Are you interested in helping Brockville become bike friendly as directed in the Official Plan and Sustainability and other plans, and as endorsed by Council in the Healthy Communities Vision? If so, the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee is seeking new members.

Applicants will have a sincere interest in furthering the City's objectives as described in the Official Plan, and be willing to work collaboratively, engage productively and understand evidence-based approaches. Interest or experience in any of the following would be helpful: outreach/education, transportation engineering and facility design, policy review and development, public health trends, cycle tourism, event organization, research and reporting...


TRANSITION BROCKVILLE

  • The issues we face as grass roots Movements for Change
    Transition Network / Naresh Giangrande / 22 October 2018
    From my time working with Transition groups all around the world, I have seen these issues present in just about every Transition group. They lead me to ask whether we are working in the right way, or whether we are asking the right questions, or working in a way that will ultimately produce change, or whether the structure of the Industrial Growth System somehow prevents fundamental systemic change. Here are some of the main stumbling blocks...

REGIONAL

  • Another downtown charging station
    Gord McFarlane / 20 November 2018
    The EV charging station at The New Oak Tree, 28 King Street East, Brockville, is now fully operational. Use your EVduty app on your smart phone to activate the charger. Level 2, 240V, 30A. Enjoy Downtown Brockville while your EV is charging.
  • Sustainable gardens to open near Elgin
    Recorder & Times / Ian MacAlpine / 25 October 2018
    Participants will be able to receive agricultural job training in organic farming practices, learn about local food systems, improve culinary skills with locally grown produce and attend specialized workshops in health, wellness and living sustainably, a news release said. "It's really a space for young people to come, for everybody to come to think about a sustainable lifestyle and addressing our local food systems." Partnering up for the project with No. 9: Contemporary Art and the ...

CANADA

  • Two ‘clean growth leaders’ to lead climate advisory panel
    CBC News / Salimah Shivji / 24 November 2018
    The federal government is turning to a longtime environmental activist and the CEO of the country’s largest community credit union as it seeks advice on how to reach its climate change targets, particularly in the transportation and buildings sectors. The newly named panel chairs are Steven Guilbeault, co-founder of Equiterre, a Quebec-based non-profit that promotes sustainable agriculture and solutions to environmental degradation, and Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of Vancity, a ...
  • ‘We’ve never seen this’: Canadian glaciers shrinking rapidly
    The Guardian / Leyland Cecco / 30 October 2018
    Scientists in Canada have warned that massive glaciers in the Yukon territory are shrinking even faster than would be expected from a warming climate – and bringing dramatic changes to the region. After a string of recent reports chronicling the demise of the ice fields, researchers hope that greater awareness will help the public better understand the rapid pace of climate change. The rate of warming in the north is double that of the average global temperature increase, concluded the US ...
  • Feds' carbon pricing plan will leave you better off
    Clean Energy Canada / 23 October 2018
    Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government's detailed plan to put a price on carbon pollution: Putting a price on pollution works. It cuts pollution and spurs innovation in our economy. We have seen this in B.C., Quebec and many other jurisdictions in North America and around the world, so it's an important addition to the federal government's policy toolkit. The government is taking the right approach, ensuring ...
  • Online maps show impact on Canada's boreal forests
    The Province / Bob Weber / 22 October 2018
    New online maps let viewers zero in on how climate change will affect their part of Canada's boreal forest. "It's designed to give information that's relevant to people where they live," Danny Blair, co-director of the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg, said Monday. The centre released its climate atlas of Canada last spring. This week, they've added information that details how things are likely to change in the boreal forest, the vast ribbon of green that stretches across ...
  • Plastic bottle recycling needs deposit incentive
    The London Free Press / Robin Baranyai / 23 November 2018
    Two years ago, the World Economic Forum made a frightening prediction: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish. Staggeringly, these projected rates of consumption are calculated by weight. One of the reasons plastic packaging is so popular is its lightness. Yet each year, on average, eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. It doesn't disappear or decompose; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller shards, until it looks a lot like fish food...

