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Sarnia Green Drinks



What: A social gathering and informal discussion of environmental issues.

When: Wednesday, January 14th, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Topic: The Economic Value of Trees with Sara Rowland, Urban Forestry Planner, City of London

Where: Limbo Lounge (Back Room), 196 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 7W5

Contact: greendrinkssarnia@outlook.com

Twitter: @GreenDrinksSarn


You can have a tree of your own evaluated (time permitting) if you bring:

-         a recent photograph of the whole tree so that its approximate condition, age, and height can be determined

-          the type of tree (common or scientific name) or a leaf from the tree as a sample

-          the approximate diameter of the tree at chest level (its circumference at 1.3 meters above the ground, divided by Pi)

-          the location of the tree relative to your home or workplace, identifying north and its distance from the building


Previous topics:

December 10th, 2014: What is Santa's Carbon Footprint... and your own? A casual analysis and discussion of our individual impacts to the environment

November 12th, 2014: Are We Planning to Make Sarnia a Great City? with Jane Cooper, Director of Planning and Building, City of Sarnia

October 10, 2014: The State of Nature in Sarnia-Lambton: Acheiving the Minimum for a Healthy Environment with Shawn McKnightReturn the Landscape

September 10, 2014: Noise Annoys: Urban and Industrial Soundscape Effects on Wildlife with Dr. Dominique PotvinWestern University

August 13, 2014:  "Wet your beak" and join in the discussion about Raptor Rescue and Rehabilitation with volunteers Jenni Kaija and Erica Di Muzio of the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation (BCRR)

July 9, 2014: Talking Trash - Common myths and misconceptions about recycling are discussed and debunked with Mary Jean "The Garbage Queen" O'Donnell, President, MJ Waste Solutions

June 11, 2014: "Hola Monarca!" - Population decline of the monarch butterfly and how to help this species at risk with special guest Kim Gledhill, Natures Way

May 14, 2014: Open Topic and Green Update

April 9, 2014: Issues of Habitat Loss: How habitat loss and degradation affect the interconnected web of life with Larry Cornelis, Return the Landscape Habitat Specialist and Lambton Wildlife Past President.

February 12, 2014: Great Garbage Patch: How tiny plastics are becoming a big problem for the Great Lakes with Karen Alexander, Outreach and Education Coordinator, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

January 8, 2014: The Green Resolution: Tune into what's good for you this New Year. We took a field trip to the Urban Marketplace and sampled fresh, organic food and drink.

December 11, 2013: Beyond the Valley: Could industry in Sarnia-Lambton be headed for greener pastures? With George Mallay, General Manager, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

November 13, 2013: Yes or No to GMO? Genetic Engineering and the Future of Food with Chad Anderson, Independent Crop Advisor, Anderson Agronomy Services

October 9, 2013: The Spoils of Oil: the good and bad of refining tar sands bitumen in Sarnia with special guest Peter Smith, Energy Consultant

September 11, 2013: "Bee-pocalypse": How bee colony collapse affects food security with special guest Dan Davidson, President, Ontario Beekeepers' Association


Resources of interest:

American Agriculture May Eradicate the Monarch Butterfly Unless Swift Action is Taken 

Report: Assessing and Mitigating Plastic Pollution in Lake Huron

The North Sea Foundation: Products Containing Microbeads

Beat the Microbead App

Michigan Radio: The teeny, tiny ingredient that could add up to a big problem for the Great Lakes

CBC News: Facial Scrubs polluting Great Lakes with plastic

Sarnia & Lambton County This Week: Yes or No to GMO

Sarnia & Lambton County This Week: The spoils of oil: Looking for truth in oil sands data

Oil Sands Fact Sheet by Peter Smith

Sarnia and Lambton County This Week: Bees discussed over beer

US News: Bee Colony Collapses Are More Complex Than We Thought

BBC Nature: Urban hives boom could be "bad for bees"

CBC: Beekeepers call for a pesticide ban (video)