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How to recycle shoes

Queen of Green | July 28, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Runners, sneakers or tennis shoes — no matter what you call them — don't send them to the landfill. (Credit: Stacy Geisberger)

Shoes of all kinds are typically destined for the landfill. But there are at least five ways you can recycle them!

If your shoes still have life in them

Running Free has already diverted over 100,000 pairs of used shoes from Ontario landfills. Their Re-Use Shoe Program collects used footwear from six locations in the Greater Toronto Area and sends them to Haiti, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia and throughout Canada. Those sent to Haiti, for example, become a part of a micro credit loan program that reduces dependence and promotes economic development in the region. (All that from your old shoes!)

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The canoe reminds us that we are all one

Healthy Oceans | July 24, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Kris Krüg)

By Anu Rao, Senior Specialist, Marine Planning & Jodi Stark, Public Engagement Specialist

A giggling toddler runs into a young woman's loving embrace. Behind them, songs echo to a booming rhythm held on a solid log. Elders dance onto the field, leading their young relatives. The fog rolls in off the ocean and I am happy for the opportunity to join the Eagle Dance to warm up.

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Canada's cities lead on climate action

Science Matters | July 24, 2014 | 1 comment
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Good transit and improved liveability have attracted people to Vancouver's increasingly vibrant downtown core, lush green spaces and seaside pathways. (Credit: Kenny Louie via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science and Policy Manager Ian Bruce.

Amid the dire warnings about global warming's impacts, what's often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it's not surprising that tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada's cities.

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Introducing David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour

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David says this is the most important thing he’s ever done, and it all starts with you.

The David Suzuki Foundation is excited to launch the Blue Dot Tour, a cross-country journey to support a simple yet powerful idea: that all Canadians should have the right to drink clean water, breathe fresh air and eat healthy food.

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Camping in the city: the Homegrown Jamboree!

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As part of the Homegrown National Park Project, the David Suzuki Foundation is excited to announce our first-ever overnight camp out in the city, the Homegrown Jamboree, this summer.

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How to attract snakes to your backyard

Queen of Green | July 21, 2014 | 3 comments
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A Northern Pacific Rattlesnake minding its own business near Vernon, B.C. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

Is your garden overrun with slugs and mice? Enlist the help of snakes!

Many species of garter snakes and others, like the sharp-tailed snake (found on B.C.'s Gulf Islands), are a slug's worst nightmare.

In Canada, we have about 25 different species of snakes. But don't worry, most are shy.

Snake-friendly gardening tips

Tip 1: Avoid pesticides

Slug bait is harmful to snakes, other wildlife, children and pets!

Tip 2: Imitate nature

Avoid monocultures of plants that are planted in straight lines.


Tip 3: Use stones

Move objects like stones and slate carefully. They may be providing cover for your snake friends.

Tip 4: Plant a hedge

Hedges provides travel corridors and hiding places for snakes and other wildlife, too.

Tip 5: Build a hibernaculum

Protect or build hibernaculum (den). Snakes love rocky hillsides or knolls that receive sun for most of the day, protected from cold winds and on well-drained sites.

Tip 6: Give me shelter!

Provide hiding places from hawks, crows, racoons and mink. Shelter can include rocks, brush piles and, patches of shrubs. Did a tree fall? Leave fallen logs and bark when possible.

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How to find fair trade sports balls

Queen of Green | July 18, 2014 | 40 comments
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Soccer balls are great for kids, but they shouldn't be made by kids.

Tweak your sport ball purchasing habits. Choose certified fair trade soccer balls, volleyballs (indoor and beach) and basketballs, too! Or, before you buy, win a fair trade soccer ball by answering the skill testing question below in the blog comments.

Fair Trade = no child labour

Child labour means workers under the age of 15, as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Like the fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate you enjoy, manufacturers of sport balls must meet certain social, economic (e.g., fair wages) and environmental standards.

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