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Articles by GreenUP

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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.
Water is a recurring motif in many films featured in ReFrame 2021. "The River Guards" is a U.S. documentary about a Massachusetts community on the Housatonic River where activists have been fighting for three decades against pollution from a GE plant. ReFrame 2021 will host a discussion featuring those activists and Peterborough activists also fighting against GE pollution. (Photo courtesy of ReFrame)

Local and global stories about water ‘a huge theme’ at this year’s ReFrame Film...

Festival creative director Amy Siegel highlights environmental documentaries screening during the virtual festival.
There are lots of options to enjoy nature in the Peterborough area this winter, including several hidden gems including Robert Johnston Eco Forest. Owned and maintained by Douro-Dummer Township, Robert Johnston Eco Forest offers several lovely forested trails and a stunning view over rolling hills. (Photo: Leif Einarson)

Get your dose of ‘Vitamin N’ with nearby nature in Peterborough this winter

From your own backyard to public trails, you don't have to go far to enjoy nature and experience its health benefits.
A detail of an illustration created by local artist Jason Wilkins in real-time to capture ideas and key concepts shared at a 2019 community forum on the United Nations' 2030 Agenda. The forum brought together 120 community leaders, politicians, students, and educators to learn more about the agenda and to identify priorities for the Peterborough region using collaborative activities and discussion. (Photo: Kawartha World Issues Centre)

From global to local: how Peterborough is implementing the UN’s goals for sustainable development

Local priorities are no poverty, quality education, clean water and sanitation, climate action, and partnerships with Indigenous peoples.
"Braiding Sweetgrass" and "Big Lonely Doug" both offer remarkable insights into how we value nature as something we want for resources and as something we appreciate as a complex interconnected gift. Both books are available from the Peterborough Public Library. (Photo: Leif Einarson)

10 must-read books and must-listen podcasts on the environment and climate change

Book and podcast recommendations from GreenUP and the Peterborough Public Library.
Residents of Peterborough's Talwood neighbourhood identified high-speed traffic and a lack of pedestrian crossings as concerns in this area. During GreenUP's NeighbourPLAN infrastructure pop-up in October, a brightly coloured crosswalk with curb bump outs demonstrated how to provide a safe crossing and help reduce traffic speed. (Photo: Leif Einarson)

Re-imagining Peterborough’s public spaces with infrastructure pop-ups

Part of a growing global movement, this temporary and cost-efficient approach demonstrates and tests long-term changes in urban neighbourhoods.
The Christie Bentham Wetland is a provincially significant wetland located just south of Burleigh Falls. Also known as the Clear Lake North Wetland, this property was recently purchased by the Kawartha Land Trust to be protected in perpetuity. Development has already erased more than 70 per cent of the wetlands across southern Ontario. (Photo: Jenn McCallum)

The many gifts we receive from Ontario’s threatened wetlands

Wetlands provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, trap carbon, reduce flood damage, replenish aquifers, purify water, and more.
Your stockings can hold the best gifts, including what's best for the planet. The GreenUP Store has plenty of green gifts as well as gift certificates, available in-store at 378 Aylmer Street North in downtown Peterborough and online at (Photo: Ben Hargreaves)

Shop local this holiday season with these eco-friendly stocking stuffers from the GreenUP Store

Give the gift of green with unique items from under $5 to under $25.
For many years, the children's garden at Ecology Park has been one of the most popular learning spaces for Peterborough-area children. This year, GreenUP is asking for donations to revitalize this space and establish one of the region's first naturalized playscapes on public parkland. It's part of GreenUP's five-year capital fundraising campaign to grow Ecology Park so it can better support this generation of impact and help create the leaders of a carbon-neutral world. (Photo: Ben Hargreaves)

Donate to the children’s garden at GreenUP’s Ecology Park and help raise a generation...

Ecology Park provides environmental education to today's children who will lead our future carbon-neutral world
Many rural property owners rely on wells, either drilled or dug (pictured), for their water. To ensure your safety, the water from wells should be tested regularly and when you see changes to its colour, taste, or odour. Sampling bottles for testing are available from township offices, Peterborough Public Health, and the Regional Public Health Laboratory. (Photo: Jackie Donaldson)

What you need to know about wells and septic systems

Many rural property owners get their water directly from the ground and are responsible for managing their wastewater.
If you have a birdfeeder in your backyard, you can get chickadees to come to you by temporarily removing the feeder and instead holding seeds in your hand. This is a fun way to connect with your natural surroundings in late fall and throughout the winter. (Photo: Leif Einarson)

Lift your spirits in November by experiencing the awe of nature

Take an 'awe walk', feed the birds, get cozy at home, or travel vicariously.

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