Clean Energy Canada - May 25

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

The Clean Energy Review brings you must-read clean energy news and analysis.

https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergycanada/32018-1862588?e=f1eb1c20e1

World Economic Forum - May 22

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

Sustainable Orillia provides this weekly update from the WEP as a resource to our users.

http://view.e.weforum.org/?qs=5e4e339a223eb4efce8dc40d29a9417231e4fbd9f34a52f1807d560e76786d739aab6cdc828c50304e7a9bee8f38b31e85a4843bd5443985a1528453382f6765acaf81b97229c6d7b9085a556ab273b4

 

CBC "What on Earth" - May 21

A smart, snappy, constructive take on the state of the environment. We will highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world, as well as what each of us can do, individually, to be more green.

http://newsletters.cbc.ca/q/1IytjTvEEzIsy7FjD9EW7/wv

Clean Energy Canada - May 18

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

The Clean Energy Review brings you must-read clean energy news and analysis.

https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergycanada/32018-1862584?e=f1eb1c20e1

 

World Economic Forum - May 15

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

Sustainable Orillia provides this weekly update from the WEP as a resource to our users.

http://view.e.weforum.org/?qs=c67b63d5223c7142fe0c5cf2d6afcaf7f47bc51cf22589b644c661565cc7f7a8ac32956e2664074535e9d098dbfed8771960e4908a6c36ca614ea19cfaf6404f31fc136e9cf38ecd19365e5b32351826

CBC "What on Earth" - May 14

A smart, snappy, constructive take on the state of the environment. We will highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world, as well as what each of us can do, individually, to be more green.

http://newsletters.cbc.ca/q/1IytjTrBY7K92YKM9c7ZY/wv

May Newsletter

Clean Energy Canada - May 11

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

The Clean Energy Review brings you must-read clean energy news and analysis.

https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergycanada/32018-1862564?e=f1eb1c20e1

World Economic Forum - May 8

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

Sustainable Orillia provides this weekly update from the WEP as a resource to our users.

http://view.e.weforum.org/?qs=2973598df6e1f76b2e791e56a556b6726b3296754d317d1111efb41e2948f06f99a1033505bcfa52c97ccb5adb32cce0d56c228dae83682073e59c6328cb36a5f3ba665b3c15105eea832f0b4fcbd34a

Air Quality - Local Measurement Matters

CBC "What on Earth" - May 7

A smart, snappy, constructive take on the state of the environment. We will highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world, as well as what each of us can do, individually, to be more green.

http://newsletters.cbc.ca/q/1IytjTm7KNuIT8r8ZSPc6/wv

Clean Energy Canada - May 4

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

The Clean Energy Review brings you must-read clean energy news and analysis.

https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergycanada/32018-1862560?e=f1eb1c20e1

World Economic Forum - May 1

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

Sustainable Orillia provides this weekly update from the WEP as a resource to our users.

http://view.e.weforum.org/?qs=f3c57c40d8f92c19ebd5fdc13832e17f5897a2c89daf73985e38f36d5e8b11484f888d7befc75bc4d737e25fc5b5de15b60740c122ce2875d2535512eba59b01e7db9ff2cf86f46ed72c3e07f4960fee

CBC "What on Earth" - April 30

A smart, snappy, constructive take on the state of the environment. We will highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world, as well as what each of us can do, individually, to be more green.

http://newsletters.cbc.ca/q/1IytjThdlOXlnmaepWf1B/wv

Start Harvesting Rain Water & Protect Lake Simcoe

This spring is shaping up to be different than most. Like many charities, Living Green Barrie is adapting to new realities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One project that we have modified is our rain barrel sale!

We are thrilled to be able to offer an online rain barrel sale in partnership with rainbarrel.ca. The purchase of a re-purposed food-grade barrel will allow you to start harvesting rain water from your roof, save money on your water bills, water your gardens, reduce storm water runoff, and prevent flooding, which helps to protect our beautiful Lake Simcoe. 

