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BAC screening: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Transition Brockville / 18 September 2017

BROCKVILLE ARTS CENTRE FEATURE FILM

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER
A documentary featuring Al Gore

Wednesday, October 18 at 10 AM, 2 PM & 7 PM
Thursday, October 19 at 10 AM, 2 PM & 7 PM
Tickets $10.00 (HST Included) General Admission

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Ontario supporting municipalities in fighting climate change

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 14 August 2017

Province Funding Local Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market.

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made the announcement today at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa.

Municipalities are important partners in the fight against climate change. Ontario’s new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund will support projects such as renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal facilities like arenas, and making energy-efficiency upgrades to drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, to achieve long-term and cost-effective pollution reductions.

Fighting climate change while supporting growth, efficiency and productivity is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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Zooming to both coasts, with zero emissions

Recorder & Times / Elizabeth Munro / 3 August 2017

Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington decided that on Canada Day, they and their dog Piper would be taking a coast-to-coast road trip from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland in their new electric Chevrolet Bolt.

Although one reason for their trip is vacation, their primary objective is to promote sustainable energy in different communities en route to St. John’s – and prove that zero-emission transportation is possible despite the sparsity of direct current charging stations across Canada.

The couple arrived in Brockville on August 1, just in time for the grand opening of the city’s first Level 3 high-speed charging station at the local Riverside GM dealership.

The dealership already has two Level 2 charging stations for hybrid cars, and the newest one is designed for all-electric cars like the Bolt. There are also Level 2 charging stations at St. Lawrence College and in the Aquatarium’s parking garage.

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Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 12 July 2017

The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.

The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.

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$200M from cap and trade to make schools greener

CBC News / Muriel Draaisma / 13 June 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announced on Tuesday that $200 million from the province’s cap and trade program will go towards making schools in the province more energy efficient.

The amount is part of the $1.4 billion that has been earmarked in the 2017-18 fiscal year for school renewal and repairs, Wynne and Hunter said at a news conference at a northwest Toronto school.

Wynne said the money from what is known as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) will enable schools to install such energy-efficient features as new windows, lights and furnaces. Funded by Ontario’s cap and trade auctions, the GGRF supports retrofit projects designed to reduce energy use in schools.

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40 countries are making polluters pay for carbon pollution

Vox / David Roberts / 15 June 2017

Most people who have given climate change policy any thought agree that it is important to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions. They are a form of harmful waste; those producing the waste should pay for the harms. (There’s plenty of debate over just how central pricing is to a serious climate strategy, but very little debate that it should play some role.)

That policy consensus has been in place for quite a while. It seems the political world is beginning to catch up.

The sustainability think tank Sightline has just updated its map of carbon pricing systems across the world. Things have gotten quite lively.

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