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The County Sustainability Group has been providing the County Weekly News with bi-weekly articles for some time now. The articles are written by CSG members or invited guest writers, and are all vetted by our edit team. There is a wide range of subject matters regarding long term sustainability and can be seen HERE.
Make your voice heard. Make a commitment to write one letter a week and send it to one or more of the following decision-makers! Don't forget to send a copy of your letters to friends to keep them informed. Think of what you can accomplish together! Links to Local Media, Provincial Media, National Media And Social Media HERE
The Union of Concerned Scientists have a short questionaire for you and then a bushel full of tips, one a day, to help you emit 20% less carbon. Who knew? Just click the image above.
LAST CHANCE TO BUY A RAINBARREL......ONLY A FEW LEFT TO SELL.
Special notice for CSG associate members :
Our CSG Student Environmental Bursary Fundraiser in Picton on April 21st went extremely well, with 161 rain barrels sold. We only have 9 remaining as of May 16th, so if you wish to buy one at $55 while they are still around, contact Don Ross at 613-476-8016 or at firstname.lastname@example.org The profits from the sale go towards the bursary fund for 2012 and future years. Thanks for your support.
Will your President or Prime Minister be there? What will they stand for?
Now is the time for us, we the people, to give a great gift to the politicians elected to represent us: our voice and our mandate. They need to hear two simple, powerful messages:
- You care what happens at the Earth Summit and you want them to do all they can to ensure your President/Prime Minister attends.
- You want your President/Prime Minister to show great leadership and call for the creation of a law of Ecocide at the Earth Summit. MORE
Show your support for wind energy by clicking hereto submit the letter below which urges your provincial representative to publicly stand against Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson’s (Huron-Bruce) Private Members Bill calling for a moratorium on wind energy development. All you will need to do is enter your name and postal code to search for your local MPP.
Please send Mr. McGuinty a short email (and cc Ontario Clean Air Alliance). Ask him to cancel his billion dollar subsidy for the dirty coal plants and his uneconomic nuclear expansion plan. Cleaner and more cost-effective alternatives are available now!
SIGN UP FOR THE BEYOND NUCLEAR BULLETIN HERE
Meet the Earth's Lawyer and help eradicate Ecocide!
On the 18th of February, Polly Higgins will be in Toronto for one night only. She has an ask: to meet faith, environmental, youth and political leaders to discuss how to make Earth law at the Earth Summit at Rio+20.
Our Friends from Nature Canada have been working hard to inform people about the possible impacts of the Northern Gateway Project. They need your help. Please read this and send your letter today.
To the governments of Canada and British Columbia:
"A single Exxon Valdez-like spill would be catastrophic to thousands of families and coastal livelihoods, entire cultures and a spectacular diversity of life. Stop the expansion of oil supertanker traffic through B.C.'s coastal waters."*
Plans are to build a highway through Alto Purus - Peru’s largest national park – comprised of vital intact Amazonian rainforest ecosystems and inhabited by at least two 'uncontacted' indigenous tribes. Let Peru's President know intact, standing rainforests - looked after by their traditional indigenous inhabitants - are a requirement for local advancement and global ecological sustainability. HERE
The Enbridge Pipeline exposes Canadians and our wildlife to oil spills in more than 600 salmon rivers and the majestic Great Bear Rainforest, as well as tanker traffic on our pristine West Coast. This is a matter that deserves an open debate by the Canadian people, not intimidation and scare tactics by our own government.
Demand that the government stop its attack on democracy and our citizens for standing up for the environment, First Nations, and wildlife. HERE
In just days, the Harper Government could allow an American company to blast a metal walkway into the World Heritage mountains, privatizing part of the park and giving that company license to charge for entry into parts of the park. If the government is not providing enough money to support national parks and they have to look elsewhere for funds, something is wrong. The corporatization of our national parks is not the direction we want to be going in.HERE
Energy efficiency should be the first item on Canada’s energy agenda.
