Ducks Unlimited Canada

By Marcelo Kawanami

Hi everyone! Well, this has been a super busy month and I’m sorry for the absence here in the blog. Just to start with, I would like to talk about the tree planting and wetland restoration initiative from the Green Party members at Gamiing Nature Centre. The 1st Bobcaygeon Scout also supported the work and the group removed invasive species and planted a variety of trees and shrub species.

Today I came across a video from Ducks Unlimited, which is one of the global leading organizations on wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Ducks Unlimited Canada recently posted a video talking about the wetlands in Alberta and the impact that it has on biodiversity, flood protection and water quality.

It is a very short video, but that it is worth watching to know more about the organization and the work that they do in North America. If you want to know more, I invite you all to visit their webpage: http://www.ducks.ca/

Don’t be Sorry! Make a Change!

By Mieke Schipper and Marcelo Kawanami

Activist and spoken word artist Prince Ea has released his newest video, “Dear Future Generations: Sorry,” to urge young people to take immediate action to stop climate change. His previous videos have become viral sensations and his latest is no different. It was released on April 20 to coincide with Earth Day and garnered 28 million views on Facebook in the first two days. If you haven’t seen the video yet, please check it below.

Like the video says, let’s not accept this future because an error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. This is a powerful quote, so don’t be sorry.

Earth Day Every day!

By Marcelo Kawanami

Yesterday, Gamiing hosted its annual Earth Day event where participants from all ages had the chance to learn about the importance of nature through interactive and fun games!
Earth Day official day is actually April 22. And do you know the origin of this date? On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets for ’60s-style demonstrations and marches, calling attention to the perilous pollution of America’s land, air and water. Ten thousand flocked to the Washington Monument for a folk music concert featuring Pete Seeger and U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie.

From this date, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 and it became a global event with over 1 billion participants from 192 countries. Earth Day events will be held throughout the week. You can check all events at the Earth Day Network site: http://www.earthday.org/greencities/events/

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015

By Marcelo Kawanami

On March 20 2015, United Nation released its 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2015), titled Water for a Sustainable World. The report brings a throughout analysis on the importance of the water as a vital resource for life. It also describes the challenges for accessible and clean water from three dimensions: poverty and social equity, economic development, and ecosystems.
I selected some key findings from the report that I believe were quite interesting (and concerning):

Picture1– Around the world, 748 million people lack access to an improved drinking water source, while billions more lack drinking water that is really safe. In 2012, 2.5 billion people did not have access to an improved sanitation facility.

– Groundwater supplies are diminishing, with an estimate 20% of the world’s aquifers being over-exploited (Gleeson et al., 2012), leading to serious consequences such as land subsidence and saltwater intrusion in coastal areas (USGS, 2013).

– Achieving more efficient water use is crucial considering that production and consumption of agricultural products alone account for over 70% of water withdrawals in many developing countries.

If you like to download the full report, please United Nation World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) homepage: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/water/wwap/wwdr/2015-water-for-a-sustainable-world/

I am Water

By Marcelo Kawanami

Last week, charity: water, a non-profit organization focused on the fund of water projects in developing nations, posted a powerful short video showcasing the importance of water and the impact that this essential natural resource has in the life of our planet.

One of my favorite statements of the video: “It takes a great wall to hold me back, but I can be held by a human hand”.

Environment and Building Technologies Webinar

By Marcelo Kawanami

Due to my professional background, I’m always tracking top research and consulting firms to check their latest reports. Just few of them have aregular practice to publish reports within the environmental, nonprofit, and social sectors.F&S Analyst Briefing

Frost & Sullivan isa global research firm with a specific division dedicated to environmental topics and related markets. The company will host a free webinar titled “Future Trends and Economic Implication of Enhanced Oil Recovery in North America” on March 24th 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST. This briefing will analyze and investigate the changing environment in enhanced oil recovery across North America and its impact on the environment.

To register, please click in the following link: http://ww2.frost.com/event/calendar/future-trends-and-economic-implication-enhanced-oil-recovery-north-america/?eID=664

Winterlude 2015!

By Marcelo Kawanami

Hi everyone! Winterlude at Gamiing Nature Centre is right around the corner! It will be hosted on February 16th, 2015 from 11am to 4pm at Gamiing’s facilities. So bundle up and head down to Winterlude 2015 for a fun afternoon full of outdoor activities!

Winterlude 2015

Numair Uppal on WRAIN and the Kawartha Lakes!

By Marcelo Kawanami

So we are continuing with our interview series with Movers & Shakers that has significantly contributed to the development of the Kawartha Lakes region and Gamiing. Our conversation today is with Mr. Numair Uppal, Economic Development Officer at the Water Research & Innovation Network (WRAIN).

