The Manitoba Eco-Network often sends out press releases on environmental issues. We work to engage, organize, and bring forth the voice of the environmental community. Below is a list of some of our recent press releases.
The Manitoba Eco-Network (MbEN), along with Our Line in the Sand Manitoba (OLS), Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC) and What the Frack Manitoba (WTFMB) launches the “Save Our Water” campaign to raise awareness about Sio Silica’s sand mining activities in southeastern Manitoba.
MbEN restored and updated the interactive Manigotagan River canoe map, a one-of-a kind river map that goes into detail on its points of interest along the Manigotagan River. It has since been a popular map for many paddlers in the province, and this update includes a brand new story board that highlights the history and ecological significance of the Manigotagan.
MbEN recognizes individuals and organizations every year through the Anne Lindsay Protecting our Earth Award. In 2020, Brooklands School was recognized for their students’ fostering of nature by having class outdoors six weeks a year. The school also partnered with MbEN on a community garden project along an underused asphalt space and launched a cycling program in partnership with the WRENCH.
As part of Phase 1’s Building Community Climate Resiliency project, MbEN released the final report, titled The Will is the Way: Building Climate Resiliency. It highlights gaps in community climate resiliency work in Winnipeg. The project revealed that the day-to-day work of climate resiliency is constrained by two significant barriers: A lack of municipal funding and inadequate municipal political support.
MbEN and others were a signatory to a public statement regarding CanWhite Sands Corp’s proposed silica sand development project. The statement calls for a joint federal/provincial panel review process to be undertaken that assesses and reviews CanWhite Sands Corp. processing facility, its mine, and mining method as one project.
Manitoba Seniors for Sustainability, a volunteer-led coalition of local seniors, launched a fundraising campaign in May 2020 for environmental organizations including MbEN that lost core funding . It was hoped that a few thousand seniors receiving money from the province would donate their cheques to support environmental organizations such as MbEN.
MbEN was part of a group of presenters to the Public Utilities Board, urging higher energy savings targets and broadening the scope of Efficiency Manitoba to tackle the climate crisis. Recommendations put forward include investing in technologies such as heat pumps, solar installations, electrification of vehicles, net zero and passive house construction, and building retrofits.
Joan Kuyek, a founding member of Mining Watch Canada, visited Winnipeg to launch her newest book, “Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community from the Mining Industry”, which highlights mining effects in communities, Indigenous Peoples, workers, and governments.
Environmental organizations including the Manitoba Eco-Network organized a leaders debate on Manitoba’s climate and the environment ahead of the September 10th, 2019 provincial election. Questions were asked to the leaders on how they plan to support Manitobans in the global climate emergency.