Nature: How the Outdoors Impacts your Mind

by Seetal Dhaliwal I wrote this poem while I was on a trip in Banff National Park. The entire time, I was surrounded by trees, mountains and breathtaking views. I was blown away by nature’s beauty and how it gave me a sense of calmness. When I came back to Ottawa, I felt so relieved and ready to face any challenges. It’s interesting how one … Continue reading Nature: How the Outdoors Impacts your Mind

Top Down vs Bottom Up: Why We Need Both

This is post is part of the Plastic Free July Series It’s pretty common, especially in political circles, to draw a distinction between problems that can be best solved by a top down, authoritative approach and those that are better solved by a grassroots, bottom up approach. Like many pieces of common wisdom, however, the reality is that is usually much more complicated. While some … Continue reading Top Down vs Bottom Up: Why We Need Both

How to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day takes place on April 22nd, so it’s a busy time for environmental groups like PERC. However, if you’re not in the environmental sector, it might seem like an odd date to commemorate. Isn’t it just a made-up holiday? Well, in some sense, all holidays are made up, so there’s no reason to be a snob about Earth Day. Even Christmas, with it’s tie-in … Continue reading How to Celebrate Earth Day

Cross Post: Embracing Winter Scandinavian Style, by Wild.Here.

(This is a cross-post sampling of a complete article on the blog Wild.Here. Photos from Wild. Here.) The Scandinavian Approach to Embracing the Outdoors – by Katherine Forster Cooler weather and even winter seem to be embraced with open arms by many Scandinavians. There are certain Scandinavian approaches that have been talked about for decades, that seem to provide an easier transition to winter and … Continue reading Cross Post: Embracing Winter Scandinavian Style, by Wild.Here.

This Week In…..

Volunteering December 5th was International Volunteer Day! As a volunteer-based organization ourselves, we’re happy to celebrate along with those who won Canada’s Volunteer Awards, as announced on Monday by Employment and Social Development Canada. Ottawa’s own Parkdale Food Centre won in the Social Innovator Category for Ontario (this category recognizes non-profits rather an individuals). Congratulations, folks! Read more about it, including a list of all … Continue reading This Week In…..

This Week In…..

Invasive Species Management Lanark County decides to support continued action against “Canada’s Worst Invasive Plant“, Phragmites australis. This tall grass spreads rapidly, forms dense monocultures, reduces biodiversity and is a serious threat to many ecosystems. Read more here. Climate Change COP 23 wrapped up in Bonn, Germany on Saturday (the conference was organized by Fiji, but hosted by Germany for practical reasons). There was strong interest … Continue reading This Week In…..

Introducing Sea Change Canada

In the Fall 2017 Edition of the PEN, readers were introduced to Sea Change Canada, a new non-profit based in Ottawa working on Marine Conservation Issues. Ottawa, being a fairly inland city, might seem like an odd place for a Marine Conservation group, but in reality we are all connected to the ocean and it to us – our actions and decisions in Ottawa, in … Continue reading Introducing Sea Change Canada