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Earthship 101 slides available

Transition Brockville / 28 January 2016

Earthship 101Our guest speaker from last Sunday, Agata Bedynski, has kindly made her slide set available. She writes:

I’d like to say to all of you folks on the Transition Brockville steering committee — my heart feels so much warmth and empathy for you — you are doing a wonderful job of informing those around you about a better way to live on the Earth. So much respect goes out to you for your work and dedication, even though at times I can imagine that you put in a lot more than you may see coming back to you. Such is the nature of this work, but I know your hearts are telling you to do it, and there are those out here that recognize your input to making life on this planet more sustainable, rational and humble. In the end you are doing something positive and creative in putting forth solutions to our worldly problems– all of your energy and time has a payoff, even if you don’t always see results immediately. I love what your group is doing in your local area. Thank you for your good work!


TB Tidbit: Living with less plastic

Transition Brockville / Lisa Callaghan / 17 January 2016

3500As plastic waste builds up in the oceans and is increasingly found in the bellies of birds, fish and marine mammals, there are changes we can make in our daily lives to transition away from these petroleum-based products.

Here are some of the ways we can combat this problem.

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Consume more, conserve more: sorry, but we just can’t do both

The Guardian / George Monbiot / 24 November 2015

4018Governments urge us both to consume more and to conserve more. We must extract more fossil fuel from the ground, but burn less of it. We should reduce, reuse and recycle the stuff that enters our homes, and at the same time increase, discard and replace it. How else can the consumer economy grow? We should eat less meat to protect the living planet, and eat more meat to boost the farming industry. These policies are irreconcilable. The new analyses suggest that economic growth is the problem, regardless of whether the word sustainable is bolted to the front of it.

It’s not just that we don’t address this contradiction; scarcely anyone dares even name it. It’s as if the issue is too big, too frightening to contemplate. We seem unable to face the fact that our utopia is also our dystopia; that production appears to be indistinguishable from destruction.


Old fridge/freezer pickups available until October 31

Hydro One Networks


We’ll take away your old fridge or freezer and recycle it, free of charge. To qualify, fridges must be 15 years or older and freezers must be 20 years or older. We’ll also take away window air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Book your free pickup by October 31, 2015.


Aultman Furniture proves there is a market for reclaimed wood

Leeds Grenville Economic Development / 11 August 2015

Aultman FurnitureGreg Aultman knows how to turn new and reclaimed lumber from local Canadian resources into sturdy, attractive and unique pieces of furniture.

Aultman Furniture – The Green Woodworkers! is located in Maitland and has been in operation for five years. Greg and his wife Nathalie decided to start the home-based business and feel this area is well suited for their services. They have been happy with their progress as the business continues to grow.

“I have access to good quality lumber at a good price,” Greg says, noting there are three private mills in this region. He also works with salvaged lumber. There are many old barns coming down in the region so that means access to reclaimed wood.

“I do think there’s potential for growth in this area because of the lumber I use. Reduce, reuse and recycle – it’s becoming more popular and that’s good for my business.” Greg spends time with his customers helping design original pieces. Your favourite piece of wood can be transformed.

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Eco-friendly roofing options

Mother Earth News / Dan Chiras / June/July 2010

When choosing roofing, consider its recycled content, how long it will last and whether it can be recycled.
When choosing roofing, consider its recycled content, how long it will last and whether it can be recycled.
Most homeowners have to replace their roof shingles at some point. Exposed to sunlight, heat, cold, rain, wind, and sometimes snow, sleet and hail, conventional asphalt shingle roofs last 20 years, if you’re lucky.

If you’d like a roof that will outlast a conventional asphalt shingle roof and is made from eco-friendly roofing materials, consider the products outlined here. Many of them are virtually immune to hail. Green roofing products are many and varied, ranging from recycled-plastic shingles to recycled-metal roofs to sustainably harvested or reclaimed wood roofs. The best option for your home depends on the design of your home, local building codes, and price considerations.


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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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