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How to connect kids with nature

Queen of Green | August 31, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Increase time in nature and take what you normally do inside and do it outside — eat and read! (Credit:Brendon Purdy)

Too many of us treat time outdoors like it's dessert, something only to indulge in once chores are finished and the "to do" list is done (like that ever happens...). Vitamin "N" (for "nature") is essential for healthy human function.

Science shows a daily dose of Vitamin "N" (time outdoors) helps:

  • Moderate the effect of stressful events (e.g., switching daycares, moving, divorce, etc.)
  • Improve cognitive function, self-discipline and resilience under stress
  • Improve impulse control and boost immune function
  • Reduce obesity, stress and the incidence of clinical depression
  • Improve academic performance
  • Decrease blood sugars
  • Make people more generous
  • Lower rates of aggression
  • Combat loneliness

What pill, vitamin, or energy drink can do all that?

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Fill out the Alberta climate survey and protect your health!

Photo: Fill out the Alberta climate survey and protect your health!

Credit: Beth Allan via Flickr

By Gideon Forman, Climate and Transportation Policy Analyst

The Province of Alberta is asking citizens to help fight climate change by filling out a Climate Leadership Survey.

Participation takes only a few minutes. By completing it you can help reduce carbon pollution and improve the health of Albertans.

The survey seeks your opinion on several questions, but the most important are about a phase-out of coal-fired electricity, a new carbon tax and increased use of renewable energy. The David Suzuki Foundation has long supported these ideas, and we hope you will too.

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A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

Science Matters | August 27, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: City of Toronto via Flickr)

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

If a home is not cleaned and cared for, it will become rundown and less habitable or even unlivable. It's no different with our broader surroundings, from the immediate environment to the entire planet.

If we disconnect from the natural world, we become disconnected from who we are — to the detriment of our health and the health of the ecosystems on which our well-being and survival depend.

Understanding that we're part of nature and acting on that understanding makes us healthier and happier, and encourages us to care for the natural systems around us. A growing body of science confirms this, including two recent studies that explore the ways nature benefits human health.

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How to stop walking past garbage

Queen of Green | August 25, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Gail knows that sometimes you have to clean up other people's messes. (Credit: Manuel Sousa)

I can't bring myself to walk past trash. And it turns out, neither can my friend, colleague and Queen of Green Coach, Gail.

I saw her on my walk to work last week — grabber and bag of garbage in hand. Not only was I happy to see the positive impact she was making, but I knew I wasn't alone AND I could see how proud she was to follow through on a pet peeve.

Gail shares why and how she stopped walking past garbage:

I'm grateful to live in Canada. Unlike in other places in the world, our rivers aren't choked with plastic, our city dwellers don't have to wear gas masks.

Not yet.

But lately I've noticed my beautiful city (Vancouver) falling victim to a creeping scourge: street litter.

It's not my trash. Thanks to recycling and composting, my life is practically garbage-free. But I live in a human community. And sometimes that means cleaning up other people's messes.

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You can help bring monarchs back from the brink

Science Matters | August 20, 2015 | 8 comments
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(Credit: Jode Roberts)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Homegrown National Park Project Manager Jode Roberts.

Jode Roberts has spent a lot of the summer checking out ditches and fields along the sides of roads, railways and trails. At first, he didn't like what he was seeing. Roberts, who is leading the David Suzuki Foundation's effort to bring monarchs back from the brink, was searching for signs that the butterflies had visited patches of milkweed plants. Despite the bleak start, he recently hit the jackpot: a half-dozen eggs and a couple of monarch caterpillars, calmly munching on milkweed leaves.

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It's time for new Canadians to vote for the environment

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In the Philippines, recent devastating typhoons have made human vulnerability in the face of climate change (and the extreme weather it produces) a front-and-centre issue. (Credit: Mans Unides via Flickr)

By Winnie Hwo, public engagement specialist

Since my family immigrated to Canada from Asia three decades ago, we have been through a good number of elections. There has never been a shortage of new Canadian candidates coming to our community pitching ethnicity as a top reason to give them our vote. The logic is that new Canadian voters should vote for candidates who share the same roots.

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Kaitlyn celebrates her eighth by fundraising for the planet

Photo: Kaitlyn celebrates her eighth by fundraising for the planet

(Credit: Kevin D.)

By Sarah Blay, Development Coordinator

It takes a pretty spectacular kid to decide to forego birthday presents: Meet amazing, eight-year-old Kaitlyn!

This year, Kaitlyn asked friends and family to make donations to the David Suzuki Foundation in lieu of personal gifts to her and raised an astounding $850!

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