A team of local fishers raised $225,000 in four years for cancer patients at B.C. Children's Hospital by selling folks the humble, but delicious, herring.Continue reading »
Watching ice is not like watching paint dry. And the world needs more ice watchers.
Whatever your high school science grade, volunteer to be a citizen scientist!
Contribute to global warming in a good way — by adding to scientific understanding about it.
Note the freeze and thaw dates of lakes and rivers in your community to help monitor the effects of climate change on the Canada you love. And recruit that neighbour, uncle or your Grandma who has scribbled with pencil on the calendar for years each time the water they watch freezes and breaks up.Continue reading »
Our ancestors may not have called themselves "citizen scientists" or organized to collect data for scientific inquiry, but they were keen observers of the natural world. Their survival often depended on being able to tease apart nature's complexity — where to find game and when to sow seeds, collect berries and prepare for winter or bad weather.
But our modern, technology-obsessed lives increasingly divorce us from nature, with consequences for our health and well-being. Numerous studies now remind us of what we know intuitively: Spending time in nature makes us feel better — helping with depression, attention deficit disorder, recall and memory, problem-solving and creativity. People who spend more time outside are also physically healthier.Continue reading »
Your "foodprint" — the choices you make about what you eat — can make as big a difference for the environment as how you get around.
This fall, a team of Queen of Green coaches are helping a community of Canadian families go from ordinary to extraordinary when it comes to eating more sustainably. You read how they tackled waste. Prepare to be inspired as they reduce their foodprints during Module 2 (of 4)! (Go ahead, be a copycat.)
Meet Renu, Tom and son, Coen, of B.C.
Renu aims to do:
- More home cooking
- Fine-tune composting
- Grow more food
- She courageously advocated for healthier choices at her son's daycare and tries hard to provide edibles without packaging when it's her day to contribute.
Thanks Queen of Green Coach Cynthia for offering meaningful things to do!Continue reading »
It's become a cliché to say that out of crisis comes opportunity. But there's no denying that when faced with crises, we have choices. The opportunity depends on what we decide to do.
What choices will we make when confronted with the fact that 2014 will likely be the hottest year on record? According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global land and sea temperatures up to September's end tie this year with 1998 as the warmest since record keeping began in 1880. "If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest year on record," a NOAA statement says.
My two-year-old loves to pick up garbage — cigarette butts, plastic wrappers, paper coffee cups, etc.
And although my first reaction was to get upset — because it's dirty and gross — I can't, because I taught him!
If I say "That's garbage!" he gets a look of determination and responsibility. He picks up said disgusting, used, dirty you-name-it and marches off to a trash can.
This is a good thing, right? If he doesn't pick it up, who will?
My neighbourhood Starbucks and Dairy Queen don't send out garbage pickers, city garbage collectors only deal with bins, paper cup and cigarette manufacturers are nowhere to be found... That leaves you, me and my toddler.Continue reading »
Wanting Qu came to Canada 14 years ago as a 16-year-old international student from Harbin, China. Today, she is an award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter, managed by Nettwerk Music Group co-founder Terry McBride.
Even though she has a larger fan base in Asia than Canada, Wanting chose to make her home in Vancouver. She just completed international and cross-North America tours.. But she is not taking any rest. When she is not creating new music, in both English and Mandarin, she is doubling as Tourism Vancouver's first tourism ambassador to China. In promotional videos, Wanting travels Vancouver and the province, showcasing the region's natural beauty and seafood.
On Sunday, November 9, Wanting will embark on another mission, as a guest performer at the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Tour at the Orpheum. Wanting will perform her hit song, "You Exist in My Song", which has been viewed more than 27 million times on YouTube.Continue reading »