$10 from each purchase goes towards supporting Living Green Barrie programs, including the 10,000 Trees for Barrie Campaign!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR RAIN BARREL 

Sales are being offered in Barrie, Orillia, Oro, Springwater, Innisfil, and Alliston. 
PLEASE SHARE!


The cost is $55 + a $10 delivery fee (tax included)

Included:
-Spigot
-Mosquito & leaf filter
-Overflow Adapter
-Overflow Hose


For the safety of everyone, we are offering online pre-purchases ONLY and contactless delivery to your driveway starting May 17th. 

***The rain barrels are sturdy, repurposed food-grade barrels, meaning no new plastic was created to make the barrels!***

THANK YOU for supporting Living Green Barrie! We hope you continue to stay well, stay connected, and stay home, while enjoying more time in your garden. 

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COVID-19 Lessons for Climate Change Action

The Top 10 COVID-19 LESSONS

— from Sustainable Orillia

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” attributed to Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

While it is not entirely clear that Churchill was the originator of the phrase, it sounds like the man often credited as the key figure in England and the Allies winning WW2 against Hitler’s Germany. As Britain’s leader, he faced more than a few crises during those years.

The world in 2020 is facing the crisis of COVID-19, a pandemic which has brought the world economy to a standstill.  As we in Orillia, in Canada, and across the world stay home to reduce the pace of the pandemic and the deaths that it is causing, it is appropriate, during this pause in our “normal” lives, to think about the lessons the pandemic is providing for us.

At Sustainable Orillia, our goal is to encourage our community—and the larger society—to move toward sustainable living and, in doing so, to confront the climate crisis that threatens our future.  Accordingly, we offer the following lessons with the hope that what we can learn from this pandemic will help us reduce and/or mitigate the even greater threats coming our way from the climate crisis.  As you’re reading them, please ask yourself, “How can we use this crisis to make things better?”

Here they are—Sustainable Orillia’s “Top 10 Lessons”.

LESSON 1:  CRISES MAKE US APPRECIATE WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN OUR LIVES

COVID-19:  The need to stay home and to work at home, if possible, has necessitated many changes to family lifestyle.  While it is unrealistic to expect to work full-time from home and care for children, many families are finding silver lining moments in eating more meals together, playing games inside or in the backyard, or going for walks together.  Working dads and moms are discovering how valuable teachers and day care providers are, and what a daily three-four hour commute really costs them in terms of their personal and family life.

CLIMATE CRISIS: Time spent with family and friends can be a greater cause of happiness than “things.”  Beyond food and shelter, we don’t need much to be content with our lives. Have we been “working to live”?  or “living to work”?  Are we more than just “consumers”? Do we need as much as we thought we did pre-pandemic?  Can we reduce our footprints on this planet? The pandemic has raised serious challenges to the way we live, but some new habits can become lasting if we work at them—as we must if we’re serious about meeting the climate crisis and ending our overuse of the planet’s resources. 

LESSON 2:  IN EMERGENCIES, GOVERNMENTS MUST ACT TO PROTECT PEOPLE.

COVID-19:  In Canada and countries around the world, citizens have recognized that the changes their governments are calling for are necessary to preserve lives—and they are, by and large, responding to the directions being given. 

CLIMATE CHANGE:  For two decades or more, governments across the globe have been warned that they need to take actions to protect and preserve the lives of the people on this planet.  All of us need to recognize that the actions being urged by the scientific community—and so far largely disregarded by our governments—are also about saving lives.  Climate action is needed now.

LESSON 3:  OUR COUNTRY CAN TAKE RADICAL ACTION WHEN WE WANT TO—WHEN THE NEED FOR CHANGE IS EVIDENT.  LARGE-SCALE RESPONSE TO A GLOBAL CRISIS IS POSSIBLE.

