Right to a Healthy Environment

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Across Canada communities are coming together to request their local leaders make municipal declarations in support of their citizens rights to a healthy environment (R2HE).  The momentum behind this grassroots movement has come from two longstanding environmental advocacy groups – EcoJustice and the David Suzuki Foundation.

In Whistler, AWARE was asked by a number of it’s members to propose to Mayor and Council that they make a make a declaration in line with the principles of R2HE.  On December 10th we did just that and issued a letter and an accompanying information package to Mayor and Council for their consideration.

To read the letter and get background information on the R2HE campaign click here: AWARE_Dec_Env_Rights.  Council will consider our recommendations at the first council meeting of the 2015 year.

Want to help?  Sign up in support of Canadian citizens Right to a Health Environment and support the integration of these rights in the Canadian Charter.  Every signature counts.  Sign here.

Whistler Kids Chance to be Bear Champions!

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The AWARE Kids Nature Club has a special opportunity to partner with the Get Bear Smart Society to create a short video of Whistler kids sharing their knowledge and appreciation for Whistler bears to produce a five-minute educational video on what it is like to be a kid growing up in bear country. Through being involved kids will be able to inspire others of all ages and in other communities to be bear smart.

The video will explore kids experiences with bears. What are their bear stories? What Bear Smart things do they do in their everyday lives? How do they feel about what is happening to bears in Whistler?

AWARE Kids Club leader Julie Burrows will lead the discussion on bears and kids can learn what the bears are doing as they get ready for hibernation. There will be the usual interactive learning as well as some short educational videos from Get Bear Smart.


Filming Details:

Filming will take place on Sunday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Whistler Library. The video will be owned and used by the Get Bear Smart Society. The video will be housed on the GetBearSmartTV Youtube channel and shared on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

The video production team includes Sylvia Dolson, the Executive Director for the Get Bear Smart Society, Ian Dunsmore, station manager and videographer for Shaw TV, and Nicole Fitzgerald, former producer and host for Shaw TV now turned full-time mom. Nicole has previously produced a half hour film with 30 children from Spring Creek for the Whistler Museum and worked with half a dozen children from the Lil’wat Nation to produce a short film for the Whistler Film Festival.

We hope your family will be interested in participating in this fun and educational day. Parental consent forms will be sent out to those who wish to participate so registration is required. If interested, please contact Nicole at Nicole.fitzgerald@yahoo.ca and she is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

About The AWARE Kids Nature Club:
The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club has been educating local and visiting youth about all things environmental since 2007. The Nature Club is held on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 11:30am (except December) at the Whistler Public Library.

These free sessions are focused on encouraging learning through fun interactive activities and are open to all but are mainly intended for kids aged 5 -11 (all kids must be accompanied by a parent).

The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club would not be possible without the support of the Whistler Public Library, Regional Recycling and the volunteers who run the club.

For more information regarding the AWARE Kid’s Nature Club please contact us via e-mail: info at awarewhistler.org

Donate to childcare at All Candidates Meeting

Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE, is seeking donations to help support childcare at the upcoming All Candidates Meeting in Whistler, focused on the Environment and Sustainability.

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Click Here For Details and to register your child.

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Simplify Life: AWARE’s First All Female Clothing Swap & Shop

October 27th, 6 – 9 PM @ Nicklaus North

All proceeds go to AWARE, Whistler’s Environmental Charity since 1989.

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Entry Fee:

$ 10 with swappable clothing

$ 15 empty handed

$ 30 rent a table in our Vendor’s Lounge, whether you are a local artist or someone with goods too deeply loved to give away.

SWAP:

Bring clothes you no longer love, and swap them for something you adore!

Halloween costumes welcome!

SALE:

Separate from our swap, we will showcase a sale section featuring local artisans, wine, and local ladies with wardrobes too well loved to merely give away. To rent a $30 table in the vendors lounge e-mail info@awarewhistler.org before Oct. 25th.

All clothes which remain after the swap will be donated to Dress for Success and the Whistler Re-Use-It Centre.

Dress for Success is a charity empowering women into the work force.  The Re-Use-It Centre is a non-profit whose proceeds fuel Whistler’s social programs and efforts keep tonnes of waste out of the landfill annually.

All Candidates Meeting: Environment & Sustainability

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The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE), Whistler Centre for Sustainability (WCS) and the Whistler Public Library have come together to host an All Candidates Meeting (ACM) for the upcoming local elections.  The topic will be ‘Environment & Sustainability’, allowing candidates to highlight their personal priorities from a wide array of local, national and global issues.  The meeting will take place at Whistler Public Library on October 28th, at 7pm.

