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Laneway houses and other repurposing ideas coming to your city soon - The Laneway Project

With over 250 miles of laneways criss-crossing the city of Toronto, the repurposing and regeneration of these spaces is seen by many as an important step to creating a greener and more connected city. One of the individuals helping to make this happen is Michelle Senayah, Co-Founder and Director of The Laneway Project. As part of a team of passionate city builders with expertise in planning, urban design, communications and research, alongside community engagement and public policy, Michelle is working towards fundamentally changing Toronto’s relationship with its laneways. Their goal is to change the way that Toronto designs, uses and regulates its laneways so that they become a fully utilised part of the urban landscape.

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Why are Bees Dying? Climate Change and the Pollination Problem

Pollinators provide essential ecosystem services for our planet, but they are not immune to the effects of climate change. In fact, pollinator numbers have been dropping in recent years, directly reflecting major habitat alterations as a result of our changing climate.
More than three-quarters of Earth’s flora, including the majority of our food crops, rely on birds, insects, bats and other animals for reproduction to successfully occur. Studies have found that 87% of fruit, vegetable and seed production (35% of global food) depend on animal pollination.

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Climate Change and the Pollination Problem

Pollinators provide essential ecosystem services for our planet, but they are not immune to the effects of climate change. In fact, pollinator numbers have been dropping in recent years, directly reflecting major habitat alterations as a result of our changing climate.
More than three-quarters of Earth’s flora, including the majority of our food crops, rely on birds, insects, bats and other animals for reproduction to successfully occur. Studies have found that 87% of fruit, vegetable and seed production (35% of global food) depend on animal pollination.

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100In1Day Toronto: 100 small scale initiatives with a huge impact

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lhazin Nedup, Project Manager at Evergreen Cityworks, Toronto. Focusing on how we plan and design our cities to transform the way we live,
and reducing the environmental impact of urban areas on a large scale, Evergreen CityWorks influences decision makers towards effective policy change in key city building areas like housing and transportation. It also engages citizens to take action.Amongst Evergreen’s many projects, Lhazin is currently heading up the 100In1Day initiative for Toronto, as part of an international festival of mass urban intervention set for June 4th in partnership with United Way Toronto York Region in Toronto. .
First things first, what is the 100In1Day festival?

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#Trees4Earth: Earth Day April 22, 2016

Earth Day has become a prevalent global movement towards a sustainable environment by addressing key issues such as climate change. It is more than just a day where we appreciate our earth; it’s a drive towards protecting our planet for future generations.

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Eco Feminine: Environmentalism's Identity Crisis

If we stop to think, we all know that environmentalism is not inherently feminine. So why are so many eco-heroes actually heroines? Where did all the men go? Beyond a few larger than life figures, such as Al Gore or Jeff Bridges, most of the hard-core, hands in the dirt, changing entrenched systems, environmentalists are women. Some men have even been quoted saying that the simple sustainable act of carrying a reusable bag is embarrassing because it’s “mostly women who do it” (The New York Times). Why, in the name of all that is good and green, is sustainability taboo for men?

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Go beyond Earth Hour in 2016 – shine a light on climate action!

Every March, we’re asked to power down our lights for an hour in support of climate change awareness, and every year, millions of people worldwide turn their lights off (or don’t), but often fail to truly understand the significance of this global statement.
I’m an Environment student at the University of Waterloo, so you could say that the fundamental issue behind Earth Hour resonates with me on a different level, than say, with your average non eco-enthusiast. But I’d like to make my best attempt at highlighting just a few of the important reasons why we should stop for a second and think about why we’re turning off our lights this year.

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Is Everyone on the Same Page with Climate Change?

We all know there is merit in having different opinions and ideas, but is climate change really something to disagree over? For any important issue I think it's essential everyone is at least on the same page. Yet, while only 56% of Canadians hold the belief climate change is a product of human activity1, perhaps the most significant support a person can give is to be aware of our changing climate. And as the pragmatic scientists of our age gaze with wide eyes at our civilization as it continues to increase its debt to the planet smoke plume after smoke plume, it entices me to wonder, “Why is it so difficult to convey the credibility of this established scientific theory?”
The Wrong Focus?

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How to Talk to Your Uncle About Climate Change

We all have that one person in our family (there are a few in mine). You see them approaching at a gathering, solo cup in hand, wearing a smile that says, “I’m looking to instigate.” Your stomach tightens as you brace yourself for the sarcastic question you know is coming: “So, how’s all your tree hugging going?”
They have set the bait; it’s just up to you to decide whether to take it. At this point, you you have two options: Avoid confrontation by politely nodding along as they unleash their opinions, or engage in a heated debate that ends in uncomfortable silence at the best and upturned tables at the worst.
Neither of those options is appealing. But, there is a third, one that can lead to a far better outcome.

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