Families For Change

Click on the links below to find out about the program and get started making a difference as families.

ALERT: A few of the tasks require your judgement to not do, or adjust as it relates to complying with COVID-19 public advisories. It is incumbent for you to check with Public Health officials and adhere to any updates as it applies. (Ontario government link, Canadian government link, and your local municipality).

Short Description of the Families For Change program

GBF is always working to preserve and protect the waters of Georgian Bay and the creatures that live in it. We engage in scientific research and, with like-minded partners, we pose the tough questions that lead to viable and responsible solutions. Thanks to all our donors, we can do this critical work. Now you and your family can help us work toward our shared goal!

Why?
Climate change, pollution and wetland deterioration are complex global and local issues involving politics, economics, science and most importantly, the human will — or the lack of it. Plastic and greenhouse gas emissions are overwhelming our planet, and a lot of of us have no idea what we can do to help solve these problems. We launched our F4C program in 2019, because we agree that the family unit can be the greatest powerhouse for long-term change. Since that launch, F4C participants have told us how valuable and educational their experience has been. They have asked GBF to keep the tasks and learning coming and to get more families involved.

What?
If you and your family are concerned about climate change and plastic pollution but don’t really know where to start doing something about it, GBF has a program for you. It’s called Families For Change (F4C).

GBF has identified different things cottagers and area residents can do to help combat climate change and protect Georgian Bay.

How?
GBF’s F4C program can take as much or as little time as you and your family have to devote to it. You can choose from a variety of tasks in different categories or you can simply focus on one or two.

It’s entirely up to you.

There are lots of choices and lots of things we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and the Bay from climate change, plastic pollution, and wetland loss.

So read on for your summer F4C task list (4.0) challenging you to do more.
picture of 4 categories for Families For Change SUmmer

Click above on the 3 F4C categories
For the a Coloured PDF download of tasks and tips
Black and White printable copy here

Families Make A Difference

See why in this Global News Article.
Click here.
Click on the link below to access the Families For Change Task List - Summer 2020 4.0. (Black and white)

Questions? Please call Heather Sargeant at (905) 880-4945 ext. 4 or email helen.bryce@sympatico.ca.

F4C 3.0 Task List
Thank you to these sources and references used in our Families For Change 4.0

Cassella, Carly. “Scientists Warned Us The Pandemic Wouldn't Solve The Climate Crisis. Guess What.” Science Alert, April 8 2021. Retrieved at https://www.sciencealert.com/carbon-dioxide-levels-just-hit-a-devastating-new-peak-despite-pandemic-lockdowns.

Prairie Climate Centre. “Where do Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come From?” March 7 2018, Retrieved at http://prairieclimatecentre.ca/2018/03/where-do-canadas-greenhouse-gas-emissions-come-from/

Ebikeme, Charles. “Eyes on the Environment” retrieved from https://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/eyes-on-environment/water_world/ April 9, 2021.

Incandescent light bulb, Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incandescent_light_bulb retrieved on April 9, 2021.

Adams, Gryphon, “How Does Changing the Light Bulbs Help the Environment?”, retrieved from SFGATE at https://homeguides.sfgate.com/changing-light-bulbs-environment-70834.html on April 9, 2021.

“Reduce Climate Change”, the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency retrieved from https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/climate.shtml on April 9, 2021

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2020/10/canada-one-step-closer-to-zero-plastic-waste-by-2030.html https://greatlakes.org/great-lakes-plastic-pollution-fighting-for-plastic-free-water/#:~:text=More%20than%2022%20million%20pounds,pieces%20known%20as%20%E2%80%9Cmicroplastics.%E2%80%9D

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2020/10/canada-one-step-closer-to-zero-plastic-waste-by-2030.html

https://www.ccme.ca/files/Resources/waste/plastics/CCME%20Phase%202%20Action%20Plan_En%20-%20external-Secured.pdf

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