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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.
"Conserving Catchacoma" by Toronto-born documentary filmmaker Mitch Bowmile is one of 71 documentaries screening at the virtual 2022 ReFrame Film Festival from January 27 to February 4. The film raises awareness about the largest-known stand of old-growth eastern hemlock in Canada, located in a area of the Kawarthas known as the Catchacoma Forest. Pictured is Dr. Peter Quinby, chief scientist with the Peterborough-based non-profit Ancient Forest Exploration & Research. (Photo courtesy of Mitch Bowmile)

Connecting with the environment and community at the 2022 ReFrame Film Festival

Nine environmental and social justice films to see at the virtual festival running from January 27 to February 4.
A winter garden is one that has been designed to provide ornamental appeal and ecological benefits during the winter months. Pictured are the seed heads of Bowman's root (Gillenia trifoliata) after a winter snowfall. (Photo: Hayley Goodchild / GreenUP)

Tips from Peterborough GreenUP on how to design your own ‘winter garden’

Winter gardens can add visual interest, provide wildlife habitat, and reduce household energy use.
Performer Megan Murphy at 4th Line Theatre's Winslow Farm in Millbrook. The outdoor theatre's managing artistic director Kim Blackwell, whose "green wish" for 2022 is that everyone takes stock of their carbon footprint, says 4th Line will be looking at ways to cut down on waste and garbage at the farm property. (Photo: Jess McDougall)

‘Green wishes’ for 2022 from Peterborough’s cultural leaders and community activists

The third of a three-part series from GreenUP where local visionaries share their environmental hopes for the new year.
For Our Grandchildren board member Scott McKinlay photographed this barred owl through his living room window. McKinlay's "green wish" for 2022 is that we continue to find, preserve, and nurture opportunities to reconnect with our natural roots. (Photo: Scott McKinlay)

‘Green wishes’ for 2022 from Peterborough’s environmental and social justice leaders

The second of a three-part series from GreenUP where local visionaries share their environmental hopes for the new year.
kawarthaNOW publisher Jeannine Taylor's "green wish" for Peterborough in 2022 is that we recognize the need to protect and preserve the waterways that we live on such as Little Lake, seen here from Rogers Cove. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor)

‘Green wishes’ for 2022 from Peterborough’s political and business leaders

The first of a three-part series from GreenUP where local visionaries share their environmental hopes for the new year.
In 2021, Peterborough GreenUP and Nourish convened the Community Fruit Group, offering a place where residents can learn about fruit tree care and explore ways to plant and maintain fruit in public places like parks and community gardens. Pictured is Katimavik volunteer Élisabeth Drouin arranging decorative rocks around apple trees planted at the Stewart Street Community Garden. Rocks were hand painted by community members during GreenUP NeighbourHOOD pop-ups that took place over the fall. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Growing fruit and berries in public spaces can help address local food insecurity

Peterborough GreenUP and Nourish's Community Fruit Group planning a 'fruitful winter' to build stronger connections and access to food in 2022.
As we approach the winter solstice on December 21, the shortest day of the year, we experience the longest shadows of the entire year. With a new year on the horizon, this is a chance to connect with nature by bird watching or stargazing and to reflect on what's behind us and what's to come. (Photo: Leif Einarson)

Bring intention and reflection to your time in nature this holiday season

Watch birds, stargaze, or just take a walk and appreciate nature's awesomeness.
Sustainable gift giving includes consideration for greeting cards. Seven billion physical greeting cards are produced each year with annual sales of $7.5 billion and approximately 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Look for locally made cards, like these by Jeffrey Macklin of Jackson Creek Press (available at the GreenUP Store), which are printed on recycled paper without shiny or glossy materials, glitter, metal, or plastic adornments. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

How to talk with your friends and family about sustainable gift giving

Tips for conscious consumerism, including reducing holiday waste, choosing green gifts, and shopping local.
In its second year, GreenUP's Girl's Climate Leadership Program empowered youth to build their own planter boxes and sustainably grow their own food. Your donation to Peterborough GreenUP will support the non-profit charity's programs to educate youth who will be the climate leaders of tomorrow. (Photo: Geneveive Ramage / GreenUP)

Give the gift of the future this holiday season with a donation to Peterborough...

Your donation will support the non-profit charity's programs for home energy efficiency, green economy, active transportation, green space development, and youth education.
Many volunteers at Winfield Shores Harbour Park, this year's Depave Paradise project in Lakefield, were older adults who continue to lead the maintenance of the parkette in their neighbourhood. Enhancing urban spaces using the principles of universal design, which meets the needs of all people regardless of age or ability, will be even more important as the percentage of people in the Peterborough area who are over 65 continues to increase in the next 25 years. (Photo: Hayley Goodchild / GreenUP)

Designing urban spaces in communities like Peterborough to include the needs of older adults...

GreenUP is hosting a free virtual session on exploring age-friendly design on November 25.

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