Report from Overshoot Day at The Stand

According to Global Footprint Network, August 8th was Earth Overshoot Day, the day when humanity had used up its natural resources budget for the entire year, with carbon sequestration making up more than half of the demand on nature.  I have been an environmental activist for the past 10 years and my activism has led me to the understanding that this is the most important issue facing us on the planet.  I now speak wherever and whenever I can on the importance of looking after earth, our only home… and the only one that I know of with chocolate!

As Overshoot Day is a good time to bring awareness to looking after our planet, I organized an event at Turning the Tide, our community bookstore.  That evening we shared our stories, our ideas and our desires on how to get back to community living.  Very important was to create awareness, to engage others and our governments on the importance of looking after nature, about planting trees, and about cleaning up our air, our water and our land from pollution. 

We talked about how we were handling this in our own lives and about how to talk to others, to rally, to protest, or possibly to gather in civil disobedience?  Tom and Linda who are originally from Saskatoon and now are managing and restoring a rain forest in Costa Rica were saying that Costa Rica has the Right to a Healthy Environment in it’s Constitution and because of that people hold themselves and their government to a higher environmental standard.

We ended the evening with a helpful tip that everyone could do to take the strain off of our earth’s natural resources –  we could all do 20 % less of our spending, actually of everything, which would then make room for time with nature, and with family and friends.

For humanity to thrive we need to get back to “one planet living”!

One Tangible Skill

Workshop: One Tangible Skill – Choosing a Website Platform

Making a website for your organization can be easy— but knowing where to start is hard! In the past couple of years, the options for “website platforms” — the software to build a website with — have multiplied. It can be bewildering to a new person: should you use WordPress? Squarespace? Shopify? or something else? What about collecting donations for your organization, recruiting volunteers, selling swag online, or learning more about and reaching your supporters?

Come for a short evening class that will cover the basics and how to choose based on your goals for your website. You’ll leave, ready to start making your own blog, organizational website, or whatever type of site you are interested in making!

Bringing your own laptop/tablet would be helpful, but not necessary.

This edition of One Tangible Skill happens at The Stand. Date/time has been changed to Tuesday Nov. 1 @ 7:00 PM.

Rob Butz has been active for the past five years as a web developer in Edmonton and Saskatoon, focussed on website development for politically progressive non profit organizations. He works with Parkland Institute, Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op, Station 20 West, and The Stand

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