EcoNews — Chock full of opportunities for you to make a difference

In this edition of EcoNews, we bring you some fantastic opportunities to be part of climate change and nature solutions, including a helpful guide to the province’s new portal for nomination protected natural areas, an innovative project about expressing how we feel about climate change through art, a heads up for an upcoming important day of charitable giving in the midst of the holiday shopping season, and more.

Check out the nature candidates for protection in your area!

Today the provincial government launched its online portal where citizens, Indigenous peoples, and conservation groups can nominate their favourite natural spaces for protected areas status. This is a day that we at the Conservation Council and our allies have long-awaited—let’s make sure the province hears from as many New Brunswickers as possible to build a robust network of Protected Natural Areas. Hit the link below to learn more and see how you can be part of this initiative!

An exciting opportunity for our members: join our new community-engagement art project!

We are inviting our members and supporters to participate in an innovative project facilitated by community-engaged artist Juliana Bedoya who will guide you through a journey of artistic expression of environmental issues and the opportunities we have to build a better New Brunswick. See the full details and register below today! (Spaces are filling up fast and we only have room for 25 people!)

Save the date! Dec. 1 is #GivingTuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, join the movement dedicated to giving – GivingTuesday! This is your chance to support our work to build a safer, healthier, more resilient New Brunswick, from advocating to better prepare our province to the effects of climate change, to celebrating and protecting the beautiful spaces we love, like this photo, from our 2019 Musquash Paddle! Plus, this year, our friends at CanadaHelps will add $2 to every donation of $20 or more. See the link below for our donation page so you can bookmark it for the big day on Tuesday!

Left behind: national energy efficiency scorecard shows Higgs Government continues to fail seniors and low-income New Brunswickers

Earlier this month our friends at Efficiency Canada released its annual national ranking of energy efficiency programs which showed that for the second year in a row, New Brunswick’s provincial government was leaving seniors and low-income households behind when it comes to helping them save money and live comfortably at home. Among other things, the report found that New Brunswick spends a fraction of what our Atlantic neighbours do on programs to help New Brunswickers living in energy poverty — spending only $18 per household, compared to Nova Scotia’s $121 per household and Prince Edward Island’s $215.

Check out our upcoming webinars for #ClimateAction!

We have a pair of fantastic webinars coming up all about building the affordable, reliable and renewable electricity system New Brunswickers want, and learning more about climate change impacts in New Brunswick—and what we can do to be part of climate solutions. Click the links to sign up below!

Dec. 2 — Which electricity mix is the most affordable, reliable and sustainable? 

Dec. 8 — Do you want to know more about what causes climate change, and what we can do about it? (The first in our new series of Lunch and Learns with Dr. Louise Comeau!)

Nov. 25 — No worries if you missed our webinar yesterday, “Are our laws getting in the way of climate action?” — we’ve uploaded it to our website, so you can watch it here!

We work hard to make sure a strong environmental voice is heard in the New Brunswick print, radio and television media. Here are the latest stories Conservation Council staff have been called upon for expertise, analysis and commentary:

Nov. 15, 2020 — Watch our Executive Director, Lois Corbett, comment on New Brunswick’s poor performance in Efficiency Canada’s 2020 energy efficiency scorecard, and what the province should do to help New Brunswickers better deal with rising home energy costs. Watch the video from Global New Brunswick here (Corbett’s segment starts at 8:42).

Nov. 15, 2020 — Watch our Fundy Baykeeper, Matt Abbott’s fantastic Q&A with Charlotte County Television’s John Higgins LIVE. Matt talked about the importance of protecting our marine waters and how we are part of some inspiring projects to do just that, how climate change is affecting the Bay of Fundy and sustainable fisheries, and fielded some great questions from viewers. Check out the video on our Facebook page.

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