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Toedancer

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Earth Day
« on: April 19, 2008, 11:45:32 PM »
I don't know what you all do, but I shall be doing what I've always done no matter where I live. Back in the day (ha!) my daughter and I did this without any help from 'sponsors'. We simply took bags, gloves and cleaned her school yard and all the walkways to and from. Always needed in spring, with so much garbage everywhere. Hamilton has a big deal ED here: http://earthday.rpg-works.net/ED/ but I am ignoring that. I don't do big K walks or plant trees, I simply clean the refuse from the streets/alleys/walkways etc.

Well I am kid less as you all know, and she is observing in Sydney, so what am I to do? Well I found out my local fish n chip shop is handing out gloves/bags to do the blocks around us. I'm going, because I have 2 alleys close by, one to get to the fish n chip shop itself and one that leads to the Park. There is also free hotdogs/hamburgers/drinks afterwards. Don't know if I'll show up for that, I'm sure there will be no veggie hot dogs for me. And for a tooney I can get into the draw.  :D
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2009, 05:58:35 PM »
Small town in N.Z. Brings out the Stars  :D   Wouldn't that be a wonderful goal for places in Ontario to start on upcoming Earth Days?
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009, 10:14:35 AM »
I would love to see, and gladly take part in something like this in Toronto. It would be swell.
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 01:02:38 AM »
Well as usual I am bitching. Eath Day is just too much with the bullshite on the calendars.
http://earthday.rpg-works.net/ED/index.php?page=home AND for hamiltonians, http://earthday.rpg-works.net/ED/index.php?page=home

so will do my usual thang and clean my walkways, alleys, sidewalks etc. Fuck, they never ever get it right,. of course being placed on those committees would be hell on earth itself. Last year it was ridic hot, not this year. Phew.
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2009, 09:21:41 AM »
Drew, there is an important dark-sky initiative in Toronto, FLAP (Fatal light awareness program), specifically targeting the harm light pollution causes to migrating birds: http://www.flap.org/  Light pollution (photopollution) is a very significant pollution, and not only confuses birds and other animals, but harms human and animal health in many ways. And it means we cannot see the stars!

A lot can be done even in urban areas, by directing light where it is needed and shielding the sky (and simply not over-lighting stuff - in terms of security a light that only comes on when there are intruders can be more effective than big spots that can actually shield cunning thieves).

Toe, it is not so much that there is too much stuff going on, but the utter hypocrisy of it all, sponsored by polluting companies or promoted by governments that have done sweet-f-all to promote earth-friendly planning and transport. (Yes, horrible Ottawa city government that has nixed development of the rapid transport a city of your size needs, I'm thinking of you).

Here, we waste a lot of water because our pipes and conduits are sometimes 150 years old and leak a lot of it. Remember the huge dig on St-Laurent (the Main) to replace the conduits and do other renovations of the street and sidewalks at the same time, but that could be multiplied many times over. There are significant environmental advantages of being an old city by North American standards - much of the city was built before cars, or at least before they became common, so that and the island mean we have relatively little sprawl (lots in off-island suburban developments though), but there is infrastructure that must be restored or replaced.

There was a story in the Gazette yesterday about Rivière St-Pierre and all the other little rivers and streams that flowed from our so-called "mountain" to the St-Laurent and Rivière-des-Prairies (the northern edge of the  island). These have been covered over or contained in collectors, pity, eh?

'On May 28, 1611, Samuel de Champlain explored the island of Montreal and chose a site for a settlement.

“Near Place Royale, there is a little river, extending some distance into the interior,” he wrote. More than 60 acres of meadows lined the little river, whose waters were well stocked with fish. Along its banks, wild strawberries, fruit trees and nuts grew in abundance.'

There is a movement afoot in several cities to reveal (and depollute) some of these small rivers, such as la Bièvre in Paris. Montreal's lost rivers

And some anarchist types in Pointe St-Charles have beaten the official BIXI bike-share scheme with a fleet of old beaters for use in the neighbourhood! Point pedals faster on shared bikes Do hope they don't ALL get stolen!
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2009, 02:38:47 AM »
It is a week long at least. I did my usual thing and took a bag up my alley's, walkways, and picked up garbage with my gloves on, swept glass etc.  I also assisted a small boy who had a terrible bike accident. It's up to US isn't it? It's our neighbourhoods, no one else's and the municipalities can go F themselves with their bullshite pretend caring.
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 11:18:26 AM »
We are a group of high school students who call ourselves “Youth 4 Climate Justice Now,” and we are organizing this year’s Vancouver Earth Day Parade & Celebration, hoping to build upon last year’s Earth Day event that brought out over 1,500 passionate people out to the streets on Vancouver.
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 01:38:01 PM »
It should be big here:

