Archive for ◊ July, 2009 ◊

• Thursday, July 30th, 2009

As our dinosaur powered transportation system sputters, and rusts back to the Earth, how are we going to get our food from the nearest farmer’s market back home?

bicycle trailer

Bicycle Trailer

How do we live without a car? Bike trailers!

Bike trailers are an excellent example of an old technology that will make a comeback. In fact, it already is making a comeback. One company in Arizona offers two different types of bike trailers.

• Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

What: Screening of “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”
Followed by a discussion on the impact of peak oil for Montreal.

Even if you have seen this film online or at another venue, please come and meet with other like-minded people to organize and plan for a future, sustainable Montreal!

Description: In the early 1990s, the Cuban population was faced with painful shortages of oil and other goods after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the U.S. embargo. What happened to Cuba at that time is not only a case study for what is in store for the rest of us on the down-slope of the fossil fuel era, but also an inspiring example of what communities can do to live a more localized, ecological and healthy society, even in the face of climate change and the current financial meltdown.

Film Preview:

When: Monday, July 27th at 7pm*
Main Film – Room 303 – 4067 Saint Laurent (just north of Duluth)
*This event can only accommodate a maximum of 40 people, so please get there early!

Cost: Free entrance – donations welcome.

For more information, contact:

• Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Buckminster Fuller gave us great inventions. The geodesic dome may be the greatest for it’s simplicity and utility.

In the years ahead, we will use many more of his ideas and put them to good use.

Source: Peak Moment TV

In Colorado it’s cold for much of the year, but inside this cozy dome greenhouse, the plants are growing happily. Take a grand tour with Buckhorn Gardens manager and permaculturist Breigh Peterson: the greenhouse structure with its interplay of light and water, warmth and air; curving raised beds of vegetables and flowers; fish tanks moderating the temperature; vertical trellises and shelves to use vertical space. Outdoors, a huge garden of row crops and a young orchard are complemented by free-roaming chickens and ducks.

For more info, or to visit the farm, see Buckhorn Gardens.

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• Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

(English will follow).

La coalition de la Jeunesse du Canada pour le Climat est sur le point d’organiser la première étape d’un événement historique : Powershift Canada. Après le succès de ce même événement aux Etats-Unis, avec la présence de plus de 12 000 personnes sur les plaines du Capitole, et les événements Powershift à venir en Australie et en Grande Bretagne, nous pensons qu’il est temps pour les Jeunes du Canada de rejoindre le mouvement global.

Du 21 au 23 Octobre 2009, plus d’une milliers de jeunes provenant de tous le pays se rassemblera Durant 2 jours pour participer à des ateliers fascinants et des sessions stratégiques dans la ville d’Ottawa (sur les plaines du Parlement) pour construire une journée pour faire pression en faveur de la cause environnementale.

C’est une énorme opportunité pour tous les Canadiens de se rassembler pour créer une transition dynamique et claire vers une Economie plus écologique. Le temps est venu d’organiser cet événement Powershift car la situation environnementale est critique. Notre rassemblement précèdera directement les négociations des Nations Unies sur le Climat qui aura lieu à Copenhague au mois de Décembre. La communauté internationale a le devoir de pousser les pays à réduire leur émission de gaz à effet de serre. Le Canada est bien connu pour être un acteur peu enthousiaste sur le front international et notre action a donc une double importance : Nous avons besoin d’une position clair sur la scène international dont nous pouvons être fier.

Nous vous invitons dès maintenant, que vous soyez une organisation ou des membres appartenant à des communautés à Montréal de venir rejoindre le mouvement Powershift! C’est en même très excitant et très important pour nous de commencer à nous rassembler afin de construire le meilleur mouvement possible, le plus vaste et le plus fort que ça soit dans le Canada et à Montréal.

Rejoignez nous à 18h30, Jeudi le 23 juillet à 3480 Rue McTavish (salle Lev Bukhman, 2e étage) pour une session d’information et de discussion, nous avons besoin de vous. RSVP à Amara ( À bientôt!


The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition is in the early stages of organizing a historic event called Power Shift Canada. After the success of Power Shift U.S., where over 12,000 youth united on Capitol Hill, and the soon to be Power Shift Australia and U.K., we think it is time for Canada’s own youth to join the global movement.

From October 21-23rd, 2009 over one thousand youth from across the country will come together for two days of awesome workshops and strategy sessions in Ottawa that will build to a revolutionary lobby day on Parliament Hill.

This is a great opportunity for Canadians of all backgrounds to come together to create a clear, dynamic transition to a Green Economy. The timing of Power Shift is critical. It directly precedes the UN climate negotiations taking place in December in Copenhagen where the international community must pull together a post-Kyoto deal on emission reductions. Canada has been a well-known laggard on the international front, which makes this action doubly important – we need an international stance we can be proud of.

