Climate solutions: A hopeful primer

Last week I looked at the scientific facts about the climate crisis – a problem that will prove to be far worse than the pandemic. This week I’d like to turn to the solutions. Here’s the challenge: According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in order to avoid catastrophic impacts, warming must be limited … Read more

Peterborough Youth Helping organize Mock COP

Here is how The Globe reported on the work of youth at Mock COP. Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 1 2020 they are running a youth-led, youth-run online conference that will show the world what would happen if young people were the decision makers. They will be following a similar structure to the postponed COP26 climate summit. … Read more

Peterborough County Addresses Climate Emergency with Concrete Actions

On September 23, county staff presented their report with recommendations for actions to address the climate crisis. The report was in response to a June 24th presentation by For Our Grandchildren and Peterborough Youth Empowerment which requested council to acknowledge the climate emergency and to take concrete action in the area to address it. The … Read more

Peterborough County Climate Emergency

On Wednesday, June 24, representatives from 4RG and PYE presented the motion below to Peterborough County to study the possibility of declaring a climate emergency. The motion passed with no changes after a long and largely positive discussion.There was only one vote against, because that Councillor wanted an immediate declaration, not a referral to staff. … Read more

Nature books for this time of crisis

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting.” — Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” From all accounts, nature seems to be doing just fine as human activity has been dialed down in recent months. In fact, the pandemic seems to be … Read more

Students Urge School Boards to declare Climate Emergency

On Tuesday February 25, students from Peterborough Youth Empowerment made simultaneous presentations to school board trustees from two local school boards. Their presentations were based in part on strategies that they developed at a forum in January at which they heard remote presentations from a trustee of the Vancouver school board of a similar effort … Read more

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