Learn how to live a zero waste lifestyle

Transition Brockville / 15 June 2019

Can you imagine reducing your household waste from one trash barrel to a single 250 ml Mason jar every two weeks?

It can be done. Michelle Dunford, of Kemptville, will show how during her talk, “Practical Zero Waste Living,” at the next Transition Brockville presentation, Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library’s program room.

Dunford, 32, her husband, 40, and their 2-year-old son have been using the 5 R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot) to achieve a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle this past year, while both work 8 a.m to 5 p.m. jobs. In the last 6 months, they have thrown out only one curbside can of garbage.

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Ottawa to ban single-use plastics as soon as 2021

The Energy Mix / 09 June 2019

The Trudeau government is planning to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, as part of a wider plastic pollution strategy set to be released today in coordinated announcements by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, CBC revealed in an exclusive report late Sunday afternoon.

The breaking news comes at a time when fossil companies are fretting about a mounting global backlash against plastic pollution, as public opinion coalesces into a threat to a business they’ve been counting on as a reliable source of demand for their own raw product.

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Forget AC: Cool your home naturally

Mother Earth News / Carol Venolia, Kelly Lerner / August/September 2007

Space cooling and heating can account for up to 45 percent of your total home energy use every year, but there are numerous strategies you can employ to reduce cooling costs. For instance, a ceiling fan used in conjunction with air conditioning lets you raise the thermostat by as much as 4 degrees while maintaining the same comfort level in a room. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that each degree below 78 degrees on your thermostat will increase your air conditioning bill by 8 percent. You also can use natural ventilation to capture and create breezes, or to help you take advantage of nighttime drops in temperature.

Other money-saving ideas include minimizing heat gain, weather sealing, insulating, window shading and glazing, roof lightening and landscaping (see “Best Bets for Passive Cooling”). Because natural ventilation is one of the most cost-effective ways to cool your home, we’ll examine it here in greater detail.

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New camp offers nature learning in Brockville and Lyn

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 10 June 2019

The Frontenac Arch Biosphere (FAB) Foundation and Network is expanding into the Brockville area for eight unique weeks of camp for children aged five to 11, with a leader in training program available for 12 and 13-year-olds.

The nature camp, as described by program manager Kelly McGann, focuses heavily on play-space learning.

“(The campers) are learning about where they live and what the importance of their role in that environment is,” said McGann. “The idea is exposing people to where they live, to the different elements of the environment that they are living in.”

The camp will be at Mac Johnson on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Lyn Valley Conservation Area Tuesday and Thursday each week.

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Tracking climate commitments of federal parties

National Observer / Carl Meyer / 05 June 2019

Four young Canadians are tracking the commitments of federal political parties on the climate crisis as campaigns rev up for the fall election.

Shake Up The Establishment is a website run by Manvi Bhalla, Janaya Campbell, Taro Halfnight and Cameron Fioret, all graduates or students of the University of Guelph.

The team will volunteer their time to help voters compare the environmental plans of the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democratic Party and Greens ahead of the election that is to be held on or before Oct. 21, 2019.

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Ready Set Rain Strategy

Green Communities Canada / April 2019

The Ready Set Rain Strategy was developed by Green Communities Canada with input from stakeholders from across the province. It maps out a vision for flood-resilient Ontario communities, along with ideas for moving more communities towards this vision. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting this project.

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The Transition Framework

Transition initiatives share many of the same goals as other groups, and work collaboratively with a variety of organizations in their local areas. Transition differs in that it focuses specifically on preparing communities for the changes associated with unprecedented resource depletion and transitioning away from fossil-fuel dependency.

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