SEN Info Bulletin

October 11, 2013

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SEN Member-Group Profile: Saskatoon Zoo Society

The Saskatoon Zoo Society (SZS) is a non-profit environmental education organization that exists to provide educational opportunities based around the wildlife at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Each year the SZS conducts over 400 environmental education programs to schools and interest groups in Saskatoon and surrounding area.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved with the various activities that the SZS puts on each year. Positions are available as volunteer interpreters. Volunteer interpreters work directly with the public at informative displays of animal biofacts such as tracks, horns, antlers, feathers etc. Contact with the animal collection is limited to a few hands on socialized animals such as rabbits and ferrets etc. This is primarily an educational volunteer opportunity. If you or someone you know is interested in this type of volunteer opportunity please contact Cathy Bartsch at (306) 975-3395 or by email at zoosociety@sasktel.net with "volunteer" in the subject line.

The SZS also has a few special events that they organize each year. One such event is Family Day that happens on July 21st from 10am-5pm. The SZS is in need of volunteers to help with the special event and fundraising activities. Special event volunteers are assigned roles such as ticket sellers, parking attendants, food preparation and serving, activity supervisors, etc. The time commitment ranges from two to six hours per event. If you can help with an upcoming special event, give the Zoo Society a call at (306) 975-3395 or email Kathleen Zary at zoosociety@sasktel.net. Learn more about the Saskatoon Zoo Society and the exciting programs they offer right here.

Are you a member-group that would like to be profiled in our upcoming e-bulletin issues? Please contact us at info@econet.sk.ca for more information!

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SEN Celebrated a Successful World Rivers Day Festival!

SEN celebrated World Rivers Day with a successful and inspiring festival in Friendship Park on Sept 29th. There were more than 300 people in attendance at the festival! Many individuals and families left the festival with a deeper understanding of water stewardship, the various pressures that face our South Saskatchewan River and the various groups in Saskatchewan that are working on water issues. We had amazing support from our many member-groups that participated in the water fair! Thank you to all our participants!

Want to be involved next year? Have any further questions? Please contact SEN at info@econet.sk.ca or by phone: (306) 652-1275. Thank you to Affinity Credit Union, CFCR Radio, Loraas Recycle and Meewasin for their generous support and making this event possible!

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SEN's Monthly Film Night: Waste Land

It's that time of the month again! Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network in partnership with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council for the documentary "Wasteland" at the Frances Morrison Public Library on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00pm. October 21st to 27th is Waste Reduction Week and we are showing this amazing documentary as one of the many events that will be happening! Check out more information about SWRC's Waste Reduction Week here.

WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores"-self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Film Trailer here.

This event is free or by donation! Bring your family and friends and spread the word! For more information contact SEN at (306) 652-1275 or by email info@econet.sk.ca check out the Facebook page here.

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Council of Canadians' Conference: Groundswell

Come and take in the Council of Canadians' annual conference and business meeting Groundswell: Grassroots Power in the Age of Extreme Energy from October 24th to 27th. Learn and be inspired by the stories of grassroots movements and how you can unlock it in your own community. Learn how a new generation of activists are fighting back and winning --- one mine, pipeline and fracking well at a time. Featuring keynote speakers: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians; Josh Fox, Documentary filmmaker and environmental activist; Erica Lee, Student, and Idle No More activist; Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour; with a welcome from Tribal Chief Felix Thomas.

Don't miss out on two wonderful documentaries "Gasland" and "Gasland II" at the Broadway Theatre on October 24th in Saskatoon. Academy Award nominated director Josh Fox will be present for the event. You can see trailers for Gasland here and Gasland II here. Check out the facebook event here.

To register and see the full details of the conference go here or here call 1-800-387-7177 and e-mail inquiries@canadians.org. Don't miss out! Space is limited.