Canada is about to spend billions on new oil sands projects, pipelines, nuclear and fossil-fuel power stations, hydroelectric dams, solar projects, and wind farms. But as we prepare to generate more energy, it makes sense to save energy first.
We need to get serious about energy efficiency.
The global economy is struggling and governments want to create jobs. This is a huge opportunity for Canadian governments to help Canadian families save energy. Making our homes more energy-efficient creates jobs in all communities. For details, see our Five-Part Home Energy Action Plan.
We urgently need to send a clear message to decision makers that it’s time for Canada to save energy first. HERE
Don’t let nuclear projects blow our electricity bills through the roof—new leaflet from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Despite the fact that Ontario electricity use has fallen by 10% (while GDP increased) since 2005, plans to spend tens of billions of $$ on new nuclear projects are moving full-steam ahead. That’s money that could be spent on energy efficiency (where Ontario still lags behind most of its major competitors), more renewable power, and safe combined heat and power technology.
With the province struggling to address a $19 billion deficit, there has never been a better time to end the expensive nuclear goose chase. This is the year that will decide where Ontario dollars flow: into more bloated nuclear projects or into more cost-effective options.
You can help ensure Ontario makes the right choice by helping to distribute our new pamphlet: Don’t Let Nuclear Projects Blow Our Electricity Bills through the Roof! They’re free! And they contain postcards to Energy Minister Bentley.
Spreading the word to your friends, colleagues and neighbourhoods helps us tremendously when it comes to getting attention from Queen’s Park for our smarter alternatives. Order your free and beautiful leaflets today and make sure the province starts the New Year off right!
The Ostrander Point project is located on the south shore of Prince Edward County. A 44 kV transmission line will be constructed from the project site to the provincial electricity grid at the Milford Distribution Station.
When developed, this wind farm has the potential of providing power for approximately 5,600 homes per year. read more about Ostrander Point HERE
The Ostrander Point project is a Class 4 Wind Facility with a total expected capacity of 22.5 megawatts, from 9 wind turbines. http://www.gileadpower.com/
The proposal has been posted for a 60-day public review and comment period starting Nov. 30. There has recently been a 3 week extension to this announced by the Ministry. Questions or comments should be submitted by Feb 21, 2012 to be considered part of the decision making process by the Ministry of the Environment.
Comments submitted in writing or electronically using the website form must reference EBR Registry number 011-5239.
EBR details here: http://tinyurl.com/cohvt3s
Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Last year, Ontario's coal-fired electricity generation fell to its lowest level in half a century. In 2011, just 2.7% of our electricity generation was coal-fired, our lowest level of coal use since 1961.
And there's more good news: Ontario's electricity consumption in 2011 also continued its downward trend with total electricity consumption 10% lower than in 2005.
Ontario is heading in the right direction after making a dirty detour into coal and nuclear power from the 1960s onwards. Now we can finish the job by completely phasing out coal in 2012 and by investing in energy efficiency to reduce our electricity demand even further, increase our productivity and lower our energy bills.
The Google Green Zeitgeist is another project by Google that shows some of the top-trending environmental searches in the year 2011. Users can explore popular trends, create their own scrapbooks and share them with others.
To make your own environment scrapbook, hover your mouse over the different questions that have already been placed in the scrapbook and drag the best answer into the middle circle. Once you select the answer, you will see that the most searched result for that specific answer will be displayed. It will also display any related videos uploaded on YouTube about that specific topic.
Once you have completed all the boxes, you can personalize the scrapbook with your first name and share it with your friends and family over the Internet using a private URL.
- Check top trending environmental searches.
- Share environmental knowledge with people—things that people are not aware of.
- Great for eco-friendly people.
- Free scrapbook and great search results.
Now is a critical time for the majority of Ontarians who support renewable energy to be heard.
Please send a message now urging your elected officials to support renewable energy in Ontario. The next few weeks are critical.
The Ontario legislature is currently considering a bill to restrict wind development. The Feed-In-Tariff program is also in the middle of its two year review, potentially leading to major changes for the program. These changes must enhance and build on the FIT program, not take us backward.
