Anwaatin "We are #StewardshipWarriors" #IndigenousOffsets Infographic

Posted by Don Richardson and Larry Sault

on Nov 12, 2016 9:04:21 AM



Our Indigenous partner firm, Anwaatin, is busy with innovative climate action.  Anwaatin's new Infographic tells the story of Stewardship Warriors who support the purchase of Indigenous Offsets, and how the sale of carbon offsets funds Anwaatin's work in Indigenous communities fighting climate change. 

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Topics: Carbon Offsets, Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

Funding Opportunity for Indigenous Stewardship Warriors

Posted by Don Richardson

on Oct 14, 2016 1:43:56 PM

Are You Indigenous Stewardship Warrior?

Need some money to make things happen?

Anwaatin is an Indigenous social enterprise.  We want to support the work of charities or not-for-profits whose work is creating Indigenous Stewardship Warriors.
Are you an Indigenous land trust, are you working with Indigenous youth to connect them to the land or are you bringing the technological solutions to climate change to Indigenous communities? We are offering a funding program from the sales of our Indigenous Carbon Offsets.  Apply if you think your organization is the best partner for this funding opportunity.

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Topics: Carbon Offsets, Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards

Anwaatin Comments on Draft Ontario Climate Change Act - Bill 172 

Posted by Larry Sault

on Apr 12, 2016 4:33:23 PM

Our partner company, Anwaatin, recently submitted comments to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Regarding the draft of Bill 172 (the "Ontario Climate Change Act", know formally as the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016).  We reprint these comments here with permission.  Previous posts from Anwaatin authors include:



Anwaatin's Submission on Bill 172 (Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016)

In the face of climate change, Indigenous peoples in Ontario have emerged as Stewardship Warriors. Indigenous peoples must be front and centre in responding to and preventing the worst effects of climate change.

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Carbon Offsets, Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

Ontario Cap and Trade: Aboriginal Rights and Interests

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jun 24, 2015 1:16:00 PM

Exploring the Grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park, a sea cave carved out of the Niagara Escarpment:

According to Ontario's Environmental Commissioner, climate change will have enormous impacts on Ontario’s natural environment. Increased air and water temperatures, along with changes to rain and snow patterns, will reshape the ecology of the province with "profound repercussions on our communities and economy... Climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation must be considered a two-pronged and interrelated approach to how the Ontario government plans and manages our land and water, fish and wildlife, and communities and economy."

Ontario's Aboriginal Communities: Key Dialogue Partners for Developing Cap and Trade

Climate change adds to the many challenges for sustaining healthy biodiversity in Ontario. Habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution, and invasive alien species threaten Ontario's native species and ecosystems, and climate change compounds these existing problems. For Aboriginal communities across Ontario, climate change presents profound impacts to livelihoods, ways of life and future generations.  And, as primary ecosystem stewards, Aboriginal communities are on the front lines of fighting climate change.

As Ontario moves forward with plans for Ontario climate action that include a Cap and Trade mechanism, Ontario's Aboriginal communities will be key dialogue partners.  As Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission notes, Ontario Cap and Trade can work effectively to meaningfully and cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but only if government gets the details of policy right.  Ontario has made important commitments to fighting climate change and is demonstrating strong leadership across the Americas (e.g. the Climate Change Summit of the Americas with speakers including Al Gore, California Governor Jerry Brown, Dr. Dean Jacobs, and Felipe Calderón), with other sub-national governments (notably California and Quebec), and with a long-term and short-term goals to combat climate change at home.  

We've previously written about how Canada's First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples are key to climate change action. and the critical importance of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in the face of climate change.  We've also written about Premier Kathleen Wynne's commitments for Ontario climate change action and her mandates to her Ministers around Aboriginal community well-being.  We understand that Ontario is both very serious about combatting climate change and serious about making sure that Aboriginal communities share in the benefits of natural resources, are engaged in natural resource management, engaged in resource-related economic development, engaged in the energy sector, and engaged in dialogue with Ontario for revitalized treaty relationships that help promote improved socio-economic outcomes.

Combating climate change in Ontario will most likely involve collaborative climate change action with many players.  Dialogue will translate into various agreements, including ecosystem based management or stewardship agreements: all built with meaningful dialogue with Aboriginal communities to meet Ontario's long-term and short-term goals.  Ontario makes it clear in its Climate Change Discussion Paper that it plans to "engage First Nations and Métis communities across Ontario in a focused conversation to work together to address climate impacts and climate change."

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Carbon Offsets, Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards

Ontario Climate Action Innovation: Landfill Gas Fuels Recycling Plant

Posted by Meaghan Langille and Don Richardson

on Mar 16, 2015 7:35:00 PM

Circular Economy Brilliance: Landfill Gas Fuels Ontario Recycling Plant

Climate change is perhaps the single greatest threat to humanity of our generation. With Canada’s emissions set to continue rise, we are nowhere near the targets we've set as a nation.  Not content to wait for federal action, Ontario is embarking on a "subnational" effort to change that.   Ontario climate action innovation is helping change Canada's image as a climate action laggard to that of a global climate action leader.

We're going to provide input to Ontario's climate change discussion paper, and help support a high-productivity, low-carbon economy. To develop our input, we're going to learn from some of the "early adopters" pushing Ontario climate action innovation - people and organizations building Ontario climate policy from the ground up.  The great thing about the people of Ontario is they don't wait for federal climate policy to innovate and make climate change action happen.  

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Local is the New Black, Carbon Offsets, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Sustainable Niagara Wine Pairings: Landfill Gas, Sheep & LEDs

Posted by Don Richardson

on Oct 14, 2014 11:54:00 PM

“Wine is a gateway drug to environmentalism.”

~ Katherine Cole, author of the Complete Wine Selector

Wine pairing is popular.  So is sustainable thinking.  What happens when you combine the two in the Niagara Region? You get some very creative sustainable Niagara Region wine pairings!

An odd pairing of a recent YouTube video on a Niagara Region landfill gas project championed by Walker Industries, and chance encounter with the Canada Green Building Council's "Sustainable Wineries Bike Tour" of the region got us thinking... There's a lot of quiet sustainability innovation in Ontario, particularly to address climate change and advance renewable energy opportunities in Ontario - and a lot more going on in the Niagara wine region than we ever imagined!

As one of one of the first B Corporations in Ontario, we believe that "Local is the New Black."  We've been researching opportunities for harnessing methane gas from local rural sources to create sustainable energy opportunities for agri-business in southern Ontario.  We're also looking at ways to make it easier for average people to help invest in local greenhouse gas reduction and local carbon off-sets.  And we've been writing about Ontario ClimateAction, including Ontario's City-wide District Energy Network in our local community of Guelph.  So, when we discovered these sustainable Niagara Region wine pairings in our local region, we decided to raise a glass in support!

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Carbon Offsets, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario