Ask The Salmon Lady! All You Wanted to Know About Fish Farms in BC

After the UCV Wild Salmon Event February 16th, we received some questions. Salmon Lady is here to answer anything. For background posts about this issue, go to the Environment News here. Dear Salmon Lady, A bunch of us were invited to the Wild Salmon Event last week and the music and speakers were great but we still don’t get what’s wrong with farmed salmon.  I mean, I consider myself pretty green—I recycle and drive a compact car but I am busy juggling two jobs, a family and a house. Sometimes I want to grab some sushi or throw a slab of salmon on the grill. If it’s cheap and tastes good, what is wrong with that? (signed) Basically A Little Klueless Dear BALK, I’m glad you made it to the Wild Salmon Event and thanks for messaging.You reminded me that sometimes environmentalists are so busy, they forget to let everyone … Continued

Fish Farms continued: Donations, information, current news

For those of you who attended the Friday February 16 Wild Salmon Event and for those of you who couldn’t make it, here is the link to the video of the event.     If you would like to donate, click on the Maya’xala xan’s Awinakola (“Respect Our Environment”) website and go to the How You Can Help page. http://respectourenvironment.com/  The Respect Our Environment organizers request that you comment that the donation is in relation to the Feb 16 Wild Salmon event so they can split the donation between the Musgamagw Dzawadaneux group and the ‘Namgis Mamalilikala group. They are two different nations who are occupying different fish farms in their 2 territories. For more information: Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters https://cleansingourwaters.com/  https://www.facebook.com/fishfarmsgetout/ Alexandra Morton http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/ https://www.facebook.com/alexandra.morton.1671 David Suzuki Foundation https://davidsuzuki.org/expert-article/fish-farms-broughton-archipelago-wrong/

$8300 raised to support Wild Salmon – Let’s keep going!

Raising awareness as well as funds On Friday, February 16, at the Wild Salmon Info and Fundraiser, $8300 was raised to support wild salmon. Also raised were : awareness, inspiration, hope, knowlege and commitment – to do more. Here are some of the photos of the evening and bios of the speakers and musicians. Thank you to all. Our wonderful organizer and emcee for the evening Tamiko Suzuki.  Musician Bios: Barry Truter is a musician and songwriter who enjoys connecting with audiences through songs celebrating the intimacy and diversity of human experience. He is a longtime member of the Vancouver Folk Song Society, and of the folk group “Fraser Union” with whom he has performed at many BC festivals and conferences, and countless benefits, coffeehouses and activist events over the years. Barry believes in the power of music to unite and engage. He is a co-founder of the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop and teaches guitar … Continued

Would you commit to reducing your waste for just 30 days?

Zero Waste 30-Day Resolutions By Mary Bennett I recently watched this TED Talk by Matt Cutts suggesting we give up on New Year’s resolutions, and just try something new for 30 days. (It’s only three minutes!) He says 30 days is the right amount of time to create a new habit by adding or subtracting something from your life. Matt is a software engineer (with big credentials). If you’re curious about his 30-day goals, here’s his blog: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/type/30-days/ and here’s his credentials: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/about-me/ So for anyone who’s already broken or never made a New Year’s resolution this year, the Environment Committee’s Zero Waste Team would like to encourage you to give this 30-day commitment a try in the effort to reduce your use of single-use plastic. We all intend to bring our own bags and not use Styrofoam, take out cups or… well, you can fill in the blanks with … Continued

Save the Wild Salmon – What Can We Do to Help?

by Tamiko Suzuki The Environment Team is proud to sponsor an evening of education and fundraising  where we will hear from Indigenous leaders working to remove open-net fish farms from their waters. Julia McIntyre-Smith and Chiefs Ernest Alfred and Willie Moon will speak of the relationship between the wild salmon, the environment and their Indigenous communities. Dr. David Suzuki will talk of the science linking fish farms to the decrease in wild stocks. This will be a powerful, moving evening and you will come away with new appreciation for the imperiled wild salmon and the Peoples whose cultures they are so entwined with. The talk will be held in the Sanctuary, followed by refreshments and a silent auction in Hewett Hall. There you  will also find tables set aside to brain storm ways to further help the wild salmon defenders. We will post here decisions made to carry on this initiative. … Continued

Martha Saunders – Resisting Structural Evil: A Spirituality of Resistance

New member Martha Saunders giving workshop through Earth Literacies Martha joined UCV this fall. All are welcome at this workshop. Stay tuned for a related session at UCV. (Or better yet, approach Martha and tell her you’d attend!) Resisting Structural Evil: A Spirituality of Resistance with Martha Saunders What do “good” and “evil” mean in a world enmeshed in human-caused ecological devastation and huge economic disparities among earth’s people? How can economically privileged people who seek to develop a meaningful spirituality and ethic resist the political and economic systems that create and sustain our advantages? This workshop will explore some key insights of Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Lutheran Minister and professor at Pacific Lutheran University , and a longtime social and environmental justice advocate and activist. In her work, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation she defines structural evil as “evil that inhabits our lives by virtue of the economic policies, … Continued

Kinder Morgan, We Still Say NO!

  Today members of the UCV Social Justice Committee and Environment Team took part in a rally to let Kinder Morgan  know that we are STILL against  bringing tar sands to the West Coast.  While we were happy to see the rains return to our parched city, we were equally happy that it held off for today’s event. The march started at the Vancouver Art Gallery then continued up Georgia, Burrard, and then Thurlow ending up at Sunset Beach. We walked with folks from the North Shore Unitarian Church, a big group of UBC C350 (divest) students, and many people carrying  beautiful artwork of marine animals or pushing large sculptures of pipelines. Creativity rules at rallies! We even boogied (ok, maybe just nodded our heads) to the chants, raps and music from a band of musicians! At Sunset beach there were First Nations activists, elders and others who spoke of … Continued

Unitarians Will March on September 9th – Join Us!

Unitarians will be joining in with this march. Join us! Kinder Morgan – We Still Say No! March for People and Planet Before Pipelines and Profit Saturday, September 9th, 1 to 4 pm at Vancouver Art Gallery We would like to invite the Vancouver Unitarians to participate in the Kinder Morgan – We Still Say No Vancouver Rally and March Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline This march is being organized by Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver to bring together broad community and indigenous opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project in a single event. With Kinder Morgan planning to start construction in early September and governments having betrayed voters or waffling, we plan to come together in numbers to communicate that we are still fighting. Since our 5000 strong Vancouver march against Kinder Morgan last November, more than 20,000 people have signed the Coast Protectors Pledge to help stop this pipeline. We hope that this … Continued

LEAP Manifesto

We are planning two forums focused on the LEAP Manifesto. Check back for dates when they are confirmed.