Athens-area arboretum starts to grow

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 7 June 2021

[Brian Porter] and some kindred spirits were planting 48 trees Saturday and Sunday on the site just outside Athens in an effort both to demonstrate and combat the effects of climate change.

The Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust (TIWLT) is building an arboretum, or conservatory, of wide-ranging species that are not common in Eastern Ontario at the property it purchased in Glen Elbe.

Over the weekend, 25 groups of people participated in the tree planting, for a total of 75 to 80 individuals, said land trust president Don Ross.

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Budget creates programs to reduce agricultural emissions

National Farmers Union / 19 April 2021

Today’s federal budget committed significant new money to programs to help reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New funding in Budget 2021 includes:

  • $200 million over two years to fund programs to improve nitrogen fertilizer-use efficiency, accelerate cover crop adoption, and expand rotational grazing.

In addition to new spending, the Budget allocates existing funds to create new programs, including:

  • $60 million, over two years, from previously announced funding, for a reverse auction pilot program to protect wetlands and trees on farms;
  • $10 million to help farmers adopt clean energy solutions and begin to transition off fossil fuels;
  • $50 million to help farmers purchase more efficient grain dryers; and
  • Approximately $100 million of the money that farmers currently pay in carbon levies on natural gas and propane will be rebated back to farmers.

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Maitland Tower: History, nature, community, social enterprise

River Institute / 21 March 2021

The Maitland Tower is an iconic landmark east of Brockville on the St. Lawrence River with a storied past that dates back to the 1750’s. In 2016 Philip Ling bought the Maitland Tower site, and started the restoration of the historic buildings. The site will become a hub for the community, connecting people with the history, nature, and the St. Lawrence River, and hosting and mentoring the next generation of social enterprises that want to have a positive impact on the community and our planet.

Climate change to take big chunk of Canadian economy

Globe and Mail / Bob Weber / 22 April 2021

Canada will be more than $100 billion poorer by 2050 if the world doesn’t work harder to fight climate change, says one of the world’s largest insurers.

That anticipated drop in GDP is much higher than the economic effect the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to have on the country’s gross domestic product, said Jerome Haegeli, chief economist for Swiss Re, a multinational corporation that insures insurance companies, large corporations and governments.

“That’s huge,” Haegeli said from Zurich on Thursday.

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Critics weigh in on federal budget cash for home retrofits

National Observer / Natasha Bulowski / 21 April 2021

The federal budget’s plan to retrofit residential buildings falls short of what is needed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create well-paying jobs, experts say.

The budget, announced Monday, includes a $4.4-billion investment over five years to improve energy efficiency in residential buildings with projects like replacing oil furnaces or low-efficiency systems, fixing drafty windows and doors, installing solar panels or upgrading wall insulation. But experts estimate the actual cost of retrofitting Canada’s residential buildings is more than 14 times that amount.

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‘Relentless’ climate crisis intensified in 2020, says UN report

The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 19 April 2021

There was a “relentless” intensification of the climate crisis in 2020, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.

The coronavirus pandemic made the accelerating impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people. But the temporary dip in carbon emissions due to lockdowns had no discernible impact on atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, the WMO report said.

Last year was ranked as the hottest on record, in a tie with 2016 and 2019, despite the cooling effect of the cyclical natural climate phenomenon, La Niña. Without this, 2020 would most likely have been the hottest year yet. The decade 2011-20 was the hottest on record.

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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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