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Saskatchewan Citizen's Hearing on Climate Change

Come out to the Refinery in Saskatoon on November 1st and 2nd and join other Saskatchewanians to explore the realities of climate change in Saskatchewan and the innovative ways to address it! All citizens are urged to attend this free event! Participate in this important opportunity for the Saskatchewan community to come together and share information and concerns regarding climate change. Learn more about climate change and to make your voice heard!

The two-day event will feature a diverse mix of presentations on climate change, its impacts, and solutions. There will be presentations by scientists, ethicists, labour and business leaders, energy experts, young environmental leaders, farmers, first nations, fishers, parents and grandparents, and many others. Keynote speakers (via carbon-saving video link) will include: Hans-Josef Fell, German Green Party MP and framer of that country's renewable energy legislation; Dr. Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and author of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril and others!

Four Commissioners will listen to the presentations and draft a report summarizing the testimony. This report will become a major educational and organizing tool for Saskatchewan communities working on climate change and energy alternatives. The event is free, open to everyone, and designed to catalyze discussion and action on climate change impacts and responses. Check out the Facebook page here and follow on twitter @climatesk

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Call for Presentations: SK Citizen's Hearing on Climate Change

Are you working on a way to spread your research about how climate change is impacting Saskatchewan? Are you involved in innovative ways of addressing the issue of climate change in this province or an engaging way of teaching others about it? Whether you are a farmer, an industry worker, a teacher, a newcomer to the province, a researcher or an entrepreneur - if you have a perspective on how climate change is impacting our province or how it has impacted you personally, the Saskatchewan Citizen's Hearing on Climate Change wants to hear from you!

The Saskatchewan Citizen's Hearing on Climate Change are seeking speaker applications for this exciting two-day forum taking place in Saskatoon on November 1st and 2nd. Speakers will have 15-20 minutes to present their perspective about how climate change is already impacting them or will impact them in the future, their livelihood and the province of Saskatchewan, as well as talk about any innovative projects or ideas they have been working on to remedy the situation. Engaging methods of presenting are encouraged!

Please e-mail your presentation ideas and outlines, as well as any questions you may have, to Karen Rooney at skclimatehearings@gmail.com (if you are only able to present on a certain day or at a certain time, please include that in your e-mail as well!). Your presentation date and time will be confirmed with you in the coming months.

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Seeds, Seeds and MORE Seeds - Seeds of Diversity AGM

Come down to Station 20 West in Saskatoon on November 9th from 3:00pm to 8:30pm and join Seeds of Diversity for their Annual General Meeting happening in Saskatoon! Featuring tonnes of great events such as a seed exchange, seed saving workshop and a Gala Friendraising Dinner. Each seed saving workshop is $10 and the Gala dinner is $20. To learn more and pre-register by November 5th go here.

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Action Alert

Petition: Save our Bees!

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, neonicotinoids, bees could be saved from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Sign the petition here. This petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer and used to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.

Sierra Club Canada is calling on the federal government to follow the lead of European Union and take action to protect at-risk bee populations by banning three neonicotinoid pesticides: Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam. For more information go here.

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The PMRA Re-Evaluates Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Canada's Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency is currently conducting a re-evaluation of all uses of neonicotinoid insecticides in cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as part of the work being done with international partners. The PMRA are expediting this re-evaluation, which will help in better understanding and managing the potential risks these pesticides may pose to long-term bee health. Health Canada's PMRA also proposes to implement label improvements. Deadline to submit your comments is December 12th. You can read more about the notice here.

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Small Project for Change: Strategic Watershed Action Planning in the Prairies

The Strategic Watershed Action Planning in the Prairies project or "SWAPP" has been developed by the Sustainability Network. SWAPP will support Aboriginal communities and environmental NGOs in Manitoba and Saskatchewan who are working to overcome threats to human or ecological health from a variety of climate change or development pressures. Five local leaders will each run a project around watershed action supported by group meetings in the form of learning network workshops. Each project features an elder, youth, and community knowledge sharing component where stories are shared and passed down.

