FAB Nature Camp registration

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network

Camp Registration is now open for the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Family of Nature Camps!

We have two great locations this season: Landon Bay Centre, Gananoque and Kendrick’s Park, Lyndhurst

Register online or visit us at one of the upcoming registration events:
April 7, 2018 at the Lansdowne Community Centre
April 21, 2018 at the Gananoque Arena


BPL launches new Seed Library

Brockville Public Library / 20 February 2018

Sprouting from Seedy Saturday, the Seed Library will offer free fruit, vegetable, herb and flower seeds for anyone to plant in their own gardens. Participants are encouraged to harvest seeds and return them to the library in the fall. The Library also has growing guides and garden books to help new gardeners and budding green thumbs.


Exercise is the best anti-aging therapy

CBC Radio / Bob McDonald / 09 March 2018

The multi-billion dollar anti-aging industry provides a cornucopia of products that promise to fight off the ravages of time with special food supplements, diets, creams, oxygenated water and a host of gadgets that supposedly remove toxins from the body. It makes it sound like all we need to do is pop a pill and our lives will be extended.

And when our bodies do begin to slow down and diseases creep in, another huge industry of pharmaceuticals and therapies take over to fight it off. Our aging society is spending a lot of money trying to fight off old age. But the cheapest and oldest therapy for an aging body is good old exercise. Sadly it’s the one prescription many people are not taking.


Ottawa could see 2C in 2020s: Report

CBC News / Thomson Reuters / 08 March 2018

Ottawa is among 13 cities worldwide that are projected to see temperature hikes that could exceed 2 C over the next decade or so, according to a new report.

The Russian capital, Moscow, faces the highest potential increase among more than 100 cities included in a report several years in the making by the Urban Climate Change Research Network, based at Columbia University.

“It’s all alarming,” William Solecki, one of the study’s editors, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday at a United Nations-backed climate summit.


Conservation success stories show what ordinary people can do

The Guardian / Fiona Gell / 09 March 2018

Like many people, my son is really anxious about the damage we are doing to our seas. He still loves exploring rock pools, and watches Blue Planet episodes over and over again with his equally sea-loving grandad. But I’ve realised I need to work to instil in him some optimism to counter his anxiety.

Fortunately, there are good reasons for hope. I remember a 2009 conference in Washington DC, where the marine scientist Sylvia Earle gave a keynote address about “hope spots” – her term for special places around the world where conservation work has particular ecological, cultural or community importance.

In the decade since then, Earle and others have taken this message around the world, as part of a wider movement to promote the idea that it is not too late to act to protect our global marine ecosystems.


Some good news about Canada’s 2020 climate target

National Observer / Barry Saxifrage / 06 March 2018

Remember our 2020 climate target? Turns out, the overwhelming majority of Canadians are close to reaching it, but our progress has been wiped out by oilsands pollution.

Back in 2009, Stephen Harper flew to Copenhagen and pledged that Canada would reduce climate pollution by 2020.

And (almost) all of us did.

As my first chart shows, the vast majority of Canada has reduced climate pollution roughly in line with our pledge. You can see this in the falling black line on the chart.

This national super-majority is made up of provinces and territories that are home to 85 per cent of Canadians.

Sadly, there’s a catch….


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— Julian Dobson, 21 Stories of Transition
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