Why You Should Care About Invasive Species

This is a cross post from the hard working folks at the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. “According to the World Conservation Union, invasive alien species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity, after habitat loss”. You most likely have read or seen this quote once before, in another, similar article, on a website, maybe even a newspaper. But what does it really mean? … Continue reading Why You Should Care About Invasive Species

Depaving Ottawa Schools

by EnviroCentre Although you won’t find the definition of “depaving” in the dictionary, several public schools here in Ottawa have been busy doing just that this spring. As the word suggests, depaving means removing pavement, especially in the form of asphalt and concrete, to restore it to a more natural state. And thanks to a program run by Green Communities Canada in collaboration with EnviroCentre … Continue reading Depaving Ottawa Schools

Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

This is a guest post from the Muskrat Watershed Council. Text by Meagan Rae. Photos courtesy of Muskrat Watershed Council. With the coming of 2019, the Muskrat Watershed Council (MWC) (Profiled in the Winter 2018 edition of the PEN!)is looking back and reflecting on last year’s projects – including the Natural Edge Project. In Spring 2018, Watersheds Canada partnered with the MWC and Algonquin College’s … Continue reading Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

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.