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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.

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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Sustainable North Grenville: Where We Started

North Grenville Times / 14 April 2021

In honour of Earth Day, and in lieu of the cancelled Sustainability Fair (we miss it too!), Sustainable North Grenville is releasing a series of articles, beginning today with ‘Where We Started’, a pocket history introduction. Next week look for ‘Where We Are Now?’, complete with our ‘State of NG’ community report card. The following week we finish with ‘Where to Next?’, mapping next steps to ensure a more sustainable future for North Grenville.

Sustainable North Grenville (or ‘SNG’) is your local citizen action group whose goals are to promote all things ‘Sustainable’ in the context of three values:

Our Community: To strengthen the resilience of our community at large – culturally and socially – by a number of measures, including better communication (‘knowing our neighbours’) and, of course, by having fun together!

The Environment: To raise awareness of environmental issues in our community with a mix of education and action.

Local Economy: To support and promote the principles of sustainable community economic development – living and breathing the ‘buy local’ philosophy.

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Local Food Access Network proposing food forest for Gananoque

The Kingston Whig / Lorraine Payette / 12 April 2021

“There are so many positive spin‐offs from a project like this when it comes to community development. It has the potential to attract community members to get involved with groups like Trees and Trails and the Horticultural Society who I understand would be delighted to have some younger members with a little extra strength and energy to offer. It would also offer great volunteer opportunities to students, seniors and families. It would be a fabulous educational resource and a beautiful location for community events. More importantly though, it would be a guaranteed affordable access point for safe and nutritious food. There has never been a time when our community needs it more. In short, the project would help fulfill our town’s Environment and Infrastructure Initiative while at the same time would help to fulfill the vision of our network.”

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How grassroots schemes across UK are tackling climate crisis

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor / 10 March 2021

Communities across the UK are tackling the climate crisis with hundreds of local schemes ranging from neighbourhood heating to food co-ops, community land ownership projects and flood defences, according to a report.

A study from the IPPR thinktank found that community projects, often set up with the primary aim of reducing poverty and improving people’s day-to-day lives, were also reducing emissions and restoring nature.

Luke Murphy, the lead author of the report, said: “Under the radar there are already flourishing and transformative community initiatives to pool resources and create shared low-carbon energy, housing and natural assets … These groups have shown that they can increase community wealth and create thriving places while addressing the climate crisis.”

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