GESTURE OF THE MONTH OF MAY: A CLEANING OF THE GREEN SPRING, WITHOUT CHEMICALS!

Save so money, protect the environment,  and save your health by avoiding risky commercial cleaning products. 

UNWANTED INGREDIENTS

Did you know that indoor air is 10 to 20 times more polluted than outside air? Up to 900 volatile organic compounds can be found in the air of our homes.

An average Canadian family uses between 20 and 40 liters of cleaners a year. For the majority of products, it is one or more undesirable substances that hide inside the bottle, presenting risks for health and for the environment.

Green household products are increasingly present on supermarket shelves, but it is unfortunately very difficult to navigate. The simplest solution for not bringing these unwanted products home is to read the label.

ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMICAL REPLACEMENTS!

If you can count on the help of young children, Option Consommateur has created a guide specifically for them, Nettonsons écolo , to make them aware of the toxicity of products. The proposed recipes can make the task quite fun!

If you really want to buy your cleaners, there are EcoLogo certified commercial products on the market. This will guarantee you a biodegradable and environmentally friendly product subject to strict environmental standards.

For a much cheaper solution than commercial products, know that you certainly have on hand all the products needed to maintain your home daily.

  • Lemon Juice : In addition to being antiseptic and sanitizing, it will be useful to remove fingerprints in the mirrors and leave a sweet smell of freshness in the house
  • White vinegar : An ecological, but above all economical, ally, vinegar is the ultimate multipurpose cleaner. Naturally disinfectant, it will also be your best friend to fight the traces of limestone left in your shower.
  • Table salt : Nothing better than a good salt scrub to scour the bathtub. Rub with a little vinegar, it will be like new!
  • Baking soda : Its reputation for removing odors from the fridge is more to do, but baking is also a very good abrasive. Light, so it will be very useful to clean the pans. In addition, mixed with a little lemon, it is very effective to remove stains of any kind
   

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Super green building could take root in Yellowknife

The use of engineered wood in construction makes it easier to achieve carbon negative building. The use of hemp-based engineered wood [see RELATED below]  as a substitute for oak also has positive ecological and economic payoffs.

4-storey building slated for downtown, says Ecology North and Yellowknives Dene First Nation


This is one architectural rendering (edited to remove a logo) of what the Northern Centre for Sustainability being planned for downtown Yellowknife could look like. (Ecology North)

Yellowknife could soon have the greenest building in the country.

That’s according to Ecology North and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. The groups are planning a four-storey building in the city’s downtown that they say would be the first carbon negative building in Canada.

The Northern Centre for Sustainability would incorporate integrated solar panels, water recycling and make use of wood and local materials as much as possible.

The main floor of the building, which could be open for tenants as early as November 2020, is slated to hold a coffee shop and public space; the second floor will house an innovation hub for climate action and the third floor will be offices for Ecology North and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

Residential units are planned for the fourth storey, along with a rooftop greenhouse.

The building will showcase and promote the latest low-carbon technologies to demonstrate that more energy efficient construction is an effective way to reduce greenhouse gases and create jobs, says Will Gagnon, Ecology North’s green building specialist. MORE

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Airships to ferry goods to Northern Manitoba?

Innovation is going to result in profound changes in the new Green Economy. Airships, for example, could open up Canada’s vast northern territories, dramatically lowering the price of food, medicine, housing,  and essential supplies for development. Imagine a better future!

Airships Are Going to Redefine the Logistics Industry

Northern Manitoba chiefs are hoping an idea to help their communities avoid the high cost of fresh produce will get lift-off next month. Meagan Fiddler reports. 1:51

MKO Grand Chief David Harper said the goal is to make shipping cargo up north more cost-effective.

“There’s no reason that First Nations can’t operate these airships,” he said. “And there’s no reason they can’t build these airships.”

“Instead of sending six trucks up, you could be sending one of these, and your goods are delivered year round,” he said. Harper said climate change is making winter roads unreliable, sometimes open for just a couple of weeks. And he said a permanent road won’t be a reality for a long time.

Barry Prentice said Manitoba spends almost $5,000 per kilometer building some 2,200 kilometers of ice roads every year.

“So it’s about $10 million a year spent on ice roads,” he said. “And at the end of the year, it all melts away, and it’s gone. If we had 10 years of that money, we’d have a whole airship industry started.” MORE

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Self-healing concrete can be used anywhere, lasts longer, is a greener option

Is this a solution for Highway 49?

Created in B.C., self-healing concrete can be used anywhere, lasts longer, is a greener option

The future is coming, and it’s arriving at Chawathil: the First Nation will be the first place in Canada to have a self-healing road.

“Chawathil is a very interesting community, very forward-thinking and modern-thinking,” said Dr. Nemy Banthia, who’s the research chair and University of British Columbia (UBC) professor behind self-healing concrete. “They welcomed us to bring this new technology into their community.

“And it’s very impactful technology,” Banthia continued. The First Nation will be getting a “highly loaded parking lot and an approach road with lots and lots of traffic.” Between the parking lot and the road, Banthia says there will be several hundred square feet of the concrete installed in Chawathil.

The possibilities for this product are nearly endless.

Created in his IC-IMPACTS (India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability) lab, a federal research initiative based at UBC, Banthia says the self-healing road technology is a fibre-reinforced concrete that’s made through combining tire fibres, plant-based cellulose fibres, and a nano-coated manufactured fibre material: “It’s a hybrid system of (recycled and manufactured) products,” the professor explained. MORE

Pact for the Green New Deal: “Now is the time to build power behind the solutions we need.”

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The Leap is hitting the road in June to build a massive wave of popular support behind the Green New Deal. We’re going on a seven-city tour with artists, activists, and amazing allies — like El Jones, David Suzuki, Kanahus Manuel, Ingrid Waldron, Harsha Walia, Ellen Gabriel, Maude Barlow, and Naomi Klein — to shine a spotlight on this growing movement.

The Leap’s co-founder Avi Lewis has some hopes to share about the radical possibilities of a Green New Deal for our society — and he’s recorded a video message inviting you to join us on tour next month.

Watch Avi’s video invitation, then get your ticket to our Green New Deal for All tour.

Last week, a coalition of workers, artists, Indigenous leaders, scientists, youth, and people directly impacted by climate catastrophe launched the Pact for a Green New Deal in Canada. And in just seven days, tens of thousands of people have signed the pledge to be part of this movement.

Building on that momentum, our tour will popularize the transformative vision of a Green New Deal for All in the lead up to the federal election.

You don’t want to miss this. Get your seat now for The Leap’s cross-Canada tour: A Green New Deal for All.

Like the Leap Manifesto, the Green New Deal is a vision for how the total transformation of our society and economy can tackle climate change while repairing historical harms, reducing current inequalities, and respecting Indigenous rights.

But since we launched the Manifesto four years ago, just ahead of the last federal election, we’ve watched our elected politicians break their climate promises over and over again. We can’t afford to let that happen again. Now is the time to build power behind the solutions we need.

We’re going on tour to make sure a Green New Deal for All is an election issue this October. Join us.

Mark these on your calendar:

Green New Deal set up for Belleville for May 27th at St Thomas Church  for Monday May 27th evening 7 to 9 pm.
Wednesday May 22 at 10 am; Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are visiting Todd Smith’s office, Unit 4, 5503 Hwy. 62 S Belleville on International Biodiversity Day