THE BIG PICTURE

  • Fourth National Climate Assessment (US)
    U.S. Global Change Research Program / 23 November 2018
    The Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) deliver a report to Congress and the President no less than every four years that "1) integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the Program...; 2) analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; and 3) analyzes ...
  • The many ways climate change worsens California wildfires
    Yale Climate Connections / Dana Nuccitelli / 13 November 2018
    California has been ravaged by record wildfires in recent years. 2017 was the state's costliest and most destructive fire season on record. The Mendocino wildfire in July 2018 was California's largest-ever by a whopping 60 percent. Even though California's wildfire season has traditionally ended in October, the Camp Fire raging in November 2018 is the state's most destructive on record. The data tell the story: Six of California's ten most destructive wildfires on record have now struck in just ...
  • Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us
    The Guardian / George Monbiot / 14 November 2018
    Only one of the many life support systems on which we depend – soils, aquifers, rainfall, ice, the pattern of winds and currents, pollinators, biological abundance and diversity – need fail for everything to slide. For example, when Arctic sea ice melts beyond a certain point, the positive feedbacks this triggers (such as darker water absorbing more heat, melting permafrost releasing methane, shifts in the polar vortex) could render runaway climate breakdown unstoppable. When the Younger Dryas ...
  • Looking back on the 6th International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity
    degrowth.info / 31 August 2018
    Last week, from the 21st until the 25th of August 2018, the 6th International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity took place in Malmö, Sweden. It was organized by an international group and the newly formed Institutet för nerväxtstudier (Institute for degrowth studies). Around 800 people discussed about "Dialogues in turbulent times". This article will give you a concise account of the conference and some reviews of selected plenary sessions from the perspective ...
  • Stuck between hope and fear
    The Agenda with Steve Paikin / 07 November 2018
    Neither the dire warnings recently issued by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change nor the decades-long efforts of environmentalists have incited enough action on climate change. Why not? The Agenda welcomes Graham Saul, the executive director of Nature Canada, to discuss his research that shows it might have to do with how the story of climate change gets told...

STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • 65 tips to save money through self-reliance
    Mother Earth News / Kale Roberts / February/March 2014
    Throughout the years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have proved to be a clever lot. You've shown time and again that you can save a bundle when you apply resourcefulness and a little elbow grease to home economics. Frankly, our consumer culture pressures many of us to live above our means. The good news is that making a personal and household commitment to a more frugal lifestyle can be a fulfilling, healthy choice — and the following tips to save money can start you on that journey. Imagine what ...
  • Sustainable city living on 1/10th of an acre
    Happen Films / 20 October 2018
    This film tells the story of one small family practicing urban sufficiency. They live on 1/10th of an acre in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. By living more simply and utilizing alternative technologies this household draws 75-80% less electricity from the grid than the Australian average (per capita). At the same time they’re exporting five times that amount in solar energy back into the grid...
  • Self-care essential to effective activism
    The London Free Press / Craig and Marc Kielburger / 23 November 2018
    Whatever your plan for changing the world, it needs to include steps for taking care of yourself. It's a lesson many advocates – ourselves included – learn the hard and exhausted way. We were slow to discover the importance of scheduling "down time" into hectic travel schedules and wall-to-wall meetings as charity co-founders. We'd push hard for a cause, working all-nighters fuelled by coffee and dedication. But unbridled passion isn't sustainable. Journalist and social activist June Callwood ...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Community Garden Info Session

Food Matters Coalition
WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, 458 Laurier Boulevard

Be a part of Brockville's newest community garden plan!

The Food Matters Coalition together with St. John Bosco School, Gemmell's Garden Centre, the Volunteer Bureau of Rideau-St. Lawrence, Transition Brockville, the City of Brockville, The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and community volunteers are planning the development of a community garden in the greenspace on the west side of Dana St. just north of Laurier Blvd. intersection. The plan is to have the garden up and running for the 2019 growing season. Please join us to learn more!

Questions? Call 613-345-5685 ext. 2219 or email healthyeating@healthunit.org


Give North Grenville - Silent Auction

Sustainable North Grenville
WHEN: Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm
WHERE: 92 Maplewood Avenue, Oxford Mills

SHOP LOCALLY for a vibrant community! Sustainable North Grenville invites you to join us for some seasonal cheer at our annual get-together and Give North Grenville silent auction featuring specialty items gathered from local merchants and artisans.

To be a sustainable community it is important to support your local economy by buying from local businesses and artisans. Why not commit to buying at least some of your gifts this year in the Kemptville and Merrickville area? Shopping locally supports your family and friends who rely on the jobs that local businesses provide as well as the choice and ready availability of many amenities and services which keep our community vibrant. Use it or lose it!

More info: Here