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    Green Initiatives & Environmental History for: Manitoba

    Basic History

    Ten thousand years ago, the present geographical area of Manitoba was mainly inhabited by the local aboriginal tribes. The first corn farming activities started beside the Red river. In the year 1611, Henry Hudson was the first European to sail here and the bay became later known as Hudson Bay. After Sir Thomas Button arrived in the central and the southern part of Manitoba in 1612, the gradual arrival of the Britishers started in the area. Gradually the French followed the British and this was largely in the promotion of fur related trade. Finally, Great Britain took of this territory in 1763 and it was among the first agricultural-based community settlement.

    Environmental History

    Manitoba boasts of a Continental type of climate with a large presence of water bodies. Forests in the region consists of a variety of pine and cedar trees in the area. Conservation of forests helps in the development of modern wood based industries. As far as fauna is concerned, Manitoba is well known for its Polar bear, since it is also known as the "Polar Bear Capital". Apart from it there are also other animals like deer, wolves, mooses, Garter snakes which is found in large varieties followed by the Great Grey Owl. There are also about 140 species of different type of birds including the peregrine falcon. Availability of fishes like goldeye, trout and pike in local streams and rivers help in the commercialisation of fishing activities.

    Green Initiative

    The initiative taken by the residents and local government of Manitoba with respect to halting the ill-effects of climate change is praiseworthy. Being closed to the Artics they have realised that they will be the first among the affected for any kind of climatic disorder. Some of the green initiatives are primarily based on increasing the energy efficiency through promotion of green buildings also known as Hydro Buildings. Installation of geothermal pumps, use of biofuel and battery operated vehicles is being promoted for preserving the environment along with the promotion of using Non-Conventional energy resources. The agricultural sector is also using bio fertilisers for preserving the health of the soil.

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