Support the project with your donations and learn more here.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

EcoFriendly Action Grants

EcoFriendly Sask is offering monthly grants of up to $500 to support local projects that will benefit the environment. We're interested in concrete, tangible actions from across the spectrum: from habitat restoration and recycling to planet-friendly urban design, gardening, wildlife and energy conservation. Additional information is available online at http://www.ecofriendlysask.ca/2012/04/ecofriendly-action-grants.html. Email questions or proposals to ecofriendlysask@gmail.com

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GeoThermal Grants for Retrofits & New Construction

Did you know that there is a $3500 incentive for the installation of qualified GeoThermal units in both existing and new home construction? Details are available under the New Homes Programs tab at www.sunridgegroup.ca.

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Mennonite Central Committee: Chalo Program

Saskatchewan Chalo's program is a short-term exposure and service experience in the city of Saskatoon with a variety of opportunities. For more information go here.

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Pedersen Apiaries: Farm Foreman & Apiary Worker

Pedersen Apiaries is looking for a Farm Foreman and Apiary Worker. Pedersen Apiaries is a small family beekeeping operation in Saskatchewan. They are looking for both a Foreman position and an apiary worker position. They are willing to train in beekeeping skills and are willing to help successful candidates become partners on their farm. Pedersen Apiaries are trying to change their farm into one that produces more energy than it consumes so conservation and renewable energy are important principles in farm decisions. For more information about these employment opportunities go here.

Those interested are asked to apply as soon as possible.

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Government of Saskatchewan: Senior Environment Assessment Administrator

This employment opportunity is based out of Regina. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Senior Environmental Assessment Administrator in its Environmental Assessment Branch, where you will work with a dynamic team dedicated to supporting a results-based environmental assessment approach.

Reporting to the Applications Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the identification of emerging and ongoing environmental assessment issues and will play a leading role in administering The Environmental Assessment Act. For more information on this employment opportunity go here

Deadline to apply is October 18.

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Meewasin: Donations Officer

Meewasin seeks a Donations Officer to assist with the Capital Campaign. The position is a one year term (November 1, 2013 to approximately November 1, 2014) providing administrative services to the Meewasin trails fundraising campaign. For more information about this employment opportunity go here.

Deadline to apply is October 17.

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Meewasin: Part-Time Communications Officer

Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin increases awareness, understanding and stewardship of the resources of the Saskatchewan River Basin, extending over the three Prairie Provinces. PFSRB is looking for a Part Time (60 - 80% time) communications person. The successful candidate will have completed an undergraduate degree, preferably with experience in environmental or stewardship initiatives. For more information about this employment opportunity go here.

Deadline to apply is October 25.

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Meewasin: Rink Attendant Labourer

Meewasin seeks a labourer to help operate the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be able bodied and willing to work in all weather conditions. Responsibilities will include daily public interaction, building and ice maintenance, rink programming, and being a Meewasin ambassador. For more information about this employment opportunity go here.

Deadline to apply is October 25.

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Two Free Online Courses: Global Warming and Energy, the Environment, and Our Future

Coursera is offering two free courses on the topics of Climate Change and Energy. To register and to find out more information about each course go here for the course "Global Warming: The Science of Climate Change" and here for the course "Energy, the Environment, and Our Future".

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Coming Events

Regina

12th Annual Peacemakers Breakfast

Oct 15, 8:30am

Featuring Getachew Woldeyesus & Oudalay Senevonghachack from the Regina Open Door Society, this breakfast is an opportunity to network with others involved in issues related to peace and violence prevention in Regina and beyond. Breakfast will take place at the Ramada Hotel, 1818 Victoria Avenue. For tickets, call Hertha at the Lifelong Learning Centre at (306)585-5766 or email at hertha.kay@uregina.ca

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Making Mainstream Media Work for You

Oct 17, 8:30am-12:00pm

Non-profits sometimes feel ignored or misunderstood by mainstream media. With little or no money dedicated for communications or promotion work, justice groups struggle to compete with a world of things trying to get attention. This workshop will offer tips and guidelines to getting your issue covered, and will touch on how to talk to the media and get your message clearly across. Instructors are Nichole Huck, journalist with CBC Radio and Vicki Nelson, Executive Director of SCIC the workshop will take place in room CB 108, College Building (College Ave.Campus U of R). Fee is $25 ($15 student/fixed income). Register here.

