need a bike? bikeshare!

common topic of conversation – traffic.  car transit in st. john’s seems slower than it ever has been.  but that is just one reason to take the bike.  health, pollution, and putting the bike lanes to use are others!

if you don’t have a bike, or if yours needs a bit of fixing, you can still hit the road.

BIKESHARE is a non-profit organization that supports cycling. CCNL Green team caught up with Joseph Bautista of Bikeshare, who shares the points and purpose of the organization.  based at Memorial University Bikeshare is one of the many beautiful threads in the fabric of sustainability in St. John’s. it operates from 4 to 7 pm Sundays and 5 to 7 pm  Tuesdays in EN 1015-E – check facebook for current events.

soothing sounds by Chris Ball, directed by David Maher and Tamara Segura, videography and editing by Jeff Smyth.

in July and August 2014 Conservation Corps Green Team – Tamara Segura, Chris Ball, David Maher and Team Lead Jeff Smyth talked and taped, walked in the sun, swung on the swings, got out there and got inspired by the great green good going on in the Northeast Avalon.  Over the coming months their work will be released on Conservation Corps Green Team 2014 was sponsored by Junior Forest Wardens NL.  (thank you!)



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easy being green

all through July Conservation Corps Green Team has been finding stories of sustainability on the Northeast Avalon.

the team – Chris, David, Tamara and Jeff – are a brilliant mix of cultures and talents armed with laptops, instruments and recording equipment, and united by a bona fide interest in finding and sharing ways to live more sustainably.

their efforts have captured the attention of many – including the Telegram!  check out green team story in the Telegram and share the news!
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lesson 3 – be where you are.


maybe its just me and everyone I know.  or maybe its human nature.   but I know that there are many times i’ve said or felt or smiled and sighed about when i am in indian cove.

and here we are.  we five are gone to the woods.  live, in paradise.  the sun is hot the shade is cool. the ocean is clear and very cold.


simple. good. gorgeous.


and stilll I have to pull my mind back to the here and now.

its innocent enough… watching the kids my thoughts wander to… o we should get a trampoline!  we could watch kijiji in botwood… or grand falls.  i should set up an account… and I’m off.  my mind is gone off with me.

but no.  I stop and feel the heat and hear the breeze and the loon. I am here. goes to the woods… day 2

lesson 2 – get on with it.  it’s not the thing, its the reaction that makes a fuss.

stuff happens all the time to and with everyone.  if reaction to stuff (screaming, annoyance, frustration…) takes priority and precedence over resulting action (fixing, picking up, stopping flow of blood)… stuff will fool you up.

the sun moves across the sky.   the tide comes in and goes out.  the stars appear.  and disappear.  reoest.

makes me feel silly for ever worrying. about anything.


5 people 5 days 5 lessons – goes to the woods


five people.
(50 47 15 13 10)

five days.  (saturday to wednesday)

five hours from home. (out the tch in a borrowed pickup.)

big sky.  big bay.  big woods.

small, A frame, bona fide cabin.

not on the grid.  gravity-feed water system that works when the brook is flowing.  the brook is not flowing.  well and buckets for water for cooking and flushing.

new wasp hive under entrance. it is grey like deck plank. just above brown knot.

one angry wasp. one big sting like a chainsaw. five careful people.

lesson 1: we are visitors here. the wasps tolerate us being around, but will not tolerate us stepping on the plank their hive is on. we got it.


copy of henry david thoreau’s ‘in the woods’.   what changed since he went to the woods?

Community Threads ~ come together!

Community Threads are coming together!

Community Threads are coming together!

The Earth Day Fair at the Fluvarium saw a steady stream of people interested in things that are good for us all. volunteers rachel, meredith, lucy and kate were on deck as kids, parents, grandparents and others visited the displays, chatted, learned and shared.

The Community Threads project got going – see the pic!  Orange threads indicate food, green threads indicate outdoors, blue threads indicate water, yellow threads indicate wellness, and pinkish-brownish indicate recycling.

The organizations who are part of it to date include:  TEDxStJohns, the Food Security Network, Root Cellars Rock, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators, MUN BikeShare, Junior Forest Wardens, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Nature NL, the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation, the Manuels River experience, and Whale Release and Strandings.

There are so many interesting things going on, and have been for while.  Nature NL has been active since 1910!  they know so much, and they share their knowledge regularly at Thursday sessions, and at The Rooms. will be posting more about Nature NL and other organizations.  keep an eye out!

And very cool things happened, like two women from different generations who made complex cat’s cradles with the threads, and the young man who won the Clean Don’t Kill cleaner for his mom, and found out that there is a with similar goals in Bermuda.  there are so many sustainable connections!


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Wellness logo-2 inch_300 ppi#E8FASupport from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East kickstarted Community Threads.  Groups with a focus on sustainability are invited to complete the form on this site under community threads – connections for sustainability.





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NLEE – getting the kids outside

Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators (NLEE)Common sense tells us that the natural environment is good for kids.  More and more research is showing that kids not being outdoors is bad.

With that in mind, the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators (NLEE) is striving to help educators (teachers, youth group leaders, parents…) get the kids keyed up on the great outdoors, and all the good things that go with it. joinedNLEE Conference 2014 - in the field representatives from the Brother Brennan Environmental Centre, Botanical Gardens, Salmonier Nature Park, Food Security Network, Junior Forest Wardens NL, parents and others in Traytown for the Annual Conference in April.  ‘Educational Edibles’ brought together a  diverse group who talked, listened, hiked, set fire to milk cartons, learned much about school and community gardens, practiced making a raised bed garden plot and more, all toward sharing great outdoor activities with educators.

NLEE is responding to a need.  Parents in this province join the discussion about how much screen time is too much, debate and sometimes despair about what kids eat, and share stories about acceptance.  Through the year NLEE holds activities and events that share information and make it easy (or easier) for educators to integrate smart, sound, sustainable practices into our children’s lives.

Lots to talk about.   Lots to do.  Join NLEE and get in on the conversation.

In the meantime, check out these 10 tips to grow outdoor-loving kids.. is a non-profit that informs and inspires people in Newfoundland and Labrador on ways to address the challenges facing our planet, our communities, and our lives.  like and share!

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