Archive for November, 2009

Meatless Monday

Most people have heard about the connection between not eating meat and helping the environment.

Have you heard about Meatless Monday?  This is an international movement to get people to stop eating meat one day a week. It has been embraced all over the world.  The news media has picked up this story, schools, workplaces and families have all gotten on board to try alternatives and  help make a difference.

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The news has  run many stories about the connection to factory farming of animals (pigs) and the H1N1 Swine flu outbreak we are currently experiencing. There is no doubt that the unnatural lives that food animals live and the amount of diseases, antibiotics and hormones that are linked to animals raised in factory farms is alarming.

How can eating a plant based diet help the environment? Besides the amount of suffering and misery that would instantly stop, the pollution from animal waste, food grown for animals instead of people, energy to raise, kill, transport and process animals, would have a huge impact on the health of the planet.

There are a lot of places to turn to for alternative options. The top two are;

Earthsave is an organization that provides information and support to people who want to choose a plant based diet. This organization was stared by John Robbins, the son of Baskin Robbins, owner of the self-named ice cream empire.

PETA- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been around for 30 years. They have a lot of high profile spokes people, from Paul McCartney to Pamela Anderson. Their main focus is  in four areas, Factory farming, Fur farming, Animal testing, and animals in entertainment.

Choosing to “go vegetarian” or even VEGAN is a major shift in not only diet, but also lifestyle. It does not mean you must only eat beans, tofu or vegetables. There are thousands of recipes online and in the library and bookstores.

There are as many benefits to eating a plant based diet, even one day a week. Not only a healthier planet and  body, money savings and not participating in the pain and suffering of animals.

For whatever reason you choose to stop eating meat, it is a decision that will change your life forever, it will make a difference to the planet in numerous ways and it is a decision you will never regret.

We are the world

“We Are The World”, U.S.A. for Africa


There comes a time when we need a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on pretending day by day
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
We’re all a part of God’s great big family
And the truth – you know love is all we need

( CHORUS )
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Well, send’em you your heart
So they know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us
By turning stone to bread
And so we all must lend a helping hand

( REPEAT CHORUS )

When you’re down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we can fall
Well, well, well, let’s realise
That one change can only come
When we stand together as one

( REPEAT CHORUS AND FADE )

Bike to Work Week- Part 2 November 2 – 8th 2009!

Most people usually think of biking to work in the spring and summer.  There is now Bike to Work month as well as Bike to work week. The annual event is held each spring in Metro Vancouver, this year it was May 11 – 17th.  Not a lot of people know there is a second Bike to work week this week!

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) has dubbed November 2- 8th Bike to Work week.

From their website

Why bike to work? It just makes sense:

  • Beat the gridlock and get out of traffic. For many trips, biking is as fast as travelling by car or transit.
  • Get in shape. Your commute can be your exercise routine, and it’s great for your mental health, too.
  • Save money on car insurance and fuel.
  • Cut down on your personal greenhouse gas emissions. Our database will calculate the CO2 that you’d emit on the same trip by car.
  • Engage your community. Meet your neighbour

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The city of Vancouver has also made a great step forward in dedicating one lane of the Burrard bridge to bicycle traffic. It started as a pilot project more then six months ago and has been a great success. When municipal government listen to people and create an environment that is bike friendly everyone wins.

More bikes on the road means, less congestions in traffic, less pollution, healthier cities and people.  It is idea’s like these that will make all the difference in a world that is overcrowded with cars and smog.These initiatives are steps in the right direction.

Some excellent resources are available on the VACC website.

As well, check out the Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) website too. This organization offers innovative programs to highlight alternatives to car driving, like cycling, walking, car pooling and using public transportation.

Each step you take to lessen your reliance on cars and turn to alternative methods to get around will have a profound effect on you and the world you live in.

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