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Where is Canada on Women's Human Rights Issues?

Oct 18, 10:30am-11:20am

Jacqueline Hansen, Major Campaigns and Women's Rights Campaigner, Amnesty International Canada will give a talk in Regina as a lead up to their Saskatchewan conference the following day in Moose Jaw. Open to the public location Luther College, U of R, Room 100.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series: What are Native Grasslands Worth?

Oct 23, 12:10pm

Join Nature Regina at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium for their next installment of the Native Prairie Speaker Series "What are Native Grasslands Worth?" Presented by Chris Nykoluk, on behalf of Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Inc., SK for more information go here.

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Saskatoon

SNS: Saw Whet Owl Migration Banding

All of October, After 8:00pm

Owl banding takes place west of Osler at Bruce Boldt's farm after 8:00 p.m. on many evenings in October, providing it isn't raining or too windy. If you wish to participate, phone Marten Stoffel at 306-230-9291 for directions.

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Saskatoon Green Drinks

Oct 11, 5:30pm

Join Saskatoon Green Drinks for an evening of discussion at the Wood's Alehouse this month! Located at 148 2nd Ave North.

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SNS: Whooping Crane Outing

Oct 12, 8:00am-5:00pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society for a drive in search of any reported Whoopers within 100 km of the city. Bring a lunch. Meet at the Kinsmen Park parking lot across from the Mendel Art Gallery. If you have questions contact Michael Williams at (306)-242-5383.

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SNS: Woodlawn Cemetery and Weir

Oct 14, 9:30am-11:30am

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner by strolling through Woodlawn Cemetery and visiting the weir. We'll look for late fall migrants and early-returning winter residents. Meet at the Cemetery's gate, just off 33rd St. If you have questions contact Michael Williams at (306)-242-5383.

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SES Speaker Series

Oct 15, 7:00pm

Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society at the Frances Morrison Library on Tuesday, October 15 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for a talk by Ann Coxworth and Peter Prebble. Ann and Peter will discuss the contamination in five important watersheds in the Uranium City area of northern Saskatchewan. The federal government's uranium mining record in the area has received little public attention until now. For more information go here.

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Swale Watchers: City of Saskatoon's Wetlands Policy

Oct. 16, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Join the Swale Watchers on October 16th from 4:00pm-5:30pm in room 1026, College of Education, U of S, for a discussion on the City's proposed wetlands policy. Take a look at the policy here.

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Permasask: October Meeting & Potluck - Water Harvesting

Oct 17, 6:00pm

Join Permasask for their October meeting at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre - 202 Avenue C South, between 20th and 21st Street. The gathering will start at 6:00 PM, potluck at 6:30, clean up and meeting at about 7:30. If you can, bring a non-perishable food item along to donate to the food bank. Kirby McInnis will be talking about permaculture and water harvesting. He will mostly focus on urban water harvesting but there will be some pictures and discussion about some larger-scale harvesting projects as well. For more information go here.

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Meewasin Sod Turning Ceremony

Oct 17, 10:00am

Join the Meewasin at the Circle Drive South Bridge (see map)for their sod turning ceremony to celebrate their new Meewasin Trail.

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SEN Monthly Film Night: Waste Land

Oct 23, 7:00pm

Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network in Partnership with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council for the film screening of "Waste Land" at the Frances Morrison Library on Wednesday October 23rd at 7:00pm. View the trailer here.

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Groundswell

Oct 24 - 27

Groundswell: Grassroots Power in the Age of Extreme Energy Council of Canadians Annual Conference will look at the power of communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada to stand up to corporations and governments to protect our shared environment, our jobs and the democratic process. Including public documentary screenings, forums, workshops and panel discussions to inform, inspire, and motivate you to take action. Register and learn more here.

