Thames Region Ecological Association

Taking Individual Responsibility for Climate Change

TREA Offers New Series of How-To Workshops

Ava Thompson

The Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA) has been educating Londoners on how they can protect the environment since the 1980s.

As the City of London continues to develop a Climate Emergency Action Plan, TREA is hosting a series of ‘how-to’ workshops to encourage community members to take personal action on climate change. 

Making your own solar hot water air collector, learning how to compost, and discussing small wind and solar energy options are just a few of TREA’s new how-to workshop topics. Beginning tomorrow at Cherryhill Library, TREA will continue to provide workshops at London's public libraries for free throughout March and April. Their next series beginning in May and June will focus on building a greenhouse and community gardens, and other hands-on topics.

While the City of London is one of the few Ontario cities left to incorporate initiatives such as green-bins, TREA wants Londoners to take personal responsibility for climate change, as climate activism becomes a proactive choice for community members and students alike.

Energy-efficient choices not only help the environment, but they can also help homeowners who will receive lower hydro bills. 

In a society centered on information-sharing and accessibility, it will become increasingly difficult to turn a blind eye to our individual footprints.

TREA President Diane Szoller says “it's time to re-address climate change awareness,” especially when it comes to re-imagining the conversation in an increasingly urban and contemporary society.

Yet, the responsibility lies beyond TREA volunteers and community members. It involves Western students as well. 

At the end of second semester, London is consistently hit with piles of waste left behind by students. Also, weekly garbage collection hardly runs smoothly, leaving a mess behind from student’s poor littering habits. Unsanctioned events like ‘FOCO’ are huge contributors to the issue.

For Western students, it’s important to recognize that a lot of waste management mitigation strategies performed by TREA can only go so far. As London is a university city, the Western community has a responsibility to educate themselves on how to respect our shared environment. 

Be sure to check out TREA’s workshop schedule here!