Good Causes at the Green Living Show

There was lots of green consumerism at the Green Living Show, but also people representing green non-profits of all kinds. Like the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment: Thousands of Doctors who work together to "educate physicians on environmental issues, providing them with both accurate information and a framework for thinking about environmental problems." They are concerned about Ecosystem Health, Human Health and Sustainable Development.

I talk with Carol Watson of CAPE, The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

I volunteer at the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, where we fight to preserve not only historic buildings, but what we call Cultural Heritage Landscapes, which could be an old historic district or even a particularly important green landscape. But I was surprised to find that there was an Ontario Heritage Tree Alliance, (with a not-ready-for-prime-time website) that identifies "trees that are community landmarks because of their unique physical, cultural and historical significance and that may be at risk unless their importance is recognized. They make a very impressive tool kit to help identify such trees, which may be available if they fix the link here.

More information at the Ontario Urban Forest Council.

I occasionally buy a newstand copy of Alternatives, a Canadian environmental journal that is full of serious writing and that should have a wider exposure. Unfortunately they are not particularly interested in putting much of their content online, offering only a smattering. This is a shame, because they are thoughtful articles that are not well served by a quick summary- you need to read them. Like this one available online:

Biofuel Basics, by Kyrke Gaudreau


Little thought has been given to the ecological consequences of a shift from petroleum to bioenergy fuels. Instead, the discussion has centred on food-versus-fuel and climate change. While these issues are important, by focusing on them too closely, one risks missing the proverbial forest.... Given that powering our country or world with bioenergy will have profound effects on ecosystems, we risk consequences that are difficult to predict. As a result, it would be wise to tread carefully. We need to determine how we can harvest useful energy from ecosystems without impairing their function, or the function of the large, complex global biosphere.

But I suppose that their internet policies pay off, as I just subscribed. Alternatives Journal

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