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Building Saskatchewan Green Conference

Oct 25, All Day

The Build Saskatchewan Green conference is the annual conference put on by the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. For the 10th annual BSG they're exploring neighbourhood revitalization and the role of building green. This year the conference will be taking place at the Confederation Inn in Saskatoon. To learn more and to register go here.

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SNS: Seeds, Stick-tights and Dried Berries

Oct 26, 1:30pm-4:00pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society to identify and discuss the use of fall fruits and berries. Wear warm clothes and bring a hand lens if you have one. Contact leader if weather is inclement. Meet at Western Development Museum parking lot, 2610 Lorne Ave. If you have questions contact Anna Leighton at (306) 665-6074.

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SNS: Blackstrap Birding and Fall Supper

Oct 27, 1:00pm-9:00pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society to look for migrating loons, ducks, grebes, geese and other birds at Blackstrap Lake and then participants may choose to join in the Dundurn fall supper at their community hall. Meet at NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th. If you have questions contact John Patterson at (306)249-0468.

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CHEP: Community and Backyard Garden 'Really Big' Potluck

Nov 7, 5:30pm

If you are a community garden member or part of the Backyard Garden Sharing program you are invited to a 'really big' potluck event. Join CHEP on Thursday November 7th at 5:30pm at Station 20 West, 1120 20th Street West. All you have to do is bring a dish (appetizer, main course or dessert) for the meal. Dishes, cutlery and beverages are provided. Meal begins at 6pm followed by musical entertainment and a screening of "And This is My Garden" check out the trailer here.

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Seeds, Seeds and MORE Seeds!

Nov. 9, 3:00pm-8:30pm

Come down to Station 20 West and meet Seeds of Diversity and Enjoy a great Seedy Day! Come out for a Seed Exchange, seed saving workshops, and a Gala Friendraising Dinner all with Seeds of Diversity Canada. Each workshop is $10 and the dinner is $20. Pre-register for the dinner by November 5th. For more information and to register go here.

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Other

Living on the New Earth in a Changing Climate

Oct 15, 7:00pm, Prince Albert, SK

Renewable Power - the Intelligent Choice & the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library Presents a three part series on climate change and sustainability in Saskatchewan. All events will take place in the library auditorium. The first event will feature Climate Change Reality presenter Dianne Rhodes launches the series. After a presentation, she will show Bill McKibben's 350.org video "Do the Math" and then lead an interactive discussion on how we can join the movement to change the math of climate change and challenge the fossil fuel industry. Check out the Facebook event here.

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Below Your Watershed: Your Connection to the River and Groundwater

October 21-23, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Take in the 2013 conference "Below Your Watershed" at the Medicine Hat Lodge. This conference will advance the understanding of global and regional river and groundwater resources, projects and opportunities in the context of watershed water quality, use and vulnerability. For more information go here.

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Grazing Response Index (GRI) Workshop

Oct 23, 8:00am-5:00pm, Swift Current, SK

The GRI is a science based tool developed in the United States, tested and promoted in central British Columbia, and recently tested in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This tool facilitates decision making with a focus on achieving beneficial use of forage while maintaining vigorous plants. For more information and to register go here.

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Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate

Oct. 29, 7:00pm, Prince Albert, SK

Renewable Power - the Intelligent Choice & the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library Presents a three part series on climate change and sustainability in Saskatchewan. All events will take place in the library auditorium. The second part of the series asks the questions: What kind of Saskatchewan climate can we expect in the future for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s? How will changing climate impact your farming operation, business, recreation and environment? Elaine Wheaton and Mark Johnston, Saskatchewan Research Council scientists, will address the environmental and economic impacts of climate change on Saskatchewan ecosystems, agriculture, forestry and tourism. In order to plan adaptations and consider the best sustainable energy options, we need to understand what is going on. Check out the Facebook event here.

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: http://events.econet.ca.