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Connecting The Dots - Marking Climate Impact Day

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Sunday, May 06, 2012 11:32 AM

'Connect the Dots' participants arrive at the community garden on Milburn Avenue

Prince George, BC - Organizers from UNBC marked Climate Impact Day with a 'Connect the Dots' bike ride through Prince George yesterday...

"We're really trying to connect the dots between climate change and impacts," said spokesperson Sonja Ostertag.  "But also showing how we're all in this together around the world and we're all impacted from this issue."

The event began at the Prince George Farmers' Market with a discussion about the link between food systems and climate.  Ostertag said local food systems are more adaptable and resilient to climate change than global ones, so the message was to continue to eat locally and support farmers' markets.

Participants then biked to Cottonwood Island Park where UNBC Masters student, Chris Rose raised some of the issues around water quality and quantity, and climate change.  Ostertag says Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project and its impacts on northern BC were raised, along with its impact on the global climate, with the expansion of the Alberta tar sands.

Jovanka Djordjevich of Community Gardens Prince George told participants arriving at the last 'dot' on their journey - the community garden at Milburn Avenue and Redwood Street - to 'slow down and be observers' in order to make connections between climate change and its local impacts.

"And it's about not fighting everything," said Djordjevich.  "The biggest fight we have here in this garden is quackgrass.  (And) it's about trying to work with what we have, that means embracing quackgrass."

She admitted the garden looks 'messy' at this time of year, but said community garden members encourage people to 'leave things stand' - beneficial insects depend on all that mulch and not on exposed soil.

"Take a look at nature, when do we have exposed soil?  When we have a mudslide, or clear-cutting, or some devastation - that's when we see clear land," she said.  "We shouldn't be allowing exposed soil."

Djordjevich joked that quackgrass smoothies could become the local rival to pressed wheatgrass.  She said garden volunteers try to figure out how to work with nature.


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Bike chains need oil...
Vegetable oil maybe? Ha ha ha .
Bicyclists need energy to move from A to B. That requires food.

Bikes are made from high energy consumptive metals and rubber which is not found in the 100 mile manufacturing radius.

Oh, did I say manufacturing radius? :-)

What goes for food should also hold for manufacturing, right?

Did anyone ever look at a 100 mile or km diet for someone living in Prince George and what that is limited to? Back 100 years to when this land was first settled.

Or, growing things under glass with wood fired heating creating a different variety of greenhouse gases.

Let me see, fruit and vegies grown with natural heat and sunlight in the south with energy used for transport to climates which do not allow that to be grown locally ... or shorter transportation with energy to create light and heat. Move to wind energy, geothermal, and solar, and we may have something to brag about. Anything less than that is trading one thing for another.
The farmers market is a nice gesture, but as far as a real impact on local produce capacity, it is really not proven to be sustainable quite yet.