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Return of traditional skills is boosting Italy’s economy

The Guardian / Angela Giuffrida / 01 April 2017

Italy has one of the most sluggish economies in the European Union, with the overall unemployment rate standing at 11.7% in January, figures from Istat, the national statistics agency, showed.

But there are some signs of recovery among small artisanal businesses, with hiring among them rising 2.3% in 2016, according to data from CNA, the national confederation of artisans and small businesses.

Claudio Giovine, a chief economist at CNA, said this is partly due to the economy in general performing mildly better and firms having more flexibility with work contracts.

There has been a trend among school leavers veering towards traditional trades, but also among graduates striking out alone, he added.

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10 climate-aware parents: talking to kids about global warming

The Tyee / Anna Fahey / 05 January 2017

Nobody wants to frighten their kids. (We know even the most reasonable adults are shut down by fear.) But as the stakes grow more stark and the politics get more divisive, it’s more crucial than ever that we bring the full force of our emotions to this fight and that we raise active, community-minded, and environmentally-aware citizens. And, I believe, talking to our kids is one way to focus all our own difficult and powerful feelings in a way that fuels rather than saps our civic and political engagement.

Think about it: dealing with climate change is about things kids already know well. It’s about cleaning up our messes; about the sun, wind, air, water, and our own bodies; it’s about treating all people with respect and dignity, about stopping bullies; about sharing; and also about making rules that keep us safe — and making sure everyone follows the same rules! Young people are naturally curious, observant, and creative — they can get excited about nature, science, and new ideas.

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Introducing the new Transition Universities Guide

Transition Network / Maria Cooper / 09 January 2017

I went to university in St Andrews, Scotland, where we had a Transition University of St Andrews. Transition started out for me as something I just did to survive – it was cheaper to grow food than buy it, cheaper to swap clothes and books than buy them, and being outside planting trees or mending bikes was a life-giving contrast from the stuffy library and theoretical learning that otherwise filled my days to the brim. Besides, many of my friends and I often felt that sort of depression so prevalent among students: what difference am I making in the world? Who cares about yet another essay, being read by one tutor and then put on the pile of student pride or shame never to be looked at again?

Transition gave us something outside this bubble we could engage in, and crucially, learn skills that made us feel like we could actually be able to lead a good life in harmony with the planet.

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Young Vancouverites: AGW, pipelines a profound moral crisis

The Georgia Straight / Charlie Smith, Travis Lupick / 07 December 2016

Parker-George said that he’s terrified by the prospect of more petroleum shipments because carbon-dioxide emissions are already at a dangerous tipping point. And he said that if these emissions keep increasing, this will wreak economic and social havoc as climate-change induced droughts curtail agricultural production in California and other parts of the world.

“There’s going to be a lot of starvation,” Parker-George predicted. “There’s going to be a lot of fighting for water. There’s going to be a lot of fighting for basic needs.”

It’s already happening elsewhere.

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Help Earth: Get a real Christmas tree!

NASA Climate Kids / 15 November 2016

tree-rowsGet a real tree this holiday season. Buy it or cut it yourself at a tree farm. Either way, you will be helping the environment.

Surprised? Most people think it’s bad to cut a live holiday tree. Instead, they buy an artificial tree made of plastic or other synthetic material. Because they reuse this artificial tree year after year, they think they are saving real trees.

But not so. Farmers grow trees especially for the holidays. They plant huge tracts of land in beautiful noble pines, Douglas firs, blue spruce, and other favorites. It may take 8 to 12 years to grow a good sized tree. But during that time, the tree is taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. It is cleaning the air and helping slow climate change. If people didn’t buy the cut trees, the farmers wouldn’t plant them.

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Free webinars: Local food literacy in Ontario schools

Sustain Ontario / Carolyn Webb / 08 November 2016

gardensagDo you want to provide more local food education at your school? Join our FREE Local Food Literacy in Schools webinars to help your students gain a greater awareness and knowledge of local food; better understand its availability; and learn local food skills.

Packed with hands-on tips and resources from local food educators, these webinars will provide:

  • Ideas for how to get students excited about local food
  • Curriculum connections for various grade levels and subject areas (including math, science, social studies, and health & physical education)
  • Sample lesson plans and activities
  • Answers to common questions
  • Where to access more high-quality, ready to use resources

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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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