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Bringing community to the table in climate adaptation

Resilience / Leslie MacKenzie / 28 January 2021

Climate preparedness and adaptation work is excellent for Transition groups to do for several reasons:

  • Transition’s practical, solution-oriented approach makes it easier for people to take in difficult climate change information. We weren’t just telling people problems; we were giving them solutions.
  • Transition isn’t out for a quick win. Our group was there for years, offering different ways to engage so people had multiple opportunities to learn.
  • Transition doesn’t just give people information; it gives them a community where they can continue to talk to others. We’re building relationship capital.

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Do you drink bottled water? Read this

The Guardian / Adrienne Matei / 28 January 2021

Despite its ever-growing popularity in the US, bottled water is atrocious for the environment. To quote Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability, “The entire life cycle of bottled water uses fossil fuels, contributes to global warming, and causes pollution.”

Although water bottles are recyclable, Americans throw away about 80% of the bottles they use – and, by some estimates, Americans use 1,500 plastic bottles of water every second. Plastic bottles contribute immensely to global environmental crises, in part due to the fact that they disintegrate into microplastics, the presence of which are so ubiquitous researchers recently discovered them in the placentas of unborn babies. Bottled water takes 2,000 times the energy to produce and ship than its tap equivalent. The extraction and manufacturing processes used by bottled water corporations can also have negative environmental and economic effects, and amount to the privatization and commodification of a limited and invaluable resource to which all should have a universal right.

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EV shopping

Clean Energy Canada / 18 January 2021

With more EV models coming onto the market, there is more choice than ever. To help narrow down your electric options, Plug ‘n Drive has produced this useful new tool that allows you to tailor the search to suit your individual commuting needs by comparing range, price, cost, and more.

How a famous tree scientist seeks well-being in nature during the pandemic

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 31 December 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will not end tomorrow. Vaccines, which will also put pressure on the virus to mutate further, will not reach the majority of the population until late summer or fall — if we are lucky. Which means we are in for more anxious months as we wait to know our collective fate.

Having had the privilege to spend time last year with the brilliant botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger, I checked in with her and found her, as well, asking, “How do we keep well in a time of extra worry during a pandemic?”

The answer, she says, is simple: recalibrate your life, slow down and take advantage of nature’s bountiful remedies during a time of disquiet and unease. Among Beresford-Kroeger’s books are To Speak for the Trees and The Sweetness of the Simple Life. Given her intimate knowledge of trees, not surprisingly, the author and scientist seeks in their presence calm and, she says, physiological benefits.

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Homeowners can save energy, money from feds’ climate plan

National Observer / Yasmine Ghania / 29 December 2020

In hopes of getting the country to meet its 2030 emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other ministers announced a climate plan on Dec. 11 that includes an investment of $2.6 billion over seven years to help homeowners.

The feds plan to provide homeowners with up to $5,000 in grants and one million free EnerGuide assessments to make their homes more energy efficient, though no timeline for these initiatives has been announced yet. Canada’s National Observer spoke to two companies in Ontario that do these assessments to get a better idea of how they work and how they’re environmentally beneficial.

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Transitioning our money to invest locally

Resilience / Leslie MacKenzie / 11 December 2020

People often ask, “So what do Transition Town groups do?” One answer to that question would be, “We take good ideas, bring them home, and make them real.”

That’s what Pat Thompson and Sherm Eagles did when they attended Jay Tompt’s REconomy workshop at the Transition US National Gathering in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2017.

“Hearing that such a thing exists as the REconomy Centre, that was an eye opener. Wow! Someone is doing this thing and maybe we can do something like it,” said Pat. “I was also inspired by the people who attended the workshop.”

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What the Transition movement does incredibly well is small-scale experiments which are practical, which resonate with local people, which look as if they’re doable, and that can engage people at a practical and meaningful level. It connects up the big issues and the local issues and shows you that change can happen at a local level.

— Julian Dobson, 21 Stories of Transition
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