COVID-19:  Governments have made decisions to shut down much of the economy, close our entertainment venues, and ask most people to stay isolated in their homes.  In addition, governments have issued cheques to people who have lost jobs, raised the salaries of “essential” workers,  authorized expenditures which would have been controversial just months ago.  Most adults have never seen this kind of large-scale response to a situation—at least not since 1945 and the end of WW2.

CLIMATE CRISIS:  Government actions to address the climate crisis would be, in many cases, far less disruptive to our economy and our society than COVID-19 actions, yet most governments have been very tentative in actions to date—actions generally considered inadequate to meet the challenges of the climate crisis. Surveys showing that the majority of Canadians accept that climate impacts will harm future generations should encourage bolder action. Our Canadian governments now know that people will accept radical action if it is warranted.

LESSON 4:  IN A CRISIS, DELAYING THE RESPONSE WORSENS THE IMPACT—INCLUDING THE DEATH RATE.

COVID-19:  When one compares the reactions of various countries to the pandemic, it is clear that an early, aggressive response reduces the number of infections and the number of deaths—and prevents the overwhelming of the resources used to combat the disease.  A late response—such as seen in Italy and the U.S.—increases the deaths due to the pandemic.

CLIMATE CHANGE:  It is equally clear that, had the nations of the world two decades ago—or even earlier—begun taking more seriously the warnings about the need to reduce our use of fossil fuels, we would now, in 2020, be seeing success in the reduction of greenhouse gasses (GHGs).  We would be nearer the goals we must meet to reduce the harm that the world will experience from the effect of uncontrolled and unmitigated climate change—a reduced ability of the planet to provide what life needs.  Given this delay, serious governmental responses must be accelerated now.

LESSON 5:  LISTEN TO THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY; IGNORANCE OF SCIENCE CAN BE FATAL

COVID-19:  The countries that have met the challenge of the pandemic most effectively have put their most knowledgeable scientists in charge of the response.  Countries that responded most quickly with actions recommended by their health scientists have been the most successful in reducing the spread of the virus and the deaths that resulted. Research funding has been released to support scientific research and innovation, creating an unprecedented global collaboration among researchers and scientists to develop medical treatments and an eventual vaccine for this virus.

CLIMATE CRISIS:  The vast majority of scientists have been sounding the alarm for at least two decades. They have also made it clear what actions are required to reduce the disruption, damage and death that is coming our way.  It is now time to pay heed to the message and respond with actions—just as we have done for COVID-19.

LESSON 6: “BUSINESS AS USUAL” IS A THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH.

COVID-19: This pandemic—deadly and disruptive—has roots in the world’s current economic model—the pursuit of infinite growth at the expense of the environment on which our lives depend.  As we destroy natural habitat we come in closer contact with wildlife and the viruses they carry; both ebola and COVID-19 seem to have jumped from wild species to humans.  Scientists warn of further viral threats—some more deadly than COVID-19—if we continue with environmental destruction across the world. 

CLIMATE CRISIS:  Promising to be even more deadly and disruptive to human life, this crisis has arisen because of the dependence of our economy on fossil fuels coupled with the concept of “unlimited growth.”  Yes, reducing our use of fossil fuels and other natural resources (our natural capital) will cause disruptions in our economy, but it is clear that a future of devastated forests, polluted waters, plastic-filled oceans, and exhausted, drought-stricken farmlands has to be avoided. Governments must pursue alternative energy sources, reduce pollution and waste, and look to an economy that circulates resources instead of always demanding new ones. It is not just human health and life that is at stake—but the health of all life on the planet.

LESSON 7:  THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THE COMMON GOOD AND WILL MAKE SACRIFICES TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY.

COVID-19:  We see the vast majority of people in our communities taking the required steps to protect themselves and others from the virus.  Most people are staying home as ordered, are social distancing, lining up at grocery stores—in short, temporarily suspending their personal freedoms to prevent the spread of the virus in their communities and to keep everyone safe.

