The flower opened up on my first pumpkin this morning. With any luck, I'll have one ready to turn into pie by Halloween.
Er... I guess it was originally published on "The Conversation" and was picked up later by The Narwhal. Feel free to read the original version of the article there: https://theconversation.com/what-mining-oil-and-gas-industries-can-learn-from-sudbury-the-city-that-went-from-major-polluter-to-thriving-environment-165595
I live in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. You may have heard of us because we have a giant Nickel up on a hillside, because we produce a lot of nickel, or because we were such a barren wasteland that NASA used to come here to simulate moon-like conditions...
Over the past 40 years, this city & its mines went from a major source of acid rain and deforestation to a favoured destination for outdoor activities. With 330 lakes used for recreational fishing, many kilometres of hiking and biking trails through the wilderness, and healthy foliage all over, there's a lot to love.
The Narwhal recently put out a really good piece on Sudbury's restoration. Hopefully, it can provide a beacon of hope in the ongoing climate emergency: https://thenarwhal.ca/opinion-sudbury-ontario-extractive-industries-transition/
It took 3 hours, but I managed to disassemble an old wooden pallet and built a box for the compost bin. Much like the pallet, the vinyl privacy screen is leftover from a prior project and it makes the box look a little cleaner and more like it's something that belongs.
After taking the photo, I added some 4" hinges on an old door and a latch that had been sitting in my spare parts box for years. Only thing that was new (aside from the screws) was a lock for the latch. Raccoons are smart, so I've no doubt they would have removed the lid for safe snacking. This should keep it shut, and keep the contents from being spread across the yard.
I can't wait to watch the raccoons try to figure this out in the security footage! If they do, I'll have to get more creative.
I've come to realize that I do like #Mastodon, but I'm not sure I chose the right instance.
I mean, I care about the environment and try my best to choose more environmentally friendly options, upcycle, etc. I donate to environment causes, and I help my boomer parents sort through their (ample) waste to get things into the recycling or compost. I choose local businesses and locally sourced fruits and vegetables (supplemented with some from my own small garden).
But I'm not really an "activist." I focus on what I, personally, can do to try to make the world a better place, but generally let other make their own choices (largely because I could easily get shivved in my neighbourhood if I "stick my nose where is doesn't belong").
There are a lot of instances out there, but I'm uncertain where I would really fit. My posts feel a bit out of place here, although I'm sure they're a bit of a happy break from some of the continuously distressing climate stuff that tends to be more typical.
I suppose it might help if I figure out what I really want from an instance. I think I want something a little solarpunk, with others sharing their images & experiences making the world around them more liveable. But is that all I'm looking for? I don't quite know...
Thoughts & suggestions welcome of course.
We repainted our doors a couple years ago, and had half a can of paint leftover. We always figured we could use it for touch ups.
Then we rebuilt the gate to our backyard to make it lighter & more stable. The wood was unpainted & reused from the old garage we tore down, so it wasn't too appealing. Took all summer, but my spouse finally gave me permission to #paint it.
I finally heard the words "you were right, it looks good." Someone needs to mark that on a digital calendar or something...
Our first fall sunflower is now in full bloom. Expecting 4 more over the week with others to follow. Can't wait!
Next year we'll be putting up a gardening box away from the fence, so it'll get a lot more sunlight and these should grow a lot better. Just hope we can get some seeds out of these.
Apparently there are still a lot of people out there that don't understand that most #OpenSource and #CreativeCommons licenses require attribution where you give credit to the creators whose work you are reusing or building upon. Being a good digital citizen and doing this only helps grow the commons. Don't forget.
A follow up on this.
After significant debate, we ended up enrolling our eldest in #school. We switched him from the catholic school board to the public school board, because unlike the catholic board, they don't think they can just pray #COVID away.
Also, we weren't feeling comfortable with our money continuing to fund a system that is responsible for the assault, rape, and murder of thousands of #indigenous children in our country through the residential school system.
To move along a path of #reconcilian, we totalled the 1-year's worth of education taxes we sent to the catholic board, and donated an offsetting amount, plus 30%, to our local indigenous education charity and have setup recurring donations to happen twice a year (National Indigenous Day and my birthday). It doesn't really make up for 127 years of abuse & neglect, but it's something we can afford.
Our kids are enrolled in an age-appropriate online course to learn about #Anishinabek culture, and my spouse and I have been taking one ourselves.
We were pretty upset last Spring with the 3-hour sermons our kindergartener had to attend during school that were clearly streamed for a high-school aged demographic.
There's a lot of other reasons for the switch, but those 3 were the biggest.
Unfortunately, this does mean we need to be prepared for more "emergency remote learning" if the Delta variant causes the school to shut down again. We have gone ahead and prepared a homework area. Fingers crossed we don't have to use it too much.
It's been 20 days since we planted the pumpkins, very late in season, in our repurposed sandbox. Theyve grown a lot since then and have begun to send out some tendrils. If I'm lucky and we don't get hit with an early frost, I might get a pumpkin before Hallowe'en.
Time for some more #harvest news.
I've now harvested & devoured my carrots. They weighed in around 550 g. Looks like, in addition to them being over planted, the soil was compacted. As a result, they were all stubby & intergrown. Despite this, they were some of the tastiest carrots I've ever eaten.
This morning I harvested my 1st tomato. There are 11 more in various stages of ripening. Should get quite a few tomato sandwiches and salads out of these guys.
Sadly, the onions were devoured by #raccoons. They ate the whole crop.
My potatoes aren't ready yet, and the pumpkins still haven't reached the flowering stage. If I get 1 pumpkin by the end of October, I'll be happy. As for the potatoes, I hope I get quite a few. We eat potatoes like crazy in this house.
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The #ClimateReport screams climate emergency. We have the solutions, we just need the political will. Governments must act now! 🌱
Been trying to find a way to eliminate or vastly decrease my fossil fuel usage.
My car is over a decade old with less than 95,000 km. From the beginning of our lockdown in March of 2020, we trimmed it down to averaging 38 L / 5 weeks, from 114 L over the same period. We've done well there, and can't really improve it much further without a new vehicle.
We do have Natural Gas running to the house, which runs our furnace & hot water tank (we have water heating). I took our average annual usage (over 3 years of data): 3,000 m3/year.
Sadly, if converted to electric power, (Ontario is largely on hydropower) that's 31,650 kWh, triple what we currently use in the house. Ran the math, and that's a price increase of $3257/yr (CAD$) if we were to switch to an all-electric option.
Did some base calculations for adding solar to the roof and it would not offset our current electric usage, never mind the potential addition from an EV.
Looks like there's a lot of work to do before we can start looking at making that a realistic option.
Father of 2, doing my best to make the community a greener & more connected place.
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