Emergency survival kits

Mother Earth News / Matthew Stein / December 2010/January 2011

In today’s world of blackouts, big storms, terror alerts and global warming, many of us will experience significant disruptions in the flow of electricity or goods at some point in our lives. Having an emergency survival kit can be a big comfort and aid — maybe even a lifesaver — in such a situation. Stocking up on a few supplies, learning new skills and making an emergency contingency plan don’t have to take a lot of time or money, and these steps will foster peace of mind in turbulent times.

You can’t plan for all possible scenarios, but a wise person plans for the most likely possibilities and stores at least a few basic supplies for emergencies. The tips here will help you evaluate your needs and goals, and plan for short-term emergency situations (72 hours to one week).

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

TV weathercasters: the unsung heroes of the climate crisis

The Guardian / Pam Radtke Russell / 18 September 2019

Local TV weather forecasters have become foot soldiers in the war against climate misinformation. Over the past decade, a growing number of meteorologists and weathercasters have begun addressing the climate crisis either as part of their weather forecasts, or in separate, independent news reports to help their viewers understand what is happening and why it is important.

And the reports are having an impact.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Student’s pledge: No kids until Canada takes action

CBC News / Isaac Olson / 17 September 2019

An 18-year-old McGill University student pledges to not have children until she is sure the Canadian government is taking serious steps to battle climate change.

And hundreds more are following in her footsteps.

“Our government isn’t doing enough,” Emma Lim said on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak Tuesday.

The steps provincial and federal lawmakers are taking are “nowhere near the action needed,” she said.

The young climate activist decided to take action of her own — launching a climate-change movement dubbed, “#No Future, No Children,” that is quickly gathering steam.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Sudbury’s food forests thriving

Sudbury Star / Mary Katherine Keown / 13 September 2019

Part of the food forest at Delki Dozzi. The food forest is designed to resemble a forest ecosystem and requires no watering after a couple of years. There are several kinds of flowers in the forest to attract pollinators. Mary Katherine Keown/The Sudbury Star
“I think it’s doing great,” Carrie Regenstreif, executive director of Sudbury Shared Harvest, said. “Way better than I expected – I was honestly a little skeptical. When you saw it the first year and there’s just a bunch of plants with woodchips around them, you don’t really believe it’s going to fill in like this.”

The 8,000-square-foot forest is open to the public and Regenstreif said nearly every time she visits, she sees someone harvesting.

The forest contains several types of apple, cherry and plum trees; Saskatoon berries; ever-bearing strawberries, which produce fruit until the frost hits; gooseberries; haskaps; sea buckthorn; asparagus, which will be ready in 2020; rhubarb; currants; and three varieties of raspberries, in addition to other species. Everything in the forest is drought-resistant. In fact, the food forest is designed not to require watering after the first two years.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Leafy ambitions for fall’s bounty

Trowel Talk / Pat Stachon / September 2019

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year in Eastern Canada that people travel to this area just to enjoy the wonderful sight. As the leaves begin to turn, their colours vary every year depending on our previous summer weather. They can also vary widely from tree to tree and even branch to branch.

Leaves begin to fall any time from the end of August and by November we usually wonder what is to be done with them all?

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

LGTIRL all-candidates debate to build environmental leadership

100 Debates on the Environment - LGTIRL / 12 September 2019

On October 2, community groups and individuals in our riding are hosting a non-partisan all-candidates debate on the environment for Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands & Rideau Lakes (LGTIRL).

Around the world, we are seeing dramatic shifts in technology and people’s behaviour to help address environmental problems.

Here in the communities of LGTIRL, we are playing our part by adopting solar energy, retrofitting our homes and integrating energy efficiency into new homes, buying food that was raised or grown locally, composting our organic waste, and more.

But while individual action can make an important contribution to addressing problems like climate change, complex environmental challenges can’t be solved without government leadership.

Our riding’s event is part of a national effort in 100 ridings to host such debates, and to ask our candidates to tell us what they will do, if elected, to effect tangible and timely change.

[ more… ]

«page 1 of 253

The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
TB Projects

Subscribe to our Blog

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Subscribe to our Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for local, provincial and national news highlights along with Big Picture articles, tips on what you can do, and an area events calendar