Earth Day rally, Montreal
Sunday, 22 April, 2pm - 5pm
Place Des Festivals
At 2 p.m. this April 22, all Quebecers are invited to gather at the Place des Festivals in Montreal for a spring celebration. This call to rally on Earth Day is for men, women and children of goodwill who care about:
defending the common good
sharing the wealth
the rights of all citizens
respect for the environment
This movement, which has been endorsed by many groups and public figures, invites the members of the public to turn out in large numbers, and for everyone to bring at least two friends with them. All of Equiterre will be there!
http://22avril.org/

A delegation of Innu women has marched from a community on the North Shore (Boom Boom should know which one) and will be meeting marchers at the Native Friendship Centre, from where they will be marching to take part in the demonstration.

And of course it is converging with the huge student protests, and the many groups and individuals opposed to the Charest government's Plan Nord. There is quite the protest going on as I write, as Jean Charest is presenting le Plan Nord at the Palais de Congrès (which is on the edge of Old Montreal and the remains of the original Chinatown).



And all church bells are supposed to ring at 2pm Sunday for two minutes, which should be rather impressive.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2012, 11:04:28 PM »
Tomorrow's demo could be huge. Wish I could be there.

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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2012, 08:17:01 AM »
It is dismal this early morning, and I rather wish I didn't have to go. Trying to think of places where I can pee, a need standing for hours in such weather ... I can pee in a shopping concourse close to the starting point (Quartier des spectacles) but then it ends up at the foot of Mont-Royal where an acorn will symbolically be planted by Frédéric Back and Gilles Vigneault who are both far too old to ever see it become a tree - the references of course are to "L'homme qui plantait des arbres" (the man who planted trees), a story by Jean Giono that Back made into an animated feature film, and Vigneault's song "J'ai planté un chêne" (I planted an oak). Nowhere to pee around there (unless one were to climb up the so-called mountain and take a whizz in the woods).

We have a bicycle contingent leaving from my neighbourhood. Some of us are meeting the Innu women who marched from the North Shore (not the reserve next to Boom Boom's village, one closer to Sept-îles).
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2012, 10:04:47 AM »
Here's a few links to add to lagatta's contributions  if anyone is interested:
 
Innu walk 900-km to protest Plan Nord and La Romaine dams  (CofC)
http://canadians.org/blog/?p=14637
 
If you have a Facebook account:  (copy and paste into your Facebook search box)

Manifestation contre le Plan Nord
 
Réseau de Résistance du Québécois
 
and there's two threads on the subject on babble.

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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2012, 10:23:03 AM »

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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2012, 11:08:31 AM »
I made a cute little écosocialisme banner for my bicycle from an old pillow cover (in the box of old cloths saved for the repainting of my kitchen), decorated with three "carrés rouges" (red squares, from the student strike) made from a worn-out sweater.

Thanks, Boom Boom! Several members of my housing co-op are going.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2012, 01:04:12 PM »
Sounds  8)  Lagatta. I'm just going to the waters edge to clean up for the mallards/swans.


Right now I'm just gobsmacked that the day after Earth Day, Albertans may give a climate skeptic a majority. IN ALBERTA for crying out loud! And she has no pretences about it either, rather like Harpo cutting $88 million to Environment Canada, while a whopping $1.4 BILLION in subsidies goes to t he Tarsands. They're all nuts.
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Re: Earth Day
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2012, 01:22:28 PM »
That is fine, Toe. Local and micro-local actions are just as important. I don't usually go to Earth Day events - they are pompous and have very little content, and are often corporate or government greenwashing. This particular one here in Montréal is very important because of the political/social context. Things are utterly steaming here - unfortunately I don't mean the weather - it is cold and damp. (Arthitics' hell).

As you probably recall, I've been taking part in consultations about the projected bicycle lane on my street and the installation of a traffic light at a VERY dangerous crossroads, just north of a railway viaduct. People have to cross there to walk or cycle under the viaduct to get to many destinations in the Plateau/Mile-End just south of here.

And we will be doing an alley cleanup soon - all the co-op and with hope, some other neighbours. But we'll wait for somewhat warmer weather.

Just sewing my banner and red fabric squares to my bicycle panniers froze my fingers. I had to run back upstairs to warm up, pee again and don my red leather gloves (found brand new at a moving sale last summer for $5, and wonderful on the bicycle, also to signal turns!)

As for Alberta vs Vermont, I'd do the predictable joke about exchanging them, but that would be salt in the wounds of hard-pressed progressive Albertans...
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" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
Rosa Luxemburg

 

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