Climate Change, Economics & Good Governance
Global and local climates are changing at startling rates. These changes mean that both humans and other organisms need to adapt in order to survive. Food security is becoming a greater concern as our food distribution networks have had their vulnerabilities exposed by recent supply chain disruptions. In order to ensure a future where localities have enough to eat, we must learn how to support ourselves on the land. Indigenous peoples have long lived in harmony with nature by walking gently and respecting the Earth. This knowledge and connection with nature is important for building a resilient and reciprocal future.
Knowledge Circles & Climate Change
The increase in frequency and intensity of weather events like flooding, wildfires, heatwaves, and smog are threatening our cities and the habitats of many species. Our communities and ecosystems are experiencing the impacts of climate change at an unprecedented rate and these unique challenges need solutions that incorporate a more holistic approach and that support our complex ecosystems. Nature-based solutions (NbS) can help build resilience towards climate change through projects that restore, protect or sustainably manage ecosystems and address societal challenges. These projects are designed so human well-being and biodiversity can simultaneously benefit from the changes we make in the way we manage, protect and restore the environment.
Implementing protection and restoration of environments like forests and wetlands can help buffer these detrimental events. The future of environmental conservation requires us to honour alternative knowledge systems outside of the western way of knowing. Through engagement with Indigenous communities and Knowledge Holders, NbS projects can pave the way for a more inclusive and sustainable future.
Plus, check out these interesting articles related to NbS:
How remediation of Cootes Paradise in Hamilton, Ontario resulted in the ecosystem providing ecosystem services of monetary value. Read here!
How integrating Indigenous Knowledge through co-management of moose populations in Canada resulted in measurable benefits. Read here!
Building Between: Green and Local Building
Sustainable and eco-conscious building design is important for maintaining the integrity of our natural systems and minimizing our ecological footprint, while ensuring the infrastructure is healthy and durable for future generations.
Our Building Between - Eco-innovation effort works to provide property owners and developers with access to information, resources, local experts, green building solutions and permaculture know-how (architectural design that reflect and use earth processes)- in order to transform mainstream development styles into more sustainable and respectful solutions that support local economies.
Learn more by clicking the button below to visit our sister website http://buildingbetween.ca/
Anishinaabek Land Trust
We are looking to help restore Minobimaadiziwin (the way of the good life) for Anishinaabe through developing an independent and entirely Indigenous Land Trust. This Trust uses Traditional Governance and follows original Teachings within a charitable framework to help revitalize the Anishinaabe Nation.
Feeding the Land Between
Our current food systems and supply chains are extremely vulnerable to disruption (as we have all recently witnessed). On top of their vulnerability to economic disputes (like trade wars) and logistical backlog, climate change will likely cause major disruptions in the near future. Food security (the ability of a country, province, town etc, to provide enough food to support themselves) is a concern that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The Land Between Charity is working with farmers, and partners to improve the food security of the region.
The Land Between region is a place of many natural wonders, related cultural assets, inspiring histories, and vital stories. From the tall rocky Canadian Shield cliffs, to mystical wetlands, globally rare alvars and habitats, the holy Petroglyphs and Pictographs, an ancient water highway of the Trent Severn Waterway, and secret forest trade routes, the Land Between has much to discover. We have compiled a list of some wonderful sites across this unique land. Click on the button below to check them out!