Hard to believe that it has already been a month since our last update from Costa Rica! Only 4 weeks but so much to tell. We are very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit many different parts of the country in that time. So far we have seen majestic beaches and isolated pristine waterfalls in the tropical forest surrounded by lush vegetation. We have spotted monkeys, sloths, toucans, dolphins, whales and more! We also hiked in some beautiful mountains surrounded by scenic coffee plantations and have visited several organic Agro-Forestry farms. Make no mistake, however, we are also…
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:42 Written by Jiselle Bakker
The NBEN and Nature NB invite you to Walking the Talk: the art of outdoor learning, designed to help you enter the world of outdoor learning and sustainability education. You will leave with plenty of practical tools to try (as well as some things maybe to avoid!) to succeed in merging children learning with the outdoors. You will also have the opportunity to find out where the sustainability education movement in the province is going and how you can contribute! So make sure to block off Oct 10th in your calendar. For more information and to register, please click here.Looking…
Groups are reviewing the Sisson Brook mine environmental study and say that the scale of this project is hard to imagine. First, the project itself is an open pit tungsten and molybdenum mine that will create a pit 300-375 metres deep over 145 hectares. The tailings pond will cover 750 hectares. Secondly, with the process itself, the public has only 45 days to respond to an environmental assessment report that took years to prepare and is over 5000 pages in length. One issue of significant concern noted by one environmental group is the potential for widespread arsenic contamination due to…
I am happy to let everyone know about the arrival of Abigail Virginia, who was born on the morning of August 15 (la Fête nationale de l’Acadie!). Chris, Lianna, and I are very excited to welcome Abby into our family!
Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:41 Written by Annika Chiasson
Check out this show on Global News "What it's like when oil runs through your backyard!" It's a rude awakening about the effects of oil and pipelines.
¡Buenos días! I am writing to you all from beautiful Costa Rica, where Anne-Marie and I are starting work at the secretariat of the International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN), the organization we will be interning with for 6 months. We are happy to be settling in to our routines here in San Jose, after a couple of hectic weeks since arriving. The IAFN recently decided to move from their previous home near the Pacific coast, in a small town called Londres, to the bustling capital of San Jose. What a change! When we first arrived we were whisked off to…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 15:43 Written by Annie Guerard
Check out Charles Thériault’s new video. The power that an intense look and intelligent rhymes can have is truly impressive! The arts sure have their role to play in the environmental movement. Thanks to Charles Thériault for this interesting perspective on forest issues. Click here to watch the video.
Check out this set of front line photos and a song from Elsipogtog. Powerful stuff and lots of food for thought - over thirty people have been willing to stand up and be arrested for the protection of our environment. Click here to view the photos and song from Elispogtog. And even more photos with the old tune "See you in September".
I am happy to announce that our 2-year-old daughter will soon have a baby brother or sister! I am due on August 29th and I will be going on maternity leave as of the end of July. I will keep everyone posted with news about the baby. I look forward to re-joining the NBEN team upon my return at the beginning of September 2014.
The NBEN is dabbling in the art of video creation! The video was shot a while ago, but check it out and let us know what you think.
Maya and I are the new interns at the NBEN as part of CIDA’s international youth internship program. During the past 3 weeks at the NBEN, we had the chance to participate in different interesting projects, one of them is the “Branch Out, Make Waves” challenge that will soon be launched! We are now getting ready to leave for Costa Rica. For the next 6 months we will have the opportunity to develop new skills and to put what we learned at the NBEN into practice while working for the International Analog Forestry Network. You can follow our adventures on…
Today’s the second day of training at the NBEN office! There are lots of new people to get to know and lots to learn. My fellow co-workers, Annie, Lisa, Sidney, Anne-Marie, Maya, and I have a lot on our plates, but it will certainly be a fun and rewarding experience! Annika Chiasson - Health and education programs assistant Annie Guérard – Programs coordinator Lisa J. Griffin – Programs coordinator Anne-Marie Dufour– Intern Maya Irwin – Intern Sydney Wood – Communications and special projects
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:12
Sustainability Education – How are we doing? Report from Education for Sustainable Development Workshop at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO AGMWritten by Raissa Marks
The UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) comes to an end next year. What have we accomplished in Canada to support the Decade? What challenges did we face? And where do we go from here? It was these questions that shaped the discussion at a national ESD workshop I attended at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO annual meeting recently. In general, the workshop provided an interesting discussion, although it was a bit too much of listening to ourselves talk and not quite enough of concrete action items for my liking. Perhaps one of the most thought-provoking comments included…
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