May, 2019
EARTHCARE THUNDER BAY NEWS
Promoting community events, information, and opportunities that improve or promote the sustainability and livability of Thunder Bay.
WORKING GROUPS
Get involved and join a working group!  Working Groups are the horsepower that help to achieve the goals set out in the EarthCare Sustainability Plan . The following working groups are active: 
EVENTS
Wednesday, May 1, 10:30 am
Spring Up to Clean Up Launch

Each year, more than 10,000 registered volunteers clean up and beautify Thunder Bay by picking up litter from streets and parks during Spring Up to Clean Up in May.

The official launch is taking place on Wednesday, May 1, at 10:30 am at Bay Village Coffee, 221 Bay St. Join the City of Thunder Bay and EcoSuperior to kick off the month with a neighbourhood cleanup and free BBQ lunch for participants! RSVP to Shannon at shannon@ecosuperior.org

Can't make the launch? You can still Spring Up to Clean Up, and register yourself, your family, your school, or your workplace at: http://www.ecosuperior.org/springup
Sunday, May 5, 10 am to 3 pm
E-Waste Recycling Event
Do you have old electronics – like cell phones, computers, or tvs - that you are ready to throw away? EcoSuperior and Bay Village Coffee will help make your spring cleaning easy! Drop off your electronic waste for FREE during our 1 day collection event on Sunday, May 5 from 10am to 3pm at Bay Village Coffee , 221 Bay Street at Water Street. Donations will be made to EcoSuperior by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship based on the volume of materials collected, so your spring cleaning can help build a healthy future for people and the planet!

Visit www.ecosuperior.org/collectionevent  for a full list of accepted items.
Call for Volunteers For E-Waste Recycling Event
Volunteers are still needed for this event! Shifts run from 9:30 am-12:30 pm and 12:30 pm-3:30 pm, or help out for the whole day! Volunteers help to unload old electronics from cars and stack them in large containers. Heavy lifting is required. Please call Aynsley at 624-2143 or email aynsley@ecosuperior.org to sign up.
Thursday, May 16, 6:45 pm
Climate Changes Everything with Dr. Dianne Saxe
For more information go to environmentnorth.ca
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Composting 101 - County Park
Are you interested in composting but not sure how to get started? Or are you unsure of how to continue composting over the winter?

EcoSuperior is offering a free workshop to help you learn the basics of composting and answer your questions about how to turn food and garden scraps into soil.

The workshops starts at 6:30 pm, at Our Lady of Charity Catholic Elementary School. Register soon on Eventbrite here. Previous workshops filled up early.
Saturday, May 25, 10 am - 12 pm
Arbor Day at Dalhousie Parkette
Come to Dalhousie Parkette (off Dalhousie Drive) for this family-friendly event to plant some trees, learn about plants, and to celebrate our urban forest. Come prepared with a shovel, work gloves, and a willingness to get dirty!

Please contact urbanforestry@thunderbay.ca if you require any accommodations.
June 2-8
Commuter Challenge
The Commuter Challenge is not until June, but now is the time to start organizing your workplace to participate and challenge other workplaces!

Sign up your workplace and learn more about the Commuter Challenge at commuterchallenge.ca
INFORMATION
Emergency Preparedness Week
May 5 - 11
Does your household have a 72-hour emergency kit? How about an emergency plan? May 5 - 11 is Canada's Emergency Preparedness Week!

A changing climate comes with increased risks of extreme weather. If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

Find checklists for what should have in your kit, guides for how to create and emergency plan, as well as other useful information at getprepared.gc.ca
CLIMATE CHANGE PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Reducing Greenhouse Gases

"Wind and solar energy sources as well bike riding helps to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases contribute to climate change by increasing the temperature of the earth."





Take two minutes to share your own photo message about climate change in the Thunder Bay region at ClimateChangeTBay.com
ENVIRO TIP
Leave No Trace

May long weekend is one of Canada's most popular camping weekends of the year.

As you enjoy the environment, do your best to ensure that others can continue to enjoy it in the future.

Pack out what you pack in, and strive to leave no trace!

Find tips to improve your camping cleanliness at leavenotrace.ca
GUIDING DOCUMENTS
We need a healthy environment to have a healthy economy and society.

EarthCare Thunder Bay is a partnership between the City of Thunder Bay and the Community to work together on issues of community sustainability.