Sustainable Orillia’s 2020 Resolution Suggestions - January 3

Happy New Year to all! This year Sustainable Orillia is hoping that ‘sustainability’ is high on everyone’s list of New Year resolutions. The clock on climate change and sustainability is ticking, and the right time—to commit to making those small changes in our everyday lives that ultimately add up to a more sustainable life, here and across the planet—is now.

At Sustainable Orillia we were challenged to edit a long list of possible resolutions down to three or four suggestions that most of us can relate to and incorporate into our day-to-day behavior. Many suggestions have and will continue to be posted as “Tips of the Week”—an ongoing feature in local media. These tips, articles and other links are also posted on Sustainable Orillia’s social media, including our website ‘www.sustainableorillia.ca’ and the SO Facebook page.

Meanwhile, if you still have your 2020 list of resolutions handy, here are three broad suggestions you might consider for starters:

1) Learn more and get (more) engaged. Learning more about ‘sustainability’ and how to make intentional choices that will reduce our carbon footprint or waste is a great first resolution. Get engaged. Get more engaged! Ask questions and seek answers. The internet, libraries and local activist groups are great places to start. The sustainability movement isn’t an exclusive club or cause – everyone is invited. The more people who are informed, engaged and changing behaviors, the greater chance we have to turn the tide.

2) Reduce personal Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Start to monitor your behavior, all the while looking for opportunities to cut back or even eliminate the use of fossil fuels. For example, whenever you can, leave your car in the drive and walk instead (that’s a win-win). Avoid drive-throughs and vehicle-idling. At home, pop on a sweater and some cozy socks instead of cranking up the thermostat on those dark and cold winter nights.

3) Reduce personal waste. Plastic single-use packaging is the bane of sustainability. It’s virtually impossible to eliminate it entirely, but whenever possible, make decisions like buying more food in bulk, growing your own food, repurposing used clothing, NEVER using or buying a plastic straw—and so on, to give a strong message to manufacturers and retailers.

Each of these resolutions is intentionally broad, as there are many, many more examples of how each of us can take steps to reduce GHG emissions and personal waste.

Whatever resolutions you make, please keep in mind that in addition to stopping the mega- polluters, our planet needs a lot of people like us, changing our behaviors to stop the erosion of our environment and our quality of life. In doing your part, you not only directly support the cause, but you also become a role model and a reason for others in your family and community to follow your lead. Everyone can be a leader in the fight for sustainability.

Happy New Year. Together, let’s do something….

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Sustainable Orillia is a network of citizens committed to improving the quality of life, the health and wellness, and the environment of our community. Mandated and supported by the Mayor and Council, Sustainable Orillia provides an overarching framework for programs and partnerships that target more sustainable behaviors and practices in our community.

World Economic Forum - January 17

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.

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CBC "What on Earth" - January 16

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.

https://links.lists.cbc.ca/v/443/6bfb647e3a526fec62d88fa73311c1ea883d807f31e94e9323f1f694ea285081

BBC News - January 14

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46384067

Clean Energy Canada - January 13

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/jul32018-1862431?e=f1eb1c20e1

World Economic Forum - January 10

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=72940ba097412161af37e4228d4f8c903918f3df0f1b2ff46dd7152158d850afe2052db019ed09402faa8330836c4e1b8b8c82397a2ff0732985543c36a069dfb36b5460ace72c0e08fecfb60a707476

CBC "What on Earth" - January 9

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.

https://links.lists.cbc.ca/v/443/6bfb647e3a526fec69324c60006f3b8a883d807f31e94e9323f1f694ea285081

World Economic Forum - January 3

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=81c9c0b6b90beed63f12379b064340b575ad84ff4a7e5d152aac30e39cffc5a88396947b602a92d80b6d4b0d1d5aaa6d0466974ccf725a3f42c75cce54a8e4ffefb443fdbc46cb1c34a5327e5dc53e51

World Economic Forum - December 20

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=79bc70b9a2479edf4bcc0535c01e181e2b05738ed819a171bc870654472f0f88d02534c5221cff8df2296de280bcbf4338b2b5b414248ff5a87621632f6b514c1dd77e29e0f59c3a0b72db32af26c3f8

CBC "What on Earth" - December 19

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.

https://links.lists.cbc.ca/v/443/6bfb647e3a526fec29dccb00e187ac4d883d807f31e94e9323f1f694ea285081