The format for the ACM will be consistent with previous years, with candidates being given an allotted timeframe in which to share their priorities, expertise and background around the ACM agenda.  Following candidate presentations the floor will be opened to public Q&A which will run until the close of the meeting.  An informal opportunity to connect with candidates will then be provided through an invitation to drinks at the Brickworks pub, directly opposite the Whistler Library.

Prior to the Environment and Sustainability ACM candidates will be asked to complete an online survey with questions posed by AWARE and WCS.  The survey allows the views of each candidate to be shared across a wide range of local issues at the forefront of the environmental and sustainability agendas.  Candidates will have until October 24th at 5pm to complete the online survey, and results will be available from the 25th onwards on awarewhistler.org and will be posted at the All Candidates Meeting on the 28th.
In the interests of removing barriers for individuals to be involved in public process, childcare will be freely available at the All Candidates Meeting.   Pre-registration is required for childcare and the deadline for registration is 5pm on Sunday Oct. 26th – To register click here.

Crafty By Nature + Envirofest Join For A Day Of Outdoor Fun

AWRE459_CraftyByNature_Poster_HRA day of nature crafts, live music, food and fun… Celebrate the Whistler environment with AWARE on Sunday, August 31st as Crafty by Nature and the RMOW’s EnviroFest come together at Rebagliati Park.

Guiltlessly gorge on vegan sliders and vote for a victor as the Four Seasons, Whistler Blackcomb, The Naked Sprout and Gardein go head to head in Whistler’s inaugural Vegan BBQ Championship!  Live music by Brother Twang and the Sociables will keep your toes tapping, as old skool games such as potato sack racing, horseshoes and three legged sprints will bring you back in time to the original play station!

Surrounding the park, nature craft workshops will teach you how to build bird and bat houses, weave, create nature inspired jewellery and make your very own paper.   All ages are welcome to join in the festivities and celebrate AWARE’s 25th Anniversary year!

Local environmental non-profits will join in on the fun and allow you to connect more deeply with your surroundings and the outstanding work they have been doing on behalf of our natural environment. Become bear wise with Get Bear Smart and C2C Grizzly Bear Initiative, appreciate your breath with the Sea to Sky Clean Air Society, learn about your food’s life cycle with Sea to Sky Soils, the AWARE Zero Waste Station, and Earthsave Whistler, and identify local plants and creatures with Whistler Naturalists and the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council.

For more details click here!

July Green Talk: What does the future hold for Howe Sound?

Howe Sound is North Americas southernmost fjord, beautiful and wild yet easily accessed from Vancouver or Whistler in 30 minutes. With a history of industrial mismanagement the Sound was ecologically devastated. After decades of restoration and in excess of $46 million dollars of taxpayer money, the Sound has seen an ecological renaissance, culminating with the return of Orcas.

Yet even with this history the Sound is being slated as the site for over 10 separate commercial and residential development proposals. In AWARE’s July 2nd Green Talk the case will be made for assessment of the potential cumulative effect of so much development in this unique area.

Guest presenter Eoin Finn has been a key advocate for the endorsement of a cumulative effects assessment and has presented the need for this to citizen groups, organizations and local and regional governments. Eoin will give an overview of the various development proposals on the table, explore impacts such as increased tanker traffic and will provide detail around some of the developments already undertaking community consultation, such as the Woodfibre LNG proposal.

AWARE has also invited Tracey Saxby of My Sea to Sky who will be detailing the environmental impact assessment processes specific to the industrial developments.

Development of the Sound could have real impacts for tourism and therefore Whistler. We hope that dedicating our upcoming Green Talk to the issue will add support to the various groups currently working to raise awareness and provide an engagement opportunity for our members and Whistlerites.

About Eoin Finn:

Eoin Finn grew up in Ireland and moved to Canada to attend graduate school in 1968. He is retired, having been a Partner in the Accounting / Consulting firm KPMG. A seasonal resident of Bowyer Island in Howe Sound for the past 30 years, and the father to two marine biologist daughters, he is thrilled by the return of the orcas, dolphins, herring and salmon to Howe Sound. Eoin holds Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry and an MBA in International Business.

No need for the rainy day blues

The forecast may be for a rainy weekend but the kids are all right because there is lots of fun to be had at the AWARE Kids Nature Club…

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The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club has been educating local and visiting youth about all things environmental since 2007. The Nature Club is held on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 11:30am at the Whistler Public Library.

These free sessions are focused on encouraging learning through fun interactive activities and are open to all but are mainly intended for kids aged 4-12 (all kids must be accompanied by a parent).

The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club would not be possible without the support of the Whistler Public Library, Regional Recycling and the volunteers who run the club.

For more information regarding the AWARE Kid’s Nature Club please contact us via e-mail: info@awarewhistler.org or the contact form on this site.

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) strives to improve the quality of life in Whistler and surrounding areas, protect and restore the natural heritage and maintain our resources and ecosystems, and achieve environmental sustainability through community education and advocacy.