On behalf of the Gahnhǎ Climate Leadership group we have been working hard, with provincial funding, to bring climate change and energy efficiency information to the people of Eden Valley. We have been successful forming a Climate Leadership Working Group and collaborating with the Elders.
Community Gathering – March 23
We’re currently discussing a project to put solar panels on the hockey arena.
At our March 21 meeting, the Elders talked about how the land is different when they were growing up and they strongly agree that we need to use the land for solar energy.
On March 22 we did a sample residential energy audit at a Nation member’s house. Adam of 3D Energy showed us what they look for during an energy audit. The working group will be helping with energy audits on 40 homes during the summer.
At our first Community Gathering on climate and energy, Councillor Rex talked about the history of Eden Valley. Christine of Callihoo Consulting talked about climate change, energy efficiency, ‘green’ jobs and renewable energy opportunities.
People used clickers to answer survey questions. Some interesting answers: • 86% of people would recycle pop cans and bottles if we had
recycling on reserve
• 96% of people would like a greenhouse so we can grow our own
• people want to learn more about
o being more energy efficient (26%)
o volunteering on projects with the Climate Leadership team
o renewable energy projects in Eden Valley (29%) o jobs related to the green economy (24%)
• of the people at the Gathering
o 59% are currently looking for work o 22% are currently employed
o 4% are currently students
o 15% are elders
Grow Calgary Field Trip -- By Lindsay Ear and Ron Daniels
Thirteen members of the climate leadership elders and working group took a trip to Grow Calgary on April 13. Grow Calgary grows vegetables for people in need, with as little money as possible. They started with $10 about 5 years ago and now produce food for many charitable societies in Calgary.
Their method is GRUB – glean, repurpose, upcycle and build. They don’t throw things away, they find uses for them. Some people’s junk is another person’s treasure.
$5 greenhouses are small greenhouses built of scrap lumber, windows and doors from
demolished houses, and scrap plastic. You only have to buy nails. A fancy one had a skylight recovered from a Market Mall renovation.
We think we could easily build $5 greenhouses in Eden Valley. There are so many materials and structures around the reserve that can be used instead of being thrown away.
EJ Poucette photo
Grow Calgary also has something called the ‘earthship’ which is used to extend the growing season. It has an outside and an inside room. The outside faces south and is heated all day by the sun. This heats the tires and cans in the walls of the inside room which hold the heat overnight. The inside room is half in the ground.
It never freezes inside the inside room. The tires are heated by the sun and keep the earthship warm. There are vents to bring in cool air during the summer. There are pop cans and glass bottles in the structure which means they don’t have to use as much concrete, and it dries
faster too. They use snow gathered in buckets which melts inside for their water so they don’t have to have a watering system.
EJ Poucette photo
EJ Poucette photo
We’re excited to get our own earthship going in Eden Valley. It’s something we can do together, would get us out in nature, would give us fresh healthy food that could be shared with the community.
We’re hoping everybody will participate in building an earthship and lots of $5 greenhouses. Start looking around your own yard for scrap that you thought was junk, old tires, scrap lumber, pails, jars and glass bottles, tin cans, window and door frames, sheet plastic. If you’re interested in getting the earthship and small green houses going, talk to us (Lindsay and Ron). They will be great community projects!
This newsletter will be whatever the community needs it to be. Right now the Climate Leadership group and the Alberta Workforce group will be adding to it but any group can add to the newsletter. Just contact Chloe if you have something you wish to be added.