What does being a local mean to you? Whether you have been here for a year or 80, a special small-town spirit can always be found in the smiles passed at the farmers’ market, in connections shared in community garden soils and seed swaps. It’s in the extraordinary power of people, gathering to restore our local ecosystems, count birds together, or teach our kids about the wonders of the natural world along our favourite trails. These local initiatives we share are more than just a wonderful time — they are a catalyst for global change. Together we can continue to break down barriers, provide opportunities for action and education, and create a brighter future for our community and the planet.
This Earth Day, we encourage you to take action to stem the tide of climate change by supporting incredible local initiatives across our region.
Acting together for the collective good improves resilience for all. Resilience to us means an inspired and educated community. It’s safeguarding our region against climate catastrophes like flooding and wildfires by providing solutions at the local level. It’s checking in on our neighbours and creating a more sustainable future for our children.
With increasing demands on our natural world, relocalizing is critical. The issues we’re facing right now are complex and often overwhelming. We have to think both locally and globally, both short-term and long-term in order to face the challenges of climate change and protect nature. We need a long-term vision but we need to act now.
The best way to create hope is to take action. It is the antidote in these trying times, and one that is urgently needed. We are so inspired by the ordinary people who are taking action all around us — we ask for your support today in donating to one of our six branches, so that together we can make an extraordinary difference by relocalizing our community, together.