Ecology, Global warming, and the Environment
By Tony Copple
This page was started when I heard about Ontario Government
plans to wash their hands of control of huge tracts of forrest. Then it was called "Partnership for Public Lands," but has since been recycled into "Wild Ontario."
UN Climate Change Conference - Durban, 28 Nov - 9 Dec 2011
Earthgauge, CKCU FM Thursdays 7.05 am. Earthgauge blog
Newten Tankless Water Heater saves costs and helps the environment
Canadian renewable energy network - including using earth energy
to heat and cool your home
Kanata Environmental Network - KEN, founded by Gail Moorhead
Alex Monk's blogspot: Green Community: Kanata
Go Green Ontario - Climate change
Ontario Nature - on-line magazine
Wild Bird Care Centre, Ottawa, founded by Kathy Nihei
Wild Ontario - Ontario wetlands, etc. Was "Partnership for Public
Scorecard.org - Pollution in your community; not yet including Canada
KWSG - New Canadian technology for waste disposal
Christmas poses a problem
Christmas excess from unrecylable wrapping paper to unnecessary gifts is a serious environmantal issue.
Gifts that Matter.ca provides a solution, and may neatly solve your gift problem for that loved one who really doesn't need or want another irrelevant trinket.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to appreciate the extreme seriousness of this issue.
I read The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, and had an epiphany.
Here is a crisis that needs full international cooperation to solve, without interference from the vested interests that have so successfully
blocked any progress away from fossil fuels. But it is also an issue to which every one of us, particularly house owners can make a difference.
Make Forests Count.org is a group focussing on the preservation of forests. Forest clear cutting and wetlands destruction are responsible for about one-third of all the extra greenhouse gases humans have put into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution. New forests are more efficient as absorbers of carbon dioxide than existing forests; hence the drive for replanting after clearcutting.
In May 2009 Enbridge (Consumers Gas reseller) TAPS Program reached us in Ottawa, distributing to customers water conserving taps and showerheads reducing water consumption by up to 65%, and
four compact fluorescent light bulbs, using 75% less electricity. Bravo!
Go Garbs Go!
In the summer of 2004 after the City of Ottawa had reduced the street clean-up budget, they invited local groups to organize parties to do the work. In a letter to the Kourier-Standard I invited people across Kanata to do this, encouraged by a letter from 9-year old Sonia Rose Dancey complaining about the mess. Quite a few got out and cleaned up for an hour or so. I think we made a difference - and we received a certificate (left).