A show of public support for renewable energy is needed. The jobs and economic activity being created by Ontario's FIT program are not a given. In the first two years of the program, 20,000 new jobs have been created as over 4600MW of new wind, solar, bioenergy and small hydro projects are in the process of being built. Over 40,000 individuals have applied so far to put solar panels on their home, business, school, church, farm or community centre. If allowed to continue, we will create over 50,000 jobs by 2015 and leave a lasting legacy of cleaner and safer electricity for our future. These policies need help from key supporters like you to become a reality.
Click here to send a message to your elected officals
The proposed Canadian Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipelines seek to export filthy oil to Asia. The delay of the Keystone pipeline—largely due to people power protest—makes this route all the more vital to Canada, if tar sands production and transport to the international marketplace are to grow. Ecosystems will be placed at risk from Alberta's massive clearcut mining of boreal forest, Western Canada's intricate waterways, to British Columbia's precious and fragile temperate rainforests and coastal waters, endangering the First Nations' salmon economy. To keep the anti-tar sand campaign momentum, this pipeline must be delayed and eventually stopped too! With stalwart indigenous opposition, and the magnitude of vital and sensitive ecosystems to be traversed, our chances are good. This alert was first launched and hundreds of thousands of protest emails sent a year ago, and has now been updated.
From David Suzuki—Tell the feds you care about caribou
Show your holiday spirit by standing up for Santa's reindeer's cousin, the boreal caribou ! This Canadian icon is in danger due to industrial activities, which are destroying its habitat.
The federal government recently released a disappointing caribou Recovery Strategy. Rather than reign in the habitat destroyers (like the Alberta tarsands), for many of the herds it suggests we kill predators like wolves in order to maintain caribou populations.
Obviously, this plan will earn the feds a lump of coal in their stockings.
Now the government is looking for feedback on its plan, so it's your chance to let them know you don't support it, and that you want a plan based on sound science, not political interests.
Don't be a scrooge - stand up for the boreal caribou!
The Union of Concerned Scientists writes, "The tremendous amount of water used by our nation's power plants is staggering and largely unrecognized, posing major risks including blackouts, depletion of freshwater supplies, and loss of fish and other wildlife. You can help ensure your state and local officials make smart decisions that accurately track and reduce the water footprint of our energy production by writing a letter to the editor in your local paper." While the link describes the situation in the US, much of the material is relevant to Canada. HERE
More than 1,880 first nations homes in Canada do not have access to running water, with forty percent of these located in Northern Manitoba.
Despite promises by regional and federal leaders, the Globe and Mail reports that "the actual work to connect the communities to the water supplies has not begun." In fact, plumbing material and equipment has not even been ordered, and with winter looming, community leaders fear that water will not arrive until 2013.
Tell John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (Canada) and Eric Robinson, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (Manitoba) that all Canadians deserve clean drinking water! MORE
The NRDC is ramping up their campaign to protect some of the world's last Spirit Bears in the coastal rainforest of Canada's British Columbia. A proposal to build a pipeline to transport 500,000 barrels a day of dirty tar sands oil would cut through the heart of Spirit Bear habitat. Take action HERE.
Prevent the destruction of Indonesia's remaining rainforest and protect the remaining Sumatran tigers
Only 400 Sumatran tigers left, urgent action needed.
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is destroying the Sumatran tiger's remaining habitat just to make disposal tissue and paper products.
Tell APP that, like millions of other Canadians, you don't want products sourced from rainforest destruction. HERE
Canada's Secret Trade Deal CETA
Time is running out to stop CETA—the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement being negotiated between Canada and the European Union. Negotiations are being held in Ottawa this week and this could be the final time both parties sit down at the table.
Canadian municipalities have been on the outside of Canada-European Union free trade negotiations for too long. In some provinces, local councillors are kept only partly informed about the status of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). In others, local decision makers know almost nothing of the deal or its proposed procurement chapter, which will have a big impact on how local communities make important economic decisions.
