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Hitting the streets for the Chinese New Year's parade

February 27, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Hitting the streets for the Chinese New Year's parade

(Credit: SOULdiers dance group via Flickr)

By Kim Sato, dancer, choreographer and dance producer

On February 22, I had the pleasure of joining David Suzuki Foundation staff and volunteers for a second year in a row to march in the Chinese New Year's parade. My name is Kim Sato and I'm a dance artist, choreographer, director, dance advocate and producer of a variety of street dance events in Vancouver.

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Top ten list for a successful Blue Dot campaign

February 26, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Grant Linney holds up a Blue Dot banner and stands with his successful team, Hamilton, Ontario

By Grant Linney, Lead Blue Dot Community Volunteer, Hamilton, Ontario

Thanks to Grant Linney's leadership, his hometown of Hamilton became the first Ontario municipality — and the 23rd in Canada — to sign a declaration recognizing environmental rights for its citizens. Here are Grant's inspiring insights:

1. It's personal. I had a free-range boyhood, exploring local woodlots, creeks and meadows, and working at summer camps. I still go on wilderness canoe trips. My connection to nature leaves me in a permanent state of awe. I feel compelled to protect what I deeply love.

2. It's community. We have a core group of 12 to 18 like-minded volunteers, with others pitching in, as needed. We share the Blue Dot mission, but we bring diverse talents to our common cause.

3. It's leadership — someone who calls the first meeting and sets an agenda; who readily seeks advice and asks questions; who regularly listens, offers support and encouragement; and who does initial legwork. Someone like you.

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Vancouver's diverse communities come together for the Year of the Ram

February 13, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Vancouver's diverse communities come together for the Year of the Ram

By Winnie Hwo, Public Engagement Specialist

These pictures might ring a bell for you because you were part of the David Suzuki Foundation Chinese New Year parade team or you showed us love while you lined the streets of Vancouver's Chinatown to watch. Either way, you would have witnessed and shared the joy and fun we have had every year.

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Divestment movement grows

February 11, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Chris Yakimov via Flickr)

By Andrea Seale, Deputy CEO

Change is in the air... People are taking a stand for the Earth. And it's not just the "usual suspects."

In September, hundreds of thousands took to the streets all over the world, in the largest climate change action in history — 2,646 marches in 162 countries. Business leaders are calling for climate action and carbon pricing. Even the heirs of the Rockefeller Standard Oil fortune are cutting their ties with fossil-fuel investments, including the Alberta oil sands.

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The fallacy of balance as a means to protect at-risk species

January 21, 2015 | Leave a comment
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It's 1990. You're listening to Eddie Vedder and the salamanders lost half their habitat. (Photo credit: drunkside via Flickr)

By Rachel Plotkin

Take a moment to time travel with me. It's the early 1980s, Depeche Mode is in the tape deck. One hundred hectares of nearby forest is coveted by developers and home to a salamander threatened with extinction.

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