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Photo: Rock Arssenault, Reuters. Woodland Caribou in conflict with Industry in Alberta's Boreal.
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 Sage Newsletter for September 2014 is here!

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Next sage meeting:

18 September
7:00 pm
Downtown Lethbridge Public Library

Everybody Welcome!

 

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SAGE is Thirty.


SAGE has been operating in Lethbridge for thirty years.

Happy Birthday to SAGE!

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Goldenkey has decided to withdraw from proposed drilling in Lethbridge.
Read our letter to Goldenkey regarding proposed drilling within 
Lethbridge City Limits @ Letters to Government. 

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MORE THAN HONEY

Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.

Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.

Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the symbiotic relationship binding these pollen gatherers to mankind: “If bees were to disappear from the globe,” he predicted, “mankind would only have four years left to live.”

 Watch the trailer on the sage AGRICULTURE page.

Go to the Official Web Site.

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An open letter to all the wild creatures of the Earth

It is 65 years ago, you’re 10 years old and sitting on an old, half-blind, grey horse. All you have is a saddle blanket and a rope for reins as you watch a pack of dogs rage at the foot of a Ponderosa pine.

High up on a branch, a cougar lies supine, one paw lazily swatting at the air. He knows the dogs will tire. They will slink away and then the cougar will climb down and go on with its life in the Blue Bush country south of Kamloops. It is a hot summer day. There is the smell of pine needles and Oregon grape and dust. It seems to you that the sun carves the dust from the face of the broken rocks, carves and lifts it into the air where it mixes with the sun. Just beyond you are three men on horses.

The men have saddles and boots and rifles and their horses shy at the clamour of the dogs. The man with the Winchester rifle is the one who owns the dog pack and he is the one who has led you out of the valley, following the dogs through the hills to the big tree where the cougar is trapped. You watch as the man with the rifle climbs down from the saddle and sets his boots among the slippery pine needles. When the man is sure of his footing he lifts the rifle, takes aim, and then … and then you shrink inside a cowl of silence as the cougar falls.

Read the rest from Victoria Poet, Patrick Lane at the Times Colonist.

 

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The Milk River Ridge is under threat from Oil and Gas Exploration.

 Animals like pronghorns, water birds, fescue grasslands and wetlands are

potentially threatened in the Milk River Ridge.

 

Read our letter to the Alberta Minister of Energy @ Milk River Ridge (halfway down page)

 

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The Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society

Wildlife in the Wind

has presented their final talk for this season.

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Changes to the Alberta Wetland Policy

are opposed by many environmental groups,  including SAGE.

 Read our letter to Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development,

Government of Alberta @ Letters to Government.

 

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Sacred Spirit of Water

 Free Documentary Film of Idle No More's continuing fight

against the Harper Government's omnibus Bills C-45 & C-38

For more information & water related activism, go to Lethbridge and Area Events

 

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SAGE endorses

Environment Lethbridge Strategic Plan.

 Read more on our Lethbridge & Area Events Page.

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 The last Annual General Meeting was held:

21 May 2014
 
Thank you for joining us and renewing your membership!
 
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SAGE is A Leading Voice for a
Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Community

Profile

The Southern Alberta Group for Environment (SAGE) was established in 1984 by a small group of citizens in the greater Lethbridge community concerned about the state of the environment. Founding members identified the need for an organization which, through collective action, would work to protect and restore the health of our environment – water, air, and land – in southern Alberta. In 2014, the goals of SAGE are similar to those over twenty years earlier. SAGE is a leading voice for a healthy and environmentally sustainable community through informing citizens, participating in public processes and supporting sound environmental initiatives and actions.

 
To stay informed SAGE members scan media, network with others in the community through their work and volunteer activities, and seek out information on key current issues. A newsletter is produced and mailed monthly to members and leaders in the community. SAGE holds monthly meetings, organizes public programs, prepares displays for special events, and responds to requests for presentations or information by educators and other community organizers. 
 
SAGE has engaged in numerous advocacy efforts directed towards recycling, improved solid waste management, protected areas, biodiversity conservation, renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, pesticides reduction, addressing environmental effects of intensive livestock operations and environmental sustainability in urban planning. Members sit on advisory committees to governments, research and write briefs or opinion pieces, and engage in regulatory and appeal processes.
 
Water and watershed management has been a steady focus for SAGE. In the 1980s the environmental effects of a proposed dam on the Oldman River was a key issue as were protecting urban river valley parks and river valley clean-up. In the 1990s, focus shifted to revising provincial water law and policy and improving water quality in the Oldman River and its tributaries. Since 1998 SAGE members have been active participants in multi-stakeholder efforts to improve water management in southern Alberta, including the work of the Oldman River Basin Advisory Committee, the Oldman River Basin Water Quality Initiative and the Oldman Watershed Council established in 2004.