Earth Day 2012

Sunday, April 22 was Earth Day, a day when more than one billion people around the globe participated in Earth Day events voicing their appreciation for the planet and demanding its protection.  This year Côte Saint-Luc added its voice to the multitude by holding is own Earth Day event, a lecture by the renowned scientist andMcGillUniversityprofessor, Dr. Lawrence Mysak.  A special Earth Day story time and activity took place simultaneously in the Children’s Library.  In addition, St. Viateur sponsored a delicious breakfast of bagels and cream cheese.

TD Bank ChequePresentation

 

Before Dr. Mysak took to the stage, Lisa Morin, the manager of TD Canada Trust Cavendish Mall was on hand to present the library an award from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  The Library had a applied for a grant for a project titled The Eco Café : a Library Driven Initiative Towards a Sustainable Future.  The grant proposal outlined the following initiatives:

  • To offer a variety of programs and books to both adults and children that emphasized environmental education
  • To create an information centre where pamphlets and other brochures could be displayed
  • To create a library eco blog where information could be disseminated
  • To create an indoor community herb garden

All these initiatives will take place in the newly reopened library café.

After the presentation, Councillor Dida Berku introduced Dr. Mysak.  His talk was entitled Climate change: Where On Earth Are We Going?  Dr. Mysak explained climate change to the audience in a way that was easy to understand.

  • There is a layer of insulation in our atmosphere that protects the earth from too much radiation.   Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most important gas in this layer of insulation.
  • We  release CO2 into the atmosphere naturally but also through activities such as burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and cutting down trees. As a result, today’s atmosphere contains 32 per cent more carbon dioxide than it did at the start of the industrial era.
  • We have released so much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases  that our planet’s atmosphere is now like a thick, heat-trapping blanket. By disrupting the atmospheric balance that keeps the climate stable, we are now seeing extreme effects around the globe. It’s like a thermostat that’s gone haywire — it just doesn’t work the way it should. The result: the climate changes, and it gets warmer. Extreme weather events also become more common.

It certainly didn’t feel like global warming that freezing cold Sunday morning, but I am sure for those of us who bravely came out, the lecture proved interesting and enlightening.

Local Food

Locally grown food is better for your health, better for the environment, and the right choice to support Quebec farmers.

1. Fruits and Vegetables in Season

The first step to eating local in Montreal is finding out what grows when in the area. Montreal — and most of the province of Quebec — is lucky to have access to fresh homegrown produce year round! Consult this list of Quebec grown fruits and vegetables categorized by seasonal availability as you shop for groceries. And remember, when produce is in season, not only does it taste better, it’s cheaper.

2. Montreal Public Markets

Public markets in Montreal have a wide selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables from Quebec, maple products, cheeses and much more.

The selection at Jean-Talon Market, as well as Atwater Market, is exceptional.

3. Organic Food Baskets: Join a CSA

One of the most affordable ways to eat top-grade, locally grown organic fruits, vegetables, free range meat, eggs and more fresh from the farm is to join community supported agriculture, better known as CSA. Currently, the Québec CSA network has just over 100 participating farms, with over 8,500 participating households. The aim is to support the development of Québec’s organic farms and make their produce more accessible.

You can become a partner with a farm by purchasing a share of the harvest in advance. Once a week farms deliver baskets of vegetables to drop-off points during the summer and fall seasons.

There are 3 farms that currently deliver in the area:

Ferme Mange Tout :
Drop off: Coop La Maison Verte 5785,Sherbrooke Street West

Arlington Gardens:
Drop off: Montreal West Town Hall Parking Lot 50 Westminster South Avenue

Coming to CSL – Sign up flyer

Lufa farms:
Drop off: English Montreal School Board, 6000 rue Fielding.

Contact them to find out how you can receive your basket of weekly vegetables.  If you would be interested in having a drop off point in Côte Saint-Luc, please let us know.

To find out more about local foods:

http://www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/socialresponsibility/localfoods/

The following is a great selection of books on the buying, cooking and eating local food.

The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local FoodThe 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local EatingBringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

The Art and Soul of Local, Sustainable CuisineGrub: Ideas for an Urban Organic KitchenThe Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes From Farm to Table

Locavore: From Farmers' Fields to Rooftop Gardens - How Canadians Are Changing the Way We EatRip From Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live)The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food

 

Welcome to the CSL Green Blog

Côte Saint-Luc is going green and the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library wants to help you get there.  Whether you are looking for new books on environmental topics such as global warming, recycling, water conservation, or local food; CSL as well as Montreal environmental initiatives, library programs with an environmental theme, interesting articles or news stories, and practical information on how to go green, we hope you will find what you are looking for here.