S: Communities Affecting Climates
BC: This book was put together by the collaborative efforts of Bruno Chelsea Dina Jason Kayla and Paulina For Sociology 2012
FC: Communities Affecting Climates
1: In this book you'll find An introduction to Action Communiterre page 2 Global Warming and Food Security page 8 Ecological Footprints page 18 A delicious conclusion page 20 References page 22
2: Action Communiterre was founded in 1997 by neighbourhood activists in the borough of Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal. | The main purpose is to plant, maintain and harvest gardens of fruits,vegetables,herbs and flowers for a variety of uses for the community.
5: The Victory Garden network run by Action Communiterre comprises 10 seperate organic gardens, 5 of which hold workshops animated by their staff.
7: Activities and workshops available to the public cover a wide range of topics including organic gardening, preserving and increasing biodiversity, recycling & composting, seed-saving, balcony gardening, nutrition, medicinal plants, environmental protection and empowerment in food security, democratic life, community involvement and the politics of food. They seek to strengthen communities in a healthy, sustainable way
8: Global Warming "A gradual increase in world temperatures caused by polluting gases such as carbon dioxide which are collecting in the air around the Earth and preventing heat escaping into space." -The Cambridge online dictionary | Photo Credit: (NASA/Kathryn Hansen)
10: We never take into consideration that if we do not begin to respect our environment then our food will become more expensive and even scarce. There is a limited supply of food to feed our unlimited demands, leading to a negative cycle. | We must become conscious of the effects that climate change has on our crops. There are other solutions that can help us save money, protect our food footprint and green our societies. | http://superkuh.com/photos/MMmIndustry.jpg
11: Food is a basic need. However, some people cannot always afford 3 meals a day because of other necessities such as shelter, clothing and medical expenses. Economic instability is difficult and may cause psychological and/or physical issues in the long-run. Action Communiterre uses a variety of methods to improve the food security in Montreal. Some of these methods include food distribution, organizing food events (like seed and recipe swapping) and partnering with other organizations such as the NDG Coalition for Food Security to broaden their reach.
13: "We are dedicated to raising public awareness about food security and urban agriculture, while improving the community’s access to healthy organic produce through collectively-managed vegetable gardens and other urban agricultural projects in the Montreal area." -An excerpt from the mission statement of Action Communiterre
14: Eating Local | All of the food that you see here was grown, harvested, cooked and eaten in ONE province! They are fresh, healthy and environmentally friendly. Their transport emissions are minimal, their packaging is virtually non-existent, and there are hardly any emissions associated to this type of food and agriculture.
15: Versus Eating Global | These are typical foods that can be purchased at any McDonalds restaurant. Processed hamburgers, french fries and sodas full of high fructose corn syrup, just to name a few. This type of food comes with an environmental pricetag, due to all the emissions caused by growing, harvesting, processing, packaging and transporting the various ingredients.
16: A typical grocery store "fresh" aisle | A truly fresh, sustainable aisle
17: "Community food security is achieved when everyone in a community has access to food in sufficient quantity and quality, obtained from non-emergency sources, that has been produced in a way that respects people and the environment." -an excerpt from Action Communiterre's page on Food Security
18: Large scale industrial farming leaves a large ecological footprint. In North America we use mass amounts of cropland to provide food for humans and animals alike, fibers and oil, and we use grasslands and pasture to support grazing animals for meat, hides, wool and milk. Action Communiterre promotes small scale urban agriculture as a means of offsetting our ecological footprint. It is more environmentally friendly than large scale agriculture operations, especially when the emissions associated with transporting produce long distances is taken into account.
19: By engaging in gardening, either with an organization or at home, people can start to reduce their ecological footprint, one step at a time.
20: "The Victory Garden Network is a place where people come to learn, grow and share with one another." -An excerpt from the Action Communiterre mission statement
21: At the end of every summer Action Communiterre hosts a harvest party. It is free for absolutely anyone at all to attend whether they are already members of AC or not. There are booths and activities, a raffle and most impressively, a table laden with fresh food cooked by generous volunteers, offered to all guests.
22: References Rosenzweig, Cynthia, and Hillel, Daniel. "Agriculture and Climate Change: Effects and Responses." Phi Kappa Phi Forum 87.1 (2007): 19-24 http://www.safsf.org/documents/ag_food_v6%20FINAL%208-21-03.pdf