Tuesday, 30 September 2014

An environmental video you must watch!

Here's is a great video of some of the leaders and prominent contributors to the march on New York.  I think it paints a very clear picture of where we are in addressing climate change.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Green Drinks tomorrow

So we're all set for our July Green Drinks tomorrow (Wednesday) 7 pm at Bitters.  Hope to see you there.

 After tomorrow, I will no longer be "running" Green Drinks.  Krista will be "taking over," though I'm sure she would welcome the support and participation of anyone else who would like to be more involved.  I appreciate her enthusiasm for Green Drinks.  And of course, I appreciate the opportunity to get to know each of you who have come.  I look forward to more opportunities to do so, as we continue to grow our green community.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Tree of Life trip set; Green Drinks on the 30th

All the RSVP's for the Tree of Life are in, so we're all set.  Thanks to all who are going.

Then on the 30th, we've got our regular Green Drinks at Bitters, of course.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Tree of Life in 2 weeks; Green Drinks in 3 1/2

On the 19th, we're going to the Tree of Life.  Most will stay overnight, though it's not strictly required.  There's no drinking or drugs there.  And each of us need to be prepared to pack some food--potluck style.  Most importantly, please RSVP in the next week, and then read their handbook.

Also, July's Green Drinks is on the 30th at Bitters.

Now check out the latest edition of Solar PV TV, written by a friend of mine.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Green Drinks in a month & the Tree of Life on the 19th

July Green Drinks is on the 30th, as always at Bitters.  (Regarding the "as always" part, I have communicated directly with Bitters' manager, who has assured me our future meeting won't be competing with pub quizzes.)  Prior to that, we're going to the Tree of Life on the 19th.  FYI--the Tree of Life offers private rooms in their bunkhouse, so we won't all be stacked on top of each on bunk beds.  And just a reminder--no drinking or drugs at the Tree of Life.

On the 30th, John of Green Rock Electric Vehicle Solutions will be joining us.  So apropos of that, here's a video demonstrating what's possible.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Recycling 2.0 & A Month Away from the Tree of Life

One of my goals this summer was to get a new bike and resume my habit of biking to work.  Of course, I had to do something with the rustbucket that was my old bike, and I wasn't finding many good options.  Then I heard a snippet on CBC about the Read-to-Ride program.  Read-to-Ride takes bikes that would've ended in the dump, delivers them to the local prison, where inmates completely refurbish them.  Then the like-new bikes are used as incentives for kids to meet certain literacy goals.  So I was stoked.  After checking, I learned that it's run by the owners of Long's Hill Convenience store.
So on my way there today, I ran into my friend and neighbor, Chris, and saw he was about to dispose of a bike.  I told him about the program, so each of us brought in a bike.  The program doesn't have a web site, but you can email them at readtoride@nf.aibn.com .  Basically, just drop your old bikes off at the convenience store.

Last Green Drinks, conversation veered into re-using pasta sauce jars.  For quite a while, I've been cleaning them up and using them for all kinds of purposes, like storing bulk foods.
However, as useful as they are, the empty jars can start to pile up, but again, I didn't want to throw them away.  Last week, I was at the Railway Coastal Museum and noticed they're collecting them for the Lantern Festival.  Then after a wee bit of googling, I learned the whole festival is collecting them.  So quit your trashing or your hording and drop off those bad boys!

We're a month away from our trip to the Tree of Life on July 19th.  The people there have confirmed the date with us.  Check out the specifics on the facebook event.  Most will be spending the night, but that's not strictly necessary.  However, we do need an RSVP.  It should be a great time. 

July Green Drinks is a week and a half after that.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Car Sharing, Field Trips, and Rick Rolling


With each Green Drinks, I feel more and more like we're really arriving at a critical mass of engaged members, and last Wednesday was no exception.  We had a great discussion that went on until 10 pm, and there was the feeling it could have gone longer.  Here are some highlights:

Did you know that several local people are trying to start a car-sharing co-op? It's true--CarShare NL.  We were visited by team members, Sharon and Scott.  I've long thought St. John's is a perfect fit for a car-sharing program.  So do like their facebook page to engage and learn more.

And we've got two solid plans for field trips:

This Wednesday (June 4th) at 2:30 pm we're going on a tour of Robin Hood Bay recycling facility.  Contact Corinna to go.  Click here and scroll down to see her post.

On July 19th at 8 am we're going to the Tree of Life, an intentional community in St. Mary's.  (Pending the Tree of Life's approval.  They had provided me a list of available dates, including the 19th, but they have yet to confirm our choice.)  Some of us will spend the night; some will return before night fall.  You must RSVP if you intend to come; overnight visitors are limited to 10.  And everyone must review their handbook.  One key point--no drinking or drugs there (including black tar heroine). 

As great as last Wednesday was, it wasn't perfect.  For the second consecutive time, an unscheduled pub quiz occurred, providing a less-than-ideal environment for our otherwise scintillating conversation.  Perhaps the low point was when the quiz started playing music videos, including Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."  That's right--we got Rick Rolled!  (I do believe that's a historic first for a Green Drinks chapter anywhere.)  What's Rick Rolling, you ask?  Enjoy the following Star Wars clip for a sense of it.

As much as I've loved Bitters as our home base, I'm unhappy with the impromptu nature of these conflicts.  I'm going to contact the manager to get his assistance on this matter.