Be kind. Be patient. #BeWell

The world has changed in extraordinary ways over the last few weeks. And with it, nearly every aspect of our lives.

There is uncertainty. We are worried, anxious, at times afraid.

But in the midst of the unprecedented upheaval caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are also seeing the best of our shared humanity.

From the front line workers putting in long, hard days to keep us safe, to citizens stepping up to make the sacrifices needed for their neighbours’ and our most vulnerable people’s sake, to the groups and individuals leading new ways to connect in times of social isolation — we are seeing a collective pull toward a more caring society.

We are seeing hope. We are seeing determination.

Determination to get through this pandemic together. And determination to come out of it with households, neighbourhoods, communities and a province that is more resilient, interconnected, fair, and better prepared to ensure the safety, security, and well being of all.

The Conservation Council welcomes this opportunity to re-imagine our society, the ways we are dependent on one another, and the responsibilities we have to each other. And as we get through this and look toward recovery and rebuilding, we’d like to share with you some ways that you can stay healthy, positive, and begin the journey to a more resilient environment, economy, and province.

#BeWell

Plant a garden

Few things are more therapeutic than sinking your hands into fresh earth. Want to grow more of your own food, but not sure how or where to start? Here are some resources to get your started.

Click here for a great guide from our Dr. Louise Comeau on getting started growing your own food. (Plus, read this feature article on Dr. Comeau’s homestead in Keswick Ridge, N.B.)

Looking for seeds? Here are some local and regional options: NB Seed Growers Co-op; Rainbow Seeds; Sun Nurseries; Veysey’s;

Click here for a helpful article about how the food we eat affects the climate.

Looking to buy more local food in the meantime? Click here to use our free BuyLocalNB directory, a searchable database with more than 500 local producers in New Brunswick.

You can also support local food by supporting pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies. Click here to learn about planting a pollinator-friendly garden. 

Connect with nature

It’s important for our physical and mental health to spend time outdoors during this period of social distancing (practicing physical distancing measures, of course).

Our Learning Outside team has a wealth of resources to help or your family connect with nature while having fun and learning a bit about our wondrous outdoors. Check out their website here, which also includes tips for setting up an outdoor learning space for your kids, and educational colouring sheets about NB’s amazing ecosystems.

Further reading for a re-imagined world

You’ve worked your hands in some fresh soil, maybe put a little extra caulking around those draughty windows — now you want to curl up, get comfy, and read for a bit. The following links are blogs, reports, and articles from our website, many dealing with the question on most of our minds today: how do we build a better, safer, secure world?

Click here to read our powerpoint on communicating and connecting during COVID-19.

Click here to read our June 2019 report about how climate change is already affecting the physical and mental health of New Brunswickers.

Click here to read an article summarizing the findings of our climate and health report.

Click here to learn about how taking action on climate change will make our communities healthier places to live.

Click here to watch our webinar with Dr. Louise Comeau on how to talk to friends, family and colleagues about climate change and controversial topics such as carbon pricing.

Click here to read Dr. Comeau’s powerpoint presentation on talking about climate change.

Click here for Climate Outreach’s #TalkingClimate Handbook: how to have conversations about climate change

Click here for tips from the UK-based Guardian newspaper on how to talk about climate change with friends, family and colleagues who see the world differently.

Click here to read our five-part series, After the flood: how climate change and the extreme weather it’s fueling affect New Brunswickers’ physical and mental health

Spread the word!

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