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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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Debate on the environment a great success

Transition Brockville / 04 October 2019

The vision of the federal 100 Debates on the Environment was to ignite conversation about critical environmental problems, and allow citizens the opportunity to hear and understand the intentions of their local candidates on these issues.

After a last minute change of venue for our local LGTIRL riding edition, the Brockville Aquatarium welcomed over 200 guests to watch the conversation between 4 of our federal election candidates, representing the New Democratic Party, Liberal Party, Conservative Party and Green Party. Each spoke passionately and with authenticity about the significance of the issues at hand and what they would do to address them.

Staving off the coming global collapse

Post Carbon Institute / William Rees / 24 July 2017

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing.

Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, even when self-preservation is at stake.

The scariest example is the simplistic, growth-oriented, market-based economic thinking that is all but running the world today. Prevailing neoliberal economic models make no useful reference to the dynamics of the ecosystems or social systems with which the economy interacts in the real world.

What truly intelligent species would attempt to fly spaceship Earth, with all its mind-boggling complexity, using the conceptual equivalent of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle driver’s manual?

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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