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For more than 20 years, GreenUP has been central and eastern Ontario's leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, and stewardship. GreenUP is a non-profit charity and an active community organization that offers dozens of programs and services to those living in the Peterborough & Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. GreenUP's programs focus on facilitating positive action and provide the tools to make small changes in the home or cottage that can create a large and lasting impact on our environment. You can follow GreenUP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The first commercial Christmas card was sold in Britain in 1843, after civil servant Sir Henry Cole decided he was too busy to write individual Christmas greetings and asked artist John Callcott Horsley to design a card he could fill out. The idea caught on, and mass-produced greeting cards soon replaced hand-written greetings in most of Europe and North America. Today, despite the ubiquity of the internet, the greeting card industry still produces seven billion physical cards each year with annual sales of $7.5 billion. It is estimated that producing and sending all these cards generates as many as 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide. (Public domain photo)

The good and bad environmental news about greeting cards

GreenUP shares some alternatives to mailing out mass-produced greeting cards this holiday season.
Local Anishinaabe artist Tia Cavanagh (left) with Kim and Mark Zippel in front of a canoe made by Anishinaabe master birchbark canoe builder Chuck Commanda from the community of Kitigan Zibi in Quebec. The canoe is currently on display at the entrance to Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Visitor Centre, immediately opposite the Jiimaan'ndewemgadnong pocket park site outside of Euphoria Wellness Spa in downtown Peterborough. Kim and Mark Zippel sponsored the two canoe-themed public art pieces that Cavanagh is currently working on for the Jiimaan'ndewemgadnong site. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

The heart of the canoe beats in downtown Peterborough

Local Anishinaabe artist Tia Cavanagh creating art for Jiimaan'ndewemgadnong pocket park project.
Following the Global Climate Action Day in Peterborough on September 27, 2019, a group of young people leave the appropriately named Millennium Park en route to the campaign offices of local candidates in the 2019 federal election. Millennials are now the largest voting block in Canada and, inspired by teenage climate activists like Greta Thunberg and Autumn Peltier, consider climate change a key issue in this election. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

This time is different: climate change a key issue for millennial voters

A millennial voter's perspective on the 2019 federal election.
Children ride their bikes at the Rotary Greenway Trail at Douro Street in Peterborough's East City. Current cycling stats in Peterborough reflect that there are great opportunities to improve equity for groups like children and women in cycling. Women represent less than one third of cyclists in Peterborough, and less than two per cent of students in Peterborough use bikes to get to and from school. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Want to make life more affordable and equitable? Bikes can do that.

The fifth in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous
GreenUP's Ecology Park manager and resident tree expert Vern Bastable helps customers choose the right tree. The annual autumn tree sale takes place at Ecology Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Help out our leafy neighbours and plant a tree this fall

Save money on select trees and shrubs and get good free advice at Ecology Park's annual autumn tree sale on October 5.
On Saturday, October 5th, GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program invites the public to enjoy a community celebration and BioBlitz at Kawartha Heights Park in Peterborough. During the BioBlitz, GreenUP's expert volunteers will help you learn about the fascinating plants and animals living within the park. The event also includes tree planting, a live performance by Washboard Hank, and the official release of the Kawartha Heights and East City-Curtis Creek Neighbourhood Action Plans. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Learn about biodiversity and mitigating climate change at October 5th BioBlitz in Peterborough

Community celebration at Kawartha Heights Park will also see release of two Neighbourhood Action Plans.
The new Pedalboro party bike tours that allow participants to visit downtown Peterborough establishments via a 15-passenger bike is one example of cycle tourism. Downtown Peterborough, one of only five bike-friendly business areas in Ontario according to Ontario By Bike,is a natural location for bike-themed experiences. (Photo courtesy of Pedalboro)

Want to attract tourists? Bikes can do that.

The fourth in a series from GreenUP on how bikes can make our community healthier, safer, and more prosperous.
GreenUP's Depave Paradise Program and the Downtown Vibrancy Project continue working with community partners and volunteers to create new green spaces in downtown Peterborough. A new garden was planted at Euphoria Wellness Spa this summer and, in October, three "pocket parks" will be created. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

GreenUP is creating pockets of paradise in downtown Peterborough this fall

Depave Paradise program's three new 'pocket parks' will transform more pavement into green space.
Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough is challenging families to walk, bike, or bus to and from school this year. Planning ahead to make time for disruptions as you walk with your kids can make time for meaningful family moments and new relationships with neighbours and crossing guards. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Take the back-to-school challenge and walk, bike, or bus instead of driving

Four ways to help your family make transportation choices that are better for your health, school safety, and the environment.
Peterborough GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program planted more than 2,400 native species of plants in 2018 and 2019. Many of these species have a low-water need and help to alleviate stress on Peterborough's water system during the peak seasons. (Photo: GreenUP)

Sustainable planting in Peterborough neighbourhoods is helping to mitigate climate change

GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program has so far landscaped more than 1,600 square metres, with more to come.

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