Grandchildren! Grandchildren! Grandchildren!

Why is 4RG so at odds with the practical judgments of the worldly-wise?  Certainly emotion is part of any  explanation.  We have seen our children develop, and they have blessed our senior years with children of their own – our grandchildren!   We are attached to these citizens of a future beyond our life span in a …

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A small beginning and a big example!

CAROLA VYHNAK. Anthony and Mary Ketchum’ built a half-buried hillside home that relies on solar energy. It reflects their passion for leaving a greener footprint for the sake of their grandchildren’s future. ___________________________________________________________________ We owe a lot to Mary and Anthony Ketchum, the couple who with other grandparents were the inspiration of 4RG (For Our Grandchildren).  They …

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Peterborough Rally you won’t want to miss!

For Our Grandchildren (4RG) in Peterborough is organizing a Climate Change Rally on Sunday, September 22, from 11 AM to 12 NOON at Millenium Park to kick off the Purple Onion Festival.  Wear purple for a photograph at noon to set the Guinness book of records for people wearing purple. Read more about the Rally event on the …

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Waking up to Catastrophe

4RG’s Climate Change Forum, “Waking up to Catastrophe”, took place Saturday, May 25th, in Peterborough, Ontario. The title of the Forum was a carry-forward from last year’s “Sleep Walking to Catastrophe”. Since then public opinion in both Canada and the U.S. has changed, as most people now recognize that climate change is a threat to the future well being of the Earth.

Three panelists covered various dimensions of the topic:

Alanna Mitchell, the author of “Sea Sick”, reviewed the increase of Greenhouse Gas emissions.  She explained that the failure by the nations of the world to cap the emission of carbon dioxide means that the critical limit of GHG in the atmosphere will be exceeded in the next decades. She also pointed out that the oceans are absorbing both heat and carbon dioxide, a situation that will seriously impact fish stocks crucial to feeding the Earth’s population.

Gord Miller, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, reviewed the progress of the Province of Ontario in reducing GHG emissions.  He acknowledged that the Province had made progress to date, but pointed out that there were no programs in place for continued reductions from next year to 2020, the target date for Canada under the Copenhagen Accord.

The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs and MPP for Peterborough, reviewed the various programs instituted by the Ontario Government that had put Ontario close at the top of Canadian provinces in reducing GHG emissions.  He then answered a wide variety of questions from the audience directed to environmental issues.

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For Our Grandchildren (4RG) and public opinion

Many North Americans believe that the public only recently recognized the issue of climate change, thanks to campaigners such as Al Gore who released his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2003. Gore has been criticized for what is claimed to be an exaggerated presentation of what is really “natural variability”. These critics point out that the current variability …

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In defence of Grandparents!

 Checking out at the store, a young woman at the check out suggested to an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young cashier responded, “That’s our problem today. …

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Adapting to Climate Change British Style

Complaints about “weird weather” are mounting.  By tradition and character Brits don’t complain about the weather although they talk about it all the time.  The new “normal“ has stressed this national characteristic, and understandably so:  the United Kingdom has suffered droughts in the last several years to be succeeded more recently by intense rainfall causing severe flooding …

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