• Les élèves du Nouveau-Brunswick ont tendance à prendre connaissance d’importants évènements scientifiques ou d’activités scientifiques complexes en étudiant ce qui se passe aux États‑Unis ou dans les forêts tropicales du Brésil. La Réserve de biosphère de Fundy veut changer cela.

    Nous sommes donc fiers de présenter Climate Change in Atlantic Canada.
  • Free Videos and Lesson Plans About Climate Change in Atlantic Canada!

    (For use in middle and high school classrooms in New Brunswick.)

    Students learn about climate change from experts and locals with decades of first-hand experience (such as beekeepers, farmers, snowplow drivers, fishers, gardeners, and First Nations elders). 

    View the classroom materials here: http://www.fundy-biosphere.ca/en/projects-and-initiatives/education.html

    Schools can request a free presentation and training session for their teachers by Fundy Biosphere staff on how to use the education materials in their classrooms.

    Contact Megan de Graaf by email at info@fundy-biosphere.ca.

    Book your training session before March 31st 2016!

  • Vidéos et plans de leçons gratuits sur les changements climatiques

    (Adaptés au curriculum des écoles secondaires du Nouveau-Brunswick.)

    Les élèves apprennent sur les changements climatiques par le biais d’observations de la nature faites par des experts et citoyens locaux ayant beaucoup de connaissances sur le climat local (apiculteurs, agriculteurs, conducteurs de chasse-neige, pêcheurs, jardiniers et aînés des Premières Nations). 

    Accédez au matériel pédagogique ici : http://www.fundy-biosphere.ca/fr/projets/sensibilisation.html

    Les écoles peuvent demander une présentation et session de formation gratuite pour leurs enseignants offerte par le personnel de Réserve de biosphère de Fundy, afin d’apprendre comment utiliser ces ressources dans leurs salles de classe.  

    Veuillez contacter Megan de Graaf par courriel à info@fundy-biosphere.ca.

    Réservez votre formation avant le 31 mars 2016 !

    NOTEZ BIEN: CE MATÉRIEL EST DISPONIBLE EN ANGLAIS SEULEMENT POUR L'INSTANT.



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    La décennie des Nations Unies pour l’éducation en vue du développement durable (ÉDD) se terminera l’année prochaine. Qu’avons-nous accompli au Canada pour soutenir cette décennie? Quels défis avons-nous affrontés? Et vers quoi dirigeons-nous? Ce sont les questions qui ont encadré les discussions de l’atelier national sur l’ÉDD à laquelle j’ai participé récemment à la réunion annuelle de la commission canadienne de l’UNESCO. En général, l’atelier a permis des discussions intéressantes bien qu’à mon avis ce fut un peu trop d’écoutes de nos propres propos et pas assez d’actions concrètes.

    Peut-être parmi les commentaires des plus aptes à susciter la réflexion que j’ai entendue concernaient les meilleures définitions de l’ÉDD, souvent appelée éducation à la viabilité ici au NB. La voici : l’ÉDD consiste à trouver le type d’avenir que nous souhaitons et puis à préparer les gens avec les compétences, les connaissances et les valeurs dont ils auront besoin pour faire de ce futur une réalité.

    L’atelier m’a aidé à réfléchir aux diverses initiatives en ÉDD au Nouveau-Brunswick par rapport aux priorités internationales et celles des autres provinces. L’UNESCO a préparé trois priorités pour ÉDD internationale; celles-ci ont été adoptées au Manitoba. Devrions-nous au Nouveau-Brunswick nous concentrer aussi sur ces mêmes priorités? Ces priorités sont les suivantes :

    • Dans toutes les écoles un plan en ÉDD ou sur la viabilité d’ici 2015;
    • Les facultés d’éducation incorporent l’ÉDD dans leurs programmes d’éducations des enseignants; et
    • La formation professionnelle (p. e. dans les collèges communautaires) réoriente sa programmation pour nous aider à transformer notre « économie brune » en « économie verte ».

