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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.
Green Economy Peterborough, a project of GreenUP, launched in April 2021 with more founding members than any other Green Economy Hub in Canada. Through coaching, educational opportunities, peer networking, and events such as the free Green Business Basics webinar series, the local network helps its members identify, set, and achieve sustainability goals while improving their bottom line. (Photo: Ben Hargreaves)

Green Economy Peterborough shows local businesses how climate action is also good for the...

GreenUP project launching first of four free 'Green Business Basics' webinars on October 28.
Waste Reduction Week celebrates environmental efforts and achievements at waste reduction while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. In 2020, the total amount of global electronic waste reached 53.6 million metric tonnes. Less e-waste can be produced through circular approaches to product design, such as ensuring devices can be repaired, re-used, recycled, or returned. (Photo: Fairphone)

Celebrate two decades of Waste Reduction Week with these six tips for reducing waste

Seizing these opportunities for change now could transform the next 20 years for the better.
Alarming news headlines after the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's global climate change report in August 2021. It can be overwhelming to be exposed to this much trauma, loss, and devastation. There are ways to fight against being paralyzed into inaction by the constant barrage of doom and gloom. (Collage: The Guardian)

Taking action against climate change while protecting our mental health

For Mental Illness Week, GreenUP discusses how climate change causes anxiety and inequity and what we can do about it.
Many schools in Peterborough have front-wheel slot-style racks that are known to cause bike damage and are difficult to lock properly to. A bike rack should provide two points of contact for stability and proper locking. Ring-style bike racks allow two points of contact to properly lock a bike and allow for increased capacity. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

More and better bike parking will help secure the future of cycling

As Active School Travel Peterborough works with schools to improve bike parking, GreenUP provides tips on locking your bike.
The honey locust (like this mature tree at GreenUP Ecology Park) is relatively tolerant of road salt, making it a better choice for locations beside roads, and also provides dappled shade, which is important if you're planting it near a garden. (Photo: Geneviève Ramage)

Autumn is the perfect time to welcome a tree to your yard or garden

Tips on choosing the right tree before Peterborough GreenUP's Ecology Park Nursery closes on October 8.
Volunteers with Katimavik, a Canadian charitable organization that offers young adults opportunities to gain life skills and work experience while contributing to community development through volunteerism, discuss climate change outside Peterborough City Hall. Georgia MacKinnon, who volunteered with GreenUP this summer, wants fellow youth to remember that climate action and climate justice are political and that youth above the age of 18 can take action by voting in the federal election. (Photo: Georgia MacKinnon)

Youth can get involved in climate action and make a difference

Katimavik participant Georgia MacKinnon shares her summer experience volunteering at Peterborough GreenUP.
Marine fuel pumps on the shore of Little Lake in downtown Peterborough. This decade is a short window of opportunity for Canada to take climate action that ensures a sustainable future for communities across the country. In this federal election, we need leaders who support aggressive carbon pricing, carbon regulations, investments in low-carbon infrastructure, and who work with climate-sincere provincial, municipal, and corporate leaders. (Photo: Natalie Stephenson)

Six environmental issues to talk about for the 2021 federal election

GreenUP co-hosting environmental debate between the four major Peterborough-Kawartha candidates on September 8.
The Talwood neigbourhood in Peterborough has the highest population density in the city. Community gardens such as the Talwood Community Garden shown here are one way to address equality of access to fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods. (Photo: Jillian Bishop)

For Local Food Month in Peterborough, let’s both celebrate and protect our local food...

Buy from local farmers, support farm workers' rights, and put issues like food equity and food insecurity on the election menu.
Active school travel can include walking, wheeling, or cycling to school, as well as taking a school bus. This year, GreenUP's Active School Travel Peterborough team is offering a contest to encourage families to make climate action part of back-to-school routines. The "Frame Your Trip" photo contest give you a chance to win prizes and awards when you share photographs of active school travel with GreenUP. (Photo: Rellinger Photography for GreenUP)

Peterborough families can take climate action this fall with active school travel and ‘roll...

Win prizes and awards in GreenUP's 'Frame Your Trip' contest where you share photos of your active school travel.
All eight turtle species found in Ontario are considered at risk or endangered, including the Blanding's turtle. Dr. Sue Carstairs, executive and medical director of the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, says this is her favourite species of turtle because of its calm demeanour and how it always seems to look like it's smiling. (Photo: Joe Crowley)

Be a hero for the half-shell and protect Ontario’s threatened turtles

You can help by rescuing turtles crossing roads, protecting turtle nests, and reporting turtle sightings.

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