Take climate action!

Ecology North teamed up with illustrator, Alison McCreesh, to help you and your community mitigate and adapt to climate change. What climate actions can you check off today? Where can you make changes tomorrow? Print a copy and track your progress! Every big climate action starts with a small step. 

Thank you to the Government of Canada for supporting this project.

Community Sustainable Event Guide

Are you an events coordinator, volunteer, or event sponsor in the NWT?  

If so, this Community Sustainable Event Guide is for you! The guide gives practical advice on how to create less waste by making slight recommendations to typical the venues, waste disposal processes, and food and drink options that NWT events planners usually use. You can use this guide to help make all your private and public events, meetings, festivals, parades, races, and public assemblies more sustainable. 

Ecology North’s Sustainable Community Events Guide was created with thanks to funding from Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories. 

Renewable Energy Technologies in the NWT – Alternatives North

Alternatives North has written a report on how to best evaluate renewable energy technologies proposed in the Northwest Territories. Their document highlights 3 questions we, and the government, should be asking to ensure that we are tackling the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the NWT rather than focusing on the latest trend in renewable energy technologies.

One of their board members, Karen Hamre, gave a presentation on this topic as part of our 2021 Earth Week celebrations at Ecology North.

Click below to view the report and presentation slides:

Evaluating NWTs Renewable Energy Technologies Report

Earth Week 2021 Presentation Slides

Feature photo by Northwest Territories Power Corporation.

The Northern Building Retrofit Economy

This paper describes an ambitious but achievable program of accelerated energy efficiency retrofits, switching low-carbon fuels, and developing renewable energy resources. This program would reduce local air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, and would reduce GHG emissions by 121,000 tonnes of CO2e by 2030, taking the territories further toward its emissions reductions goals. It would save building owners a cumulative total of $120 million in utility bills by 2030 – a 9% return on investment – helping to reduce the cost of living.

Earth Week

Since 2008, Ecology North has established a tradition of organizing a week-long celebration around International Earth Day, which is held yearly on April 22nd. Ecology North hosts a wide variety of Earth-friendly programming, workshops and events each year in Yellowknife, as well as various communities over the years including Inuvik, Enterprise, Hay River, Kakisa, Fort Simpson, and Lutsel K’e in the NWT.

As per tradition, Ecology North also coordinates the Coffee House Live & Silent Auction as our annual fundraising event.

For more details on the next Earth Week event, please check out the calendar of events page on our website.

Species at Risk Teacher Guides

Teacher guides and resources for Species at Risk in the NWT. These resources were developed with support from the NWT Species at Risk Secretariat.

More Species at Risk education resources can be found by visiting our sister site: NWT Science Focus.

Climate Action Training

Climate Action Training is a web-based education opportunity for NWT youth who are looking to gain knowledge, skills, and resources to help face the climate crisis.

Sessions were live-streamed throughout January and February, 2020 and included presentations from some of the North’s best climate leaders. This carbon free format also allows for participants to watch and re-watch the recorded live-streams. Recordings can be found below, or by clicking here.

Following the training, we will be supporting youth to take climate action in their communities.

Session 1 – Climate Change Science

This session provides a good overview of the science of climate change: why is it happening, how do we know, what are the main contributing sources, and how are climate predictions made. Thank you to presenters Jennifer Hickman, Casey Beel, and Neils Weiss for sharing their knowledge with participants.

Watch Climate Action Training Session 1 – Climate Change Science

Session 2 – Northern Impacts

Special thanks to Climate Change Adaptation Expert Brian Sieben, and Permafrost Scientist Ashley Rudy. This session was full of great visuals and lots of information about how climate change is impacting the north. Learn about coastal erosion, forest fires, flooding, emergency planning, with a special focus on permafrost.

Watch Climate Action Training Session 2 – Northern Impacts

Session 3 – Community Action

Aklavik’s Senior Administrative Officer, Fred Berens, gave an excellent presentation about what Aklavik has done to help reduce the community energy use and tackle climate change mitigation. Noeline Villebrun talked about how important it is for northern youth to take climate action. To conclude the session, Craig Scott’s presented on the huge variety of ways northern communities can, and must, adapt to the changing climate.

Watch Climate Action Training Session 3 – Community Action

Session 4 – Climate Activism – February 5th, 2020

We will have three young climate activists sharing their stories on the front-line. Join Ella Kokelj, Daniel T’Seleie and Ellen Gillies as they document their experiences making change and highlight opportunities to get involved in climate action.

Watch Climate Action Training Session 4 – Climate Activism

Session 5 – Effective Communication – February 12th, 2020 at 6pm MST

Join APTN photojournalist, Charlotte Morrit- Jacobs, and Our Time’s Thomas Gagnon Van Leeuwin who will share with you media training and knowledge about how to amplify your message. As well as how to effectively communicate climate messaging.

Watch Climate Action Training Session 5 – Effective Communication

Session 6 – Northern Leadership – Feb 19th, 2020 at 6pm MST

This session brings a hopeful message of how the north can, and must, take an active leadership role in climate action. Dr. Courtney Howard (an internationally renowned climate and health advocate) and Jordan Peterson (the Deputy Grand Chief of the Gwich’in Tribal Council and an outspoken advocate for climate solutions led by youth) lead us on a journey to discover how the NWT can, and should, take a place in the international climate sphere.

Watch Climate Action Training Session 6 – Northern Leadership

Guest Presentations

We work to bridge the gap between scientists and the public and have had a lot of fun hosting Speakers Nights with special guest scientists. Did you know that we have 8 species of bats in the NWT? Did you know that a 400 million year old fossil trackway was discovered in Hay River? Do you know how it feels to stand beside a life-size model of a whale? These events usually run once a month from October to March but come whenever we have funding or can catch hold of visiting scientists.

Keep an eye on the EN News for Speakers Nights announcements.

Backyard Composting

Previously a joint-project between the City of Yellowknife and Ecology North, the Backyard Composting Program is now housed under the City of Yellowknife’s Solid Waste Facility.

Backyard Composting is a fun way for residents to manage their organics recycling at home. Citizens directly benefit from their own efforts by producing valuable compost for their yards and gardens. The City benefits by reducing collection and management costs.

The City of Yellowknife continues to sell backyard composters at a subsidized rate of $35.

Please see the City’s website for details on how to contact the gatehouse about buying a composter:
City of Yellowknife Solid Waste Management

For tips on how to backyard compost please see the links below:
Backyard Composting North of 60
Northern Backyard Farming: Composting

Compost fun fact: George Washington, the United State’s first president, was also the nation’s first recognized composter. (Source: ASCP Journal)