Contact Names Promised at the Addicted to Plastic film, Grey Cup Sunday.

BSI Biodegradable Solutions 6826 Adera Street Vancouver, BC
This company manufactures food packaging products such as biodegradable cellulose bags that are well suited to food packaging. They are made from non-rain forest tree farm trees.

Non-toxic, biodegradable houshold items ….’Profit with Principle’…

Lindy Iversen

Reflections on Addicted to Plastic

Four tweens sat in the front row of Addicted to Plastic; the film that was on screen at Meaford Hall, Grey Cup Sunday.
The movie was a well presented documentary on the global environmental damage of plastic. It went well beyond our common knowledge that plastic isn’t biodegradable and therefore lasts forever.

Professor Frederick vom Saal, a biologist at the University of Missouri says that in parts per trillion a certain chemical that is in plastic can disrupt the exquisitely sensitive gift that is life. This disruption leaves us and other mammals with reduced potential to procreate and increased potential for breast or prostate cancer.

It was no Disney movie.

The film Free Willy seems benign in comparison to the plight of plankton eating fish and whales. While feeding, they eat massively more little balls of plastic than plankton, their source of food and life.

How do parents talk to their kids after a film like this? How do they explain that so much damaging environmental degradation goes on because of greed and convenience?

The purpose of the Film for Thought series presented by Transition Meaford isn’t to give children nightmares or paralyze adults. The goal is to spark collective action that will remove road blocks to a healthier community and planet.

The film documented other people and communities around the globe taking action.

Arising out of the ‘open mike’ session at the end of the film was the suggestion to create a plastic film collection & recycling pilot project. Several movie goers stepped up to be part of an ad hoc team to move this idea forward.

Watch for future invitations to participate.

If we all do our part maybe when the children of these tweens go to the movies they won’t have to watch a horror show!

Lindy Iversen

Films for Thought – Winter 2012-2013

Brought to you by Transition Meaford. Same time same place:
Sundays at Meaford Hall at 1pm.
Price: $7 adults, $2 students.
Dates: October 28th, November 25th, January 20th, February 24th, March 24th, May 5th

Films for Thought environmental movie series in Meaford

Films for Thought in Meaford Hall

Contact: 1-877-538-0463

UPDATE: The movie Biophilic Design will be shown on Sunday, May 5th at 1pm.

Films for Thought; environmental and social justice series at Meaford Hall is on track for October 2012

It was a pleasure to see the article entitled Meaford Landscape Designer Awarded Contract in The Meaford Independent.

It suggested that the Films for Thought; environmental and social justice series at Meaford Hall is on track.

The series is starting a second run of 6 documentaries, from October 2012 to April 2013, all designed to spark discussion around the issues of healthy humans integrated with a healthy planet.

Thomas Dean shares on his web site that his years of life experience “are drawn upon in my approach to design challenges, along with a profound respect for the natural world and the opportunities, in our lives and our work, to sustain and protect and celebrate biodiversity.”
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Urban Roots in Meaford Hall

Urban Roots was on the big screen at Meaford Hall, Sunday past. It documented the revival of community and hope that grew out of the shocking impact of the food desert left in the wake of Detroit’s post-industrial economy.

Corporations, now seeing an opportunity, want to ‘urban farm’ for profit; oblivious to the companion need to strengthen the social fabric of community through farming activities.

No longer ‘flying under the radar’, Detroit Urban Planners will be required to make decisions that accommodate this 21st century, post-industrial phenomenon.
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Richmond B.C. to become a GE Free Zone

Richmond, BC: Richmond City Council voted unanimously to make Richmond a GE crop and GE tree free zone. Congratulations to local community organizers and CBAN Member GE Free BC on this tremendous outcome from years of hard work.

Richmond City Council takes a stand against genetically engineered crops
Richmond, British Columbia, 22nd May 2012
Press release

The Richmond Food Security Society and the Society for a Genetically Free (GE) BC would like to warmly congratulate Richmond City Council on its courageous stand against GE crops and trees at its General Meeting on the 22nd May.

The two Societies introduced a resolution asking Richmond to become a GE free crop zone. At its General Purposes Meeting, Richmond Councillors unanimously supported the idea, as well as the need for mandatory labelling of GE crops, and more public education.
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Films for Thought feedback

The big question was posed at the Power of Community presentation at Meaford Hall Sunday past.
The film explored how the island nation of Cuba rose to the challenge and thrived through collective effort after their oil supply was cut off due to the collapse of the USSR.

The big question is “Can we change; live with less and be happy & healthy before we are forced, like the Cubans to deal with a life or death national crisis?”

The short answer is, no one knows.
The hopeful answer is yes, because we have already begun the process of social change.

Daniel Taylor of Future Generations said “Change happens because of how we invest our human energy, and it always has since we came down from the trees. Everyone has a margin of discretionary energy – that isn’t used up by making their way in the world. That’s the energy that’s available for social change. If you can get a whole community to start focusing their energy together, building on success, just as business builds on successful products, then you get social change.”
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Meaford Bee & Butterfly Habitat Initiative

Bee and Butterfly HabitatBee populations in North America and throughout the world have been in dramatic decline for the past several years. It is impossible to overestimate just how valuable bees and other pollinators are to our food supply and to biodiversity in general. Our mission is to do whatever we can to provide sanctuary and support to our pollinator species throughout our community.

The Issue:

Our native wild bees, along with honeybees across North America, are literally disappearing in mass numbers. Some species have disappeared entirely, and others are listed as threatened or endangered.

In Ontario, the winter of 2007 saw the province’s 150-250 apiarists lose about 23,000 of their 76,000 hives, representing a $5 million dollar setback in honey production alone. Our native solitary bees (there are over 400 species in Ontario) are in similar decline. Continue reading

Seed sale and exchange

Support our local growers by taking advantage of this great opportunity to revitalize your gardens.

Sunday May 20th , The Market (at the EcoInhabit barn) is hosting its first annual seed/seedling sale and exchange. We are happy to be partnering with Mike (Kolapore Gardens), Kimberly (Free Spirit Gardens), Anastasia (Beaver Valley Flower Farm) and Jennifer Pittet to offer some unique native plants, herbs, fruit and veg.

If you have plants you would like to exchange, bring them along to swap with others.

We will get things rolling around 10am and see where the day takes us.

Hope you can join us!

Jan Singbeil
121 Old Highway #26
Meaford, ON N4L 1W7

Time to Spring Clean Your Soul

Spring is in the air at last and with it comes renewed energy for change. That ‘out with the old, in with the new’ spirit seems to grip us at this time of year.

It leads us to purge our stuff and hold yard sales. We open all the windows to exchange the stale air left over from winter for the fresh oxygen of spring. We get active and engaged in our community again, eager to shake off hibernation’s sluggish hold.

This need for change seems to be on a global scale as well. All over the world there is political upheaval and unprecedented citizen engagement. There is a great pushing back against the old ways of doing things. Citizens of France and Greece have rejected governments who call for harsh austerity programs aimed primarily at working people.
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