Atlantic Chapter

Forest Friends

Atlantic Chapter Elementary Education Programs

Acadian and Boreal Forest Curriculum

The Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter’s Acadian and Boreal Forest Education Program will give students a deeper understanding of the special Acadian and Boreal Forest ecosystem. Through participation in our hands-on, interactive presentations students will increase their ecological knowledge, acquire new stewardship skills and learn all about their role as forest stewards. Have your class join us as we use games, hands-on activities, slide show presentation, crafts and discussion to bring the Acadian and Boreal Forest to life – right in your own classroom.

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Environmental Education Program

Program Goal

The goal of the education program is to develop and deliver environmental school programs that increase youths’ awareness, understanding and appreciation of the ecological processes and environmental issues of the Atlantic region, and to encourage environmental stewardship actions.

 

Core Philosophies

· Bringing People Together

We will act in the spirit of community, cooperation and teamwork in the interest of promoting, enhancing and supporting sound environmental education within Canada.

· Connections with the Earth

We focus on the interconnectedness of our ecosystems, linking the local to the global. We encourage environmental stewardship and sustainability to help reduce human impact on the planet.

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Flawed Fur Farm Bill too Hasty, Leaves Watersheds Open to Pollution

Yarmouth and Halifax, NS -  A network of environmental and community organizations are objecting to the hasty adoption of a flawed Fur Industry Act for Nova Scotia. Bill 53 was introduced for First Reading on Thursday April 29th and was passed by the House of Assembly on its Third Reading on Thursday May 6th. Although the Department of Agriculture worked closely with the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association for over a year to develop this Bill, members of the public, including members of the affected communities were not consulted.

"It is ironic that a law intended to address community concerns has been pushed through without due consultation with those communities or environmental experts," says Steve Hawboldt of the Clean Annapolis River Project. "The Act has value but there are a number of changes that would have taken seriously the need to ensure environmental protection and addressed community concerns.."
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CO2 reduction pledges in Atlantic region not met, coalition says

Although some progress has been made, none of the Atlantic provinces are on track to hit regional greenhouse gas emission reduction levels promised in 2001, says a regional coalition of environmental groups.

The coalition - the Sierra Club-Canada Atlantic, the Ecology Action Centre and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Eco P.E.I. - released a report Monday as eastern Canadian Premiers and New England governors held their annual meeting in Lenox, Mass.

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The coalition said the latest federal figures published in 2008 show Nova Scotia was 9.9 per cent above the 1990 levels while New Brunswick was 12.8 per cent over and Newfoundland and Labrador 6.9 per cent over.

Environmental coalition measuring CO2 reduction pledges in Atlantic region

HALIFAX - Although some progress has been made, none of the Atlantic provinces is on track to hit regional greenhouse gas emission reduction levels promised in 2001, says a regional coalition of environmental groups.

The coalition — the Sierra Club-Canada Atlantic, the Ecology Action Centre and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Eco P.E.I. — released a report Monday as eastern Canadian Premiers and New England governors held their annual meeting in Lenox, Mass.

The group pointed out that under the regional climate change action plan, jurisdictions on both sides of the border agreed to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. The overall goal is to see reductions by up to 85 per cent by 2050.

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