White Rock commits to climate change action

Cloverdale Reporter / Alex Browne / 16 January 2020

In prior discussion, Coun. David Chesney had wondered whether the suggested directive might place an onerous burden on city hall employees.

The directive asks that climate change assessments figure in all staff reports to council, that staff keeps council up to date on Metro Vancouver and provincial climate change initiatives and opportunities, and that staff keeps council briefed on organizational, human resource or financial costs of pursuing this path.

But engineering and municipal operations director Jim Gordon told council that he believes all the work is both “do-able” and desirable.

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Kingston climate change symposium fosters local action

Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 16 January 2020

Trees, whether growing in forests and urban green spaces or harvested and used in construction, offer an effective tool in the fight against climate change, said one of province’s biggest forest proponents.

Speaking at the third Kingston Climate Symposium and the Grand Theatre on Thursday, Rob Keen, executive director of Forests Ontario, said the province, and Canada as a whole, has some of the best-managed forests in the world and those forests can play a big role in climate change.

“There is a lot of talk about reducing emissions to deal with climate change — and that is good, we all need to reduce — but trees and plants, through photosynthesis, are some of the few things that actually take CO2 out of the atmosphere,” Keen said.

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Climate crisis fills top five places of WEF’s risks report

The Guardian / Larry Elliott / 15 January 2020

A year of extreme weather events and mounting evidence of global heating have catapulted the climate emergency to the top of the list of issues worrying the world’s elite.

The World Economic Forum’s annual risks report found that, for the first time in its 15-year history, the environment filled the top five places in the list of concerns likely to have a major impact over the next decade.

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Starting your own canning club

Mother Earth News / Sarah Marshall / September 2018

The first week of the month used to feel weighted by bills, worries about everyday tasks, and to-do lists — leaving few thoughts about the future and more regrets about paying for the past. For the last few years, however, the first Wednesday of every month has instead brought anticipation and excitement. Our organizer Brooke Weeber (also this book’s illustrator) couldn’t have imagined the feelings her canning club would inspire when she reached out to a small group of friends to see if we wanted to meet up and exchange canned goods. Over time, the Portland Preservation Society has grown into much more than the canned food exchange she initiated — it is a reminder for all of us to spread creativity, joy, and delicious food.

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Asset manager BlackRock to focus on climate change

CBC News / The Associated Press / 14 January 2020

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, will make climate change central to its investment decisions.

Founder and CEO Laurence Fink, who oversees the management of about $7 trillion in funds, said in his influential annual letter to CEOs Tuesday that he believes we are “on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance” because of a warming planet.

Climate change has become the top issue raised by clients, Fink said, and will affect everything from municipal bonds to long-term mortgages for homes.

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McDonald’s still rejects reusable mugs — but promises change

CBC News / Sophia Harris / 15 January 2020

McDonald’s Canada plans to change its general policy of rejecting reusable mugs, a practice that has angered customers for years.

On Tuesday, the restaurant chain told CBC News that it hopes to have a new national policy in place by the end of February, which will allow customers to be served coffee or tea in their personal mug instead of a disposable cup.

“We listen to our guests, and we know this is an area of growing importance to Canadians,” said spokesperson Ryma Boussoufa in an email.

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Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

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