During these unprecedented times, we believe it is more important than ever to engage and uplift the environmental community. And thankfully, there are still many ways people can learn about and connect with the environment, while following the MLHU's measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Our network member organizations are working hard to deliver their content and events in alternative ways. Be sure to visit our events calendar for upcoming online events.
In the meantime, the London Environmental Network has curated these resources to connect you to the local environmental community during COVID-19:
Changes to Recycling & Garbage Collection
The City of London has made updates on their recycling and garbage collection services - read the full service updates here.
Updates from London Transit Commission
Updates on routes, monthly passes, practicing social distancing, and boarding modifications for LTC services - read the full update here.
List of Parks & Outdoor Spaces Open & Closed
Updates on outdoor spaces and conservation authorities that are open/closed to the public - read the list here. Learn how to safely go outside during the outbreak here.
ReForest London's "Seeds to Forest: Home School Edition" program shares nature-based activities for K-8 children in a weekly newsletter! Click here to subscribe.
Thames Talbot Land Trust "What is it Wednesdays" - identify wildlife from the photo, video, or sounds that Thames Talbot Land Trust shares each Wednesday. Click here.
Wild Child Outdoor Playgroup is sharing crafts, storytelling videos, and a "Name that WILD CHILD Space" challenge on their social media! Click here.
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority "#utrcaNature Challenge" - introduces a new nature challenge each day at 10am. Click here.
Carolinian Canada's In the Zone Program - register your garden and become a community leader!
Build a Rain Garden - The City of London has some great resources for building a rain garden on your property to enhance water quality. Learn more on their website here.
Create a Pollinator Garden - Why not make your garden friendly for our urban pollinators too? Check out Pollinator Pathways Project's Plant Guide and add your garden to the pollinator pathway map in London!
Online Cooking Classes
Growing Chefs! Ontario is hosting a free virtual kids cooking class on April 22nd, the theme of this class is: CARROTS! This class is designed for participants ages 9-13. Younger participants are encouraged to participate, but may require more hands-on assistance.
Garden Activities for Kids
Visit kidsgardening.org for over 50 hands-on gardening activities for all ages, using supplies you already have in your home! Themes include: garden crafts, indoor gardening, wildlife, edible gardens, and more.
London Cycle Link's Bike Art Contest for Kids
Make a picture showing how biking makes you feel, what biking lets you do, what biking means to you! Prizes will be given for the following age categories: 3-5 years old; 6-10 years old; 11-13 years old; 14-17 years old. You could win a T-shirt, a tune-up, AND we’ll publish your artwork on our website and social media!
To Enter: send a clear photo of your artwork to London Cycle Link at [email protected], including the name and age of the artist. Our expert panel of parents, teachers, cyclists and artists will determine the winners. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 30, 2020!
FREE Online Courses
- In addition to sharing practical gardening tips on their blog, London Middlesex Master Gardeners has access to free "Master Gardener: Vegetable Gardening" courses online!
- Ducks Unlimited - Wetlands 101: An Introduction to Boreal Wetlands
- Think Resilience - Self-Directed Think Resilience Course
- EDX - Sustainable Development: Solutions and Trends
- Courseera - The Age of Sustainable Development
Environmental Apps for your Phone:
Calculate your Climate Impact Here
Discover your carbon footprint in five minutes using Project Neutral's calculator here. Then, choose a personalized action to start taking climate action today! From transportation, home energy, travel, and food choices, there are plenty of small to large changes we can make for a better planet.
Car vs. Bike Calculator
How much money would you save? How many years might you add on to your life? By how much would you reduce carbon dioxide emissions? Find out using Omni's Car vs Bike Calculator in just 5 minutes!
Community Garden Advocacy Win!
The Government of Ontario has recently amended its emergency orders to permit the use of community gardens, after major advocacy efforts from Sustain Ontario, organizations, and individuals across the province. These gardens are an essential source of fresh food for some individuals and families, including those who face food insecurity. See the official release from the Ontario Government here and read the news coverage on London Free Press here.
Here are some articles that are inspiring us right now to shift to a more sustainable society, during and after COVID-19:
- There is no environmental 'silver lining' to COVID-19: only choices for a more equitable and sustainable future - Toronto Environmental Alliance
- A Soft Reset for Humankind - Luis Patricio
- And So It Begins: World’s 11th-Biggest Economy Pitches Renewable Energy For COVID-19 Recovery - Clean Technica
- Community Values Must Inform Post-COVID Rebuilding - The Energy Mix
- London environmental leaders begin 10-year journey to carbon-neutral homes - featuring London Environmental Network's own Skylar and Marianne!
- We could power a new green movement by talking about energy change - The Conversation
FREE Rides for Essential Workers - Big Bike Giveaway and Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op have teamed up to give out free bicycles to low-income essential workers. Share with your friends or apply online here.
Urban League of London - Neighbourhood Pods
Find or start your own neighbourhood pod to support your community through COVID-19. The Urban League of London is distributing free vegetable and wildflower seed packets when you start a pod! Learn more.
Local Community Groups
- Caremongering London (Facebook Group) - connecting people and sharing resources through COVID-19
- The London Spirit (Facebook Page) - sharing messages of support to front line workers
- OEV Community Exchange - group to share resources and services for community members in Old East Village
Local Delivery Services
- Reimagine Co - Zero waste cleaning and bathroom essentials, with free delivery in London for orders over $25.
- On the Move Organics - Local, organic food delivery service with many zero waste options!
- Heeman's - shop for your gardening supplies and flowers online, and choose from curb-side pick up or delivery options.
For information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) visit:
- Government of Canada
- Government of Ontario
- Middlesex London Health Unit
- How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Do you have an environmental resource you'd like us to add to this list? Email us at [email protected] with the link!