    Des recherches entreprises dans plusieurs pays pourraient aider notre cause dans la province. Nous, « les convaincus » savons que l’ÉDD améliore la qualité de l’éducation. Toutefois, des recherches sont nécessaires pour convaincre les « non-croyants ». Ces recherchent sont entreprises par un certain nombre de pays qui travaillent en collaboration pour explorer les liens entre l’ÉDD et la qualité de l’éducation et pour trouver des données qualitatives et quantitatives pour démontrer cette relations.

    Vingt-neuf représentants d’organisations canadiennes ont participé à cet atelier. Le rapport officiel se trouve ici.

  • Falls Brook Centre as you know is a registered charity and demonstration centre, committed to finding and promoting practical solutions to today's sustainability challenges. We are dedicated to the goals of inspiring people to work together using environmentally sound practices to create thriving local communities. What does this look like? Highlighting local economies, renewable energy options, and economically and ecologically sound land management techniques that work on the quarter-acre to 5,000 acre scales. On the ground, this is all about education aimed at all ages and addresses. If this sounds like something you could be a part of, I encourage you to visit our website and social media pages and consider becoming a Board member to make a real difference in the lives of New Brunswickers.

    http://fallsbrookcentre.ca/wp/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/

  • Fim Screenings
    The Conservation Council is hosting a pair of film screenings with award-winning independent filmmaker Neal Livingston on June 12 and June 13, including the 40th anniversary screening of Budworks, a film about the controversial, decades-long budworm spraying program in New Brunswick that was featured in Rachel Carson’s seminal book, Silent Spring.

    Watch Budworks (1978 – 35 minutes) with filmmaker Neal Livingston at Conserver House (180 St. John St., Fredericton) on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

    The next night (Wednesday, June 13), Livingston will screen his latest film, 100 Short Stories (2016 – 68:30 minutes), an inspiring film about the struggle against gas fracking and renewable energy in Cape Breton, at Conserver House at 7 p.m.

    Admission to each film is by donation. Livingston will be on hand for discussion following each film.

    Budworks screengrab

    Budworks takes an in-depth look at the politics and environmental decision-making surrounding New Brunswick’s controversial aerial insecticide spraying program which began in the 1950s and ran for decades, and how spraying was stopped in Cape Breton with the lead activist being a young activist Elizabeth May.  An important part of New Brunswick’s history, the film explores the role of government and community activists, and examines the economic and health impacts of aerial insecticide spraying. It was featured in “What’s Happening?”— a weekly series of new films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1978.

    100 Short Stories
     is a first-person account of the years-long struggle to develop Black River Wind’s renewable energy project while the community of Inverness County worked to stop oil and gas drilling and fracking on Cape Breton Island. With a focus on eco-activism and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada, the film explores energy policy, governance and regional culture in Nova Scotia. Premiering in Halifax in 2016, the film has received wide recognition, including the 2017 Energy Award at Cinema Verde in Gainesville, Florida, and presentations at the Planet in Focus Festival 2016 in Toronto, and the Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary in Turkey 2017.

    Neal Livingston has been making films for more than 40 years. He lives in the Mabou Inverness area on Cape Breton Island, where he also makes art, runs a renewable energy business, is an active woodlot owner and runs a commercial maple syrup farm.

    Film screenings CCNB 1
  • NB Groups Want The Provincial Government To Heed Their Message
    For Immediate Release
    September 16, 2011

    Moncton -- On Saturday, September 17, the anti-shale gas network of citizens have planned
    another march for New Brunswickers to say “NO!” to shale gas in the downtown core of
    Moncton.

    More than 2 dozen groups from around the province, from places like Cornhill, Sackville,
    Taymouth and Hampton, recently announced the network they’ve formed to stop shale gas
    development in New Brunswick, and their next step is to hold another rally to continue sending
    their message to the provincial government that the shale gas industry is not welcome here.