In this conversation, Mr. Uppal shares with us his work at the Water Table andalso his opinion on how economy development and sustainability can work together.

Gamiing: Tell me a little bit about yourNumair Uppal work and the Water Table.
Numair Uppal: My work as the Economic Development Officer is with The Water Research and Innovation Network (WRAIN), which is the innovation arm of the Economic Development department at Kawartha Lakes. Our objective is to help accelerate the market adoption of new and innovative water treatment technologies through the implementation of demonstration and pilot sites in a real time, real operational facilities in Kawartha Lakes. WRAIN works with all levels of city staff, government officials and private sector companies to help identify and solve issues surrounding one of our most valued resources in Kawartha Lakes.

The City of Kawartha Lakes formed the Water Table to collectively share knowledge, perspectives, experiences and opportunities. The Water Table consists of researchers, municipal services and economic development professionals involved in conservation, management and research throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Gamiing: What’s the importance of water conservation to leverage business and economic development?
Numair Uppal: Water conservation and sustainability is a topic of inordinate importance for both businesses and economic development in Kawartha Lakes. On average Kawartha Lakes can expect anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 seasonal guests and tourists. Ensuring the quality of our beaches, lakes and rivers is at the forefront of any discussion can yield huge benefits to our tourism sector as well as foster growth, expansion and investments being made in the community.

Gamiing: What are the key topics in the agenda of the Water Table for 2015?
Numair Uppal: One of the key topics for the Water Table for 2015 will be around rehabilitation of our beaches and recreational water bodies in Kawartha Lakes.

Great interview with Linda Skilton from Fleming College!

By Marcelo Kawanami

Hi everyone! This is our first post of 2015, and it could not be better! I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Linda Skilton, PhD, Dean and Principal of Frost Campus at Fleming College. Gamiing Nature Centre and Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (SENRS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further develop and strengthen our relationship. Due to this reason, I wanted to know from Linda her opinion on the benefits of this partnership and also her point of view regarding environmental trends.

Gamiing: The School of Environmental & Natural Linda SkiltonResource Sciences (SENRS) atFleming College has a focus on active, outdoor, and hands-on learning. What are the main benefits that you believe that the partnership with Gamiing Nature Centre will bring to your students?

Linda: The students at the Frost Campus have been involved with many activities at Gamiing including course work in the Ecosystem Management program through the Credit for Product course, field placement in various programs and so on. The formalized partnership MOU that was signed in December 2014 will ensure our involvement with Gamiing in the future and lead to more activities for our staff and students.

Gamiing: According to a recent article from McKinsey, there is a chronic under-investment in leadership development within the fast growing social sector (which includes environmental organizations). What are the main attributes that you believe that the future leaders of these organizations need to have and that are being developed on SENRS students?

Fleming CollegeLinda: From the time that our students enter our programs at SENRS, we assist them in developing their leadership skills. These skills are developed through a number of courses and the applied activities that students participate in throughout their program of study. Many assignments include project/team work where the students are expected to demonstrate their leadership skills. Future leaders in the environmental sector need to be knowledgeable, critical thinkers, innovators and possess excellent communication skills. It is not only important to have the technical knowledge but it is critical that graduates can are able to communicate with those who may not have environmental knowledge. There are big environmental problems in need of big solutions and leaders who can contribute to the change necessary to address these problems. Colleges are investing in leadership development and our graduates are demonstrating these skills in a variety of careers in the environmental sector.

Gamiing: Partnerships with community stakeholders including the private sector, universities, and government are key to drive the growth of nonprofit organizations. In your point of view, how can we increase the engagement of community stakeholders and promote partnerships like the one between SENRS and Gamiing?

Linda: SENRS has over 100 partners including Kawartha Conservation, the Ontario Clean Water Agency, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Trent University. Our partners are both public and private sector, local, provincial, national and international. Partners bring opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to engage in applied activities and joint ventures that would not be possible to do on our own. Our partnerships are always growing and expanding with the goal of working collaboratively to achieve goals that contribute to positive change in our world. Increased engagement comes naturally when people rally around and are passionate about the things that matter. What matters to our staff, students and partners are clean air and water, social justice, food safety and security and the protection of our natural resources. Our shared goal is on the overall health and sustainability of our planet.

Happy Holidays!!!

By Marcelo Kawanami

Hi everyone! So this will be our last post of 2014. And this was another great year to celebrate. Our blog received over 1,000 visitors! Yes, over 1,000 visitors from all over the world: Canada, USA, France, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, India, and 33 other countries!!! On behalf of Gamiing’s team, I would like to say thank you all for your visit in our blog, your participation, contribution and support!Picture1

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope!