International Day of Forests 21 March21 Mar, 2017 | Posted by: cnhe
Today is the International Day of Forests
2017 Theme: Forests and energy
This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people's lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.
Wood is a major renewable energy source - Wood provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric or wind power, accounting for roughly 45 percent of current global renewable energy supply (27 percent of total primary energy supply in Africa, 13 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean and 5 percent in Asia and Oceania).
Wood energy powers economic development - Almost 900 million people, mostly in developing countries, are engaged in the wood-energy sector on a part- or full-time basis. Modernizing the wood energy sector can help revitalize rural economies and stimulate enterprise development – greater investment in wood energy production and advanced wood fuels can provide revenue to finance better forest management, more growing forests and more jobs.
Wood and trees contribute to optimal urban living and lower energy bills - Strategically placed trees in urban areas can cool the air by between 2 to 8 degrees C.
Wood energy mitigates climate change and fosters sustainable development - Globally, forests hold an energy content approximately 10 times that of the world’s annual primary energy consumption. They thus have significant potential as renewable resources to meet global energy demand. Forests provide clean air, water and energy. Sustainably managed forests can provide renewable and carbon neutral energy for a greener future.
Forests for energy, now and in a future global green economy - Greater investment in technological innovation and in sustainably managed forests is the key to increasing forests’ role as a major source of renewable energy. In this way, we invest in our sustainable future, in meeting several Sustainable Development Goals and in growing a green economy. Increased areas of sustainably household and community woodlots and the use of clean and efficient wood stoves can give millions more people in developing countries access to cheap, reliable and renewable energy.
Canada Water Week and World Water Day 201716 Mar, 2017 | Posted by: cnhe
MARCH 20 TO 27, 2017
WORLD WATER DAY: MARCH 22, 2017
Each year since 2011 Canada Water Week has encouraged communities to celebrate water. In a country as vast as ours, each watershed, wetland, lake, river, stream and pond has unique characteristics and reasons to celebrate, and over the years we've seen many inventive celebrations. This year, as we mark our seventh annual Canada Water Week, we are returning to our roots and providing a flexible theme to allow your creativity to soar. We look forward to seeing how you celebrate your Healthy Rivers and Living Lakes this year!
November is Radon Awareness Month21 Oct, 2016 | Posted by: cnhe
Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is colourless, odourless and tasteless. When Radon is released from the ground outside it mixes with fresh air and gets diluted resulting in concentrations too low to be of concern. However, when Radon enters an enclosed space, such as a house or basement, it can accumulate to high concentrations and become a health risk.
Radon gas can enter a house any place it finds an opening where the house contacts the soil: cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, cavities inside walls, and the water supply.
Radon can also be found in groundwater from private or small community wells. Radon produced in the ground can dissolve and accumulate in water from underground sources such as wells. When water containing Radon is agitated during daily household use â€“ showering, clothes washing or cooking, for example, the Radon gas can be released into the air. However, research has shown that drinking water that contains Radon is far less harmful than breathing the gas. The health risk does not come from consuming the Radon, but from inhaling the gas. And in most cases, the risk of Radon entering the home through water is much lower than if it enters through the ground.
Almost all homes have some Radon. The levels can vary dramatically even between similar homes located next to each other. The amount of Radon in a home will depend on many factors. Because there are so many factors, it is not possible to predict the Radon level in a home; the only way to know for sure is to test.
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption, encourages choice for more environmentally responsible products/services, and promotes actions that divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.
The program’s educational resources and “take action” messaging empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. Waste Reduction Week in Canada further provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating the solutions to the many environmental challenges we face including climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.
Join us in Saint John, New Brunswick, this June for CNA’s 2016 annual meeting of members and biennial convention, where we’ll showcase how RNs are implementing primary health care to its fullest potential. Watch the scenic video invitation the Nurses Association of New Brunswick made to welcome you to this premier event.
Where: Saint John Trade & Convention Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick
When: June 20-22, 2016
Nurses: Driving the Shift to Primary Health Care
About the convention theme
The primary health care approach (PHC) has long been recognized as the best way to optimize health and design and deliver effective health services. Yet, to be successful, we still need to expand PHC’s implementation throughout Canada. Our convention is geared toward the RN’s role in expanding PHC.
Brochure and poster available now!
World Earth Day 201607 Apr, 2016 | Posted by: cnhe
CNHE Supports the UN International Mother Earth Day and Canadian Earth Day - in 2016, the theme is 'Crowd-Planting the Global Forest!".
Earth Day Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world. More than six million Canadians—including nearly every school-aged child—participate in an Earth Day activity in their communities. We support the hundreds of organizations across the country who partner in offering Earth Day events, as they engage Canadians in annual celebrations of this special day.