ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST, NEW DAWN FILMS FOR CHANGE, THE NEW DAWN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, AND DR. ASHLEE CUNSOLO WILLOX FROM CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY WILL HOST AN HISTORIC PEOPLE’S CLIMATE FORUM IN SYDNEY’S NORTHEND. THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, THE EVENT IS PART OF A BROADER MOVEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND NORTH AMERICA, TO HIGHLIGHT AND SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE LARGEST EVER CLIMATE MARCH PLANNED FOR THE 21ST IN NEW YORK CITY AND THE UN CLIMATE SUMMIT TWO DAYS LATER. THE CAPE BRETON EVENT WILL INCLUDE MUSIC, FOOD, COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS AND THE PREMIERE OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM – LAMENT FOR THE LAND. THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 12:00-4:00PM AT NEW DAWN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, FORMER HOLY ANGELS HIGH SCHOOL. ADMISSION IS FREE AND THERE WILL BE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES.
A fund raising concert to support the work of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association (BLBRA) was held at the St Georges Channel Hall on the evening of June 28, 2014. More than 100 … Continue reading
The first line says it all…”Biosphere Reserves are not about nature conservation, they are about people“!
Biosphere reserves have three major functions: conservation, sustainable economies, and capacity building through education and research. Conservation of countrysides, ecosystems, species, and genetic variation. Sustainable Economies - that are socially, culturally, economically and ecologically sustainable. Logistic support/Capacity building for research, monitoring, education, … Continue reading
The activities of the Biosphere Reserve will be overseen by the BLBRA working with other local organizations already focusing on conservation, sustainable development, and capacity building (research, monitoring and education) in their programs.
The boundary of the proposed biosphere reserve defines the watershed for the Bras d’Or Lake. It is a line that joins the high points of land all around the Lake. If rain falls inside the line, it runs toward the … Continue reading
We are volunteers who have worked to have the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed designated as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. We now oversee the activities of the Biosphere Reserve. We are a registered society in the province of Nova Scotia.
Biosphere reserves are special places around the world where people are trying to live more sustainably – that means 4 things:
- a healthy environment
- a healthy economy
- a healthy society
- a healthy culture.
Now, isn’t that worth recognizing? That’s what the United Nations thought back in the early 1970′s when they came up with this concept. They wanted to give international recognition to these places – where people could find out more about the special natural resources of an area and how the people were working to save them for future generations.
Together, biosphere reserves form a world network for promoting exchange of information, experience and personnel. Currently (2014), there are 631 BR sites in 119 countries. Sixteen of those are in Canada!