New West Film Fest 2015!

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  November 5th – 7th at the Landmark Cinemas

at The New Westminster Skytrain Station

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 New West Film Fest Website

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Today is the day we Decide

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Fracking explained

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Do the Math- the movie

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Bill McKibben  is the founder of  350.org .

In this short film he makes it very clear what has to happen; people need to “do the math” and make changes!

Sweater Day 2014 -for the environment!

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This year February 6th  will be  “National Sweater Day”  supported by the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF)

In an effort to demonstrate the power of  individual actions equalling one big statement, dozens of retailers including grocery giant Loblaw have agreed to participate by lowering their stores temperatures by 3 degrees and wearing a sweater instead.

Wearing a sweater is a symbolic way people can participate in the ongoing dialogue about energy conservation and personal consumption.

Office workers, businesses and schools alike are encouraged to  book a call from granny to be reminded about the big event.

By wearing the ugly sweater from the back of your closet you can help too.  There are prizes to be won, so spread the word and  sign up!

Take action, its easy and fun,  and you really can make a difference!

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Call to action – January 14th 2013

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Defend Our Coast – October 22 2012

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Defend our Coast was a political action that united  thousands of people.  On October 22 2012  people from across Canada gathered at the Victoria Parliament buildings to send a message.

5000 people risked arrest to say NO to the tar sands in Alberta, the pipeline to our coast, and super tankers off our shores.

Here are some pictures I took there that day;

  

“if we do nothing it will all be gone”

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Shallow Waters

These are the words of Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a ten year old North Vancouver First Nations girl. She, along with her singing coach, wrote this moving song in protest of the proposed Enbridge Pipelines One pipeline would carry 525,000 barrels per day of Alberta tar sands crude oil westward to a new oil tanker port at Kitimat. The other would carry condensate – a lighter petroleum product used to dilute bitumen – eastward for use in transporting the tar sands crude oil.

The Alberta Tar Sands are the world’s dirtiest industrial project. It is also the largest  single source of Greenhouse Gas on the planet. Greenpeace and the environmental activist group Wilderness Committee have spoken up against the plans of mega corporation Enbridge. Bringing hundreds of tankers to the pristine coastal shores of British Columbia has the potential to be devastating. There is no way to ensure the safety of these oil tankers and the billions of dollars of damage, not to mention the loss of animal and marine life would be insurmountable.

Exporting raw crude oil to refineries over seas will lead to a loss of national energy security, and Canadian jobs.

The Coast Salish people have already said they do not approve of this pipeline. Ta’Kaiya’s sings that “if we do nothing it will all be goneShe is referring to our natural heritage, clean water and air, she is right.

The powerful oil industry has its plans, and is responsible to its stock holders first and the environment last. It is up to each of us;  Canadians, Environmentalist around the world, People who care about clean water,air, and marine life, as well as the health of the planet. Now is the time for us to be heard.

Say “no tanks and join with others who want to help create a sustainable future.

One young girl has tried to make a difference. She will inspire others to action. We all have a voice, choose to use it and help stop the pipelines and oil tankers and protect the worlds coasts.

World-o-meters

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I just found this site called Worldometers, made by the Real Time Statistics Project.

This site keeps a running total of many fascinating and frightening statistics! Ever-changing World Population, Government Economic, Social media, Environment, Water and Energy Use and types. The project is constantly recalculating data.

Find out how much money is spent on video games in the world today. Or how much energy was used and the source of that energy. Ever wonder how many news papers were circulated today?  It also keeps a running total of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year, in tons.  You can even learn how much Desertification happened this year ( in hectares) and how many days to”end of oil!”

There is even a section with “statistics of the month” like these


The numbers are surprising and sobering.

Originally published December 2010

Green washing

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The “Greener Living” headline on the cover of the local Metro newspaper today caught my attention. It turned out to be an add sponsored by a bottled water company!

The paper included a four page insert that features tips about Zero Waste, stories about things like Extended  Producer responsibility and the environment.  I was bemused and a little annoyed to read that “Metro has partnered with Dasani to “teach Canadians about  Choices” Really?

Clever marketing schemes like this disguise the truth, and while I appreciate the fact that some information in this ad is actually factual, the bigger story is the  Green Washing of this product.

Most people are aware of the environmental catastrophe that has resulted from the bottled water industry. Companies like Dasani (owned by Coca-Cola) want to green their image and help ease consumer concerns by creating plastic bottles made out of plant materials instead of the traditional petroleum plastics. The fact is that we are facing a food crisis, we are also dealing with a global garbage disaster, with a major source of the this garbage being disposable water bottles.(plastic or otherwise)

1 second — that’s 90,000 bottles per minute

From the reuseit site;

Fast Facts on Disposable Bottles

  • 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were thrown away in one year (2008).
  • Tap water is cleaner, cheaper and healthier than store-bought water.
  • 60 billion single-use drink containers were purchased in 2006, and 3 out of 4 were thrown out directly after use.
  • Plastic bottles are among the most prevalent source of pollution found on our beaches.

Understandably  water bottle companies are now taking a new approach and turning to non petroleum based plastic for the bottles.  This does not stop consumers from throwing them away.

Bottled water has been proven to be less regulated then public drinking water, it is more expensive and  destructive to the environment, from the natural disruption in water flow at the source through the manufacturing and transporting of the water itself. It carries a large carbon footprint.

Single use items and products made to sooth our conscious, without long term thoughts about the impact these products have on our planet and sustainability are just a ploy to confuse matters.

Using Sugar cane Ethanol From Brazil is suppose to give us all a happy kumbaya feeling about this choice, but it leaves a bad taste behind.

When we choose to turn food into fuel, packaging, or anything other then nourishment, while millions of people around the world,(especially in places like Brazil) don’t have enough to eat each day it is not responsible. The production of sugar cane entails mono-cropping, the extensive use of pesticides, and perpetuates poverty.  We have to question the ethics here, and the reality of what choosing to support this product really means.

It is not just another choice. The reality of the matter is this;  if we  support products that harm the people and the planet we will all be forced to deal with the consequences.