    This grassroots movement has committed itself to informing their fellow New Brunswickers of
    the dangers of shale gas. “It’s shameful that our government has not honestly engaged and
    informed its citizens of the dangers of this industry,” says Debra Hopper, a spokesperson for Our
    Environment, Our Choice, Notre Environnement, Notre Choix. “We have an intelligent group
    here. We have done our homework; now the government needs to do the same. It has been
    reading off of cheat sheets provided by industry. The same tired lines that we’re all sick of
    hearing. The people of New Brunswick have a right to know what we are really facing.”

    “We ask that our government do its job in protecting our life sustaining resources against an
    industry that is advancing at an accelerated rate and that threatens our quality of life for
    generations to come. Once the damages are done, there is no return,” says Patricia Léger,
    spokesperson for Memramcook Action. “We cannot expect industry to warn us of the dangers of
    this toxic method of extracting natural gas and our government seems to only be listening to
    industry.”

    In our ongoing effort to get the facts about the dangers of shale gas drilling out into the open, a
    second march is being held this time in Moncton.  It will begin at 12:00 noon at the Hal Betts
    Ball Fields – Moncton SportPlex, located at 250 Assomption Blvd at the corner of Vaughn
    Harvey. Protesters will march along Vaughn Harvey Blvd, and down Main Street before
    congregating at Moncton City Hall, next to SWN Offices.  We invite all water drinkers and air
    breathers to join us in our PEACEFUL display of democracy in action. 

    At City Hall, there will be speakers from various groups and communities from across the
    province, including the Youth Environmental Action Network, Elsipogtog First Nation, Friends
    of Mount Carleton, the Maliseet Grand Council, and Ban Fracking NB. 

    Media Contacts:
    Our Environment, Our Choice, Notre Envrionnement, Notre Choix, Denise Melanson: 523-9467
    Quality of Life Initiative, Otty Forgrave: 839-2326
    CCNB Action, Stephanie Merrill: 261-8317
    Ban Fracking NB, Terri Telasco: 866-7658
    New Brunswickers Against Fracking, Mary de La Valette: 369-1995
    Council of Canadians, St. John Chapter, Carol Ring: 847-0953
    Grand Lake Watershed Guardians, Amy Sullivan: 339-1980 or 339-5324
    Sierra Club Atlantic, Hazel Richardson: 452-8915

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    The UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) comes to an end next year. What have we accomplished in Canada to support the Decade? What challenges did we face? And where do we go from here? It was these questions that shaped the discussion at a national ESD workshop I attended at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO annual meeting recently. In general, the workshop provided an interesting discussion, although it was a bit too much of listening to ourselves talk and not quite enough of concrete action items for my liking.

     

    Perhaps one of the most thought-provoking comments included the best definition of ESD – more often called sustainability education here in NB! – that I have ever heard. Here it is: ESD is about figuring out the kind of future we want and then preparing people with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to make that future a reality.

     

    The workshop helped me think about our various ESD initiatives in New Brunswick in terms of international priorities and those in other provinces. UNESCO has developed three priorities for ESD internationally; these have been adopted provincially in Manitoba. Should we in NB be focusing on these priorities also? The priorities are:

     

    • All schools have an ESD or sustainability plan by 2015,
    • Faculties of Education incorporate ESD into their teachers’ education programs, and
    • Vocational education (e.g., community collges) re-orient their programming to help us move from a “brown economy” to a “green economy.”

     

    There is research underway internationally that may help our cause here in the province. We, as “believers” know that ESD improves the quality of education. However, research is needed to demonstrate this to non-believers. This research is being undertaken by a number of countries working together to explore the links between ESD and quality education and to find qualitative and quantitative data to support these links.

    This workshop was attended by 29 representatives from organizations across the country. The official minutes can be found here.

  • Students in New Brunswick classrooms tend to learn about complex or major scientific events in the context of the United States or in the tropical rainforests of Brazil. The Fundy Biosphere Reserve wants to change that.

    We’re pleased to present Climate Change in Atlantic Canada.
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