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Cultivating Community Resilience


October 2014

Zero Fossil Fuel Campaign Launch!

Is it possible for a community to completely eliminate fossil fuels?

At the Zero Fossil Fuels launch on October 27 learn how Vancouver could move to zero fossil fuels using solutions that are already available. SPEC President Rob Baxter will present a detailed overview of possible solutions as we launch this campaign to educate the public about alternatives to fossil fuels. Ben West of Forest Ethics will also speak about his experience campaigning on climate change and about his upcoming book on global warming solutions.
Event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Room C300, UBC Robson Square, in Vancouver. It’s FREE but pre-registration is required.
For more information please visit our website.

SPEC is Moving!

On October 31 SPEC is moving from its present location at 2060 Pine Street to an office in the newly renovated Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver V6K 1Y4 (the entrance to our office is on Vine, up the stairs).
We are delighted to be sharing space with Kits House, and are very excited about all the possibilities that will arise from this partnership!

'From The Waste Up' Screening

When: November 14th at 6:30 PM
Where: The Hive, Vancouver
Join SPEC and CEP (Connecting Environmental Professionals) for a special screening of ‘From the Waste Up,’ which tells the story of director (and Vancouverite) Taina Uitto’s quest to live a plastic-free year. This will be the first screening of the film in Vancouver. Plus, it has one of our SPEC former staff and volunteer as a participant of the challenge! We hope you can join us!
Watch the Trailer here.

Registration will be opening soon, stay tuned!

Thank You to Beach Cleanup Volunteers

On September 27 close to 50 community members dropped by the SPEC tent at Jericho Beach to lend a hand in our last beach cleanup of the year.

Our efforts were part of the largest beach clean-up in Vancouver history – the Shoreline Clean-up Celebration organized by Surfrider Foundation. This event saw a wide range of different community groups take part in collecting garbage on Vancouver beaches. There was even a group of divers collecting underwater waste!
While at first glance Jericho Beach appeared to be relatively free of garbage, by the conclusion of the two hour clean up our intrepid group of volunteers had collected a LOT of waste.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help – we hope to see you all again at the next clean-up!

Other upcoming events in the community:

What: Petrocultures and Media Activism
When: Saturday, November 8th, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library, Alice McKay Room

Media Democracy Days 2014 presents Petrocultures and Media Activism -- a panel discussion on the implications of Canadian government's increasing support of the energy and fossil fuel industry. Panelists: Ben West (ForestEthics), Mario Canseco (Researcher), CalebBehn (Dene First Nation), and Linda Solomon (Vancouver Observer). For more information visit here.

What: Biodiversity and Climate Adaptation in the City
When: Thursday, October 30  at 6:30 PM
Where: BCIT Downtown Campus 555 Seymour St, Rm 385 Vancouver, BC

Join the City of Vancouver, South Coast Conservation and Evergreen in a conversation exploring climate adaptation and urban biodiversity in the City. Special Guests: Brad Badelt, Senior Sustainability Specialist with the City of Vancouver, Pamela Zevit, Biologist from South Coast Conservation. Dialogue to follow. Hosting Organizations: Evergreen, City of Vancouver, and South Coast Conservation Program

Registration Instructions
Please register at

What: Civic Elections
When: Saturday, November 15, 8 am to 8 pm
Where: Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and throughout BC

Our civic governments have a significant role to play in creating healthy, sustainable communities – get out your vote on November 15! For information on Lower Mainland candidates, voter eligibility, and voter registration, go here.

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