% more than is needed
under Kyoto), and realize savings of $2.2 billion a year – a 33%
rate of return. The savings would continue long after the investment
had been repaid, giving Alberta a $2.2 billion annual dividend,
and reduce annual electrical use to 48% below the 1988 level by
2005. Retrofitting existing buildings and industries accounts
for 56% of the saving, while the rest comes from improvements
to future facilities. The report, "A Discussion Paper on
the Potential for CO2 Reductions in Alberta" was produced
by the Energy Efficiency Branch of Alberta’s Ministry of Energy
in 1990. Tooker Gomberg held a weekend vigil on the steps of the
Alberta Legislature in late November to draw attention to the
report, but to little avail. Why would a province turn its nose
up at a program which could yield an annual dividend of $2.2 billion
after only three years? The answer can not be found in the realm
of the rational. Alberta’s premier has stated his views on Kyoto.
In a recent speech, he said (in effect): "You know, they
say that 11,000 years ago, Earth had an ice age. So what caused
that to end? Dinosaur farts?". There must be something about
oil that pickles the brain. Why do so many oil millionaires want
to pretend they are cattle ranchers, and wear ten-league boots?
What is it about oil that causes them to take pride in stupidity?
All that I know is this: that if Tooker Gomberg were premier of
Alberta, they’d have a far more sensible government. Message to
the BC government: find out whoever wrote that report, and hire
them to save $2.2 billion a year for B.C.
is Alberta like George Bush?
behave like overindulged children.
have had everything served to them with no effort.
have floated for decades on oil money.
are appallingly self-centered.
are ignorant and insensitive to the consequences of their actions
on their neighbours and global community.
believe their incredible good fortune is an entitlement.
have limits to which they will resort, nor to which they will
stoop, to preserve that entitlement.
deserve a good spanking and to be sent to bed without supper.
BC Conservation Data Centre, which gathers and shares information
on rare and endangered plants & animals in British Columbia,
has lost 50% of its staff in recent cuts. If a rare flower disappears
from a meadow, and there was nobody there to note it, was it really
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didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from
the ocean. You are not a stranger here."
buying cosmetics for yourself or anyone else this Christmas, take
a word of caution from Health Care Without Harm, which has just
tested 34 leading cosmetic products in Sweden and the UK for phthalates
– chemicals which are known to harm reproductive capacity and
foetal development, including birth defects in the male penis.
Phthalates were found in 79% of the products tested, including
perfumes, deodorants, hair mousses, hair gels and hair sprays.
Two of the phthalates found are already banned in Europe from
toys that are likely to be put in the mouth. For the full report,
see www.wen.org.uk . In a
similar vein, studies have shown that people who colour their
hair with permanent hair dye (not temporary or semi-permanent
colours) once a month double their risk of getting bladder cancer.
Hairdressers who apply the dyes are at even greater risk, which
is caused by chemicals known as arylamines.
and connections that have passed my way:
Your Vote! Update Gordon Gibson's website about the citizen's
assembly on electoral reform.: www.ag.gov.bc.ca/legislation/citizensassembly.
"Take a look. What is proposed is more than we could ever have
wished for even if we had been successful in getting all the signatures
that we needed!" - Adriane Carr
Nature Challenge The David Suzuki Foundation has researched
the Top 10 ways to help conserve nature. To take the Challenge,
pick three and promise to do them over the next year. www.davidsuzuki.org/WOL/Challenge
the Environmental Impact of your Office Need criteria for
environmentally responsible office supplies? Want to know which
brands of binders, envelopes, highlighters, file folders, labels
and six other types of office supplies meet these criteria? www.greenseal.org/cgrs/report.htm
Green Seal's latest Choose Green Report on Office Supplies
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Town Plugs into Tidal Energy www.msnbc.com/news/831472.asp?cp1=1
This World Around Raffi’s new song for everyone:
to Forever is a pioneering expedition by a small, mobile NGO
involved in environment and rural development work, starting from
Hong Kong and travelling through Asia and Africa to Cape Town,
South Africa. Our route will take us away from the cities and
populated districts to remote and inaccessible areas. Our focus
is on trees, soil and water, sustainable farming, sustainable
technology, and family nutrition, and our aim is to help people
fight poverty and hunger, and to help sustain the environment
we share. www.journeytoforever.org
– Colombian Ecovillage www.urbanecology.org/gaviotas/about.htm
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OF THE MONTH
VanCity is Canada's largest credit union, with $7.5 billion in
assets and 282,000 members, including a branch here in Victoria.
Starting last year, VanCity created an annual $1 million VanCity
Award. Any non-profit society can make proposal, and three finalists
are chosen, with members voting on the final winner. A proposal
must be bold, innovative and exciting; be self-sustaining in the
long term; create a lasting legacy; and support the social, economic
and/or environmental well-being of the community in which VanCity’s
members live and work.
Last year, members chose Better Environmentally Sound Transportation
to receive $1 million to help build the Central Valley Greenway,
which will wind through the Lower Mainland carrying commuters,
children, weekend wanderers and tourists by foot, bike, rollerblade
or wheelchair, linking New Westminster, Coquitlam, Burnaby and
Vancouver. Last month, members chose the Vancouver East Cultural
Centre for this year’s $1 million award to restore, renovate and
revitalize its facilities.
So here’s our action of the month. If VanCity can do something
as bold and adventurous as this, why not Coast Capital Savings?
(Previously Pacific Coast Savings). It’s got the resources to
do it, and many of us would happily put our tiny annual dividends
towards such an initiative. Coast Capital has recently merged
with Richmond Savings and Surrey Metro, and it is in danger of
losing its connections to the community. It says that "social
responsibility is a better way of doing business", and this
a great way to demonstrate it. The energy that is released when
local non-profit societies start dreaming what they could do with
$1 million is amazing.
Write to the Board of Directors, Coast Capital, 722 Cormorant
St, Victoria, V8W 1P8, and suggest that they launch an annual
$1 million community grant program in each of the three communities
they serve. If you are a member, and would happily forgo your
annual dividend to this end, it would be good to say so.
the end, the love you take, is
equal to the love you make."