You're Invited: Toronto's Great Green Events May 6 - 28, 2012

Here are some Green Neighbours 21 (GN 21) Events in May and June, 2012:

  • Coming soon: A way to save money, save water, save our lakes and help fund the GN21 EcoFair –

 Buy a high-quality RAIN BARREL

at a low price from GN 21!

 Stay tuned for more details

OR after May 8, 2012, go to www.RainBarrel.ca/GN21 (after May 8 )

  • Protecting the Pollinators – What You can do in your Garden
    • Monday, May 7, 7:00-9:00 PM: GN 21 Meeting

       
    • “Most flowering plants (including many we grow for food) rely on pollinating insects and birds in order to reproduce.
    • Today, unfortunately, many pollinating species are threatened by pollution, pesticides and habitat loss.
    • Come and hear two experts explain these threats and describe new research into the potential value of urban gardens as a safe habitat for pollinators.
    • Learn how you can make your own garden an oasis for these essential birds and insects.”

    Speakers: Clement Kent and Scott MacIvor

    • Clement Kent, PhD
      • is a researcher in honey bee genomics and President of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto
      • is also head of the Pollinator Gardens Project
      • his book,  “How to Make a Pollinator Garden”, will be available at the meeting
    • Scott MacIvor
      • is a PhD student in the Biology Department at York University
      • studies landscape ecology of bees in cities, ecosystem functions of novel and urban habitat, and green roof design
      • was awarded a Governor General Gold Medal for Graduate Research for his work in 2011
    • (southeast corner of St. Clair Avenue West and Wychwood Avenue, enter off Wychwood, through wooden gate, top floor)
  •  GN 21 Reading/Discussion Group: Local Steps to a New Economy
    • Monday,  June 4, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
    •  “Our readings will be a series of short pieces by David Korten and others associated with the Living Economies Forum, selected to explain the concept of “local living economies” and offer some practical examples.
    • Anyone who has done the readings is welcome to attend.
    •  If you are already a member of the group, you will receive an email with links to the readings very shortly.
    • To join the list, please send an email to Paul Antze (pantze@yorku.ca).”
    • Location: St Michael and All Angels Church
      (southeast corner of St. Clair Avenue West and Wychwood Avenue, enter off Wychwood, through wooden gate, top floor)

Green Neighbours 21 inform us of  other green events in Toronto as follows:

  • Sleepwalking to Catastrophe: A Call to Action
    Climate Change Forum and Community Town Hall

    • Sunday, May 6, 2:00-5:00 pm
    • “Please join For our Grandchildren to hear experts discuss the impending effects of climate change, and to talk about how our actions can make a difference.
    • Our Town Hall meeting will give attendees an opportunity to network with other concerned citizens, discuss issues and develop an action plan.”
    Featured Speakers:
    • The Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
    • Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean
    • Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor, Centre for the Environment, U of T
    • Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • Mapping TO (Toronto) enviro: where we are, where we need to go
    • Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 PM
  • Toronto ecoHousing CommunityInformation Session
    • Monday May 28, 6:00-8:00 PM
    • Want to own a home in a green community?
      • Want to live in the west end?
      • Ready to buy soon?
    • The Toronto ecoHousing Community is planning a 20-30 unit community, and is looking for additional members.
    • This information session will provide:
      • An explanation of co-housing (as opposed to a co-op or a condo)
      • Details on the group’s members and history
      • The group’s vision, to-do list, and time line.
  • Transition Torontos Steering Committee invites you to join them in shaping a unique event, “The 2-hour Energy Descent Action Plan Theatre Experience”.
    • “An Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP)is a community plan for promoting community health while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
      • According to organizers,“The Experience uses participatory drama to lead the audience through the 12 steps of Transition and the creation of the EDAP.
      • The result will be strategic guidance for Transition Toronto and its members.
      • More importantly, it will be fun and there will be cake.”
    • “What we need is your help in planning, organizing, and producing the Experience.
      • We’ll find a time to meet and get this project off the ground.”

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