Speak for the Bees

Lecture Series 2020-21

When Milton Public Library conducted its series of Community Conversations, we heard you loud and clear: Miltonians are passionate about environmental issues. Whether it was students participating in climate strikes in their schools, or grandparents worried about the kind of future they were leaving behind for their grandchildren, environmental consciousness was a key priority across all of our conversations.

Milton Public Library is delighted to be hosting a series of virtual lectures and events under the Speak for the Bees banner, with generous support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Speak for the Bees is both a play on Dr. Seuss's cautionary tale, The Lorax, and a nod to our award-winning brand identity. In 2019, MPL launched its bee logo, which symbolizes the library as a hive of activity and teamwork, where the community comes together to be inspired.

Speak for the Bees invites participants of all ages to engage with our environmentally-themed speakers: to ask questions, to think critically, to get informed on how to cope with the current climate emergency, and most importantly, to learn how to save the bees.

  • Environmental Philosophy for Kids

    Environmental Philosophy for Kids

    There are as many ways to think and talk about the environment as there are pebbles in a stream. So where do smart kids start? By asking BIG questions! How closely related are human beings to other parts of nature? Do plants and animals have thoughts and feelings like we do? How can we tell?

    If your little thinker has big questions about the environment, this program is for them. Join Red T Media for a lively discussion about environmental philosophy for kids. They'll be thinking...and thinking green!

    Ages: 7-12

    Date: October 20, 6:30 pm on Zoom

    Register here: https://mplca.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=9101&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/10/01 

  • BeeMushroomed: How Fungi Can Give Bees a Chance

    How Mushrooms Can Save the World


    In 2014, Paul Stamets (leading mycologist and TED Talk presenter), Dr. Steve Sheppard (Chair, Department of Entomology, Washington State University) and the Washington State Beekeepers Association teamed up in a research initiative called BeeFriendly™ to help reverse devastating declines in the global bee population that are critically threatening the world’s food security.

    In 2015, experiments began where honey bees drank different mushroom mycelium extracts. Research is indicating that mushroom mycelium extracts provide essential nutrition that confers an immune benefit to bees. This nutritional support then translates into improved hive health.

    Due to the increase in monocultured landscapes and the loss of biodiversity, bees have lost access to many sources of nutrition that they might have benefited from in the past. Mycelium extracts may prove to be a powerful support for bees as they endure more challenging conditions in our ecosystems. Come sit in on this wonderful webinar led by Loni Ronnebaum of Fungi Perfecti to learn more.

    Ages: Fun for All Ages

    Date: Friday, October 23 @ 8:00 p.m. via GoToWebinar

    Register Here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4889159182153986320  

  • "The Right to Be Cold" Environmental Book Club & Author Event

    "The Right to Be Cold"
    Environmental Book Club and Author Event

    Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s book The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture—and ultimately the world—in the face of past, present, and future environmental degradation.

    Watt-Cloutier passionately argues that climate change is a human rights issue and one to which all of us on the planet are inextricably linked. The Right to Be Cold is the culmination of Watt-Cloutier’s regional, national, and international work over the last twenty-five years, weaving historical traumas and current issues such as climate change, leadership, and sustainability in the Arctic into her personal story to give a coherent and holistic voice to an important subject.

    The #HCCReads campaign is a joint project with the Halton Regional libraries, Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel, and the Halton Climate Collective (HCC) including the Halton District School Board

    The campaign will be launched September 28 and culminate in a virtual event on November 19 at 8pm. The author Sheila Watt-Cloutier will engage our community with a recorded message exclusive to the community of Halton. The HCC will also have a brief review of local climate challenges, current local initiatives mitigating emission, and local adaption efforts combatting the impacts of climate change.

    Ages: Teens, Adults

    Date: Thursday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm

    Registration: TBD

  • Carbon Conversations

    Carbon Conversations

    Carbon Conversations TO provides a safe space for people to express their concerns about climate change while gaining tools and resources to help reduce your carbon footprint. They help participants work with the complex emotions that make it difficult to act and find renewed motivation.

    Designed with Carbon Conversations materials developed by psychotherapist Rosemary Randal and engineer Andy Brown in the UK, this successful model is being applied in the GTA for the first time.

    Come learn more about the Carbon Conversation approach and how you can join the conversation.

    Ages: Adults

    Date: November 2020

    RegistrationTBD -- watch this space!

  • Pollinator Gardens

    Pollinator Gardens

    The environmental impact of gardening cannot be overstated, especially as it relates to important pollinators, like bees.

    If you are feeling overwhelmed about the environmental issues facing our planet today, think locally.

    Join Sean James, past president and treasured member of the Milton & District Horticultural Society, as he discusses how to help your garden help the bees.

    Ages: Adults

    Date: TBD

    Registration: TBD -- watch this space!

  • Honeybee Research Centre

    Honey Bee Research Centre

    Did you know that the University of Guelph is home to a state of the art Honey Bee Research Centre? 

    The Ontario Agricultural College initiated apiculture training and research in 1894. In 1920, an apiculture building was built on campus that was the first of its kind in North America for beekeeping studies. The current facilities include a molecular biology laboratory focusing on honey bee genetics and diseases, 13 apiaries for our 300 beehives, honey bee breeding stations on two islands in Lake Simcoe, an indoor colony overwintering room and the equipment necessary for all aspects of beekeeping and hive product processing.

    Honey bees play a key role in agricultural productivity and ecosystem sustainability by providing pollination services to crops and wild plants. Come learn more about their mandate to help honey bees continue this vital work.

    Ages: Adults

    Date: TBD

    Registration: TBD -- watch this space!