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Get Growing Garden Contest 2014

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Three planet-saving myths debunked

Queen of Green | April 21, 2014 | Leave a comment
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There is more than one way to save a planet.

It's Earth Month. Time to blow your mind and debunk a few myths about planet saving!

Myth #1: You need to be an expert

Fact: Anyone can take the lead or be an inspiration. Was it Dr. Nedd who joked, "Feel helpless, complain a lot, you can only make a difference if you have a master's in (fill in the blank)"?

There is no M.Sc. or PhD. in planet saving. (I suggest you simply turn off the TV.)

People don't need to do exactly the same thing to make a difference. The change we need in the world is not linear. Make it your own, make it better!

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Richmond Green Team led by youth

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REaDY Summit youth leaders Athena Wong, Ryan Tsang and Jamie Ng join Fairchild Radio reporter Johann Chang and David Suzuki Foundation public engagement specialist Winnie Hwo on a weekend live radio discussion on what sustainability means for the communities in Richmond.

By Winnie Hwo, Public Engagement Specialist

This is my third year working on the REaDY Summit. One of the perks is to be energized and enlightened by the Richmond Green Ambassadors. They're the driving force behind the half-day summit taking place on Saturday, April 26.

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Finding the courage to change

Queen of Green | April 21, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Are you courageous? Will you help someone else take a "green" step this Earth Month? (Credit: Debbie Wong Photography)

A painter, a Norwex consultant, a mommy blogger, a scientist and an Orthodox rabbi walk into a bar...

No joke!

They're five of my 22, passionate, "volunteers for good" — Queen of Green coaches. Over eight weeks they'll dedicate 30 hours to help families/friends/neighbours go greener and join a community of 29 coaches who have come before them.

It takes courage to make change and guide other towards change. My fellow green experts share their knowledge and experience and don't shrink from responsibility. They inspire me!

Meet my Queen of Green coaches

Alina, Victoria B.C. is a mother of two girls, backyard chicken enthusiast and an ecologist that works as a Research Manager in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

Amy, Calgary Alta. is an expectant mom who loves to cook and bake — "If I can make it myself, I will!" She studies natural science at the University of Calgary and is passionate about growing food.

Caroline, Trout Lake N.W.T. lives in a community of 46 households that's isolated for nine months of the year! She set up composting at a recent community feast and invited community families and elders to drop organics in her composter until they make their own.

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How to reduce your formaldehyde exposure

Queen of Green | April 18, 2014 | 139 comments
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The Queen of Green was featured on Dr.Oz, Friday April 18, 2014!

What's colourless, preserves frogs, coats pillow cases and impregnates 'no-iron' shirts?

Answer: formaldehyde.

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Four reasons why Vaisakhi is awesome

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The David Suzuki Foundation at the Annual Vaisakhi Parade in Vancouver. Photos by Adam Bhinder from Vivid Dreams Vancouver

By Harpreet Johal, Public Engagement Specialist

On Saturday, April 12, the David Suzuki Foundation took part in Vancouver's annual Vaisakhi, the annual harvest and New Year's festival that also commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa—the global collective of devout Sikhs. If you've never attended, we encourage you to experience it at least once in your local area! Here are a few reasons why:

1. Sense of community Our digital world provides instant information and global connection. Yet studies show people feel increasingly isolated. Vaisakhi parades illustrate how communities can work together, including hundreds of local families preparing and serving free food for a day of celebration—a great lesson on how we can come together and give back without sitting in front of a computer.

2. Yummy food Vaisakhi parade food is amazing—mostly home-cooked, vegetarian and free. There are also local efforts to encourage recycling and use of biodegradable utensils.

3. Music and dance For the parade, the David Suzuki Foundation partnered with RJ1200 and South Asian Arts. The result: we got to march with the city's best dhol players and 50 Chinese bhangra dancers from Simon Fraser University. How is that for cross-cultural celebration?

4. Connecting with nature The average Canadian spends more than 90 per cent of his or her time indoors and more than six hours in front of a screen (i.e. computer, TV). The Vaisakhi parade provides an opportunity to get outside, spend time with family and friends, and get immersed in Sikh culture. To learn more about the benefits of nature, please check out our Punjabi by Nature Challenge.

Enjoy candid shots from Vaisakhi 2014 by Adam Bhinder from Vivid Dreams Vancouver

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Is it time for a real war on cars?

Science Matters | April 17, 2014 | 14 comments
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There is no war on cars — but there should be. (Credit: poeloq)

By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington, Senior Editor

In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars — but there should be.

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