Healthy environment a right: Councillors

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 03 April 2019

Brockville council will vote next week on a motion declaring “the right to a healthy environment.”

Members of council’s planning and operations committee on Tuesday unanimously backed Coun. Cameron Wales’s motion to adopt the declaration put forward by the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Blue Dot” movement.

The full council is expected to put the declaration to a final vote next Tuesday.

The Blue Dot movement website describes it as “a national grassroots campaign based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water, and a say in decisions that affect our health and well-being.”

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SNG Sustainability Fair and Market – Presentations

Sustainable North Grenville / 29 March 2019

The 12th Annual Sustainability Fair and Market will be held on Sunday April 14 from 10am to 3pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. As before, the fair will be complemented by an electric vehicle show in the arena and a wide range of workshops and presentations. We encourage participants to come early because the presentations will begin right away and run back-to-back for the full event.

SNG’s very own Chris Weissflog will be presenting on “Affordable, Efficient, Zero Emission Housing”. Chris founded EcoGen Energy in 2007. EcoGen has designed and built solar water heating systems, combined solar thermal / heating systems, photovoltaic (PV) including grid-tied and off-grid systems, low-energy HVAC systems, and now complete Passive House level homes. His presentation will look at the kind of housing that is needed in the face of the climate crisis: describe what affordable, efficient, zero-emission housing is and how it is different from existing and code-level homes. He will explore what EcoGen is now building to meet that need.

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Inspiring children to appreciate real food

Mother Earth News / Rebecca Harrold / 25 January 2019

Real food has become a high priority in our lives. We want our children to understand the difference between food and food-like substances. We want them to choose real food. As a result, we’ve given much thought to integrating an appreciation for real food into our family’s culture. Below is a list of some thoughts we’ve compiled on ways to teach children about truly nourishing food. We’ve done each of these suggestions to some extent and our children are more knowledgeable about food than their peers, and even if they find a dish unappealing, are swayed to give it a try knowing that we would only serve them what is best for them. Though they still let us know they don’t like it!

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Climate change a walk between hope and despair, Saxe says

Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 17 January 2019

The challenge of combating climate change is a stark choice between hope and despair, both of which have a role to play, Ontario’s environment commissioner says.

Speaking at the second annual Kingston Climate Change Symposium on Thursday, Dianne Saxe said human-made climate change is the most pressing challenge facing the planet.

But it was easy to give in to despair as Saxe outlined the impact of climate change, both today and forecast for the coming decades.

“Anyone who works on climate change walks a knife edge between hope and despair,” Saxe said during her keynote address to the second annual symposium. “A lot of people think climate change is about polar bears and something that is going to happen sometime. It is here.

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Carbon emissions in the construction industry

Transition Brockville / 17 March 2019

25 tips for going local without going crazy

New Society Publishers / Julia Shanks, Brett Grohsgal / 04 April 2016

Locally sourced and seasonally raised foods taste better, and are better for you. They spend more time in the fields ripening – developing sweetness and flavor – because they don’t need to be picked under-ripe for shipping. Picking under-ripe vegetables also reduces the nutritional value. Farmers can grow more diverse varieties, bred for quality and flavor rather than long shelf life. And though a region may experience a drought or unusually cold weather for a season, the fruits and vegetables still grow at their optimal time, ensuring the best possible taste. Picking under-ripe vegetables reduces the nutritional value.

Buying local also benefits the environment and economy.

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The Transition Framework

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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