Happy Earth Day!- living la vida local

last Sunday thegreenrock.ca, with support from Memorial University, Department of Forestry and Agrifoods, and some really cool local businesses launched the How do You Fit in? initiative during the Earth Day Fair at the Suncor Fluvarium.   It goes like this:  the earth is one big beautiful interconnected system, and we all have a role to play in caring for it.  When it comes to ‘thinking planet and living local’, we asked, “How do you fit in?”

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and guests to the Fluvarium answered!   the liked the sneak-peek preview of the Habits for Your Habitat ~ Guide to the Good site that we’ve been building on the past months; they lined up for the white spruce seedlings which we completely ran out of;  they wanted to win the excellent “Living Local” draw with some of St. John’s finest – goodies from St. John’s Soap Works, a ‘Shop Local’ poster, a gift certificate from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, as well as locally made fire-weed jam from Casey’s Crafts.  (congrats Nicole!)

But the biggest deal of the day was how people see themselves fitting in – and there are so  many ways.  Answers came in English, Spanish, Korean on paper, in voice, in video and in art.  Turns out there is great love on for the earth, and once our voices join in unison we will do a better job of caring for our planet.

Let’s keep going!  thegreenrock.ca is now moving into phase 2  which is the development of a creative ‘talking pictures’ and an some insight on living la vida local with Dr. Sean McGrath from For A New Earth. The responses we received were very inspiring !  We can’t wait to share it with you.

Stay tuned

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Habitat for Humanity NL: building homes. building hope.

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thegreenrock.ca CCNL Green Team loves a story of good, and they found one at Habitat for Humanity NL on Robin Hood Bay Road in St. John’s.  The main point of the organization is to build homes with families who need homes, and the method is through community involvement.  The Restore retail outlet sells donated goods – appliances, furniture, building materials and more, and funds raised support builds.  It’s all good.

Habitat for Humanity has helped around 50 families find affordable home ownership in this province over the past 20 years.  Now the organization is aiming to help fifty in five years.  Gail Ryan, Habitat’s Executive Director tells a little about the organization and how and why it does what it does. It’s a thread that strengthens our community.  Directed by David Maher, Tamara Segura behind the camera, Chris Ball doing audio, and editied by Jeff Smyth.

in July and August 2014 thegreenrock.ca 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 thegreenrock.ca.

thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team 2014 was sponsored by Junior Forest Wardens NL.  (thank you!)

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Community Threads is a project about connections for sustainability in Newfoundland and Labrador:  organizations, businesses, and people who look at living local, living well, and loving it.  The project was kickstarted with support from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East.

The Big Green Up!

What makes ‘green’ work?  People working together – each doing a bit!  Today, October 18, is MMSB’s BIG GREEN UP DAY – and lots of organizations are taking up the challenge.  The Habitat for Humanity ReStore – a champion of recycling the good toward helping families attain home ownership – is working with the Junior Forest Wardens to make green good great by giving out red pine seedlings to ReStore shoppers on October 18!  On October 17, the Canada Revenue Agency hosted a Waste Reduction Week Fair that included Habitat,  JFW, EverGreen Recycling, NL Power, the City of Mount Pearl and others who each work toward making their corners of the world a greener place.

It’s all good!

For more info on The Big Green Up visit

http://www.mmsb.nl.ca/green-up.asp

For more on Habitat for Humanity NL ReStore visit

www.habitatnl.ca