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Climate Environment

Royal Ontario Museum getting energized about climate

This week, the Globe and Mail ran a fabulous two page spread about the growing engagement by the Royal Ontario Museum with the climate crisis. This new initiative has been triggered by the generosity of Allan Shiff, with whom I have had the pleasure of working for the last year. Now, finally, after much effort, the search for the new curator is underway.

Equally important, existing curatorial staff at the ROM are getting energized about using their collections to tell climate stories. The Globe article tells brief climate stories that feature 14 different artefacts from the full range of ROM collections, both human history and natural history: varve clay, red knot (bird), art made of trash, religious paintings.

Sascha Priewe, Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, has been tasked with getting climate-related programming underway even before the new curator arrives. It’s not a moment too soon.

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Climate Energy Environment

Urban Sprawl: Ontario’s Oil Sands

Urban sprawl creates congestion, drives our air and climate pollution and destroys wetlands, woodlands and farmland.

It worsens our climate crisis, and so one of the best things municipalities can do is to stop urban sprawl.

Here are the slides from my keynote presentation to the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. To see the temperature spiral run on slide 30, the source is Climate Lab Book.

Many more details are available in chapter 4 of my last energy report, available on the reports page at http://saxefacts.com.