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We’re Teaching Kids the Wrong Ways to Fight Climate Change

Illustration courtesy of Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas, 2017, Environmental Research Letters

When Seth Wynes was teaching high school science in Canada, there was one question his students asked him that he had trouble answering: What can I do to stop climate change? The existence of climate change was an unpleasant surprise for many of them—they had grown up hearing adults talk about things like peak oil in doom-laden tones, so the news that humans would trash the atmosphere before they even reached peak oil filled them with alarm. They wanted to do something.

Then Wynes began comparing their resesarch to climate-related documents aimed at teenagers and adults in the three most high-emitting countries on the list: Canada, Australia, and the United States. He wanted to know—were the actions on his list the same as the actions these documents recommended?

They were not, as Wynes and Nicholas reveal in a paper that was published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The most high-impact actions on his list, like living without a car, avoiding transatlantic flights, and eating a plant-based diet were often ignored entirely in educational climate change materials, which favored less-effective actions like recycling and using more energy-efficient lightbulbs.

Read the full article We’re Teaching Kids the Wrong Ways to Fight Climate Change by Heather Smith at Sierra Club.

August 9, 2017 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Edible plant fest keeps growing

Experienced and aspiring green thumbs were at the promenade next to city hall on Saturday, to ask questions, learn, have fun, and even take home a plant to care for.
It was the Incredible Edible Plants Festival, hosted by the food action group of Transition Cornwall+ with the support of the All Things Food food network.
The event attracted a steady stream of a few hundred people to browse the booths and activities. MPP Jim Macdonell even arrived to present the organizers with a certificate for bringing the event back for a fifth year.
Organizer Kat Rendek said she was very pleased to see how the event has grown since its humble beginnings.
“The festival has grown considerably through partnerships in the community. Initially, in our first year, it was really just about the plant giveaway,” reflected Rendek.

”But now we have a community garden planting in four different community gardens . . . we also had a huge number of activities this year.”

Read Edible plant fest keeps growing by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

May 29, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

The Creativity Crisis | Michael Moynihan | TEDxBowdoinCollege

Michael Moynihan, the Vice President of Marketing at LEGO Systems, Inc, revisits the creativity crisis and the state of American ingenuity in this TEDx Talk. He underscores the importance of creativity in this increasingly unstable world and suggests how we can all train ourselves in the art of creativity to prepare for the future.

Michael Moynihan is Vice President of Global Marketing Excellence and Partnerships for The LEGO Group, the world’s second largest toy company.

May 17, 2017 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

Ten Climate-Conscious Parents on Talking to Kids about Global Warming

walkingNobody wants to frighten their kids. (We know even the most reasonable adults are shut down by fear.) But as the stakes grow more stark and the politics get more divisive, it’s more crucial than ever that we bring the full force of our emotions to this fight and that we raise active, community-minded, and environmentally-aware citizens. And, I believe, talking to our kids is one way to focus all our own difficult and powerful feelings in a way that fuels rather than saps our civic and political engagement.

Think about it: dealing with climate change is about things kids already know well. It’s about cleaning up our messes; about the sun, wind, air, water, and our own bodies; it’s about treating all people with respect and dignity, about stopping bullies; about sharing; and also about making rules that keep us safe — and making sure everyone follows the same rules! Young people are naturally curious, observant, and creative — they can get excited about nature, science, and new ideas.

Read Ten Climate-Conscious Parents on Talking to Kids about Global Warming by Anna Fahey at The Tyee.

March 1, 2017 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials’ Economic Future

Millennials are already facing many difficulties in an economy slowly recovering from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. Quality full-time jobs are often out of reach for many young people, wages have stagnated, and millennials have less wealth and financial stability than previous generations.

But millennials face a challenge unlike anything previous generations have had to tackle. Unless our elected leaders take aggressive and immediate action, the millennial generation will have to live with the devastating economic health and environmental impacts of climate change.

Climate change will have a significant impact on millennials’ household incomes and wealth, with rapidly worsening effects by mid-century, as the youngest millennials reach their peak earning years. In this report, we investigate these economic losses for millennials and future generations if we fail to act on climate change, compared to a scenario of no climate change.

Read the key findings or download the report The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials’ Economic Future at Demos.org

November 16, 2016 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Building an Affordable, Sustainable Home

green_homeThe Endeavour House racks up big savings compared with a conventional, similarly sized home in Ontario.

Several years ago, an empty urban lot in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, sparked an interesting and exciting debate among our faculty at The Endeavour Centre, a nonprofit sustainable-building school based in the city: What would it take to build the “greenest” home in Canada? And could such a home blend into an existing neighborhood and meet conventional cost and building code expectations?

In 2012, we set out to answer those questions, as the design and construction of such a house became the focus of our six-month Sustainable New Construction program. A group of eight students joined our faculty and guest instructors to attempt to meet the highest standards we could imagine for a residential construction project.

Read Building an Affordable, Sustainable Home by Chris Magwood at Mother Earth News.

November 2, 2016 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

There is 12 tonnes less of garbage in the St. Lawrence River

garbageThe clean-up effort spearheaded by the St. Lawrence River Institute along with its partners in the Upper St. Lawrence Protection Network announced on Friday, Sept. 16 that they had successfully pulled nearly 12 tonnes of garbage out of the river.

Friday was their last clean-up day, they held three others throughout the summer.

On Friday, there were still more than 100 people doing yet another sweep of the St. Lawrence.

The team on Friday included 40 CCVS students who where picking up garbage along the coast and two teams of divers pulling stuff up from the bottom.

Read There is 12 tonnes less of garbage in the St. Lawrence River by Nick Seebruch at The Cornwall Seaway News.

October 17, 2016 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

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