green team initiative
Updated October 16, 2020
THIS weekend I spent some time watching TV. I noticed that there were a lot of news stories about homeless people getting Thanksgiving Dinners and lots of ads for Food Banks. I also watched the track of Hurricane Delta and the damaging floods on the France/Italy border.
Switching from the news I watched the TV show “Mutant Weather”, which was describing the melting of the polar caps (North and South) and how it affects the Jet Streams (North and South). As the Jet Streams move closer to the poles, the warmer air has more room and more energy, which results in more violent weather: floods, droughts, hurricanes and typhoons to name a few.
Naturally, we are concerned when we hear about people in distress, whether they are lining up at food banks or living in refugee camps, crossing borders to escape impossible conditions, or are people displaced by floods and other natural disasters. Have we connected the dots between the causes of the weather and the people in need?
Did you know that it takes two decades for the effects of greenhouse gases to reach their full impact on the climate? Yet we are still burning fossil fuels and pumping gases into the atmosphere. That means we’re presently experiencing the results of Y2K’s greenhouse gases. Even a major reduction in greenhouse gas in 2021 won’t be felt before 2040. How old will your children be in 2040? Or your grandchildren? What legacy have we left them? As the weather becomes more violent, we will have more wild fires, more droughts and more floods, leading to more people displaced and fewer areas capable of growing food.
As people get displaced they have to go somewhere and they have to eat. Right now, Europe is dealing with serious immigration issues that are causing social disruption. Canada – and Aurora – will not be immune to these pressures.
The Town of Aurora is presently working on its Community Energy Plan. Google Aurora CEP and watch their YouTube presentation for more information on what the municipality’s plans are for tackling climate change at home. Also, you can go to this website before October 25, and tell the Town of Aurora that climate change is what you consider most important.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Don’t rely on others to voice your opinion.
Thanks the MASK MAKERs!
As we head back to the church in mid-September, the Green Team took on a task to start a Trinity Mask Sewing Guild. The masks are used as gifts for people who come to church without one.
We received the support from people who sew masks, donated quilter cotton or other sheet fabric - we are grateful for all your support!
We reached our goal for now, and will let you know if we need more help from you.
The Greenbelt in Ontario, located around the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, is not just a pretty sight to see!
Founded in 2005 to preserve natural land, it also provides Toronto’s drinking water, forests to help clean the air we breathe by offsetting 71 million tonnes of carbon each year, and farmland to give us fresh food (including “Ontario’s Vegetable Basket”: the Holland Marsh”).
Closer to home, we have the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is home to 88 species that are provincial or national species at risk.
Lately there is more concern of the effects of urban sprawl, and how new development and construction is putting a lot of this important land at risk, as it is expected that up to 13.5 million people will be living around the Greenbelt by 2041.
The Toronto Environmental Alliance has been working with the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance to help grow the Greenbelt in Toronto’s Ravines, and prevent the threat of urban sprawl from taking away vital jobs, resources, and most importantly land that thousands of species rely on - including us.
This crucial asset to our province needs to be conserved, and we can help on a smaller scale in multiple ways!
Supporting local farmers/food producers by buying at farmer’s markets:
Volunteering for various initiatives such as removing invasive species, tree planting, managing trails. For more info, check out Oak Ridges Moraine
Planting your own butterfly garden with native plants such as Black-Eyed Susans, Milkweed, Coneflowers, and Wild Bergamot (bee balm)
Donating to the Greenbelt Foundation to ensure investments that allow this area to continue flourishing
For more information, check out on below sites: