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Diana B-K on the flawed thinking that got us to climate crisis

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 25 February 2020

It is bright and frozen beyond the walls of Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s cozy home this winter’s day in the farm country of southeastern Ontario. We are sipping tea and discussing best-laid plans gone up in flames.

In early November, a California radio station in Marin County invited the world-renowned botanist to participate in a podcast about her new book To Speak for the Trees.

The book, already in its fourth printing, has much to say about climate change and the healing role of forests.

But the climate crisis rudely intervened as wildfires once again scorched their way across the populous state.

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Planning your community food forest

Mother Earth News / Catherine Bukowski, John Munsell / January 2019

Our experience studying and leading community food forests taught us that starting with the basics and seeking to understand fundamental management phases leads to effective planning. This is true whether the food forest is an independent project or part of a larger community initiative. Thinking about phases helps leaders identify and plan for when, where, and how to direct precious resources instead of trying to do everything at once. The Community Food Forest Handbook provides a general overview of the following five main phases associated with project management and relates them to community food forests.

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Fourth Annual Fall Feast — another big success!

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 08 November 2019

For the fourth year in a row, the annual Local 316 Fabulous Farmers Fall Feast sold out ahead of the event and provided a delicious local food meal for 100 happy diners.

A team of volunteers, many of them local young farmers, prepared and served a three course meal featuring foods in season; Sharon and Will Freeman, of Freedom Farm, Battersea, led the team, with Sharon the self-described “chief cook and bottle-washer.”

The event included a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses, craftspeople and individuals. About $4000 was raised for Local 316’s fund that supports learning opportunities for new and young farmers and helps fund climate change mitigation projects by area farmers.

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Frontenac Arch UNESCO mandate renewed

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 30 October 2019

The local biosphere group also used the occasion to announce the start of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Climate Action Team, which has an initial goal of organizing a youth climate summit for high school students within the Frontenac Arch area in April 2020.

The aim is to have a student-organized and driven effort, with student teams developing climate action plans for their schools and communities.

Longtime network board member Gary Clarke said the initiative stems from a visit a year ago to an event in Tupper Lake, where locals were impressed with the level of youth enthusiasm for taking on the challenges of climate change.

Next week, five students from Brockville Collegiate Institute will represent Canada at the 11th Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, held at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, in preparation for the planned summit here next year, added Clarke.

“The time for marching is over,” said Clarke. “It’s time to address the problem in concrete ways.”

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Candidates view issues through a green lens

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 03 October 2019

In the auditorium of the Aquatarium on Wednesday night, everyone was green.

The third local all-candidates meeting focused solely on environmental issues and the four election hopefuls strove to put their best green foot forward.

Three of them – the NDP, Liberal and Green candidates – proclaimed the environment as the most important issue of the federal election campaign while the Conservative was close behind, declaring that it is “so important.”

They responded to questions on climate change, water, wilderness conservation and toxic substances that were written by the national group called 100 Debates on the Environment. The questions were prefixed by the writers’ long declarations raising alarms about the environment.

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Biodiversity-based agriculture to solve the climate crisis

IPS / Vandana Shiva / 23 September 2019

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.

Through biodiversity and the living functions of the biosphere, the Earth regulates temperature and climate, and has created the conditions for our species to evolve. This is what NASA scientist James Lovelock found in working with Lynn Margulis, who was studying the processes by which living organisms produce and remove gases from the atmosphere. The Earth is a self-regulating living organism, and life on Earth creates conditions for life to be maintained and evolve.

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