CLIMATE CRISIS:  Since climate change will impact different parts of the globe in different ways, we have to recognize that human beings are “family” no matter where they live.  Our actions in Canada need to be taken to prevent harm coming to people who live, not only in Canada, but in other parts of the world. Without immediate and aggressive actions, we will see, potentially, the deaths of millions—a death toll far exceeding what we have seen so far with COVID-19.  Surely it’s time to re-think our notions of “community.”

LESSON 8:  A CRISIS WILL EXACERBATE THE PREVIOUS CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED BY VULNERABLE PEOPLE.

COVID-19:  The pandemic has revealed the vulnerability of certain groups of people in our society: people who work in jobs that, until now, have been undervalued and low-paying (personal support workers [PSWs], food prep workers, temp workers, farm workers, warehouse people, delivery people), not to mention the homeless, the disabled living on their own, and seniors living in long-term care facilities.  Ironically, the pandemic has also revealed that many of these people are the “essential” workers our society needs to ensure food supplies and a strong, healthy society.

CLIMATE CHANGE:  The same groups of people in our society will be vulnerable to floods, severe storms, heat waves and cold snaps.  A Basic Income plan in Canada, among other strategies, would alleviate some of the problems these people face.  The climate crisis will also hit poorer, more vulnerable nations around the world, as well, particularly those who face rising ocean levels and drought conditions.  We are already seeing economic migrations of peoples; we will see future climate migrations involving millions of people unless we act now to develop a new circular economic model which will serve people and the planet more justly.

LESSON 9:  THE ECONOMY EXISTS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

COVID-19:  The pandemic has resulted in greater recognition—and, in some cases, improved compensation—for many of the people who do jobs that have been, up to now, undervalued.  Grocery store staff and clerks, truck drivers, cleaners, personal support workers, agricultural workers—a whole range of people in jobs that were often more or less overlooked in our society, and often underpaid, are now recognized for the important work they do.  COVID-19 is exposing stark socio-economic inequities. We are all coming to understand that the health of individuals and of our communities is as important to our daily lives as the success—and profits–of our businesses.

CLIMATE CRISIS:  The old mantra of “it’s the climate or the economy” is no longer either accurate or acceptable.  The effects of climate change—if unchecked—will mean disruptions in our economy which will make covid-19 look like the dress rehearsal.   It will also mean global changes that will lead to human suffering on a scale vastly greater than that brought about by COVID-19.  The current fossil-fueled economy must change and our wasteful use of planetary resources must stop in order to protect future generations on this planet.

LESSON 10:  WE HAVE A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO THINK ABOUT THE CHANGE WE’D LIKE TO SEE IN OUR COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE WORLD

COVID-19: “At no other time, ever in our lives, have we gotten the opportunity to see what would happen if the world simply stopped. Here it is. We’re in it,” says a recent commentator. “We have a unique opportunity to define a new version of normal . . . and to bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud.” (https://forge.medium.com/prepare-for-the-ultimate-gaslighting-6a8ce3f0a0e0)

CLIMATE CRISIS:  During this COVID-19 downtime, we have the opportunity to imagine what a more sustainable world looks like—smogless blue skies, waterways that are unpolluted and filled with life, a world with much reduced GHG emissions, a world of alternative energy sources and different ways of working and going about our daily lives. A world which focuses on people and relationships, on caring for everyone—for all living things on our planet—rather than on the relentless consumer treadmill we have been on, especially throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  It’s time for a “new normal” that respects the Earth and life itself.

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Is the Coronavirus Sending us a Message?

Printable Copy of the Orillia 2020 Food Map

We posted the digital version in the previous post, but if you want to print off your own copy, please click on the following link 2020 Orillia Food Map.

The 2020 Orillia Food Map and Directory

Introducing the digital version of the 2020 Orillia Food Map & Directory! The new food map allows for increased awareness and connectivity between consumers and available food sources.

Health & Wellness Infographic