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Let's grow and mobilize our network

Thank you for your interest in and support for the Alberta Environmental Network in 2019. The AEN had a very busy year and we are planning for our activity and network to grow in 2020! Here's some of the highlights from 2019 that I am most excited about:

AEN members creating and disseminating a pre-election survey of provincial political parties asking them their positions and policies on key environmental issues.

Promoting members’ campaigns such as CPAWS’ Bighorn Country campaign, as well as creating an AEN Energy Efficiency campaign in partnership with Efficiency Canada and the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Growing the network to intersect with other movements including health.

Launching the AEN Climate Caucus and Climate Communications Working Group.

Convening and connecting Alberta climate strikers and activists with AEN members in Edmonton.

Electing four new directors to the AEN board, representing more regions in Alberta.

Planning the creation of new caucuses and working groups in 2020.
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Ticket Giveaway for Alberta Ecotrust's 2019 Environmental Gathering

Alberta Ecotrust is partnering with Community Drinks for a giveaway:

Attend Community Drinks on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary to enter the draw for your chance to win a ticket to the 2019 Environmental Gathering! The ticket is worth $250+, and gives you access to  two full days of presentations and workshops, food and beverage, networking break activities, and our networking reception! Read more about Ticket Giveaway for Alberta Ecotrust's 2019 Environmental Gathering

Mapping What Matters Survey— win a $1000 Capacity Grant

The Alberta Ecotrust Foundation is conducting a comprehensive survey of environmental non-profit groups in Alberta. By completing the survey, your organization will be eligible for a draw to receive a $1000 Mini-grant for Capacity. From the Ecotrust website:

At Alberta Ecotrust, we believe the environmental challenges we all face are too large for any organization to address alone. It is critical that we work together to find solutions to the most pressing issues of our day.


If you are the Executive Director, Board Chair or primary decision-maker for an environmental nonprofit in Alberta we would like to invite you to complete this confidential survey. The collective responses will help us understand the scope, scale and needs of Alberta’s ENGO community in order to optimise how our programs can best support the important environmental work you do as charities and nonprofits. Your responses will also contribute to a collective understanding of this sector and results will be shared with all participants via a summary report. Please add your voice!

The deadline for the survey is August 18 at 5:00pm.

If your organization has not received an invitation to complete the survey, follow the link below to request an invite. Read more about Mapping What Matters Survey— win a $1000 Capacity Grant

Tim Flannery on climate change and energy transition in Alberta

Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) has posted video of Tim Flannery's recent talk in Calgary— part of the Low Carbon Leadership Speaker Series sponsored by ABCD & Clean Energy Canada. From the Alberta Climate Dialogue website:

Tim Flannery is the Chief of the Australian Climate Council, a new non-governmental organization providing information about the science of climate change. His books includeThe Future Eaters and the New York Times bestseller The Weather Makers—widely regarded as one of the pivotal public works on climate change.

In a candid conversation with Bob Page (Director of the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability at the University of Calgary and former chairman of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy), Flannery shared successes and lessons from his nation’s experience in transitioning to a lower-carbon economy.

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Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do? Read more about Monitoring on the Mind

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