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    Community Tree Planting on May 5th connects us to Climate Action

    “Connect the Dots is a project of and our partner organizations, to shine a spotlight on the connections between extreme weather and climate change…We’ll kick off the project with Climate Impacts Day on 5/5/12, when thousands of communities around the world come together to take action to Connect the Dots and call for urgent action to stop the climate crisis” Bill McKibbon


    ”There is a spiritual corollary to the way we are currently deforesting and denaturing our planet. In the end what we must most defoliate and deprive is ourselves.” John Fowles’ “The Tree”


    On May 5th Georgian Triangle Earth Day Celebration and will be joining Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority to plant trees. Many of you may remember the work that does to bring the world’s communities together to combat the  spectre of climate change that confronts our communities, by creating actions that are meant to mitigate the impact of climate destabilization.  In the past there have been several protests with hundreds of people in the Collingwood area on International Day for Climate Action and over 50 slide presentations at the schools that vividly showed the social justice and ecological impacts of accelerating climate change.

    Although our area has so far been spared extreme weather such as flooding or drought it is certainly possible for that to happen. (The Great Lakes have lost 71 percent of their ice cover since 1971. The consequences of this loss are great.)  Planting trees is always an important part of risk management for drought and flooding as well as capturing greenhouse gases. The May 5th tree planting will take place at Black Ash Creek. We will meet at 9AM in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Collingwood on Mountain Road. Please bring comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes/rubber boots, rain gear, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, gloves, shovel (if possible). We’ll be planting white cedar, white spruce and tamarack till noon.  If you wish to have information sent directly to you and your family, please write to  Please sign up your organization and the number of participants who will be showing up on the 5th.

    The huge conference, ‘Planet Under Pressure’, has just ended in London.  It coincides with the highest temperatures for March ever recorded across the globe.  ‘Planet Under Pressure’ brought thousands of scientists together including many young professionals.  The final declaration, entitled “State of the Planet” leaves no doubt that we must make immediate transformative changes to how we interact with Earth if we are to overcome the many crises that are upon us. “Research now demonstrates that the continued functioning of the Earth system as it has supported the well-being of human civilization in recent centuries is at risk. Without urgent action, we could face threats to water, food, biodiversity and other critical resources: these threats risk intensifying economic, ecological and social crises, creating the potential for a humanitarian emergency on a global scale.” Please read the rest of declaration at:

    Connecting the dots between climate and severe weather has been established.  Just this last week Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a long awaited report entitled, “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance climate Change Adaptation”. It speaks about the urgent need to understand the emerging risks brought on by climate change and manifested in extreme weather events that are now accelerating and reduce the vulnerability and exposure of people throughout the world.  Another scientific report from the University of Exeter links the tremendous loss of sea ice since 2007 in the Arctic with a tipping point for an ice free Arctic Ocean.

    Our May 5th tree planting will be one of several Earth Month events in our area to celebrate our green planet.  The March 31st climate change awareness campaign, strikingly demonstrated in Earth Hour, was a global success.

    Push Lawn Mowers: for a better tomorrow!

    Reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions, grow a healthier lawn and save money!

    Did you Know!

    Fact: Gas mowers emit Nitrogen oxides, Carbon monoxide, Hydrocarbons, Particulate Matter, and Volatile Organic Compounds.

    Gas driven lawn mowers cause monstrous quantities of noise, ground ozone pollution and massive greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one gas mower going for one hour is equivalent to eight new cars going 85 km an hour. Image eight older inefficient cars? Shocking!

    Be part of the solution!

    This spring, Georgian Triangle Earth Days will be employing youth to cut your lawn. The cost will be $25 for in-town front and back yards and will be a pollution free initiative!

    Download our brochure for more info:


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    GTEDC’s partnership with Grey Sauble Conservation Authority continues to grow.

    Planting 1500 trees in Grey County on April 23, 2009 is our first project with them.  As well, Anne Lennox of Grey Sauble and GTEDC have surveyed an area of Flesherton Hills 101 acres Conservation area, and we expect to work with them and MacPhail Elementary School (meeting held on March 24, 2009) in a long-term educational project on biodiversity plots. Local students will be part of this project 4which looks at habitat and climate change.

    Earth Week activities Celebrate Nature

    April 22, 2009 brings GTEDC to two local public schools to celebrate our planet.  Activities include use of quality microscope, planting seeds, visit from turtles, snakes and chicken, Toronto musician making recycled instruments with children (April 18th only at library), bee-keeping: why bees are important. Equipment shown and honey taste, flowerpots made from newspaper, and designing a garden.

    GTEDC works for sustainable ultra-green development in Ontario

    This five to seven year endeavour will bring critically needed changes to Ontario Provincial Policy Statement and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.  ETEDC is spear-heading the capping of Greenhouse Gas emissions in development projects, both public and private.