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Want your kids to be part of the solution?

Orca Publishing

ipad-handOrca Footprints are nonfiction books for ages 8 to 12 that encourage ecological literacy and global solutions to ongoing environmental issues. With topics ranging from sustainable energy, to clean water, to waste reduction, these engaging and accessible titles encourage young activists to take small steps toward big changes.

  • Brilliant! Shining a Light on Sustainable Energy
  • Down to Earth – How Kids Help Feed the World
  • Every Last Drop – Bringing Clean Water Home
  • Pedal It! – How Bicycles Are Changing the World
  • Take Shelter – At Home Around the World
  • Trash Talk – Moving Toward a Zero Waste World
  • What’s the Buzz? – Keeping Bees in Flight

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Fundy Biosphere Reserve localizing climate change

CBC News / 18 October 2015

Fundy Biosphere Reserve logoThe Fundy Biosphere Reserve is introducing local climate change education to New Brunswick schools.

“A lot of the content that is prepared for teachers comes from Brazilian rainforest or coral reefs in Australia. We have some truly spectacular examples, in a scary sort of way, right here in our own backyard,” said Megan de Graaf, executive director of the Reserve.

The Reserve spoke with over 100 farmers, snow plow drivers, First Nations elders, farmers, academics and researchers to collect information about local climate change patterns.

“We began collecting what we considered disappearing information from people who had a lifetime of experience outside in the weather,” she said.

They’ve put together a series of seven videos, including a documentation from the Whitneys, who are a family of farmers and retired teachers who kept a journal for nearly 40 years.

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Gananoque and Area Food Access Network

Our ambition is to support our local community to provide access and information and help to develop skills and confidence to choose, prepare, store, grow, eat and share a variety of affordable, sufficient, safe, nutritious, enjoyable and – where possible – locally grown and produced foods.

Since our ‘Conversation about Food’ event in March 2015, this group has supported the community garden on Arthur Street. We have held one gardening workshop called, “Get Gananoque Growing” in partnership with the Gananoque Horticultural Society. Over the next several months, we intend on developing partnerships with Queen’s University, supporting the Good Food Box and other food access initiatives and working with young people and families to create opportunities that will help build food skills.

Members include: Salvation Army, Gananoque Food Bank, TR Leger (UCDSB), Town of Gananoque, R.O.L.L. Aid Centre, KEYS Job Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston (Gananoque), Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School, and Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

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Five ways to make your family’s commute more fun

Evergreen / Jacqueline Waters / 11 September 2015

activetrasnporation_walkingtoschool_blogBack to school doesn’t have to mean back to car rides. Start your day with a fun active commute to school. Does your child like to walk, bike, scooter? The natural choice for kids is to pick an active mode of transportation over yet another car ride. You will love it too after experiencing the fun an active commute brings to your morning and afternoon. Here are five ideas to make active transportation a part of your every day.

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A Guide to Climate Resiliency & The Community College

AACC-SEED-COWS / Sarah White, Todd Cohen / 2014

Loss by decade and typeCommunity leaders and elected officials, along with planners and scientists and other resiliency principals, should be calling on local colleges to help mobilize the community and train its workers.

The point is not to bounce back, but — particularly in low-income communities already battered by high unemployment, chronic disease, and environmental decay — to leap forward. So while we write about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, we are at the same time addressing demands for something larger: vision and leadership and empowerment. Hence the critical role of community colleges — in related curriculum and career pathways, in community leadership and networking, in campus creativity and practice.

Institutions and communities around the country are joining together to create local food systems, urban forests, solar gardens; to redefine land use, integrate transit, green infrastructure, and improve community health networks; to reinvent education by building career pathways that move workers of all skill levels into family sustaining jobs while improving the climate resilience of the neighborhoods in which they live.

This Guide is designed to help college and community leaders establish a framework for dialogue and action on local climate resiliency.

[ DOWNLOAD GUIDE ]  [ Hat tip to Transition Cornwall+! ]

Asphalt to apple trees: École Marie-Curie in Ottawa

Evergreen / 10 October 2014

mariecurie-dirtyhandsThe school community at École élémentaire publique Marie-Curie in Ottawa was motivated to re-make their school grounds because, where most people saw only asphalt, they saw opportunity. They knew that students attending Marie-Curie live in a nature-deficient area of inner-city Ottawa, and that an outdoor classroom for the students would benefit not only the school, but the wider community. Once they imagined what their grounds could look like underneath the asphalt, they did what over 3,000 other Canadian schools have done—they applied for funding through the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program.

Students were involved in every step of the project, from imagining their school with nature, to planning and implementing the design of their new school grounds. For many of the students, working in the garden was their first opportunity to get their hands in the dirt and plant something. Cynthia Benjamin, a parent and one of the project’s leading participants, commented on the empowering nature of a project of this kind, saying “Student involvement in all aspects of this project taught them that their opinion matters, and that they can make the world a better place.”

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

— Transition U.S.
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