MEET GREEN 13 LOCAL HEROES IN BLOOR WEST VILLAGE

March 2010
TORONTO WEST

MEET GREEN 13 LOCAL HEROES IN BLOOR WEST VILLAGE

Green 13 is a grassroots community environmental group operating in Ward 13 and surrounding Wards in Toronto. The group was formed last March following an Earth Hour candlelight walk through our Bloor West Village neighbourhood that was attended by more than 500 people.
This past year has been a busy one for Green 13. We have organized several community events, including:
Andrew Nisker’s film Garbage - The Revolution Begins at Home. The film, shown at Margret Bar during the municipal workers strike, demonstrated how much garbage we generate and its impacts on the environment.
Sisters on the Planet, a film made by Oxfam, was shown last fall at Margret Bar. This film tells the story of four inspirational women and their fight against climate change.
In November, we held a Town Hall meeting, sponsored by the Live Green Toronto Community Animation program and Green Awakenings, that featured presentations on local food production, water, energy efficiency, transition towns and how to organize around climate change.
On January 19th we screened Earth 2100, first aired on ABC in 2009 at the Annette Branch Library. It explores the impacts of failing to act on climate change, peak oil, and population growth.
On March 2, we hosted The Power of Community : How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, again at the Annette Branch Library. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people when the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 led to a dramatic decrease of oil imports and food. Cubans share how they were able to make the transition from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.
For more information about Green 13, visit: www. green13toronto.blogspot.com

We have a list of funders with granting proposal due dates in April. Please email Whitney, wcrooks@toronto.ca, or Janet, janetlgtwest@rogers.com, if you would like an electronic version of this list.
DID YOU KNOW THAT ON AVERAGE, CANADIANS USE 390 LITRES OF FRESHWATER PER DAY? IN COMPARISON, THE SPANISH – DESPITE THEIR MUCH WARMER YEAR-ROUND CLIMATE – USE ONLY 260 LITRES/DAY, AND GERMANS AROUND 135 LITRES/DAY. ALMOST 2/5TH OF THIS IS USED FOR FLUSHING TOILETS, AND ANOTHER 1/5TH FOR SHOWERS AND BATHS. SOURCES: CANADIAN GEOGRAPHIC, CANADIAN ENVIRONMENT AWARDS 2004; UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME, DIVISION OF EARLY WARNING AND ASSESSMENT (DEWA), 2005

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
March 11 was Bottled Water Free Day. This is a great opportunity for your group to spread the word in your community to not use bottled water where public water is available. Sure, it may seem convenient, but the environmental, energy, and economic cost of shipping drinking water in plastic bottles is astounding. It’s hard to believe that something that was a novelty ten years ago now accounts for over 31 billion litres of product annually (in the U.S.) at an energy cost of 17 million barrels of oil. Go to http://www.bottledwaterfreeday.ca/ for details, sign the pledge, and remember to fill your own (best: non-plastic) water bottle from the tap.
Here’s another interesting calculation: There are 4,000 drops of water in a litre. One drip every second from a leaky tap will waste 21 litres of water a day, or 7,665 litres a year, which means those little things we do to conserve can also add up to a significant impact. And when you consider that pumping water is the biggest part of the City of Toronto’s electricity cost, then turning off the tap also makes sense from an energy-saving perspective.
So use tap water but don’t let it run unnecessarily! Other water websites of interest: World Water Day (March 22, 2010), Riversides, Clean Water Foundation, and Polaris Institute.
Town Hall meeting hosted by Green 13
UPCOMINGEVENTS

Friday, March 19
Mimico's Theatre of Change is hosting a poetry reading at the Big Guy's Little Coffee Shop2861 Lakeshore Blvd. W. (between 4th & 5th Streets)on Friday March 19 at 7pm. Contact Theatre of Change attheatreofchange@hotmail.comor 416-503-4129 to recite your work.

Earth Hour, Saturday March 27
Candlelight walks from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Starting points are Jane St./Bloor St. W. and Dundas St. W/Pacific Ave. More info: www. Green13toronto.blogspot.com

Inorganic Markets, March 20 & 28
Mar 20, 10 am to 3 pm at No Frills (372 Pacific Avenue south of Dundas St. W)
Mar 28, 10 am to 3 pm at No Frills (2187 Bloor St. W. and Runnymede)
Visit www. green13toronto.blogspot.com and http://www.inorganicmarket.com/for more info

Live Green Seniors Health & Wellness Fair, March 31
Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave
11:00 to 3:30
Call to register: 416 252-6822



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