Three panelists from London environmental organizations sharing their experiences organizing and running environmental campaigns. Whether you hope to achieve policy change, more funding or more community support for a project, these local leaders will help and inspire you by sharing their stories about making change in London.
Each speaker will speak for 10-15 minutes about their environmental campaign and then we will follow up with Q&A after each for about 10 minutes.
6:30pm - Networking and Mingling
7:00pm - Hearing from our 3 speakers (10-15 minutes each) + Q&A
8:15pm - Wrap up & one-on-one questions for speakers
Speakers and Topics:
Mobilizing Londoners to Speak For Trees
Sheila Creighton (ReForest London)
In 2015, it became evident that London’s City Council was not even contemplating budgeting money toward implementing the approved Urban Forest Management Strategy. Knowing that time was of the essence with tree planting in the Forest City, ReForest London quickly mounted an advocacy campaign to mobilize Londoners, who understood the importance of starting the Strategy’s implementation, to speak up. It was a long shot, but we had to try for the sake of the future.
Sheila Creighton is a communications & marketing professional with 20+ years’ experience in promoting something of value to people in the arts, heritage, tourism, healthcare and environmental sectors. A graduate of the highly regarded Media Arts program at Sheridan College, Sheila has worked for many non-profits and government, developing strategies, new projects and engaging promotions. A member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Sheila is a published author of several history books and a professional photographer with a daily photoblog.
Bikes on Dundas
Seth Climans (London Cycle Link)
Seth Climans spends his days (and some nights) working as a resident physician. When not in the hospital, he enjoys cycling, running, and canoeing around this city. He became involved in the #BikesOnDundas campaign during his year on the London Cycle Link Board of Directors. Now, he is trying to spread the gospel of Dundas Street protected bike lanes to anyone who will listen.
Sharing Council of Canadians Work on Water
Julie Picken-Cooper (London Chapter of the Council of Canadians)
Julie is an environmental activist, the local Water Chair for Council of Canadians and teacher. Picken-Cooper was originally inspired to focus on the environment in her work after hearing Maude Barlow speak at her convocation from Althouse College at the University of Western Ontario. She has worked on many environmental campaigns and enjoys combining art and activism in her work.
The Council of Canadians is a leader in fights to protect Canada’s freshwater sources. Their campaign work focuses on recognizing water as part of a shared commons. Water is a human right and as such, must be protected from privatization, pollution and bulk exports. They are campaigning to protect the Great Lakes from pollution, misuse and government neglect. They are working to stop fracking, a natural gas extraction process that uses and pollutes massive volumes of water. They encourage community empowerment and involvement through our “Blue Communities Project.”
Calling all environmental enthusiasts! The London Environmental Network will be hosting our next Green Drinks at Storm Stayed Brewing Company on Wednesday May 2nd, from 6:00-9:00pm.
Topic: Canadians care about the natural environment, but we don't always see politicians getting elected that reflect those values. GreenPAC is working to address that challenge.
GreenPAC has identified strong, winnable environmental candidates from all major parties running in the upcoming Ontario election. Then they created a Candidate Matching Tool so you can find the candidate that shares your environmental and political values.
This month's featured speaker is Sabrina Bowman. Sabrina graduated from Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has spent over a decade working in the not-for-profit sector on environment, politics, and international health in Ottawa, San Francisco, and Toronto. She started with GreenPAC in the fall of 2015 and was named Executive Director in December 2016.
Sabrina is a trainer at the Institute for Change Leaders and she co-organized the 2014 and 2017 Canroots organizing conferences in Toronto. Sabrina volunteers at a do-it-yourself bike shop and has sat on several boards. In her spare time, she enjoys swing dancing, getting around by bike, and hiking and swimming at the family cottage near Algonquin Park.
We hope you can join us to chat with like-minded neighbours, learn more about such an incredible environmental organization, and connect with other people interested in growing a healthier, more sustainable city!
There is a $5 charge to attend Green Drinks for all working professionals. The proceeds of this fee will go towards the London Environmental Network so we can continue to provide ever-evolving opportunities for networking, collaboration, training, and empowerment for both LEN member, as well as for general community members with a passion for environmentalism, sustainability, and positive action. Green Drinks remains free for students and unwaged.
The purchase of a ticket will automatically enter your name into a raffle for a chance to win 1 of 2 amazing door prizes, graciously donated by various local businesses. We will also have some wonderful raffle prizes including 2 tickets to the Grand Theatre's Chariot of Fire and a gift bag from Building Better. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale during the event. We will announce both the door and raffle prizes in the weeks leading up to the event on social media, so make sure to follow LEN on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find out what you could win! Trust us, you’ll want your name in these raffles!
Please use active transportation to attend the event if possible – there is a bike rack available and bus stops located directly outside of the venue.
Green Drinks is an organic, self-organising network of people interested in talking about environmentally related topics. Stay in the loop by checking out the London Environmental Networks website, or follow londonenvironet on Instagram.
Making art can make a difference! Create a beautiful nature-themed painting aaaaand raise funds to support the London Environmental Network!
WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WHERE: Winks Eatery - 551 Richmond St #12, London, ON
TIME: *Dinner - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Paint: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
*Dinner will be made available through the restaurant. Please pre-order from Menu link in Confirmation email.
- All supplies
- 2.5 hours of teaching time
- Clean up crew
This events is 14+ as we use mild adult language
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Join us at Plant Matter Kitchen on Sunday, September 9th for our first ever Dinner For a Cause! The London Environmental Network is this month’s feature organization and $10 from every $35 meal will go to LEN.The London Environmental Network (LEN) connects and supports local non-profits and community groups working with an environmental focus. We believe that by cultivating a strong, cohesive and empowered environmental non-profit community, we will engage more Londoners in growing a healthy, sustainable city. Help us cultivate the environment in London!Reserve a table for the 5:30 pm or 7 pm seatings, and enjoy a delicious three-course meal of organic, nourishing, plant-based fare for $35 - menu details to be posted. We will remind you to RSVP with PMK closer to the date - so please RSVP on the form below to secure a reminder.We will also have a raffle and 50/50 so bring a bit of cash if you want to participate!#LondonEnviroNet #Community #DinnerForACause #PlantMatterKitchenPlease advise PMK upon reservation of any dietary restrictions related to: gluten intolerance, celiac disease, and/or walnut or cashew allergies and the severity of the allergy. Any other accommodations can be made, but we must know upon reservation. Please let PMK know ahead of time, so you may have the best experience possible at Plant Matter Kitchen. Thank you!