The Genius of Earth Day

Click for more infoThe genius of Earth Day : how a 1970 teach-in unexpectedly made the first green generation  by Adam Rome is a new book in our library which addresses the history of Earth Day and the environmental movement.  It describes the first-ever Earth Day in 1970 and how it has grown to be an inspiration to millions around the world.  It is a fascinating read.

Children Growing up Disconnected from Nature

David Suzuki was recently on CBC radio explaining how overprotective parenting and the lure of technology are resulting in an entire generation of children being disconnected from nature.  Suzuki believes that being in nature is good for all of us by promoting well-being, less stress and healthier immune systems.  And our kids benefit from “green time” as well.  Studies show that spending time in nature or green spaces helps reduce the symptoms of ADHD.  For more information, click here.

There’s a Buzz about Bees!

The European Union plans to restrict the use of three pesticides to protect bee populations.  Bees are critically important to the environment by providing pollination for a wide variety of crops and wild plants, thereby ensuring biodiversity.  In the past decade, beekeepers have noticed a steady decline in the bee population which could have dire long-term consequences for the environment.  This proposed ban by the EU of three neonicotinoid pesticides on plants and cereals that attract bees is welcome news to farmers, beekeepers and environmentalists.  To read more about it, click here.

flowers, cartoon, grass, insects, bees

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CSL Grown

On April 18, 2013, the City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled its food charter and action plan which will transform it into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec.

The action plan which was announced during a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library Complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, a farmer’s market, community gardens, as well as the distribution of food boxes.  To read more on the press conference, click here.

To read more about the action plan and food charter, click here.

 

Earth Day 2013

Come to the library to celebrate Earth Day and partake in our special events (see March 23 blog for details).

Also, take a look at our Reference island display featuring some of our library’s resources on the environment and consult our handout for useful links and a list of our most recent resources.  For more resources, search our on-line catalogue using such subjects as environmental protection, sustainability, recycling, ecology, pollution.

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Special Earth Day Events at our Library

There are some exciting free programs occurring at our library for Earth Day 2013.

On Sunday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m., Montreal-based author Taras Grescoe will discuss his book Straphanger : saving our cities and ourselves from the automobile.

Also on Sunday, April 21, from noon until 5 p.m., come to the library for an Eco Fair and learn all about the great eco-minded businesses and organizations in your area.

Celebrate Earth Day with the family at a screening of The Lorax on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m.  This is a free event, but registration is required.

For more information, consult our Programs and Events brochure Spring/Summer 2013.

HAVE FUN CELEBRATING EARTH DAY!!

Food for thought

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The seed underground : a growing revolution to save food by Janisse Ray (363.83 R263) is a fascinating new book which  discusses the loss of fruit and vegetable varieties and the genetically modified industrial monocultures being used today. It shares the author’s personal experiences growing, saving, and swapping seeds, and deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds.  With the current focus on agricultural trends, and especially urban agriculture, this is a timely and very relevant read.