Food Systems Responsible for a Third of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sunflower oil factory farm

A new study, published in Nature Food and conducted by researchers from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, found that food systems are responsible for about one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. The study examined every stage of the global food chain from production to consumption. Predictably, […]

Happiness and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand…

Family walking in a summer park

“I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.” (Voltaire) As greetings of Happy New Year fade into recent history – let’s take a moment to explore what ‘happiness’ can mean to all of us and how it relates to realizing a healthier life-style and ultimately a healthier planet. The thesis […]

Winter at Night

Starry sky with trees silhouetted

February is WinterActive month. It’s intended to encourage physical activity through play in the elements. Most outdoor activities typically embrace snow and colder temps during daylight hours, but what if your adventurous spirit didn’t have to end when the sun goes down? Let’s consider some options for getting active outside under the cover of night […]

Winter is for the Birds

Red cardinal sitting on a branch in winter

Winter can easily become a time of boredom and shuttering ourselves indoors, so it helps to be reminded there’s never been a better time to get outside to explore and connect with nature. Lockdown restrictions have severely limited our entertainment options but if this steers us back to nature then everyone and our furry and […]

Go Outside and Play

Mother with her daughter, playing in the snow.

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle The COVID lockdown may have you feeling cooped up, but a cure for cabin fever might be as simple as child’s play. We know fresh air and exercise is good for body and mind at any age, […]

Lockdown Time Equals Learning Time

Brave New Arctic book cover

There aren’t many positive things one can say about the ongoing pandemic which restricted many of our everyday activities for almost a year now. That being said, COVID-19 has triggered a significant behavior change around the world, demonstrating our ability to adapt rapidly when we are at risk. Despite this new-found awareness and ability to […]

It’s Freezing. Time to Get Outdoors.

young man preparing to walk on snowshoes over winter background

February is Winter Active month here in Orillia. This presents a golden opportunity to improve our physical literacy, which means developing the motivation for, and understanding of, different types of beneficial movement. The shorter days and sub-zero temperatures might make some want to hibernate and avoid winter altogether, but there really are so many perks […]

Greening your Clothes Closet

Man's closet. Hangers with shirts closeup. Male wardrobe

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but the idea of ‘greening’ our clothing choices is a good year-round practice. Over the past decade, we have become increasingly aware of the damaging effects mass textile production and apparel manufacturing have on the environment. For example, to produce one kilo of cotton takes 20,000 litres of […]