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Earth Day at NDC

April 16, 2014

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Red River College will once again be celebrating Earth Day.  You would be smart to watch for events throughout all campuses.

At the Notre Dame Campus, the Library will be participating in the “Sustainable Living EcoFair” which will be held in the Library Hallway on Thursday, April 24, between 11:00am – 2:00pm.  You may visit more than ten sustainability booths and enjoy some delicious local foods. Come on down and compete in some rousing sustainability games!

Library “Book Exchange” and “Plastic bag round up”!

If you bring a book, you may take a book!  We will accept ANY gently used book, not just fiction.  It’s that simple, and it’s a great way to reuse pre-loved and pre-enjoyed books.

Do you have plastic bags to recycle? The first 50 people to bring in a bunch of plastic shopping bags will receive a free reusable bag courtesy of the RRC Library.

When: Thursday, April 24, between 11:00am – 2:00pm
Two Locations: Library Hallway (NDC)  /  In the Atrium near Print Services (EDC)

NDC Library Window Display

Check out the colourful “Earth Day” display at the Notre Dame Library.  We are featuring many fantastic items from our collection.

The entire list of items in our Window Display is located here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

The Earth’s blanket : traditional teachings for sustainable living
earthsblanketEarly in the twentieth century, ethnographer James Teit wrote of the belief among the Nlaka’pmx people that plants and grasses are the blanket of the earth, and that if too much vegetation is destroyed, the earth weeps. In The Earth’s Blanket, ethnobotanist Nancy J. Turner explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and the spiritual connection to the natural world that is fundamental to indigenous cultures. Turner has worked with Aboriginal peoples in North America for more than twenty-five years, and her indigenous teachers have allowed her to share their perspectives about the natural world. Their teachings describe a rich variety of methods of harvesting – while maintaining and enhancing – our natural resources. More than just stories, these narratives underlie a belief system that informs everyday attitudes toward the earth.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=100631

environmental problem solvingEnvironmental problem solving : a how-to guide
This book teaches those on both sides of the table to address their own preconceptions and approach hard issues critically, methodically, and fairly. Hughes combines aspects of the decision-making process from the fields of business, management, and communication science based on extensive research and ample practical experience in the field and classroom. He creates a logical framework to help guide thinking from identifying a problem to finding its solution. Using examples drawn from real-life situations, Environmental Problem Solving will become an invaluable guide for environmentalists, agency professionals, consultants, students, naturalists, and concerned citizens.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=99343

Everything under the sun : toward a brighter future on a small blue planet
EverythingSunCoverFinal.inddIn this latest offering from David Suzuki, the well-known scientist, author, and broadcaster explores the interconnectedness of the world’s myriad environmental challenges. The solutions are there, he argues; we just need the will to act together to bring about change. Suzuki delves into such provocative topics as the difference between human hunters and other predators, our dependence on the sun, and what we must learn from Japan’s recent reactor meltdown. He also doesn’t avoid controversial opinion, especially when it comes to taking on those who stand in the way of resolving serious issues like climate change.  Everything Under the Sun includes telling facts and stats, the latest scientific findings, and examples of the positive actions people are taking today toward protecting what we have. Underpinning it all is the recognition that Earth gives us everything we require to live, under a sun that provides the energy to produce food, transport, and all of our modern conveniences.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=117378

get outGet out! : 150 easy ways for kids and grown-ups to get into nature and build a greener future
Chockful of ideas to get families, classrooms, and groups outside learning about nature, experiencing the world in new ways, and taking a hands-on approach to the three r’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). Chapters on being a green consumer and green eater, as well as on choosing an issue and taking a stand, make for a well-rounded yet easy-to-use handbook for making a difference indoors and out. Open to any page to find something to do today. The payoff is huge: Not only is nature just plain awesome to be in, research shows that spending time outdoors can actually improve our physical and emotional health.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=113572

Seven rules for sustainable communities : design strategies for the post-carbon world
pc_sevenrulesbook_coverNo other book so clearly connects the form of our cities to their ecological, economic, and social consequences. No other book takes on this breadth of complex and contentious issues and distills them down to such convincing and practical solutions. And no other book so vividly compares and contrasts the differing experiences of U.S. and Canadian cities. Of particular new importance is how city form affects the production of planet-warming greenhouse gases. The author explains this relationship in an accessible way, and goes on to show how conforming to seven simple rules for community design could literally do a world of good.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=114995