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6 tips for a green Christmas

Mother Earth News / Jennifer Tuohy / 31 October 2017

Have a green Christmas this holiday season with decorations and celebrations designed to reduce waste while still conveying the spirit of the season.

Skip the Wrapping Paper

Don’t wrap gifts in single-use paper — it’s one of the largest contributors to waste during the holidays. Turn old maps, magazines, and book pages into creative gift wrap. Make reusable wrapping bags out of fabric in a few different sizes or purchase sturdy gift bags that can be used several times before recycling. For gifts that need traditional wrapping paper, opt for gift wrap made with recycled content.

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What is PlugShare and why should I use it?

PlugShare / FAQ / 11 July 2017

PlugShare is a free application for iOS, Android, and web that allows users to find and review charging stations, and to connect with other plug-in vehicle owners. PlugShare provides the most accurate and complete public charging map worldwide, with stations from every major network in North America (Tesla Supercharger, Blink, EVgo, ChargePoint, SemaCharge, GE WattStation, AeroVironment) and Europe (RWE, Clever, Endesa, Enel).

  • Majority of new EV registrations sign up for a PlugShare account
  • Database of 42,000+ charging stations in USA and Canada
  • Global coverage of 96,000+ charging stations
  • 475,000 station reviews and 100,000 charging station photos

PlugShare is also the official EV charging station locator for the Nissan No Charge to Charge ProgramSM and the MyFord Mobile app.

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Master gardener tip of the month

MGOC Trowel Talk / November 2017

My veggie garden hasn’t been tilled for four years and the soil is very rich and healthy. When I started gardening, I was taught that rototilling or double-digging a garden was the way to get organic matter mixed in and to ensure light, friable soil. Today’s science tells us that turning over the soil is actually bad for it. The mycorrhizal fungi and micro-organisms that make the nutrients and trace elements available to the plants are in that top layer of soil. If we constantly work the soil, we are disturbing those organisms – in effect, we are burying them and cutting off their air supply. New ones will colonize but instead of having a continuous, dynamic, healthy soil, you are constantly starting over.

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8 more amazing benefits of trees

The Climate Lemon / Tegan Tallullah / 29 October 2017

It’s safe to say that life would not be the same without trees. In fact, all human civilisation is dependent upon them. Not only as a source of valuable resources, but also for the ecological benefits they provide – called ecosystem services. We all know trees are awesome, but most people don’t quite understand all the important things they do.

I’m sure you know the basic stuff:

  • Trees produce oxygen, which we need to breath
  • They absorb carbon dioxide, helping us fight climate change
  • They produce timber, firewood and paper
  • They provide a habitat for wildlife

But do you know that trees are also a natural flood defence? Or that they help to block out excess noise? Or that patients heal quicker if they have a view of trees? Here’s 8 amazing benefits of trees that might be new to you.

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The dirty secret in your investment portfolio

CoPower / David Berliner / 09 November 2017

Chances are you heard about the controversial study released earlier this year that said the greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one less child.

According to the study, the next best actions are selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian – actions that many of us commit to routinely in an effort to lessen our footprint and combat climate change, but which pale in comparison to the choice of having one fewer child.

But to those of us at CoPower, the study left out a critical component of an individual’s personal decisions – how we invest our money.

When we dug a little deeper, we were shocked to discover that the average Canadian investor does more climate damage with their investment portfolio than they do with all other actions in their daily lives combined.

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‘One Day a Week’ with McCartney, Harrelson and Stone

SupportMFM / 02 November 2017

Narrated by Paul, and with appearances from Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, the film describes how the beauty of the planet only exists through a delicate balance of climatic conditions – a balance we are dangerously disrupting through our insatiable desire for animal products.

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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

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