Time is a particularly valuable asset when it comes to climate change. We know that it takes time to make lifestyle changes or to stay informed. The tips and suggestions below are concrete ideas you can tackle on your own that support the larger goal of a greener Canada.
One of the first things we can do with our time is stay informed on climate news and actions in our regions and across the country. Many members of the Climate Legacy network provide informed, thoughtful articles and news stories about climate change and inspiring stories of climate advocacy in action.
- For our Grandchildren, a Peterborough-based organization engaged in mobilizing the community to take effective action to combat climate change, has a list of recommended books to read to stay informed about climate action.
- Below 2C offers well-researched information on climate issues across the country.
- Southwestern Ontarian Liz Armstrong has created a Handbook on Climate Action for Baby Boomers. It’s Liz’s way of tackling a seemingly overwhelming issue. Quite the retirement project!
- Published by Energy Mix Productions Inc., The Energy Mix cuts through the noise and makes it easier for you to track the most important climate change stories. Spend some time reading Special Reports, explore Webinars and Podcasts, and stay informed!
“It’s a real privilege to help readers keep up with climate news…Lately, we’ve been most interested in connecting with people and communities outside the climate “bubble” and discovering together how climate action helps them get the things they already know they need and want, faster and better.”—Mitchell Beer, Energy Mix Productions
Climate Change at Home
Greening your home, avoiding food waste and being a conscious consumer are small, yet important ways of addressing climate change at an individual level. Often these actions at home can support larger climate initiatives.
- Sustainable Orillia highlights the individual actions of Orillians, as they do what they can, in their own way to fight climate change. It can be as straightforward as changing your lightbulbs to LEDs, or weaning yourself off plastic packaging.
- Learn more about the Suzuki Elders and what led them to climate action through their video Five Suzuki Elders and their Stories.
- Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford is a group working together to contribute to a sustainable, socially just, low-carbon future. They have tips on how to move towards a zero-waste lifestyle.
- Check out Citizen’s for Public Justice’s 9 ways to reduce your GHG footprint.
- The Canadian Association for the Club of Rome’s (CACOR) developed a “plan to survive” which describes what everyone including seniors can do to prepare and cope with climactic change.
Nature all Around us
Even if you live in a city there are so many ways to connect with nature. Being in nature benefits our mental and emotional health, even if that nature is your collection of houseplants!
- Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford provides resources on buying local and planting a garden.
- Swapnil is an organization dedicated to enhancing Bangladeshi newcomers’ integration into the Canadian economy. The Swapnil Ladies’ Group has recently met to discuss how indoor plants can improve air quality in condos and apartments. You can watch the presentation here.
- Check out EH!’s resources on the importance of composting, for gardeners and urbanites alike!