9 Permaculture practices

Mother Earth News / Jessi Bloom / June/July 2017

We’re all stewards of the land, blessed to be living here, and it’s our critical responsibility to make sure we honor the natural resources that help us live. Permaculture design provides a great toolkit for doing this, and it can also help simplify your life and make your landscape more resilient. Practicing permaculture can be fun and rewarding on many levels.

Though it’s complex and can take years to learn, I’m going to help simplify permaculture for you. First and foremost, permaculture is rooted in ethics, which can act as a filter to help you make decisions:

  • Take care of the Earth.
  • Take care of people — starting with yourself!
  • Share resources and abundance.

You can learn from a number of different ecological design principles, creation techniques, and even technical jargon, but I’ll let you save all that for your own adventures in learning permaculture. Here, I’ll focus on some easy ways to get started on your journey.

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I never thought I’d see the Australian rainforest burning

The Guardian / Joëlle Gergis / 10 September 2019

These days as a climate scientist, the line of separation between the research I do in my professional life and the events unfolding in the world at large is growing ever thinner.

The extreme events that our community has been talking about for decades are now becoming part of our lived experience, season after season, year after year across the entire planet. What we are seeing play out now is much faster than many of us ever imagined.

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First Nations: Climate action a priority for next fed government

The Energy Mix / 10 September 2019

Just two days ahead of the official launch of Canada’s federal election, expected later this morning, the Assembly of First Nations released a policy paper identifying climate change as the top priority for the next federal government.

“Climate change’s ascension to the top election concern for First Nations comes after it wasn’t mentioned once in Closing the Gap, AFN’s election priorities document from the last election,” iPolitics reports. “Its 2015 agenda largely focused on advocating for initiatives to improve First Nations’ quality of life, which Honouring Promises, its 2019 edition, builds on.”

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More EV charging stations could be coming to Smiths Falls

InsideOttawaValley.com / Mallory Day / 10 September 2019

Do you suffer from road range anxiety and aren’t sure if you’ll make it to your destination while driving an electric vehicle? A solution could soon be coming your way.

During the Sept. 9 committee of the whole meeting of Smiths Falls town council, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris, brought to council the idea of having electric vehicle charging stations within the town. Morris wants to authorize staff to issue a letter of intent to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to partner for the provision of up to three Level 2 charging stations within the town.

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Alberta solar project to be Canada’s largest, by far

CBC News / 28 August 2019

The largest solar energy project in Canada has received provincial approval and the company hopes to start construction in southern Alberta next year.

“It will be, by far, the largest solar energy project in Canada and one of the largest in the world,” said Dan Balaban, president and CEO of Greengate, the Calgary-based company behind the array.

He says the project in Vulcan County will include 1.5 million solar panels that will generate about 800 million kWh per year, enough to power 100,000 homes.

“The power that will be generated by the project will be injected into the Alberta grid,” he said. “The power goes to wherever it’s needed in the province at the time.”

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Climate youth leaders travel through Beaufort Delta

NNSL Media / Nick Pearce / 29 August 2019

A six-day trip through the Beaufort Delta made a changing climate bracingly tangible for roughly a dozen youth leaders this week.

Running from August 22 to 28, Ecology North’s Young Leaders’ Summit on Northern Climate Change had participants meet with elders, harvesters and community members studying the first-hand effects of climate change. This is the second time Inuvik has hosted the event, where youth delve into topics such as coastal erosion along the Arctic coast and the changing water conditions of the Mackenzie River.

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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.

— Transition U.S.
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