COP21, food waste and local events


 COP21


You can follow directly what’s happening at COP21 visiting this website: http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/. You can also find very interesting articles on “This Changes Everything” Facebook community.

An important action taken for climate justice in Canada, is the presentation of The Leap Manifesto by Naomi Klein at COP 21: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxKvAvWRP1I. It is a document that provides the people’s vision of a justice-based transition away from fossil fuels. Add your name to the 31,312 people who have already signed it!

This past week, several climate gatherings took place in Paris like the theft of 196 chairsfrom the French bank “BP Paribas”, the Pinocchio Awards for Sustainable Development, and theGlobal village of alternatives.


Food & Agriculture


So, I know I already talked about Cowspiracy in a previous newsletter, but I’ve watched it since then and I really encourage you to watch it too! As opposed to other environmental documentaries, it’s not afraid of telling us the real truth about the causes of climate change…

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As much as 30% of the fruit and vegetables grown in Canada never make it to store shelves because they are deemed too ugly to eat (Photo by Tedd Church, Montreal Gazette)

One-third of all food produced for human consumption each year ends up in the trash! In Canada, each year, 40% of the food produced is wasted… Several NGOs and restaurants use food waste (see this article). If you personally don’t throw food away but you’re not ready to dumpster dive yet, you can still make a difference by choosing the “nasty looking” fruits and vegetables that no-one else wants and that will end up in the trash.


Initiatives & events


In Kingston, ON, Canada:

– Kingston Climate Action Speakers Series starting tomorrow with Peter Ladner: Urban Food Revolution

– Limestone Organic Creamery at a 20min drive from Kingston

– Tara Natural Foods, a natural food store in downtown Kingston

– John’s, a local grocer next to the Beer Store on Princess

– Verde, an “environmental general store” on Princess

“L’écologie est aussi et surtout un problème culturel. Le respect de l’environnement passe par un grand nombre de changements comportementaux.” – Nicolas Hulot

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