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sustainably.eco business certification program

Transition Brockville / 06 December 2019

Our Steering Committee has been discussing how TB can encourage expansion of Sustainable Kingston’s sustainably.eco business certification program into the Brockville area. A quick glance at the sustainably.eco website suggests the program is already “Brockville-enabled”, ie. suggestions of Brockville businesses can already be made in a number of sustainability categories. Use the ‘Suggest a Business’ button to submit your nominations; use the site to identify your buyer-worthy choices.

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Mental health expertise meets sandbags in building resilience

The Energy Mix / 04 December 2019

It was judicious use of mental health expertise, along with many, many sandbags, that enabled Fargo, North Dakota to weather the challenges of the epic 2009 Red River flood.

That was one of the experiences that pointed to a basic precondition for building communities’ ability to face the climate emergency: Recognizing climate change as a profound threat to mental health, responding with messages of “hopeful realism” and ongoing compassion, particularly for older adults and children, and helping communities acquire the psychological and social resilience to cope.

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Ontario appoints advisory panel on climate change

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks / Media Release / 28 November 2019

The advisory panel on climate change consists of experts on climate change resiliency who have experience in a variety of sectors, including the not-for-profit, agriculture and insurance sectors. The panel includes Paul Kovacs as the Chair and Lynette Mader as the Vice-Chair.

“The knowledge exists to prevent losses from flooding, wildfire and other climate extremes,” said Mr. Kovacs. “Members of the advisory panel on climate change look forward to working with the Government of Ontario to champion climate resilience. Working together, we can break the alarming trend of rising severe weather damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure. Action on climate resilience is a critical element of a comprehensive strategy on climate change.”

[ TB: In other words, no action on mitigation, just adaptation. ]

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Introducing: Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford

Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford / 14 September 2019

We invite anyone interested to join us in working together to take positive action in the face of the climate crisis. No judgement, no guilt, no shaming – we need all our efforts, however imperfect. Let’s come together to learn, build community resilience and regenerate our planet.

We will aim to host a monthly potluck event where we share a meal and pursue practical learning and action on themes of interest. We will select topics that help us all to address the climate crisis, exploring how we can help at home and in the community to regenerate our environment and transition to a new green energy economy.

We will also network online, sharing ways to contribute to various initiatives and action beyond our community.

No memberships, no commitments, join us when you can, take up tasks of interest. New faces always welcome!

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Emergency survival kits

Mother Earth News / Matthew Stein / December 2010/January 2011

In today’s world of blackouts, big storms, terror alerts and global warming, many of us will experience significant disruptions in the flow of electricity or goods at some point in our lives. Having an emergency survival kit can be a big comfort and aid — maybe even a lifesaver — in such a situation. Stocking up on a few supplies, learning new skills and making an emergency contingency plan don’t have to take a lot of time or money, and these steps will foster peace of mind in turbulent times.

You can’t plan for all possible scenarios, but a wise person plans for the most likely possibilities and stores at least a few basic supplies for emergencies. The tips here will help you evaluate your needs and goals, and plan for short-term emergency situations (72 hours to one week).

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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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