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Cycle and cool the planet
Cycling is immensely beneficial in fighting the climate changes according to the European Cyclists’ Federation’s report, “Cycle more often 2 cool down the Planet.”Having proper bike lanes create an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions. Got a new bike #being eco-friendly.
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Plant a Tree and Heal the Earth
I work in a salon where we use all organic products. Eminence plants a tree for every product sold, so I am happy to be a part of the fight against climate change #no chemicals #good for the earth and skin #recyclable #compostable #green future.
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Climate Emergency
Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming. I took this picture in the parking lot at Lakehead University. The emergency sign indicates that the need to take action on climate is more urgent and more immediate than ever.
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Ignorance is not bliss
Will closing our eyes and ignoring the problem make it stop? It is time to take RESPONSIBILITY, get EDUCATED, take ACTION and get INVOLVED to help combat climate change. If we don't do it, who will?
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We’re on the edge of irreversible consequences.
We need to protect our planet the same way we would our loved ones. This picture is of a place that I love and would hate to see impacted by climate change but without action now we are asking for consequences. Ultimately we need to choose all actions by LOVE.
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The Sense of Wonder
This is my daughter's sunflower. I hope she continues to appreciate the interconnected relationship with our beautiful Earth. It is our children’s strength and resilience, and their sense of wonder and love for this place that will lead the movement toward sustainability.
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Lakehead University Rain Garden
I took part in constructing a Rain Garden in The Lakehead University area with the "Rain Garden Project Team" which was a collaboration of Lakehead Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead Office of Sustainability, Ecosuperior and Students of Lakehead University.
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Clothesline Instead of Electric Dryer
I have started using a clothesline instead of the electric dryer in my house. It not only saves energy but also sunlight can kill bacteria and give the laundry a fresh smell. Besides not contributing more to our carbon footprint, we will be saving money too.
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What I stand for is what I stand on
Earth is more than just a planet, it is our home. We need to change, and we need to change now. Do your part to change the conversation about climate change. We must stand together and play a part in protecting our home.
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Solar Panels-Bright future
On my way home, I saw this house with solar panels on top. It shows a bright future for the home buyers. I believe that our next generation can live in a "net-zero" home, and the electrical-generation technology would be cheaper and simpler!
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Worst Kinder Surprise Ever.
A few months ago, my classmate invited me to join her at the Hon. Patty Hajdu's office to protest the Federal Government's buyout of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline. We need to hold industry and government accountable for their contributions to climate change!
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Lakehead Rain Garden
Stop the flooding with rain gardens!
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Serve only as much you can eat
I have started being mindful of serving only as much I can eat. We can always go for some more in the second helping if need be. With climate change arises the problem of food insecurity. Crops are failing because of unusual changes in temperature. Save food for the hungry.
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Close to nature and be a vegetarian
The three days of summer camping at Fort William gave me a chance to get closer to the nature where I tried to eat less meat. This trip reminded me to live like a human being, rather than a citizen. When people live more like a human they can produce less emissions than before.
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Looking Forward to the Future
Standing on this local trail got me thinking of the future. Do we follow the existing path to a dark and uncertain future or do we carve out a new path to the more hopeful blue-skied future in the distance? The choice lies with each of us, but I know which route I’ll be taking.
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My First Compost
This week I learned how to compost. Turns out it’s really easy! This is what 3 days of composting looks like. Imagine what it will look like in one year... two years! I think I’m going to need a bigger bucket! #composting#reducewaste
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Stop Reading Between the Lines. Start Seeing the Bigger Picture.
We need to stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking more about our environment and our planet. We need to stop wasting, polluting, and ignoring the climate change problem. Stop reading between the lines and see the bigger picture. The time for change is now.
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honoured to be here
I was overwhelmed to see such beauty serenity and the never-ending shore of Lake Superior. I feel privileged at this very moment to have seen the rocky coast of the lake; to have felt the fresh water on my skin; and to be able to bask under the sun. I want to keep having this experience in the years to come. Nature is powerful, yet its beauty is sublime.
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Support Climate Change Education
As a teacher, the need to educate younger generations on climate change is important and evident. The lack of knowledge and understanding about the effects of our actions on the planet has resulted in movements such as the one pictured here, found on Lakehead University campus.
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Migratory birds and climate change
Migratory birds are facing challenges with the changing climate. Birds migrate from one place to another because of changing seasonal temperatures and food availability. Arriving at the wrong time may cause survival problems for the birds due to lack of food and habitat.
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Thunder Bay Extreme Heat
Thunder Bay temperatures are unusually high and continue to rise.
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Overlooking Adversity
The more we go outside, connect with the natural world, and honour this beauty we may take for granted, the more we may be inclined to take the steps needed to preserve it for the future.
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Protecting what we already have
The benefits from our urban forest are countless. Unfortunately, trees take a long time to mature. Planting new trees is great but caring for the trees that are already established is vital to their longevity and the longevity our urban forest.
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Engorged Black legged tick
Do a tick check every time you come back from the outdoors. Tick populations are growing and intensifying due to climate change.
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Impacts Up North
Sharing knowledge at the Up North on Climate Change conference.
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BrewHa Festival
From the first day of BrewHa, there's been a strong commitment to litter reduction. The festival features a vendor ban on non-recyclable serving materials, the use of reusable glassware, and a recycling vessel beside each garbage bin.
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For the Future
Been planting on average 50 seedlings a year since 1995.
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StandUp
I will continue to serve the community in duty, love and activism, with a commitment to environmental stewardship, educational and inspirational, with honor and pride for these ancestral lands to build a better more inclusive sustainable Thunder Bay. A better tomorrow today!
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StandUp4CleanUp
We see the human impacts around us and move to shake them and rectify our mistakes the best we can. We #StandUp4CleanUp to inspire and accelerate the growth and development of a better, more inclusive and sustainable Thunder Bay. To honor these ancestral lands with stewardship.
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Growing up
Seedlings in spring. Taking root..
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Collaboration is Key
By working together we build stronger relationships, learn from each other, and become better prepared for the effects of climate change. I feel hopeful when working with community partners with the common goal of strengthening neighbourhoods. We are collaborating for Thunder Bay's Strong Neighbours Night Out.
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Only Together
350.org founder Bill McKibben says that the most important thing an individual can do about climate change is to not be an individual. You can’t solve this yourself. On November 29th, 2015, two hundred people walked from Hillcrest Park to the Paramount Theatre to raise awareness of the need for action on climate destabilization just before the Paris Climate Talks. Canada signed the agreement and still, governments talk about building new pipelines. Will you join us?
There to Turn
As the world’s economy and climate are rapidly destabilized, we have the power to prepare for the changes, to slow things down, and to move into a future acting like we want humans to be on this planet for at least another few thousand years. We can turn the corner. Will we?
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What lies ahead?
As any mother can attest, the first thing we worry about are our kids. Did I teach them enough? Show them enough of the world? Prepare them enough? And that last one is the one that worries me most. Will he be prepared to live in a world facing the pains and hardships of a changing climate? To be sure there will be hardship, no matter how privileged of a life he leads. This is an urgent issue to me because of my son. At the same time, he gives me hope. He is smart, sensitive, sympathetic, strong, and sweet. Perhaps he will be the next scientist who invents a new technology to help combat climate change? Perhaps he will be the next teacher to help students understand what climate change is? Perhaps he will be the next visionary that will lead a low-impact lifestyle that others will follow. Perhaps….
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Yards and Gardens Need Water
One use for water retained by rain barrels is the maintenance of healthy plants.  Water can be used as needed which means that the surface runoff during storms is eliminated (reduced flooding) and the demand for city water is reduced (reduced water bills).  Also, locally produced vegetables eliminate the greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with industrial agriculture, storage, transport and distribution of food.
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Household Rain Barrels Reduce Stormwater Runoff and Conserve Water
If every household in Thunder Bay had a rain barrel, then the water holding capacity of our urban environment would increase by approximately eight million litres.  That’s a lot of water diverted from runoff.  Water can be released from the rain barrel after the storm at the home owner’s convenience.
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Clotheslines Save Money and More…
What would you do without power for your clothes dryer?  Using a clothesline can save electricity or gas costs, as rates will continue to sharply rise. Even during wintertime clotheslines will partially dry laundry and help you to save electricity.
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Living infrastructure does the heavy lifting
I get so much out of these new Low Impact Developments the City has recently developed (since when can I say I get so much out of any other stormwater infrastructure system!). Not only are they attractive greenspaces within the built environment, but they are a low GHG, highly functional, and cost effective at treating stormwater. Yes this oversized rain garden even removes heavy metals, fertilizers, and petrochemicals from the stormwater. I’m proud the City is applying these as best practices, a practice that will help us become much more resilient in the face of increasing rain events in the future!
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Let's put wasted space to work!
Check out the MASSIVE amounts of unused space on the edge of Memorial avenue.  I'm terrified to cycle on Memorial avenue, especially with my son in tow and so we avoid shopping or visiting here during the warmer months.  I also see countless people cycling illegally on the sidewalks and edges of Memorial.  Let's turn this useless space into a beautiful protected cycling path to encourage the whole community to visit this area safely.
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Strength in We
To me these photos embody a healthy and resilient community; one that is knit together with a strong sense of neighbourhood connectivity and trust. A community that knows each other is a community that can depend on one another in times of need and crisis. Strong social communities can ‘weather storms’ much better than communities in social isolation. City planning, zoning, and engineering all play a big role in how close a community will feel to each other. Regardless of the shift these past decades to an individuality mindset, let’s resist the trend and keep building neighbourhoods that are conducive to strong social connectivity.
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Building Resilient Neighbourhoods in Thunder Bay
The creation of strong neighbourhoods is key to building resilience as a community. Developing neighbourhood hubs provides opportunities for neighbours to join together, learn about each other and to support each when faced with challenge. Strong neighbourhoods grow from simple actions – waving, saying hello, walking together, or sharing resources. It gives me hope to see these things happening in Thunder Bay neighbourhoods. In the face of challenges brought on by climate change, our community needs neighbours who support each other through emergencies and recovery.
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Holding it together
The snow in this picture is melting so fast my sons had to hold the snowman together so I could get them a picture. That’s how I feel we’re “tackling” climate change: holding it together, looking for the upside. You need hope to inspire action, but if you fail to plan that action - you’re planning to fail. Climate Change means seasons don’t act like they’re supposed to. So more snow-man snow days than our cold winter months used to give us means less food in the garden, better odds of a house insurance claim, more bugs invading and killing that wouldn’t survive an “old” winter. I’d feel better about our ability to thrive despite climate change if we were actively changing to accommodate our changing world rather than just trying to hold the old together.
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The Importance of Trees
The strength of our urban forest is a good indicator for the health and resilience of our community. Trees produce oxygen, reduce flooding, cool our homes, and make our city a beautiful place. But climate change is causing a lot of damage to our trees, right when we need them most. These pictures not only remind me of how integrated and dependent we are with the urban canopy, but it also reminds me of how vulnerable these trees are, especially with increasing occurrences of drought, freezing rain, and strong wind – all the more important for applying best management practices to create a stronger urban forest that benefits our true wealth of our community!
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Hot Chicks (Sorry I had to)
Increasing temperatures and prolonged heatwaves throughout the summer as a result of climate change will put our most vulnerable population; including infants and elderly people at greater risk of heat induced stress or trauma. Such a potential threat extends towards our animal friends as well, as a sudden spike in temperatures in spring and early summer can adversely impact vulnerable populations such as chicks, small mammals and aquatic species. Migration and spawning habitats for bird and fish species may also pass the temperature threshold required to facilitate these natural processes, leading to declines and possible extirpation (local extinction) of certain species in impacted regions.
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Crisis Drought
The rising average temperatures in NW Ontario this summer led to some droughts early in the growing season. I was looking forward to a great gardening year but it was very hard to get the veggies to take root and fruit trees to blossom without rain for weeks in May. Changes to weather patterns go with climate change and concern me. We need to do what we can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep the climate stable if drought/flood is the alternative, or it will be tough to adapt.
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Turning the world on its head
As the world is rapidly warmed, climate destabilization is messing things up and turning things, as we and other species knew them, on their heads.
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Doing my part
I'm baking bread, preserving food and thinking before I buy
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Continuing the conversation
We want to tell everyone about climate change; what it is, the impacts, and what we can do. Let’s talk with the community and tell them about this amazing new website that is connecting information, actions, and stories to inspire climate engagement in the Thunder Bay region.
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Rise and change
Sudden climate change from rainy to sunny and sunny to snowy can directly affect people’s daily mood and hygiene. So, to stay as per change be awaken, be accepting of change
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Break the Silence
I will talk to one person everyday about climate change and why it is the greatest challenge (and opportunity?) of our time. I will teach my children to acknowledge the reality of climate change while remaining hopeful and engaged.
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Going to the beach?
There is so much unpredictability when it comes to precipitation and water levels due of climate change. In 2007 we had near-record low water levels in Lake Superior and a lot of beautiful beaches to go to. In 2017, highs water levels mean no beaches and a lot of erosion.
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Climate Change Means Changing Lifestyle
A changing climate means that certain things that I enjoy about life in Thunder Bay will be seriously altered. Our quality of life is vulnerable, and that makes climate change an urgent issue. Increasing periods of drought and frequency of extreme heat events may leave our forests and grasslands dry and fire prone. Thunder Bay and area has already experienced periods of fire bans and burn permit suspensions. Without action for climate change mitigation, our campfires and backyard fire pits may become a thing of the past.
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For my kids
I don’t know how climate change will challenge my kids. We’re just starting to see the tip of the iceberg: the tip of the iceberg: crazy weather & seasons…It frightens me. I find courage in how great our kids are, what they will come up with that will help...
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Hidden Vulnerability
When I see a street construction project I’m often reminded of how expensive road infrastructure is to develop and even more expensive to update at the end of its lifecycle. Research (and basic accounting) help demonstrate that roads and infrastructure in suburbia is not only a substantial GHG emitter...
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Local food security still forced underground.
Food security is becoming increasingly important in a world with a changing climate. Although Thunder bay does not presently have a by-law that allows for backyard chicken, many residents still provide local food for their families and neighbours.  Will we see a change someday soon?