We are inviting you, as well as other organizations and members of the community across Montreal to come out to join the Power Shift movement! This is an exciting and important time for us to start coming together, to build a bigger, better, stronger climate movement in Canada as well as here in Montreal.

Please join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 23 in the Lev Bukhman Conference Room (2nd floor) at 3480 McTavish St. for an information and discussion session. RSVP to Amara ( See you soon!

• Monday, July 13th, 2009

Learning how to make your own bread is empowering!

Marie-Lou is on the second of her series of workshops this upcoming Saturday with “How to Make Bread!”

When: Saturday, July 18th from 10am-2pm
Where: MUCS: 2000 Northcliffe #218, Montreal QC

Please bring an apron and something to tie your hair. Suggested donation of $3, which goes towards ingredients and use of the kitchen. You will get to leave with notes and a loaf of your own!

We hope to see you there!

Venez nous joindre pour un atelier sur comment faire du pain. Démonstration interactive, réponses aux questions, pages de notes fournies.

Quand? Samedi le 18 juillet, de 10h-14h
Ou? Chez MUCS, 2000 Northcliffe #218

Contribution suggérée de 3 $, pour les ingrédients et l’espace de la cuisine. Si possible, apportez un tablier et quelque chose pour attacher vos cheveux.

On espere vous voir!

• Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Instead of relying upon the state of California, the city of San Jose has taken it upon itself to become energy independent (Montreal politicians take notice).

Europe has already adopted this technology because it kills two birds with one stone: reducing the amount of organic waste that goes to landfills and renewable energy gets produced.

Why can’t Montreal do this?

Source: Red, Green and Blue

San Jose, CA – Achieving a goal of 100 percent energy independence is a little closer for San Jose thanks to a momentous move by the City Council today. The City Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop potential lease terms and guidelines for developing an organics-to energy bio-gas facility…

This project would also see the cooperation of GreenWaste and Harvest Power, Inc., a company that provides leading technology and project development capabilities for harnessing the renewable energy in organic waste.

The Zanker Road Biogas facility would be the first facility in the U.S. with the technology to turn organic waste into bio-gas, keeping San Jose at the forefront of clean technology innovations. The technology that would find its home at the San Jose facility would use a process known as dry anaerobic fermentation to generate renewable bio-gas and high-quality compost. This technology has already been made popular in Europe.

All of the existing anaerobic digestion systems in common use in the United States currently process wet waste. By contrast, the technology for the proposed Zanker Road Biogas would use the dry fermentation technology specifically designed to process the relatively dry organic waste found in the municipal solid waste stream which is difficult to recycle without extensive pre-processing and currently ends up in a landfill.

This anaerobic digestion system technology has been commercially demonstrated in Europe by BEKON Energy Technologies, which has built 12 facilities in Germany and Italy and has 13 additional facilities scheduled for construction in 2009.

“This project not only demonstrates San Jose’s leadership in the production of renewable energy but will help us meet the economic development, zero waste and energy goals of our city’s Green Vision,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

Tip of the Hat: Carolyn Baker

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• Friday, July 10th, 2009
Why can't Montrealers recycle batteries?

Why can't Montrealers recycle batteries?

Here’s one that really sticks in my craw, and it is courtesy of the same public official who prefers to promote the polluting car culture and ban wood stoves. How could it be that this man is responsible for Montreal’s Sustainability efforts?

I think DeSousa’s name should be changed to “DeSucksaLot”:

Source: Montreal Gazette

Montreal retailers got an unpleasant jolt this week when the city announced that its six Éco-centres would no longer accept dead batteries from local business owners.

Provincial law requires pharmacies, convenience stores and other retailers to come up with their own system to dispose of used batteries brought back by their customers, says Alan DeSousa, the city executive committee member responsible for sustainable development.

“It’s only reasonable that they be a part of the solution by being willing to take back the products and dispose of them properly themselves,” he said.

“We’re quite willing to take (batteries) on an individual basis, but when the city becomes the focus of an organized dump of these materials by businesses, the taxpayers bear the burden.”

Some merchants have complained the new rules may prompt more consumers to give up and toss their exhausted Energizers into the trash.

Despite public education campaigns, the provincial government estimates 94 per cent of batteries in Quebec are thrown out with the household waste. The batteries can contaminate landfills.

In addition to the six existing Éco-centres that accept hazardous waste, Montrealers can drop off batteries at borough halls, recreation centres and fire stations across the city, DeSousa said.

As for the small business owners, they’ll need to find a new method for dumping dead batteries, he said.

Tip of the hat:

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