Think the world is ending? Grab a shovel, not a shopping cart

The Guardian / Adam Liaw / 15 March 2020

My late grandmother lived through poverty, wars and military occupation – if you had asked her how to prepare for hard times, she’d grab a spade and start digging a vegetable garden.

If things really get bad, the garden growers will be better prepared for the future than the bunker stockers.

If you planted the likes of spinach, Asian greens, snow peas or cabbages this weekend you’d be knee deep in homegrown fresh produce within a month or two, and it could last you all through winter.

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COVID-19: Limit spread of fear by changing online behaviour

CBC News / Jeff Yates / 14 March 2020

Public health authorities worldwide have asked people to change their habits in order to slow the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. They implore citizens to wash their hands more frequently, to avoid large gatherings and to put themselves in voluntary quarantine if they feel flu-like symptoms.

But as health authorities attempt to calm the public, coronavirus mis- and disinformation is spreading through social media.

Disinformation about the coronavirus not only generates fear and panic, but it can make outbreaks worse by encouraging people to follow bad advice, according to a study by U.K. researchers.

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Seedy Saturday a growing concern

Recorder & Times / Nick Gardiner / 10 March 2020

Organizers hope for great things to grow from Seedy Saturday’s free exchange of seeds and gardening tips at the Brockville Memorial Centre.

Plant seeds and gardening advice went hand-in-hand at the annual event and the growth of youth engagement was an encouraging sign for organizers with the Brockville Public Library and Transition Brockville.

“It’s great to see how many young people are here,” said library chief executive officer Emily Farrell, who exchanged seeds with people of all ages nurturing their green thumbs as sure signs of spring – a warm sun and bright skies – ruled the day.

Farrell said she is encouraged by a continuing community interest in all elements of gardening from composting to harvesting and how it bodes for a better future.

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Coronavirus is our future

TEDx Talks / 11 March 2020

Global health expert Alanna Shaikh talks about the current status of the 2019 nCov coronavirus outbreak and what this can teach us about the epidemics yet to come. Alanna Shaikh is a global health consultant and executive coach who specializes in individual, organizational and systemic resilience.

A 26-week climate emergency transition program for Canada

Below2C / Guy Dauncey / 11 March 2020

In this post we imagine a world where my country Canada recognizes we’re in a full-blown climate emergency, one that requires unprecedented war-time-like measures. The reader is asked to assume that the Canadian government is acting on this emergency by launching a 26-week climate transition program consisting of a climate action announcement every Mondays for 26 consecutive weeks.

This post features the first 8 weeks of the 26-week climate transition program. Subsequent posts will feature weeks 9-16 and weeks 17-26 respectively.

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Minister’s statement on St. Lawrence flooding

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 12 March 2020

The statement from [federal Public Safety Minister Bill] Blair’s office, sent Thursday evening, tied the flooding to climate change, which “is making natural disasters more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive.”

“We need to find innovative and sustainable ways to mitigate the impact of these natural disasters, and to strike a better balance of responsibility for the incurred costs,” it added.

The government is working with other levels of government, academia, indigenous partners, non-governmental organizations and industry leaders to boost flood resilience “and empower everyone to mitigate flood risk,” the statement continued.

“We are also working toward creating a new low-cost national flood insurance program to protect homeowners who are at high risk of flooding and lack adequate insurance protection. We’re also developing a national action plan to assist homeowners at high repeat flood risk, as well as completing flood maps for all of Canada.”

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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.

— Transition U.S.
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