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Chiropractic college plays outside for 30x30 workplace challenge

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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College staff doing some tai-chi over lunch.

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

This year, employees in more than 800 workplaces participated in the 30×30 Nature Challenge throughout the month of May. They spent 30 minutes outside every day, and posted photos of colleagues connecting with nature using the #natureiscalling hashtag and tagging @DavidSuzukiFDN.

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Liberals announce environmental platform

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(Credit: Alex Guibord via Flickr)

By Steve Kux, Climate & Clean Energy Communications & Research Specialist

The Liberal Party of Canada announced its environmental platform for the October federal election at a news conference in Vancouver on June 29. In formally announcing their environmental plans, the Liberals have set the bar for all other political parties in the coming months. The promises made the Liberals are outlined in detail at www.realchange.ca.

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Ode to a tree named Jessica

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Primary students at Nova Scotia’s Wentworth Consolidated Elementary School with their tree, Jessica.

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

This year's 30×30 Nature Challenge reached more than 700 Canadian classrooms from coast to coast to coast. In addition to their 30 days of outdoor activities, classes were asked to adopt a tree in their schoolyards and submit photos and stories to the Foundation. We received dozens of touching tree stories — it seemed impossible to pick just one!

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How to make a bee bath

Queen of Green | June 25, 2015 | Leave a comment
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A shallow plate, rocks and water is all you need. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

We all know that bees are busy. So it makes sense that they get thirsty!

But have you ever witnessed a bee watering hole? Now you can make one.

Fact is, bees are crash landers (like those other beneficial insects, ladybugs). Open water, like a creek or pond (even a bird bath) means bees risk drowning or being caught by predators — you've seen fish jumping out of water to catch yummy insects, right?

Prevent bee drowningsmake a bee bath! These three simple steps use ingredients already in your home. Your creation will also combat pests like aphids, because ladybugs that stop by for a sip will eat 'em!

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Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises

Science Matters | June 25, 2015 | 2 comments
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(Image credit: Kris Krug via Flickr)

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

Earth has existed for 4.5 billion years, humans for somewhere around 150,000. But in my brief lifetime — less than 80 years — human populations have exploded exponentially, from two billion to more than seven billion. In that short time, we've created consumer societies and decimated the planet's natural systems, used up resources, filled oceans with plastic and pollution, altered water cycles, and upset the Earth's carbon cycle, disrupting global climate systems.

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Young Artists in Action get creative for the environment

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(Credit: Peter Zhang)

By Winnie Hwo, Public Engagement Specialist

They called it Burgeon — an exhibition of 150 pieces of art and a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation by new Canadian youth at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design's Concourse Gallery on Granville Island in late May. The event raised $2,190.

Recently, Leon Luo, Sumi Li and Heidi Wang, the young artists who organized and worked for months to make Burgeon happen, met the recipients of their fundraising effort, David Suzuki Foundation staffers. The talented young artists and their supportive moms shared their love and support with staff and volunteers over lemon and carrot cakes, and were joined by MOSAIC senior manager Khim Tan and settlement worker Daisy Au, who connected the young artists with the David Suzuki Foundation.

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How to reuse silica gel packs

Queen of Green | June 22, 2015 | 15 comments
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To prevent mould and mildew, add a few silica gel packs to your tent bag or camping gear bin. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

Don't throw out silica gel packs found in vitamin bottles, packaging for electronics and leather goods — even seaweed snacks! Instead, reuse them to combat excess moisture in your home.

Watch this video to understand how silica dries things out.

Six ways to reuse silica gel packs

Spice it up

Do you get a workout shaking clumped chili or garlic powder? Toss silica gel packs into spice jars and sugar and salt containers.

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