Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Knowing Your Place. (Saving Place)

Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Knowing Your Place. (Saving Place)

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Want to get to know your home better? Then this is the quiz for you. If you can answer all these questions, you deserve a prize for awareness of your local environment and community. And if you are not sure, some sources of information are suggested below each set of questions.

WASTE

Where does your garbage go?

What is done with materials you put into your recycling box?

Where does hazardous waste generated in your community go?

Sources of information: municipal public works offices, local environmental groups.

WILDLIFE

Can you name 25 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees and plants in your local environment?

Which ones are native to your area? Which ones are endangered or threatened? Which ones are thriving?

Which bird species are migratory and which are resident year-round?

Sources of information: local conservation groups, bird watching associations, links at Canadian Nature Federation and .

FOOD

What opportunities are there for you to grow food locally in your neighbourhood?

How long is the growing season in your area?

Where did the food on your dinner plate last night come from?

How far is this from where you live?

What are your local sources of organic food (which should be contaminant, pesticide, and GMO free)?

Sources of information: Local food security groups and food co-ops, local nature groups, local grocers, , .

WATER

Which watershed do you live in?

When you turn on the tap, where does the water come from -- a lake, a river, groundwater?

When you flush the toilet, to which body of water does the water go? Sources of information: municipal public works offices, local environmental groups.

BUILDINGS

What building materials commonly used in your region come from local sources? …

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