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Fighting Corporate Control & Building Local Power
19 Jan, 2020 | 0:26:24 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) challenges concentrated economic and political power, and instead champions an approach in which ownership is broadly distributed, institutions are humanly scaled, and decision-making is accountable to communities. Focusing on Public Banking, Broadband Access, Distributed Energy, Independent Businesses, Composting and Waste to Wealth, ILSR fights build local power and resiliency.
Forests Ontario - Who Speaks for the Forest?
10 Jan, 2020 | 0:28:28 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Flooding, drought, shorter planting seasons, insects, fire, and invasive species threaten the integrity of our existing forests. Those threats are being amplified by the effects of climate change. Forests Ontario has worked hard to strengthen its position as the voice for our forests. Through breakthroughs and milestones, it has made significant strides in its mission to make Ontario’s forests greener....
Suburban Re-Mix
15 Dec, 2019 | 0:29:53 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Suburban Remix brings together experts in planning, urban design, real estate development, and urban policy to demonstrate how suburbs can use growing demand for urban living to renew their appeal as places to live, work, play, and invest. The case studies and analyses show how compact new urban places are already being created in suburbs to produce health, economic, and...
Sewergate - 24 billion litres of sewage released in Hamilton
09 Dec, 2019 | 0:28:58 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In July of 2018 it was discovered that over the course of the previous four years 24 billion litres, or over 5 billion gallons, enough to fill 10,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of raw sewage was allowed to flow into one of the major creeks in the City of Hamilton, Canada. A gate meant to contain the sewage was left open. ...
Business (as Sustainable) As Usual
24 Nov, 2019 | 0:29:45 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Sustainable Hamilton Burlington is a non-profit social enterprise serving the neighbouring cities of Hamilton and Burlington in Ontario, Canada. The folks there are dedicated to inspiring sustainability leadership in local business organizations for a healthier environment and thriving, prosperous communities. Sustainable Hamilton/Burlington recently held a Sustainable Business Conference.  Over 100 attendees came to the event to learn more about how their companies could...
Rescue Dogs - a pending biodiversity issue
17 Nov, 2019 | 0:29:09 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Save Our Scruff is a non-profit organization located in Toronto dedicated to rescuing dogs and finding them safe and suitable permanent homes through adoption, advocacy and education. Whether abandoned by owners, a mis-guided family gift, or left behind due to a climate event, thousands of dogs are in need of new homes.  Save Our Scruff is one, of many, community-based...
Indigenous Clean Energy
10 Nov, 2019 | 0:29:49 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit platform which advances Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s energy futures economy through Indigenous leadership, and broad-based collaboration with energy companies, utilities, governments, development firms, cleantech innovators, academic sector, and capital markets. The 20/20 Catalysts Program is an award-winning interactive three-month program that connects First Nations, Inuit and Métis Catalysts to...
EarthCare Sudbury - a Community Effort
03 Nov, 2019 | 0:27:30 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

EarthCare Sudbury is a unique partnership between the City of Greater Sudbury (Canada), over 150 community, agencies, organizations and businesses, and hundreds of residents. EarthCare Sudbury was formed in 2000 to bring the community together around the key environmental issues facing the city and to chart a course towards sustainability.
Crickets Can Be Delicious - Jump Right In!
27 Oct, 2019 | 0:26:26 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Sydney Koby believes that the environmentally-conscious food choices we make don’t have to sacrifice taste or convenience. However, she couldn't seem to find anything on the market that checked all of those boxes. Between her engineering degree and experience working in kitchens, Sydney jumped in with both feet into making a product that she felt was missing from our sustainable...
Democracy Collaborative - Building Community Wealth
20 Oct, 2019 | 0:29:56 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The Democracy Collaborative is a U.S. non-profit research and development lab for a democratic economy that operates within planetary boundaries. The organization works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control of companies creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life. Staff at the Democracy...
Yorklands Green Hubs - Reclaiming Natural Lands
13 Oct, 2019 | 0:29:49 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Yorklands Green Hub, a non-profit community group in Guelph, Canada, aims to create a public, sustainable, environmental centre on the grounds of a former Corrections Centre. Featuring educational programs, demonstrating and researching stewardship and conservation themes and building urban resilience and wellbeing, the group wants to protect a heritage site and parkland - open to the public for now and...
Soap-making to Peace-making
06 Oct, 2019 | 0:29:28 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Be kind, reward generously, support good and healthy living. Seek and encourage the best in one another. For whatever unites us is greater than whatever divides us! This is just some of the philosophy behind a manufacturer of soap and body care products. Dr. Bonner's has been producing soap since 1858. It came of age during the 60's and has...
Can a Building be Net-Zero Energy Efficient?
23 Sep, 2019 | 0:30:30 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, is the cornerstone of a record-setting $54.25 million renewal of technology labs and classrooms. The five-level centre is also a showcase in environmental sustainability as the region’s first net-zero energy institutional building. With solar panels on the roof and high-efficiency lighting and heating, purchasing offsets, and by educating...
Restoring Power to the People
15 Sep, 2019 | 0:27:05 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

New and resurgent solutions are democratizing how we produce, consume, govern, and solve social problems. The maker movement, collaborative consumption, the solidarity economy, open source software, transition towns, open government, and social enterprise are just a few of the movements showing a way forward based on sharing. The sharing transformation shows that it’s possible to govern ourselves, build a green...
Barriers to Adopting Electric Buses
08 Sep, 2019 | 0:28:29 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil and more. Its work focuses on seven critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, cities and the ocean. We spoke with Ryan Sclar, co-author of two reports on the...
To Divest or Not to Divest
01 Sep, 2019 | 0:29:58 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Based in Calgary, Canada, the ARC Energy Research Institute conducts economic and investment analysis for ARC Financial Corp. and its stakeholders. ARC Financial is an employee-owned, private equity investment management firm specializing in the Canadian energy industry. Jackie Forrest actively monitors emerging strategic trends related to energy. She is an author and sought after public speaker with 20 years of...
Local is Our Future
28 Aug, 2019 | 0:30:05 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary 'The Economics of Happiness'. Helena has just released a new book, 'Local is...
Speaking (Environmental) Truth to Power
21 Aug, 2019 | 0:29:22 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

2015 to 2019, Dr. Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an office that has since been abolished. She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the...
Climate Action Network
15 Aug, 2019 | 0:29:50 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada) is a coalition of more than 100 organizations across the country. CAN-Rac Canada is the only network in the country that brings labour, development, faith-based, and Indigenous groups together with the key national, provincial, and territorial environmental organizations working on climate change. The network plays a critical role in...
Funding Local Solutions to Global Problems
04 Aug, 2019 | 0:28:07 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Throughout various communities across America, there are plenty of opportunities in need of funding in order to come to fruition. Examples include properties requiring capital to become productive again or entrepreneurs working on promising businesses that have no access to capital to grow. There are plenty of citizens that wish they could make meaningful private equity investments locally, but have...
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