This lack of consultation with our most important level of government is unacceptable, especially as the CETA negotiations enter a critical bargaining stage. On July 14, at an 8th round of CETA negotiations in Brussels, provincial and territorial governments made what they called a highly "ambitious" procurement offer to the EU which likely includes municipal governments. They did this even as many municipal councils are calling for more information and to be excluded from CETA entirely. The federal government will be meeting with provinces and territories three times before October to conclude the procurement chapter. Time is running short for municipal input.
Municipalities across Canada are raising concerns about CETA and the implications for public water, local procurement and democracy. MORE
"For the first time, negotiations involve entire sectors that fall under provincial and municipal jurisdictions."
Trade agreement would cause loss of jobs and $1 billion per year in exports.
Do you see the world from the perspective of women and girls? Only about 22% of the voices you hear and read in the news are women's. Change your viewpoint. Read the IPS Gender Wire
The first in the series, Take THAT, Plastic Bags, looks at efforts to beat back the plastic bag attack and features interviews with ChicoBag founder Andy Keller, and Brownsville, TX community organizer Rose Timmer, who led the effort in her city to ban the bag.
The potential of young activists to change the world
When she was 17, Natalie Warne learned about the Invisible Children Project -- a campaign to rescue Ugandan children from Joseph Kony's child armies. As an intern for Invisible Children, she led a nation-wide campaign for the project. She successfully got the campaign featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, a victory that dramatically raised the profile of the movement. Natalie now works as a film editor in Los Angeles.
Natalie Warne did not let being too young stop her from running a successful campaign for the Invisible Children project In this talk, she calls on young people everywhere not to let age stop them from changing the world.
National Geographic produces a superb resource!
For anyone looking to understand more about energy, and how to conserve it, this is a great tool. It is also a valuable tool for students looking to learn about more about the worlds energy consumption. HERE
A call for volunteers!
Economic development strategies that ignore culture, and by extension the natural heritage that contributes to its local expression, are too frequently translated into ever more unsustainable behaviours and resource depletion. Renia Tyminski suggests that we need to map our community assests in Prince Edward County. Interested? Her proposal is found HERE
Could This Idea Work in Prince Edward County?
What are we proposing?
Ranked ballots is a small and simple change, that requires no amendments to the current ward boundaries or structures of City Council. The system we are proposing is often called 'Instant Runoff Voting' but is also referred to as 'Ranked Choice Voting' in some American cities and is called 'Alternative Vote' in the UK. Ranked ballots can also be called 'Preferential Ballots'. Despite all the confusing names, the concept is quite simple and is already used across Canada and across the world. Voters simply mark their choice on the ballot, ranking the candidates in order of preference. It's easy as 1,2,3!
What does it do?
Instant runoff voting ensures that no one can win with less than 50% of the vote. It eliminates the risk of 'vote splitting', where two or more candidates 'split' the votes of a certain group. It also means that no one has to vote strategically—you can vote with your heart each time. Runoff voting strongly discourages negative campaigning tactics, as candidates are trying to achieve 'second choice' status from all their opponents' supporters. With ranked ballots, candidates aren't forced to drop out of a race to prevent vote splitting. That means voters have more options to choose from—and more diversity. MORE
Fair Vote Canada Supports Supreme Court Challenge
Earlier this month Fair Vote Canada announced its support for a Supreme Court challenge against Canada's current first past the post voting system. Fair Vote Canada has committed financial support to the challenge initiated in the Quebec courts by the Association for the Revendication of Democratic Rights, and will again apply for intervenor status should the Supreme Court of Canada agree to hear the challenge.
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees us the right to vote. The Supreme Court has ruled previously that this doesn't just mean the right to mark a ballot. It guarantees us the right to effective representation.
In 2011 Canada has had one federal election and seven provincial/territorial elections (Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Yukon, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Saskatchewan).
In every case Canadian voters were cheated. Phony majorities, falsely shrunken oppositions, politicians refusing to cooperate to represent a majority of voters, orphaned voters... more horror stories from first past the post. See About Fair Voting HERE
How should I get rid of unrecyclable household junk?
