E-Sentinel - February 2019

Butte Environmental Council's
40th Annual Endangered Species Faire!
Saturday May 4, 2019

Interested in getting involved?     
Help make this years Procession of the Species a success.  

How can you help?  
BEC is seeking people who are interested in helping make puppets for the parade. If you are interested in arts and crafts or just want to get more involved with your community, this is a perfect opportunity for you!

If you are interested please contact us:
Lindsay Zimmer- Environmental Art & Education Intern -  becintern@becnet.org      
Angel Gomez Program Manager  -  angel.gomez@becnet.org

Block Party With A Purpose 
Saturday, March 2nd
Let's Clean Little Chico Creek!

Over the years, the waterways have been contaminated with garbage and invasive plant species, which is not only a problem for the Chico residents but also wildlife and water quality.

Join BEC and your local community in an effort to clean up Chico's creeks at our next Block Party with a Purpose 

"The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment."
 - Marie Kondo

Saturday, March 2nd 
meet at the corner of Cypress and Humboldt Ave

BRCPNeighborhood Tree Planting

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now" 
 - Chinese Proverb

A healthy urban tree population helps promote a cleaner planet, reduces global warming, and may even reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. 

In 2018  BEC received a grant from CA ReLeaf to plant 100 trees in South Chico. If you or someone you know is interested in helping us plant some trees, please visit becnet.org/neighborhood-tree-planting  to sign up to volunteer. 

You don't have to be an expert gardener or even know the first thing about planting a tree, we are looking for passionate volunteers who are ready and willing to learn. Help us make Chico even more beautiful!

Our first planting session is Sunday, April 7th from 9am-11am 
we will meet at the Annie K Bidwell Parlor, 965 Salem St. 

At our first planting session our goal is to plant 60 trees! 

Do you want a FREE tree? Do you or someone you know live in South Chico, between Chestnut and Hwy 99 South of 9th Street? 
Contact Angel today! angel.gomez@becnet.org or call (530) 891-6424

Environmental Coalition Gathering 2019!
Friday, March 29th 
5pm - 8pm
Chico Women's Club - 592 E 3rd st.

This event brings together local environmental organizations and their supporters. Participating organizations will share their visions, goals and recent achievements. Free appetizers. Beer and wine for purchase. All bar proceeds will go to Butte Environmental Council. 

Join us, as we gather together to build relationships and improve communication between our organizations. To develop more viable strategies and alliances for a safer, healthier and more vibrant community.

40th Annual 
Endangered Species Faire! 
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 10am - 4pm
Cedar Grove and the Chico Creek Nature Center

The Endangered Species Faire is one of the oldest and largest events in California dedicated to endangered species awareness. Every year BEC brings together students, community members, musicians, and organizations to learn about our environment. 

Our theme for 2019, "Ecosystem Earth" celebrates the interconnectedness of all life on earth while also emphasizing  the global scale of our current climate crisis. 

The Faire is bigger than ever! Back at Cedar Grove, and the Chico Creek Nature Center with a second performance area! Join us for live music, stories, educational booths, a live animal show, and hundreds of local elementary students parading puppets of endangered species during the Procession of the Species!

SAVE THE DATE and join us to celebrate four decades of the Endangered Species Faire!

We need YOUR help to make this possible

WT 5 Tips For going Zero  Waste! 

What is zero waste?  Zero waste is a philosophy that   redesigns our systems and resource use-from product design to disposal-to prevent any waste going to the landfill .

Ideally every product created should be able to be used again and again, and if it has a limited life, should be able to be composted or recycled instead of going to the landfill. 

Zero waste takes the 'reduce, reuse, and recycle' sentiment a bit further. There are actually 5 R's of Zero Waste: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. Here are 5 tips to help you achieve these 5 R's:
  1. Refuse. Think twice about single-use plastics and freebie items.
  2. Reduce. Avoid shopping as a hobby. The goal is to: own less, spend less, waste less.
  3. Reuse. Welcome alternatives to disposables. Arm yourself with a reusable water bottle, grocery totes, cloth bags, jars and bottles.
  4. Recycle. Recycling is important, keep at it! But, it is not the cure to the waste problem. If you follow the first 3 R's in order, there will be less to recycle.
  5. Rot.  Composting is fun, and you can do it anywhere! Invest in some worms, or create a backyard compost.

For more information about upcoming local events please visit BEC's Environmental Events Calendar  Here  

Want to share your community event or resource email: staff@becnet.org