1. The next Green Drinks event is Wednesday June 24.
Hosted by Green Rock EVS
7 pm June 24
835 Topsail Road
This is a special one-off Green Drinks Event that will be at Green Rock EVS headquarters, not at Bitters as usual.
Come mingle with other fellow Green Drinkers in a relaxed and warm environment, potluck style. You will have the opportunity to look at some electric cars and bikes and chat about any other environmental issues. As always, people from all environmental backgrounds will be attending -- so this event is open to all, not just car buffs. It will be held as a potluck so please bring a snack to share. If you cannot bring a snack -- please join us anyway. All are welcome.
2. World Oceans Day is June 8. Oceans do a lot for us. They provide us with food, means for transportation, recreational opportunities and they are an endless source of wonder for the natural world. To celebrate World Oceans day there is a ton of events going on this weekend and next week. Check out the calendar of events here.
3. St. John's joins the Blue Dot movement. On Monday June 4th, the City of St. John's declared that its citizens have the right to a healthy environment. Our city now joins 53 other cities that are part of the Blue Dot movement, started by the David Suzuki Foundation. We are the first city in Atlantic Canada to do so. Congratulations City of St. John's!
Read the article in the Independent and see the full text of the declaration here:
Whereas the citizens of St. John’s have inherited a beautiful and unique natural heritage that attracts tourists and new residents and is worth preserving for future generations.
Whereas the City of St. John’s understands the City of St. John’s understands that people are part of the environment and that a healthy environment is inextricably linked to the well-being of our community.
Whereas the City of STJ has already taken many concrete actions to ensure safe water, beautiful open spaces, energy-efficient homes, clean streets, and well-planned development.
And whereas Canada is part of a very small and shrinking minortity of countries that has yet to formally recognize the right of its citizens to a healthy environment.
And whereas there is currently a growing national movement led by Canadian municipalities calling for the right to a healthy environment to be enshrined in the Canadian constitution.
And whereas 74,487 Canadians have joined their local movement and 53 municipal governments have passed declarations recognizing the right to fresh air, clean water and healthy food.
Therefore I, Dennis O’Keefe, Mayor of the City of St. John’s, declare on this, the first day of June, 2015, that the City of St. John’s believes in the right of our residents to live in a healthy environment and call upon our provincial and federal governments to ensure the right to a healthy environment in the Canadian constitution.