What are you doing on Earth Day?
This coming Wednesday is celebrated around the globe as Earth Day. Earth Day started in 1970 in response to a massive oil spill that wreaked havoc on the environment in 1969. The event was intended to raise awareness about environmental issues, and to get people engaged. The first event occurred in the United States and boasted 20 million participants from all walks of life and political perspectives. It also led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of several important acts. For more information, visit earthday.org
What are you going to do this Earth day? Check out the Earth Day events listed below, or come up with your own idea for celebrating our planet!
Earth Day Events
Earth Day Fundraiser for the Manitoba Environmental Youth Network
April 22, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.
Beyond Us and Them: A Collaborative Conversation about Lake Winnipeg
April 22, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
2nd floor, 75 Albert St
Check out local and guest bands, and local art. All for a great cause!
St. Mary's Road United Church, 613 St Mary's Road
Join the Lake Winnipeg Foundation for a moderated panel discussion about the complex challenges facing our great lake – and the emerging opportunities for shared solutions.
• Dr. Alexis Kanu, Executive Director of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation
• Dr. Gordon Goldsborough, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
• Norm Brandson, Former Deputy Minister of the Manitoba Departments of Environment, Conservation & Water Stewardship; current Co-Chair of the Forum For Leadership on Water (FLOW).
Free admission. All lake-lovers welcome.
For more information, visit lakewinnipegfoundation.org
Earth Day Clean Up
April 22, 2015
9am – 11:30am at Thunderbird House
2pm – 4:30pm at Millennium Library Park
In 2012, Winnipeggers picked up 1600lbs of litter.
In 2013, we picked up 2000lbs of litter.
In 2014, we picked up 2500lbs of litter!
Help us beat our record yet again!
First 10 teams to sign up will get a surprise local celeb joining their team! Visit the event website to find out about other prize opportunities and to register your team.
Reel Paddling Film Festival
April 22, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
Osborne Village's Gas Station Theatre
The Reel Paddling Film Festival makes a one-night tour stop in Winnipeg, showing off 2014 festival winners at
This year's selection includes short films about a cross-Canadian canoe trip, an attempt to reel in 1,000-kilogram fish from a kayak, the environmental destruction wrought by dams and the animated Kayak Mario Bros, which is precisely what it sounds like. View the trailer at reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com
Tickets are $16 in advance at wildernesssupply.ca, or $18 at the
Threatened Infrastructure: Our Changing Water Cycle and Its Consequences
May 7, 2015, 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Entertainment Centre
Bigger storms, larger floods and more unpredictable weather are taking a toll on expensive infrastructure here and around the world; we are largely unprepared for these changes. Join the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region for an action orientated one-day session aimed at deepening our understating of the changing water cycle, its consequences and what we can do to build resiliency in our communities, at the local level.
In this timely session, Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water Security at the United Nations Institute for Water, Environment and Health at United Nations University and Roger Rempel, a senior Environmental Engineer and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist with Stantec, along with other industry experts, will explore what is happening, why it matters, and what communities must do to protect themselves.
Registration for this event will be $125.00 per person, including continental breakfast, lunch, and full day access to the Workshop.
Save Our Seine Amateur Photo Contest
Deadline for submission: June 7
To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Save Our Seine wants your help to showcase the beauty of the Seine River and its diverse flora and fauna. Look through your photo collection for your best spring photos from previous years, or better yet, go out and capture some new images.
For more information on the categories and rules of the contest, go to the SOS Facebook page or follow this link.
2015 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study
Since 2008, RBC has been polling Canadians about their attitudes towards water—to see if the serious water issues around the world were having an impact on how we use and think about water, and tracking whether our attitudes are changing. The poll is made available to NGOs and other interested parties. Read the results of the 201 study, and compare to previous years'