Greening your NatureHood! A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.
I was born in Toronto, and grew up in its shadow in the small bedroom community of Milton, that today is Canada’s fastest growing city. Don’t get me wrong. I do admire Toronto’s multiculturalism, its neighbourhoods, its music scene and vibrancy. However, I’ve seen Toronto swallow up the cities and towns around it and become the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), only somewhat bridled by the natural boundaries of Lake Ontario, the Niagara Escarpment (which continues to provide it with aggregate), and the Oak Ridges Moraine. Now I live in Gatineau and work in Ottawa, but the Toronto-centric media makes one forget that Ontario is a big province with many distinctive cultures and ecologies. I can also see the result of… read more →