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Workplace green time is a team building stress buster

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Parkgate Branch colleagues hiked to Quarry Rock after work. Left to right: Tim, James, John, Slavica, Sea, Naila and Michelle.

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

It's spring! Time for our annual 30X30 Nature Challenge, where participants commit to get into "the nature habit" by spending at least 30 minutes each day outside for 30 consecutive days. It's become a wildly popular national event that people across the country look forward to — especially after this year's brutal winter...

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Volunteers sing out solutions

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Erzsi and Emma at last year's MEC Paddlefest (Credit: Warren Springer)

By Jennifer Rodriguez, Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Four years ago, the Foundation had to turn down invitations to exhibitions and community events because we simply didn't have enough staff to attend them.

As with so much of our work, volunteers stepped up to solve the problem, and give us a greater presence in local communities.

At first we sent them off with a cardboard box of pamphlets, a banner and a tablecloth. As time passed, their ongoing feedback helped us create an interactive, personalized experience for members of the public visiting our booths.

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Microbeads are a sign of our plastic consumer madness

Science Matters | April 23, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: watersshannon05 via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the water and fish in the Great Lakes? The cormorants that nest along the shore? The coral reefs that provide refuge and habitat for so much ocean life? Are they worth the oceans that give us half the oxygen we breathe, or the myriad other creatures the seas support?

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Canada deserves a better budget

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On April 21, the Government of Canada unveiled its 2015 budget. Despite being over 500 pages long, it comes up short on protecting the people and places we love.

We took some time to go through the budget and pick out some announcements (and omissions) worth sharing.

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How to establish "green" house rules

Queen of Green | April 18, 2015 | 13 comments
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Kids are never too young to contribute to "green" house rules. (Credit: Kelly Woods)

Are you the eco-friendliest person in your home? I am.

Family members can be the hardest to "green" — I know and I'm paid to do this!

Comment on this blog with how you successfully "greened" a family member. The entire Queen of Green community (and I) can try it, too.

You'll also be entered to win up to a $100 prize package of sustainable goodies (e.g., a recycled textile area rug, rechargeable batteries, a stainless steel coffee pot or LED nightlight) donated by IKEA Canada (@IKEACanada)! (Draw date: May 21, 2015.)

When the world needs us to recycle less, use hankies, cloth diapers and nontoxic deodorant, and get into nature, how do you get your loved ones to buy in?

Step one: Appreciate that most people are doing their best (and value the same things you do)!

Step two: Host a family meeting to create new house rules.

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Vancouver's oil spill: Damage in the water

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By Theresa Beer, communications specialist

As Vancouver cleans up from the bunker fuel spill in its harbour, fingers are pointing at who was responsible for the slow and confusing response. This spill happened in ideal weather conditions and in the backyard of the coast's best-equipped response location. One can only imagine the impacts — for people, wildlife and habitats — of larger amounts of oil in less ideal weather conditions.

Vancouver's harbour is a relatively rich ecological area with migrating and permanent birdlife. April is an especially important time for many birds. Trained volunteer oiled-wildlife first responders are helping at least 30 oil-covered birds, and more damage is expected. If past spills are any indication, we can expect impacts on marine life and habitats from the toxic leftovers to continue for decades.

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China's disastrous pollution problem is a lesson for all

Science Matters | April 16, 2015 | 1 comment
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(Credit: Mirco Gugnoni via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Beijing's 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for more elaborate, filtered respirators. Cancer has become the leading cause of death in the city and throughout the country.

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