Activate Your Learning about Robinson Huron Treaty (RHT) Work as an Ally

Hello / Salut / Annin With this blog, I invite you to activate your learning about Robison Huron Treaty (RHT) work as an ally, particularly if you have a connection to the territory. I grew up as a second generation settler in Sudbury, also know as N’Swakamok in Anishnabemowin, meaning “Where the three roads meet”,Continue reading “Activate Your Learning about Robinson Huron Treaty (RHT) Work as an Ally”

A 2022 Highlight: Climate-aware activation at Don Heights Unitarian

As the end of 2022 approaches, I’m taking some time to reflect on this past year and express my gratitude for the many opportunities I’ve had to connect with others who are feeling, thinking, and learning about the climate crisis and taking action for a more just climate future. One of the highlights of myContinue reading “A 2022 Highlight: Climate-aware activation at Don Heights Unitarian”

Growing the Circular Cities Movement Through Cultivating Creative Climate Communication

For Canada’s inaugural Circular Economy Month this October 2022, I’m repurposing and updating my blog post about circular cities and creative climate communication, originally published in August 2021. Speaking of creative climate communication, I invite you to check out last week’s blog post celebrating Canada’s 21st Waste Reduction Week (October 17th-October 23rd) where I introduced a new 3Rs Workout!Continue reading “Growing the Circular Cities Movement Through Cultivating Creative Climate Communication”

3Rs Workout for Waste Reduction Week

Introduction Did you know that it’s Canada’s 21st Waste Reduction Week this Monday October 17th-Sunday October 23rd? Waste Reduction Week is one of 4 program themes for Canada’s inaugural Circular Economy Month this October 2022. In celebration of Waste Reduction Week, I’m introducing a new Embodied Climate Justice Fitness (ECJF) activation video focused on theContinue reading “3Rs Workout for Waste Reduction Week”

Working Out in a Warming World: A Climate-aware Fitpro’s Recommended Reading for Critical Reflection, Learning from Sports, and Supporting Climate Justice

As a climate-aware fitpro, I’m regularly reading about climate justice issues and reflecting on the relevance of fitness in a climate emergency. For me, “working out in a warming world” has a double meaning: it is both about exercising with the awareness that we are, as Britt Wray writes, “in the midst of an escalatingContinue reading “Working Out in a Warming World: A Climate-aware Fitpro’s Recommended Reading for Critical Reflection, Learning from Sports, and Supporting Climate Justice”

“Living in Indigenous Sovereignty” Poetry Walk: The Self-Guided Edition

This self-guided edition of the “Living in Indigenous Sovereignty” Poetry Walk invites you to explore themes of Indigenous sovereignty and truth, justice and reconciliation through the poetry of five Indigenous authors and two non-Indigenous authors. This post also serves as an archival presentation of the poetry walk lead by me, Anna Nieminen, in Scarborough-Agincourt onContinue reading ““Living in Indigenous Sovereignty” Poetry Walk: The Self-Guided Edition”

Earth Day 2022: #FitnessDeclares a Climate Emergency

This Earth Day 2022 I declare that we are in a climate emergency! I call on Canadian fitness professionals and the Canadian fitness industry to declare a climate emergency with me #FitnessDeclares! As fitness instructors working in the era of a climate crisis, can we afford to compartmentalize our emotions and our lives? If weContinue reading “Earth Day 2022: #FitnessDeclares a Climate Emergency”

Activate Your Learning Series

With this climate-aware fitness series, I invite you to activate your learning by reviewing these 3 infographics about health, sustainability & equity paired with 3 symbolic movement breaks. 1. Active travel (walk on the spot/forward&back) 2. Building retrofits (squat) 3. Public transit (double step). Why not try the suggested movements, making any modifications you needContinue reading “Activate Your Learning Series”

Climate-aware Fitness and Mindfulness

As a group fitness professional with canfitpro certifications in Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) as well as Stress Resiliency, I often reflect on the role that both physical activity and mindfulness have in the management of stress and related physiological and emotional challenges such as anxiety. As a community member living and working in an urbanContinue reading “Climate-aware Fitness and Mindfulness”

‘Citizen Science’ Discoveries on a Utilitarian Walk in Scarborough-Agincourt

On Tues Oct 12, I attended the launch of a new report called “THE SCARBOROUGH OPPORTUNITY: A Comprehensive Walking and Cycling Network” authored by Professor Andre Sorensen and Human Geography students from the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Being a walking enthusiast from Scarborough, I read the report with interest on Wed Oct 13, alongContinue reading “‘Citizen Science’ Discoveries on a Utilitarian Walk in Scarborough-Agincourt”