Whatever you do, make the trash can your absolute last resort
WANT TO GET A HANLDLE ON CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION?
Here's an opportunity for sobre second thought
Remember, a penny saved is a penny earned.
Do you want to know how many hours a year you work for a given expenditure, taking into account taxation? If so, check out What Did I Work For It.
Could this idea work in Prince Edward County?
Climate charter to change Hamilton: Charter reflects grassroots efforts
A coalition of environmental groups and the City of Hamilton will introduce the first Climate Change Action Charter in Ontario Monday.
The voluntary statement acknowledges the need for action on climate change, outlines commitments to establish a baseline measurement for the group or citizen's contribution to climate change, and contains an agreement to report to the community annually on emissions and reductions.
The charter, which was modelled after a similar pledge crafted in Cambridge and Leeds, U.K., will be introduced to the public Monday morning at Liuna Station. The breakfast event is also part of Hamilton's Climate Change Action month.
More than 20 parties, including McMaster University, Mohawk College and Union Gas, have already signed the charter, which was endorsed by councillors last week. MORE
If you are about to launch a campaign or project, then creating an online forum would be an excellent way to get people interested in your project interacting with one another. But creating a web forum is not a simple task and usually involves a great deal of coding and designing. Fortunately there is a tool called Ribbot that lets you create online forums without asking you to code or design anything. MORE
What Are the Opportunities?
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.” —Jack Layton
One thing people look for when looking for an apartment or home is how easy it will be for them to walk places. Some people prefer to live a car-free lifestyle, and obviously, it is important to have the places you need within walking distance. If the places you need are not within walking distance, than you need to make sure there is some form of public transportation.
Walk Score is designed with this in mind. It rates the address of any location in the USA, Canada and New Zealand based on walk-ability. It finds all the places in various categories that are nearby and adds a rating based on how accessible everything is. HERE
Free speech, on the streets, at the ballot box and online, makes our democracy work. That's why Care2 provides free access to the most powerful petition tools on the web today so that every person gets the chance to speak out for their cause in Care2 community and beyond.
Creating a Petition
So how do you create the petition that changes the course of history?
1. Identify Your Cause: What is the issue and what solution could change it for the better?
2. Find Your Target: Who specifically can make that change happen?
3. Set Your Goal: How many signatures do you need?
4. Get the Word Out: Use the power of Care2's tools to help you promote your petition.
5. Make it Happen: Deliver the petition to your target, using Care2's tips and tools to maximize your impact.
For more on how to create a powerful and effective petition, check out our Activist Toolkit.
Opportunity: Transition Prince Edward Provides a Local Energy Descent Conversation
An Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) is a local plan for dealing with Peak Oil. It goes well beyond issues of energy supply, to look at across-the-board creative adaptations in the realms of health, education, economy and much more. An EDAP is a way to think ahead, to plan in an integrated, multidisciplinary way, to provide direction to local government, decision makers, groups and individuals with an interest in making the place they live into a vibrant and viable community in a post-carbon era. MORE
Transition Prince Edward provides an opportunity to explore what contributions or services you would most like to bring out of yourself, and what transitions you most would like to see here in Prince Edward County. Some present initiatives include reskilling workshops, transition town research, transportation, and food and celebrations. A great place to learn and meet your neighbors!
Opportunities for Action in Prince Edward County
Transition Prince Edward County focuses on positive action to address Peak Oil and Climate Change and in hands-on, practical ways to help to make Prince Edward County a sustainable community for the future. It's all about sharing practical solutions on a local scale. It is a great place to develop skills together with your neighbours. Check it out!
Your optimum diet:Take the Vegetarian Challenge.
Having food resiliency is as much about learning how to store and use food properly as it is about growing it. The key is learning interdependence not independence. MORE
If you care about local food, pull up a chair. Come Back to the Table” is an online meeting place to learn about food security in Hastings and Prince Edward County. “Come Back to the Table” celebrates whole, healthy foods grown close to home in environmentally gentle ways. This site is about celebrating and strengthening our connection- our relationship- to food that truly nourishes us.
