Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Green Drinks September edition

Welcome back from summer for our first fall edition of Green Drinks! Please join us for an informal evening of networking and lively discussions about any green topic. With the upcoming election there should be lots to chat about.

Date: September 30th at 7pm
Where: Big Ben's Pub, 55 Rowan St, St. John's
Who: We are a group of people from diverse backgrounds with a common interest in the environment. Our events are open to everyone and we welcome new and returning members. 

Shortly after 7pm on the night of the event there will be a brief introduction and an overview of any potential new local issues. If you have an idea or something you'd like to bring to the group, please comment below in advance and we will mention your topic at the beginning.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Update for tonight's event

Due to interest from our members, we are taking Green Drinks to the Marine Institute for the "Bag It" film screening. That means we will be back at Bitters in August.

Join us tonight for the film and the talk. More details about the event are here.

See you there!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Upcoming events

We have two exciting events coming up, in blue and green!

Blue Drinks: Friday July 24, 7 pm at Bitters Pub, Memorial Campus, St. John's. Blue Drinks is a networking event for those interested in water resources. Come on out and check out a live-stream of other Blue Drinks events going on in Atlantic Canada at the same time. This is a special event hosted by a local group NAACAP, so don't miss it! For more info, check out the poster below and here.

Green Drinks: Wednesday July 29, 7 pm at Bitters Pub, Memorial Campus, St. John's. Join us for our regular Green Drinks happy hour.

Hope to see you at both events! Everyone welcome.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

What's new at Green Drinks: June Updates

1. The next Green Drinks event is Wednesday June 24.

Hosted by Green Rock EVS 
7 pm June 24
835 Topsail Road
Potluck style

This is a special one-off Green Drinks Event that will be at Green Rock EVS headquarters, not at Bitters as usual.

Come mingle with other fellow Green Drinkers in a relaxed and warm environment, potluck style. You will have the opportunity to look at some electric cars and bikes and chat about any other environmental issues. As always, people from all environmental backgrounds will be attending -- so this event is open to all, not just car buffs. It will be held as a potluck so please bring a snack to share. If you cannot bring a snack -- please join us anyway. All are welcome.

2. World Oceans Day is June 8. Oceans do a lot for us. They provide us with food, means for transportation, recreational opportunities and they are an endless source of wonder for the natural world. To celebrate World Oceans day there is a ton of events going on this weekend and next week. Check out the calendar of events here.

3. St. John's joins the Blue Dot movement. On Monday June 4th, the City of St. John's declared that its citizens have the right to a healthy environment.  Our city now joins 53 other cities that are part of the Blue Dot movement, started by the David Suzuki Foundation. We are the first city in Atlantic Canada to do so. Congratulations City of St. John's!

 Read the article in the Independent and see the full text of the declaration here:

Whereas the citizens of St. John’s have inherited a beautiful and unique natural heritage that attracts tourists and new residents and is worth preserving for future generations.

Whereas the City of St. John’s understands the City of St. John’s understands that people are part of the environment and that a healthy environment is inextricably linked to the well-being of our community.

Whereas the City of STJ has already taken many concrete actions to ensure safe water, beautiful open spaces, energy-efficient homes, clean streets, and well-planned development.

And whereas Canada is part of a very small and shrinking minortity of countries that has yet to formally recognize the right of its citizens to a healthy environment.

And whereas there is currently a growing national movement led by Canadian municipalities calling for the right to a healthy environment to be enshrined in the Canadian constitution.

And whereas 74,487 Canadians have joined their local movement and 53 municipal governments have passed declarations recognizing the right to fresh air, clean water and healthy food.

Therefore I, Dennis O’Keefe, Mayor of the City of St. John’s, declare on this, the first day of June, 2015, that the City of St. John’s believes in the right of our residents to live in a healthy environment and call upon our provincial and federal governments to ensure the right to a healthy environment in the Canadian constitution.

Monday, 11 May 2015

THIS WEEK--A Hike & Opportunity to Serve NLEN

Last Green Drinks, Sheridan Thompson joined us.  She leads the Newfoundland & Labrador Environment Network (NLEN).  The group is sponsoring a hike this Friday and, more pressing, is looking for new members for their Steering Committee.  Here's what she said:

I really wanted to thank you for your interest in NLEN and sure hope you can make the upcoming AGM - Friday, May 15th, 2 pm, Botanical Gardens.  We are also looking for solid Steering Committee as we have some funding and I could use the support as Coordinator and Project Lead.  Eh hem, we could use a liaison with NAACAP ;)  Anyhoo...see our AGM info below, and if you are interested in receiving our e-update, please go here, scroll down the page and input your email in the box to the right.
Thanks again - looking forward to meeting you again soon!
NLEN Coastal Hike and AGM – May 15th

MUN Botanical Garden, St. John's

On May 15th, 2015 NLEN will be having a outdoor hiking workshop incorporating our projects in changing coastlines and experiential education with our AGM this year.  The first half of the day we invite member groups to come learn about our project for 2015 and hopefully share some of the programs and projects they intend to invest their time into.
9 AM – Meet at Middle Cove.  Hike North and learn about strata layers, glaciation, and storm impact on Newfoundland coastlines.  Contact for carpool
10:00 AM – Break with snack and reflection period – let us know what you learned by writing, or art
10:30 AM – Hike back to Middle Cove
11:30 PM – Marine debris identification and count.  We will have a discussion on what types of marine debris can be found on different parts of Newfoundlands coast
12:30 PM – Drive to MUN Botanical Gardens
1 PM – Soup and bread for lunch ( a vegetarian choice will be provided)
2 PM – NLEN 2015 AGM
The hike and lunch is free to one member of each NLEN Member Group.  For additional participants and non-member participants registration fee is $20.
2 PM AGM is open to all who are interested.
For registration or more information, please contact: or 709.746.6828