Sustainable Cobourg has a community table at the Farmers’ Market for July 1 and we need volunteers to be there to spread the word about what we do, provide membership forms and membership cards for those who have joined, and just generally be a presence! It should be a fun time! Start is around 8:30 a.m. and end is 1:00 p.m. Let me know; 905-269-9355. Big Thanks, Gigi
“What Is This Thing Called Climate Change?” Sustainable Cobourg and Go Green Together invite you get a plain language answer to this question given by Dr. John Stone, a lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change, followed by your questions.
Doors open with refreshments on Friday, February 6th, at 6:30 pm at the Go Green office at 739 D’Arcy across from the Cobourg Community Centre, with the talk to start at 7 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome! Donations are appreciated.
We are delighted to welcome MASS Environmental as well as Cycle Transitions to our organization.
MASS Environmental is new in Cobourg and after Jayne and I met with them we were so impressed that they shared our passion for sustainability. Since Sustainable Cobourg will be focusing on promoting the concept of Zero Waste (Bill 151) they are the perfect Corporate members to help us in this campaign. They will be the presenters at our October AGM so don’t miss it! http://www.massenv.com/
Cycle Transitions has been around for about 5 years and we know this because they are our neighbours at 739 D’Arcy! They are very familiar faces as many have been and some still are members of our Bicycle Action Committee. We couldn’t be happier to have them next door providing support, advice and skills in bicycle maintenance. They make Active Transportation through safe cycling accessible to anybody who has an interest. And buying a reconditioned bike helps divert from landfill and is MUCH less expensive than buying from a sports shop. Plus their Tee shirts and water bottles are really cool. http://www.cycletransitions.org/
It is encouraging to see more and more people and businesses, each in their own way, making efforts to decrease their carbon footprints.
Last week the Toronto Star carried a half page article about three Ontario-based beer companies that are trying to ‘go green’–not in colour or taste, but in production changes.
Steam Whistle, across from the CN Tower in Toronto, uses alternative energy provider Bullfrog for all of its electricity and cooling system, uses biodiesel in its delivery vans, and uses bottles which can be reused up to 45 times. Three brownie (greenie?) points.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing, in Vankleek Hill east of Ottawa, also uses Bullfrog Power, and recycled paper for labels, posters, etc., as well as all organic ingredients in its Kolsch type Lug-Tread Lagered Ale.
Cowbell Brewing is in the process of moving from Toronto to a new facility in Blyth, which will be the first carbon-neutral brewery in North America ! They already reforested the property and will have a closed loop system for the water used. And that is significant, since most craft breweries use double the 4 litres of water that major breweries use per litre of beer– a fraction of the total tally of 300 litres of water per litre of beer from farm to factory to store. Water quality is key to the taste we enjoy with beer and other beverages. And both quality and quantity need to be protected.
So, as usual, we have choices. We can applaud and support businesses trying to do better, and we encourage more to appreciate the opportunity to respect the environment and do their part. Water and other resources are not, after all, limitless. We need to figure out how to live within our means, not just on an individual level, but considering the cumulative impact of our consumption. Cheers !
In lieu of a blog, I wanted to share the following poem with you:
The terrifying landscape unfolds. The roads, like snakes, wind and slither, They consume whatever is in their way. What once was beautiful, bucolic, is blackened, hardened. All beauty gone. And no one looks any more. The creatures that ruled here are now deposed, Their homes eradicated with no passage to somewhere new. Migration paths are obstructed, obliterated. There is movement in and out, to and fro, But the rhythm is unnatural. The bones of long dead species transformed over millennia, Power this movement, and are used up! They change the air so the breath we take now Is dense with particles that harm our mother and us. The heavens cannot protect us. Those holy spirits there need to breathe too. They count the fallen angels. There are more and more. We are both creators and destroyers of worlds. Are we still learning the difference? Can we be landscape artists?
President, Sustainable Cobourg
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Time to RETHINK!