A Food Resource Guide for Prince Edward County (PDF) is available HERE Information about the Picton Food Bank is found HERE and the Storehouse Wellington Food Bank HERE The Salvation Army provides food relief (Tues. Wed. & Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to Noon) and can be reached at (613) 476-5404. The Gleaners Food Bank (Belleville) provides emergency food hampers (including ones for special dietary needs) to working families, people on social assistance, singles, couples, students, seniors, the disabled and children in the Quinte region.
Consider installing a geothermal heating system. You will save money and the environment.
Consider buying your power from Bullfrog Power, a renewable energy provider.
Turn off setup boxes for your television and other electronics after use. DVRs use about 40 percent more energy than typical HD TV set-top boxes.
Get an energy audit for your home. Take advantage of government programs to rebate money for home renovations that mlopmentake your home energy efficient.
Small steps make a big difference on the path to living more sustainably. The David Suzuki Foundation will show you how to transform your home, office and community into a healthy and sustainable one. From everyday green living tips to helpful resources on fighting climate change, get help to make informed decisions to reduce your environmental footprint. Here are some things you can start doing right now.
KIDS FOR CLIMATE ACTION 18 December, 2011
As the video above explains this exciting initiative is open the citizens everywhere HERE
In this TED video Crowdsourcing the News, Paul Lewis a journalist with The Guardian shows how ordinary people can effect change and defend civil liberties by witnessing, reporting and sharing information when you encounter something that is "just not quite right" by using your cellphone, piictures and video and sharing via social media.
Sign up to join Operation Oil Change's domestic task force. Once you sign up the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition will send you an email confirmation with your first mission and mail you some Operation Oil Change gear! HERE
Air Issues, challenges, and opportunities
Energy Issues—Ontario's Green Energy Act
Ontario has taken the laudable step of closing down its entire fleet of coal-fired power plants—a move supported across partisan lines. This, however, is but one of the many changes that is coming to Ontario's electricity system. Tim Weis, the Pembina Institute's Director of renewable energy & energy efficiency, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the role that renewable energy could play in the future of electricity generation in Ontario. HERE
Real time statistics under the following headings:
Hennessy's Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. HERE
YouTrust is for people who want to make a difference. You curate the content. You be the editor. You ignite debate.
Share videos, photos, articles, blogs, get the latest tweets and news feeds and join live discussions—in just seconds.
Create campaigns and stunning multimedia packages on issues you care about, then share them with your social network and the YouTrust community. MORE
TinyLetter is a free to use web service that lets you quickly set up an email subscription page for newsletters and mailing lists. All you have to do to get started is pick a unique username on the site. This username will be part of the direct subscription URL your subscribers will need to sign up on.
While setting up the page you enter your real name, newsletter name, email address, and pick a password. And that is all you need to do. Your subscription page will be set up and you will provided with a direct link as well as its embeddable code.
People can visit your subscription page and leave their email address to sign up for your mailing list. HERE
- Think twice about printing – do you really need to print or can you read and save on-screen?
- Re-use old envelopes by sticking a label over the previous address.
- Use both sides of the paper when printing or photocopying.
- If you cannot reuse paper, use the recycled kind.
- Buy energy-saving office appliances and equipment, such as EnergyStar-approved computers, LCD monitors, printers and photocopiers.
- Set up a recycling program for used paper, aluminum and other materials.
- Request energy-efficiency upgrades and retrofits to office buildings.
- Fix leaking taps right away.
- Monitor how much water your workplace uses and look at how you can reduce use.
- Install devices in taps and showers that reduce the water volume.
- Turn lights on only when needed.
- Remind colleagues to switch off monitors when they're away from the desk and to switch off all unneeded appliances at the end of the work day.
- Encourage staff to commit to taking alternative modes of transportation for their daily commute. This can include options such as car-pooling, cycling, taking public transit or walking where possible.
- Reduce your staff's environmental impacts from air travel by using video-conferences for meetings.
- If you have a fleet of vehicles, try to use the most energy-efficient models possible.
- Set the thermostat at 19 degrees Celsius.
