World Food Day: 4 Easy Ways to Make a Difference

On World Food Day, observed every year on Oct. 16, we can all do our part to combat global hunger and malnutrition.

The United Nations’ second Sustainable Development Goal calls for ending world hunger by 2030 and urges profound interventions from governments, businesses and individuals to help feed the growing number of hungry people in the world.

Last year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found that chronic undernourishment grew to 821 million, or one in every nine people worldwide. At the same time, adult obesity is worsening (especially in North America) with more than one in eight adults in the world considered obese.

“Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition,” the FAO said.

Read World Food Day: 4 Easy Ways to Make a Difference by Lorraine Chow at Ecowatch.

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October 17, 2018 at 3:29 am Leave a comment

Tour of Gerdau Ameristeel Cornwall Metals Recycling

Thursday, October 18, 1:00 – 2:00, Gerdau Metal Recycling, 300 Copeland St., Cornwall

A behind the scenes look at metal recycling! During Waste Reduction Week, take a Tour of Gerdau Metals Recycling operation in Cornwall, Ontario. Meet at the site and wear suitable footwear as the site may be muddy. All are welcome. Local contact: Ross Cotton, Location Manager 613 363-3417

 

 

October 12, 2018 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report

The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, is out. Its prognosis for the planet is grim: We may have as little as 12 years to act on climate change — to slash global emissions 45 percent — to reach this target.

The report was commissioned by the United Nations to see what would happen if global average temperatures rose by 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, and what it would take to cap warming at that level.

The new report is meant to build on that agreement, and it is exhaustive, with 132 authors, drawing on more than 6,000 peer-reviewed research articles. The overarching conclusion is that every fraction of a degree of warming matters. Letting temperatures rise will exact a huge toll on lives, natural systems, and the economy. Fighting to keep warming in check — which will include radically and rapidly reducing coal and oil consumption, among other things — will save lives, the food supply, and homes.

Read 4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report by Umair Irfan at Vox.

October 10, 2018 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

World Food Day Open Garden

Sunday, October 14, 11-3 *Carriere Homestead, South Stormont. The free day is packed with activities for the whole family in this beautiful setting, focusing on sustainable food production, both locally and globally. People can take guided and self-guided tours of the property’s fruit and nut groves, winter greenhouse, young food forest as well as enjoy woodland ‘mirror’ walks.  There will be demo stations on different methods of food preservation, and hands-on harvesting of root vegetables, seed saving and children’s nature and food activities, along with music and refreshments using local ingredients.  A highlight will be an illustrated talk by specialist on world food issues, Elodie Mantha from USC Canada, along with displays of projects worldwide. Donations are welcome as a fundraiser for USC Canada. Activities will take place rain or shine, with some under cover. Click on the link for the schedule:

*Directions to Carriere’s Homestead: 401 west from Cornwall, Ingleside exit (Dickinson Dr./County Rd #14), 10 km north to Otto Rd., turn left (west) onto Otto Rd, first place on the left (#14932).

October 5, 2018 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

20 habits of frugal people

It takes serious strategy to save serious money.

Unless you’ve won the lottery, acquiring wealth takes a lot of hard work. Not only do you have to put years into a career, but you also have to be disciplined about keeping the money you make. People who are serious about growing their bank accounts usually have frugal lifestyle habits that make saving go more quickly. By implementing some (or all) of these habits in your own life, you can supercharge your savings rate and enjoy a richer life, in every sense of the word.

1. Frugal people prepare food from scratch. They refuse to pay a premium for convenience, preferring to make their own meals and freeze extras for emergency meals. They avoid eating out.

Read 20 habits of frugal people by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger.

October 1, 2018 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

New Study Shows that Returning Carbon Revenues Directly to Households Would be Net Financially Positive for the Vast Majority of Households

A study commissioned by Canadians for Clean Prosperity shows that the vast majority of households, regardless of income level, would receive more money in the form of carbon dividend cheques than they would pay in carbon taxes, should the federal government introduce carbon dividends in those provinces in which it brings in its carbon tax “backstop” starting in 2019.
This study demonstrates that the objection that carbon pricing will cost average households large amounts of money is ill-founded – or at least easily mitigated. By implementing carbon dividends, the federal government can ensure that typical families will receive more money back in their dividend cheques than they will face in additional carbon costs.

Read the report:  New Study Shows that Returning Carbon Revenues Directly to Households would be Net Financially Positive for the Vast Majority of Households.

September 24, 2018 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Apples and Art Studio Tour 2018

Saturday & Sunday September 29 & 30 10:00  – 4:00,  Winner of the 2016 Cornwall Chamber of commerce Tourism Excellence Award The studio tour takes place throughout Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG). The arrival of fall is one of the most colourful events of the year in our area. The season dresses in its most vibrant hues while local artist open their creative space to visitors. Kindly visit applesandart.ca for the brochure and map.

September 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

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