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2021 Southam Lecture: “Energy Dead-Ends: Green Lies, Climate Change and Chaotic Transitions”

University of Victoria, Dept. of Writing / Andrew Nikiforuk / 17 November 2021

This is an insightful summary of the human predicament by Andrew Nikiforuk coincidentally presented at the time of BC’s initial flooding two weeks ago.

An award-winning author, journalist and contributing editor for The Tyee, Nikiforuk has written about the use — and abuse — of natural resources and wild landscapes in Canada for more than 30 years. His work — which has appeared in the nation’s leading publications — has earned numerous awards, including a Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction, the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, and seven National Magazine Awards.

Although we hear almost nothing about it, the City of Brockville is currently updating its latest Official Plan, the one approved in 2012. The provincial government has mandated that municipal updates focus primarily on growth through the next 25 years.

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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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.

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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Exploring timelapse in Google Earth

Google / 15 April 2021

See humanity’s impact on the Earth through a global time-lapse video of the planet since 1984.

UN report urges end to ‘suicidal’ war on nature

The Energy Mix / 22 February 2021

A landmark UN report has delivered a shattering synopsis of the three intertwined emergencies facing humanity—the climate crisis, a devastated natural world, and catastrophic air and water pollution—along with an authoritative and detailed blueprint for how to fix a “broken planet.”

At the launch of his organization’s “Making Peace with Nature” report, UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared that “humanity is waging war on nature” — a war he called “senseless and suicidal,” writes The Guardian. “Making peace with nature, securing its health, and building on the critical and undervalued benefits that it provides are key to a prosperous and sustainable future for all,” he said.

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