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Mulchest Fosters Environmental Stewardship!

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We love fall for many reasons – it is the season when we get to plant new trees but also care for existing trees and tuck in our gardens before winter! Our 6th MulchFest was held during the week of October 22nd and we would like to thank all participating schools and also the Town of Oakville for supplying the mulch!

As schools are a major property owner within every city and an important stakeholder of our urban forest, we find it wonderful to have the opportunity and engage so many students in this stewardship act that has a big impact on Oakville schoolyard trees.

We worked with 8 schools this fall and had over 600 students helping and spreading mulch around school trees and gardens.

Thank you St. Andrew Catholic School, Montclair PS, EJ James PS, St. John Paul II Catholic School, WH Morden PS, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Forest Trail PS, and Gladys Speers PS, you are MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Ultimately, we hope that getting children outside to care for school yard trees and pollinator gardens fosters long-term environmental stewardship and helps students make responsible decisions about conservation and use of our natural resources.

Besides the numerous benefits for trees and plants from proper mulching, let’s not forget that spending time around trees and in nature also makes us happier, healthier and even improves our students’ academic performance!

So don’t forget to sign up your school next time!

Stay tuned for Spring 2019 Mulchfest!

 

 

Thank you for a successful Fall 2018 tree planting season!

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Thank you Oakville for a great fall season of stewardship and tree planting and for playing a role in protecting the local environment through personal involvement!

We couldn’t have done all of this without our wonderful volunteers’ hard work and commitment!

480 native trees were planted this fall at 4 different sites in Oakville – Oak Park, Pelee Woods, Indian Ridge Trail and Falling Green Pond.

We had 166 volunteers participating in our September and October tree planting events!

We would like to acknowledge everyone who supported us in our larger community effort to restore and grow Oakville’s tree canopy. Special thanks to our community and corporate partners and supporters: Town of Oakville, MP Pam Damoff, Oakville Chinese Network, UPS, Mindshape, & Heather Govender.

We look forward to our Spring 2019 tree planting season and to working with all of you once again.

Member of Parliment for Oakville North-Burlington, Pam Damoff and an enthusiastic group of youth volunteers joined us for tree planting at Oak Park
Youth volunteers at our Oak Park tree planting showing some great teamwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful fall day in mid-October for a tree planting at Pelee Woods with a committed and big group of volunteers
Heather Govender organized family and friends to celebrate a special baby shower by giving back to Mother Nature at our planting at Falling Green Pond
UPS and Mindshape joined efforts to help us plant 140 trees at Indian Ridge Trail and enjoyed an afternoon of hard but rewarding work outside of their offices
Volunteers representing the the cheerful and enthusiastic Oakville Chinese Network group at Pelee Woods on October 13th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2018 Provincial Climate Change Plan Update

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Fall 2018 Ontario climate change plan update: The Ontario government is now inviting comments from the public on what should be in a new “made-in-Ontario” climate change plan. We encourage you to submit your feedback here by Nov 16th: https://www.ontario.ca/fo…/tell-us-your-ideas-climate-change

Not sure where to start?

Here are some good resources for ideas on some key features that should be included in a provincial climate plan:
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s Climate Action in Ontario: What Next? Report here: https://docs.assets.eco.on.ca/…/Climate-Action-in-Ontario.p…

Environmental Defence Canada’s blog on six actions that should be part of Ontario’s new climate plan: https://environmentaldefence.ca/…/six-actions-that-should-…/

The Atmospheric Fund’s blog on Ontario’s climate policy cancellations: http://taf.ca/whats-taf-reviews-ontarios-climate-policy-ca…/
and TAF’s GTHA Regional Carbon Emissions Inventory which provides data on Halton main emission sources (Spoiler: Halton’s top ghg emission sources are buildings & transportation) and reduction opportunities (pg 21): http://taf.ca/publications/gtha-emissions-inventory-2018/

Burlington Green Environmental Association’s advocacy team’s thorough submission to the provincial government on the cancellation of cap and trade: https://www.burlingtongreen.org/n…/1329-advocacy-in-action-2

Conservation Ontario’s blog on Seven Actions to Address Climate Change.

Ontario Clean Economy Alliance’s Comments on the cancellation of cap and trade.

Happy November! Keep it up! We can do this!