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 first told us the old adage that activism is a marathon, not a sprint. That stayed with us as our small group of activists grew into a large organization. We needed to strive for balance and sustainability.

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Another downtown charging station

Gord McFarlane / 20 November 2018

 
 
The EV charging station at The New Oak Tree, 28 King St 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.

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Volunteer opportunity: Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee

Active Brockville / 24 November 2018

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, to 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.

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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 member-owned financial cooperative.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the establishment of the panel in his fall economic update on Wednesday. Its mandate has not yet been fully defined, said Guilbeault.

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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 current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.”

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) fulfills that mandate in two volumes. This report, Volume II, draws on the foundational science described in Volume I, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR). Volume II focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics, with particular attention paid to observed and projected risks, impacts, consideration of risk reduction, and implications under different mitigation pathways. Where possible, NCA4 Volume II provides examples of actions underway in communities across the United States to reduce the risks associated with climate change, increase resilience, and improve livelihoods.

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Municipalities must improve climate change adaptation planning

Waterloo Region Record / James Jackson / 13 November 2018

Mitigation may no longer be enough to prevent climate change impacts from occurring. A UN report released last month found global emissions must drop by 45 per cent before 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2075 to avoid surpassing the 1.5 C threshold in global temperatures.

Adaptation to climate change varies, but it can include: building flood defences and raising dykes; placing a moratorium on new construction in flood-prone areas; and choosing tree or plant species that are more drought-resistant.

“The gap in adaptation planning is concerning, because cities are more exposed to climate change risk than other levels of government due to high concentrations of people, property, and infrastructure,” [researcher Dave] Guyadeen’s study found.

His analysis also says implementation, monitoring and evaluation is relatively weak in Canada, and that many municipalities haven’t put enough emphasis on stakeholder engagement. Only one province — Nova Scotia — has mandated municipalities to create climate change plans.

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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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