World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration

The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas exploration within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change.

In a statement that delighted campaigners opposed to fossil fuels, the Bank used a conference in Paris to announce that it “will no longer finance upstream oil and gas” after 2019.

The Bank ceased lending for coal-fired power stations in 2010 but has been under pressure from lobby groups also to halt the $1bn (£750m) a year it has been lending for oil and gas in developing countries.

The Bank said it saw the need to change the way it was operating in a “rapidly changing world”, adding that it was on course to have 28% of its lending going to climate action by 2020. At present, 1-2% of the Bank’s $280bn portfolio is accounted for by oil and gas projects.

Read World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration by Larry Elliot at The Guardian.

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December 13, 2017 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

How to Help My Daughter Face Climate Change With an Open Heart

Illustration by Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene

In his new book Being the Change, climate scientist Peter Kalmus shows why, on the cusp of climate catastrophe, we are neither choiceless nor powerless.

What happens to a child’s psyche, I asked myself, as she gradually absorbs the knowledge that our planet is warming at a terrifying rate and to an unimaginably dangerous degree, then quietly observes the adults in her life, particularly those most responsible for caring for and protecting her, doing the very things that are causing the emergency? What happens as she observes the mundane spectrum of everyday life in the United States amid climate chaos: as dad pulls the car up to the pump, as mom comes home from the airport after a business trip, as the family sits down to another meat and factory farm-based dinner, iPhones at the ready and the thermostat cranked to 70?

READ: How to Help My Daughter Face Climate Change With an Open Heart by Chris Moore-Backman at Yes! Magazine.

December 11, 2017 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Soup’s On, Le Potage est Pret

Tuesday, January 23 11:30 – 2:00 Cornwall Civic Complex, Salon B

Mmmmmm. A warm savoury soup on a cold winter day! Soup’s On with 12 Chefs, 12 Soups – Come try them all and vote for your favourite. Attend with co-workers, family and friends! $5 for 2 “Soupons” or $10 for 5 ” Soupons” – – purchase them now as gifts for family, friends and co-workers. Call 613 932-4914.

December 8, 2017 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

Emergency Planning: Preparing for Power Blackouts

My neighbors tell me they once went 13 days without power after a winter storm. Knowing it will happen again, and dreading a stint in a shelter, I decided to get ready. Last fall I devoted a week to preparing a simple and inexpensive emergency kit that will help my family ride out 14 days without electricity. This kit gives me peace of mind because now I know the next blackout won’t be a nightmare. Life might even be pretty close to normal.

Read Emergency Planning: Preparing for Power Blackouts by Barbara Pleasant at Mother Earth News.

December 6, 2017 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden

A very simple idea put me on the path toward growing a year-round indoor salad garden: I wanted fresh salad greens throughout winter. This desire occurred to me one fall afternoon as I was putting my garden to bed and planting my garlic for the following year.

With a pantry, cold cellar, and freezer full of the season’s harvest, the one thing that was missing in my larder was fresh salad greens, there is simply no way to store them. So I experimented with different techniques, and what I discovered exceeded my expectations and eventually became my book Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening. I can now grow all the salad greens I need for my family of four with a kitchen cupboard and a windowsill, I don’t need lights, special equipment, or a greenhouse.

Read Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden by Peter Burke at Mother Earth News.

December 4, 2017 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Edible Forest – Planting a Sustainable Community

Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 pm Schnitzels European Flavors Pitt Street Edible Forests – Planting a Sustainable Community –  The River Institute through its popular Science and Nature on Tap series is inviting RRCA’s Forestry Specialist, Normand Genier to chronicle this special “Edible Forest” project. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this unique project. It is something that our Mohawk neighbours and ancestors were well aware of back in the day but many of us have now forgotten. Many wild trees and shrubs found in nature are a nutritional source of food and produce fruit or nuts that are edible. Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is now sharing this legacy knowledge and literally inviting us all to re-discover our roots. Over the past couple of years RRCA has worked side by side with dozens of local volunteers and community groups to create the area’s first edible garden by planting several hundred trees and bushes at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area.  Science and Nature on Tap Sessions are free of charge and held at Schnitzels European Flavours but space is limited. If you would like more information or to reserve a seat please call (613) 936-6620 (ext. 229) or e-mail Coordinator Karen Cooper at kcooper@riverinstitute.ca or visit http://www.riverinstitute.ca.

December 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Waste Reduction Group Launch

Filmed by YourTV Cornwall. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the 7 R’s of waste reduction at the launch of Transition Cornwall +’s newest action group.

November 27, 2017 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

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