Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

sustainable habits

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This clever sticker was made by a UK company called Hu2 designs.

They offer “sustainable habit reminders” Stickers to place around your light switches.

This is a great idea for homes, schools and workplaces.

They are an online store

Hu2 was also nominated by Treehugger for the 2010 “Best of Green” award for Design and Architecture.

They are official members of the WWF UK and all their stickers are PVC free.

Along with the many great wall stickers are some other fun artistic touches you can add to your home

like this. . .

Toilet Monster Hu2 Designs

Toilet Monster Hu2 Designs

China bans plastic bags

I just read a post on another blog about China’s voluntary ban on plastic bags.

It has been one year since China made giving bags away for free illiegal.  Stores are forced to sell bags at whatever price the market will allow.

A report published in Science Daily suggests that China has already reduced it’s plastic bag consumption by 50%!!

That is a reduction in the use of one time disposable plastic bags by half, without enforcement!  Still more can be done in the future to reduce the use of plastic bags.

China is leading the way, and showing what is possible.

Banning plastic bags raises awareness about the disastrous environmental impact plastic bags have on the environment.

This is proof that once motivated,  people will make better choices.

image from TreeHugger

image from TreeHugger

A truly green Christmas tree

Many people are turning away from the petroleum based artificial trees that, just a generation ago, seemed like the most environmentally friendly option available.

If you are looking for an Eco Friendly option for a Christmas tree this year I recommend checking out this local company. Evergrow Christmas Tree Company.

Evergrow Christmas Tree Co was started by two UBC forestry grads, and specialise in delivering live trees to people who want a greener option for the holiday season.

I first learned about this option in May when I was volunteering at EPIC, the sustainable living expo held annually in downtown Vancouver.  I was in the “kids zone” as usual, making Christmas decorations with the kids!

Evergrow offers trees for homes, business and events. They even offer cut trees if you desire one bigger then 7 feet. The trees are grown locally and the cut one are collected and converted into biofuel. They will even lend you a tree stand and set it up if you wish. No more needles dropping, worrying about the tree dying up or  what to do with it after the 26th.

If you order online you can save 10%  So shop local, save a tree, and go really  green this Christmas!

evergrow tree at EPIC 2010

evergrow tree at EPIC 2010

Water planet

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Eco blogs and websites around the world are reporting on the climate talks wrapping up today in Cancun, Mexico.

World leaders have gathered for the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16) and the Sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP6).

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Canada is falling short of the measures set out in Kyoto and with the United States refusal to accept the treaty, the progress is slow going.  Even with dialogue between the two nations continuing Canada is one of the worst offending countries when it comes to CO2 emissions.

Many countries would like  the Kyoto Protocol to be extended and built upon. The present agreement expires in 2012, with little over one year until then, the movement needs a solid action plan in place.

Island nations are on the font lines of the Global Warming disaster. They are not the only ones who face catastrophic consequences if climate change is not stopped, they have the unfortunate role of  “the canary in the coal mine.”

A Canadian activist group called Evolve Love have live coverage of the meeting and their reporting indicates a strong activist presence at the talks.  Some  groups represented there are the Youth Climate Action Network, The Indigenous Environmental Network, and the people from 350.org

Will the world leaders have the courage to make this a priority? Switching to renewable energy, creating green jobs, and implementing stringent environmental protection laws is the only way to achieve the goals of these treaties and accords.

The Evolve Love promotional material asks how we can see the climate crisis as a love story?

The answer is, it’s up to each of us.

Are we willing to make the changes we need ?  The wealthiest nations have the power in our hands.

Make a change.


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Black Friday – Buy nothing day

bnd2010-blackThis Friday, November 26th, the day after American Thanksgiving, is commonly refereed to as Black Friday. In the United States it is the biggest shopping day of the year!  It is also known as BUY NOTHING DAY,  internationally its on November 27th.

The reason for this day is simple, to make people question their consumption.

We live in a time of such abundance never before witnessed in modern history. Our ever increasing appetite for the newest gadget, most convenient meal, and more of everything, has contributed to an ever larger toll on planet earth.

As we approach another holiday season, let us hope that we can share it with people we love. Spend time doing things that bring us joy and marvel at the miracles that are around us everyday.  We live in an enchanting time, if we just take a break from trying to achieve something, get somewhere, or  buy something else,  we can just relax and let it be.

Taken at the Royal City Farmers Market Summer 2010

Taken at the Royal City Farmers Market Summer 2010

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I saw the above picture today on facebook and had to add it to this post! Amazing!

3000 students and teachers at the Ryan International School in New Delhi ask world leaders to not ignore the “elephant in the room” — climate change.

The team at 350.org have inspired  people around the world to create art that is visible from space.

This picture is only the latest in a series of large art instillation’s that have been developed around the world to draw attention to the issues of climate change.

This photo was the most recent example of the 350 EARTH event in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It’s the image of a person standing on the roof of their house as waves threaten to submerge it. This is the view from 300 miles above the earth.

As another  UN Climate talk is set to  begin next week in Cancun, the  message to global leaders is  that the time to act on climate change is now. We do not have time to waste!

You can see more pictures here

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World Toilet Day November 19th

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Today, November 19th is designated as World Toilet Day

2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, which risks their health, strips their dignity, and kills 1.8 million people, mostly children, a year.

Even in the world’s wealthiest countries people still have toilet problems – from unhygienic public toilets to sewage disposal that destroys our waterways.

This topic is not glamorous, but the fact is this basic necessity  most of us take for granted in the developed world is not available for close to one third of the worlds population! Today in the year 2010 this is a fact.

In many  major cities in North America, even  here in Vancouver the issues of public toilets has been dealt with in some efficient and creative ways.

There are now public toilets on the streets, in small self contained steel boxes, these toilets are automated, washed after each use and open automatically after 12 minutes. They are free, and some are wheelchair accessible.

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The Big Squat is an event that asks people to squat for one minute to help raise awareness for World Toilet Day.   People need access to proper sanitation and clean water now.

This campaign is about  helping people gain dignity, and helping the planet at the same time.

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More then 20 000 dolphins and porpoises are slaughtered each year off the coast of Japan.
Take Part is a website that highlights issues of animal rights, environmental protection, poverty and social justice issues.

Visit this site and learn more about the movie The Cove which documents this heart breaking travesty that is occurring everyday under the noses of the people of Japan and the world.

Animals do not belong in captivity, No Whales In Captivity is another organisation that aims to educate people and liberate mammals that are used as circus performers the world over.

Surely in the 21st  century we can decide that animals are worthy of respect and deserve to live their lives in freedom.

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