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Tag : Youth (57)

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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Families urged to let kids play in nature

Transition Brockville / 13 October 2016

kids-in-woodsIt’s time to get our kids away from their screens and out into the great outdoors. That’s the message Lois Dewey will bring to the next presentation by Transition Brockville, on Sunday, October 23.

Dewey, Healthy Communities Partnership Coordinator at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, says today’s children are much less active than those of a generation or two ago. They spend a great deal of their time looking at electronic screens and don’t get outside much. “But research now shows phenomenal benefits of going outside and being active in nature,” Dewey says.

Children who spend time in nature are more likely to have healthier social behaviour, improved self-esteem, resilience, ability to learn and concentrate, as well as environmental awareness and stewardship ethics. Time in nature decreases stress and anxiety, depression, diabetes, hypertension and many other health problems.

Dewey will present that research and the Healthy Communities Partnership’s Nature for Life program, designed to encourage parents and grandparents to get kids out into the natural world, exploring it and developing a connection with nature that will stay with them all their lives.

Establishing that connection with nature is a key goal of the worldwide Transition movement. When people realize that humanity is intimately connected with nature – not somehow separate from it – they understand the value of working with and protecting the natural world, rather than opposing it.

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Let’s Talk Trash!

Transition Brockville / 15 July 2016

SteamPunked Tea Pot Lamp_sOn a sunny summer Sunday afternoon, what could be more fun than taking the family cycling down the new Brock Trail extension to St. Lawrence Park for a swim, an ice cream cone and a good hands-on education in what’s trash and what’s recyclable among the stuff that clutters our homes and garages?

“Talking Trash,” a free public event being held the afternoon of July 24 in the West Pavilion at St. Lawrence Park will help everyone figure out where they can dispose of items from batteries to cell phones, old clothes to old paint. Come with photos or electronic images of the items you need to recycle or dispose of and show them to the city’s solid waste coordinator, Lyndsay Price.

Price is only one of the people who’ll be on hand that day to inspire citizens to reduce, re-use, recycle and properly dispose of stuff. Sponsored by Transition Brockville, Talking Trash also features a display of Tasha Thorpe’s “Steampunk” art from recycled items; Habitat for Humanity, which recycles household items and construction materials; and Butler’s Creek Community Garden, showing kids how to make seedling pots from recycled newsprint.

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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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