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Connecting nature, culture and community

This Thursday is Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year and the official beginning of the summer season. It also happens to be National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Cornwall Transition+ is planning events throughout the day to celebrate all three aspects.

The events’ head organizer, Susan Towndrow, said the group wanted to plan a day that would help people get back in tune with nature.

“This is the longest day of the year so we had this idea of celebrating the sunrise and the sunset as a way of connecting people with nature and bringing us back into the rhythms of life,” she said.

The day will start bright and early at 5 a.m. with a Tai Chi session in Lamoureux Park led by Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi. People will be meeting by the gazebo at the boat launch, and beginners are encouraged to come out to greet the sun as well.

Read Connecting nature, culture and community by Alan S. Hale in the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

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June 20, 2018 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

10-Minute Neighborhoods: The Low-Tech Solution to Almost* Everything

Health. Energy. Climate. Crime. Education. Happiness. Water. Housing. What if it were possible to make headway on all these issues with simple changes to our neighborhoods?

What if we could cut our medical costs in half? What if we could give the average American an added five years of healthy life? What if we could cut our energy use, our water use, and our greenhouse gas emissions by more than half while improving our happiness and prosperity? What if we could provide affordable housing for millennials staggering under student loan debt? What if we could help elders age gracefully in a connected community, with their mobility and cognition intact? What if we could create communities where children can experience both safety and independence? What if we could cut in half the cost of essential services provided by cities and towns?

Read10-Minute Neighborhoods: The Low-Tech Solution to Almost* Everything by Karen Allen at Musings.

June 11, 2018 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Provincial Party Responses 2018

Make your vote count: find out where the parties stand. The next Government of Ontario will inherit a province facing many significant environmental challenges, from climate change and ongoing loss of biodiversity to a steady build up of toxics and pollutants in our air, water and land.  Strong actions will be required to address these problems and to position Ontario to benefit in a world rapidly moving toward a low-carbon future and embracing the need for more sustainable economic and social systems. We asked all parties to describe their vision for making Ontario an environmental leader and how they will enhance the quality of life of all of its residents.

We have invited all four parties to submit any additional policies or information as the election progresses, and we will note when new information has been added.

Read Party Responses 2018 at Green Prosperity.

June 4, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town’s food-growing scheme takes root worldwide

When two women began turning disused verges in the former mill town of Todmorden into free food plots, little did they realise they would inspire a global movement of growers.

It’s a simple idea: take over unused or unattractive bits of public land to plant food to feed the community. What is not so simple is where they’re doing it. Todmorden is an old mill town in Yorkshire’s Calderdale valley. It rains a lot, there’s not a lot of sun, and it has experienced major flooding in recent years. But still, the town’s residents continue to grow fruit and vegetables as best they can for locals to pick and eat.

The Toddies didn’t set out to start a food-growing revolution, they wanted to bring their small town together at a difficult time for communities throughout the UK. “Ten years ago it was the beginning of the worldwide economic decline, there was a lot of worry about climate change, but nothing was really happening,” says Mary Clear, chair of IET. “And in this town we were starting to see the squeeze on public services – there was more litter – and we thought, how can we do something that will create stronger communities?”

Read Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town’s food-growing scheme takes root worldwide by Naomi Larsson at The Guardian.

May 9, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Warmshowers connects tired cyclists with local hospitality

 

It’s kind of like couch-surfing, but only for people on bicycles.

Nothing beats a home-cooked meal and a warm shower at the end of a long day in a bike saddle. For most bike travellers, these are rare luxuries, hard to find in a roadside campground. That is why an organization called Warmshowers was created. The online community connects weary cyclists with friendly hosts who know what it’s like to feel worn out and in need of a little comfort. The hosts are able to travel vicariously through their visitors’ experiences, bringing the world to their own doorstep.

Warmshowers has been around since 1993, so it’s not surprising it was covered on TreeHugger more than 10 years ago. At the time, Christine called it “couch-surfing for bicyclists,” and that remains an apt description. The organization has grown immensely since then, although some rules remain the same. Hosts cannot be paid for their hospitality, although it is understood that guests provide a thank you gift of some kind in return or, at the very least, pay the favor forward.

Read Warmshowers connects tired cyclists with local hospitality by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger.

April 30, 2018 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Edible-garden strategy planted by Cornwall city council

Coun. Carilyne Hebert successfully got city council to begin laying the groundwork for an edible landscape strategy for Cornwall during its meeting on March 26.

Getting the city to start planting and harvesting edible plants in its various public gardens, flower beds and green spaces has been Hebert’s pet issue on council for the past couple of months. The councillor appears to be angling to make the creation of an edible planting strategy for Cornwall the legacy of her time on council, as she is apparently not sure if she will run for re-election.

Read Edible-garden strategy planted by Cornwall city council by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

April 4, 2018 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community

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It could, if the results stand up, be one of the most dramatic medical breakthroughs of recent decades. It could transform treatment regimes, save lives, and save health services a fortune. Is it a drug? A device? A surgical procedure? No, it’s a newfangled intervention called community.

What this provisional data appears to show is that when isolated people who have health problems are supported by community groups and volunteers, the number of emergency admissions to hospital falls spectacularly.

Read The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community by George Monbiot at The Guardian.

March 19, 2018 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

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