- Avoid heating the outdoors by leaving doors and windows open when it's hot inside.
- Keep windows and skylights clean and clear to make the most of daylight.
- Keep radiators clear. Don't block radiators with furniture; it reduces efficiency and output.
- If you can't measure it you can't manage it. Check your use of electricity, gas and oil, so you know how much energy your office uses and how much you can reduce.
- Buy energy efficient appliances
- Shut off lights and equipment when not in use
- Use fluorescent bulbs,
lower your thermostat and water heater temperature
- Insulate and weatherproof your home
- Conserve water
- Hang laundry
- Plant trees
- Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Reduce your home heating and electricity use. A more energy- efficient home will lower your utility bills and reduce the emissions that cause climate change. Find out how you can increase energy efficiency in your home through the EnerGuide for Houses program.
- Choose energy-efficient appliances. New refrigerators, for example, use 40 per cent less energy than models made just 10 years ago.
- Eat wisely. Choose foods that are local, organic and low on the food chain whenever possible. Make the most of seasonal foods.
- Buy sustainable seafood.. Check out our handy wallet guide for tips on the best catches.
- Take care of your trash. Composting all organic waste—and recycling paper, cardboard, cans and bottles—will help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfills.
- Reduce the amount you drive
- Walk, bike, carpool and use public transit more often
- Don't idle your vehicle
- Keep you vehicle properly tuned and tires properly inflated
- Consider fuel efficiency when buying a vehicle.
- Check the Canadian government's Auto Smart ratings for the next car you intend to buy to make sure it's fuel efficient and low polluting. A typical SUV uses almost twice the fuel—and releases nearly twice the emissions—of a modern station wagon, although both seat the same number of passengers.
- Walk, bike, carpool or take transit to get to one of your regular destinations each week.
- Learn about the impacts of air travel and consider vacationing close to home.
- If you are moving, choose a home within a 30-minute bike, walk or transit ride from your daily destinations. A convenient place to live reduces the amount you drive, which means you'll lower your greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.
As individuals, we can green our homes, schools and offices and have a huge impact. But we also need policy movers and shakers to step up to the plate—with incentives for fuel efficient technologies, legislation banning toxic chemicals and strategies to protect endangered species, to name a few.
The David Suzuki Foundation even made it easy for you to send a message to our leaders on issues that are important to us and the environment.
Join a political party and lobby for robust policies to address climate change from within the party.
Join an environmental group to effectively protest against tar sands development. Click on the tabs below to see links to groups opposing tar sands development
No one's asking you to stay home and lock yourself in a closet. Get out in the world! Just try to lighten your footprint.
As You Sow
Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society
Clean Water Action
Communities for a Better Environment
Council of Canadians-Canada
David Suzuki Foundation
Dakota Rural Action West
Eco-Sol Consulting Inc.
Environmental Law And Policy Center
Friends of the Earth
Global Community Monitor
Green Century Capital Management, Inc.
Honor The Earth
Indigenous Environmental Network
Minnesota Center For Environmental Advocacy
Northern Plains Resource Council
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
Oil Change International
Power Up Canada
Save Union County, LLC [blog]
Western Organization Of Resource Councils
Many of you may be familiar with the Skeptical Science website. It is an excellent resource for a reliable science based rebuttal to most of the assertions that Climate Change deniers make. It includes a “Skeptical Science” App for iPhones/iPads and other smart phones which is particularly convenient to consult when you are having a discussion.
This site is a supplement to the RealClimate.org website.
It is primarily an index for debunking of various popular media occurrences of climate-related nonsense. Articles are sorted by where they appear (outlet and country), or alphabetically by author. Under each article you will find links to rebuttals of specific arguments and overall critiques of the pieces. This is by no means comprehensive, but should provide a starting point for those interested in seeing why these pieces are wrong. We do not include mainstream journalist pieces that are occasionally mistaken or somewhat sensationalist (see the main website for that kind of commentary), but we do include the op-ed pieces that are specifically designed to confuse, obfuscate and abuse the science.