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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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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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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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Mann: ‘Good people fall victim to doomism. I do too sometimes’

The Guardian / Jonathan Watts / 27 February 2021

The author and eminent climate scientist on the deniers’ new tactics and why positive change feels closer than it has done in 20 years

Michael E Mann is one of the world’s most influential climate scientists. He rose to prominence in 1999 as the co-author of the “hockey-stick graph”, which showed the sharp rise in global temperatures since the industrial age. This was the clearest evidence anyone had provided of the link between human emissions and global warming. This made him a target. He and other scientists have been subject to “climategate” email hacking, personal abuse and online trolling. In his new book, The New Climate War, he argues the tide may finally be turning in a hopeful direction.

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OECD chief bows out with climate rally cry

The Guardian / 17 February 2021 / Fiona Harvey

“The single most urgent, emergent, immediate risk is to combat Covid-19, and its health, economic and social consequences,” [OECD secretary general Ángel Gurría] told the Guardian. “But the single most important intergenerational responsibility is to protect the planet … We are on a collision course with nature and we have to change course for future generations.”

[He] listed the ways in which the world needed to act: “To protect biodiversity, to stop it from being degraded; to protect soil; to protected lands and water; to protect the oceans from the worst overfishing; to protect coral reefs, which are in danger of disappearing at 2C [of global heating]; to protect mangroves, which are extraordinary carbon sinks; glaciers and so on.”

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500+ scientists demand stop to tree burning as climate solution

Common Dreams / Andrea Germanos / 12 February 2021

Referring to forest “preservation and restoration” as key in meeting the nations’ declared goals of carbon neutrality by 2050, the letter frames the slashing of trees for bioenergy as “misguided.”

“We urge you not to undermine both climate goals and the world’s biodiversity by shifting from burning fossil fuels to burning trees to generate energy,” the group wrote.

The destruction of forests, which are a carbon sink, creates a “carbon debt.” And though regrowing “trees and displacement of fossil fuels may eventually pay off this carbon debt,” the signatories say that “regrowth takes time the world does not have to solve climate change.”

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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.

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