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Good things happen when nature is part of the equation

March 3, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Gibsons, B.C. looks out over Howe Sound. (Credit: Bob Cotter via Flickr )

By Michelle Molnar, Environmental Economist

The small town of Gibsons, B.C., has a big distinction. Last summer it became the first municipality in North America, and possibly in the world, to consider nature as an asset and give natural assets the same consideration as traditional capital assets. The town of Gibsons has committed to operate, maintain and replace its natural assets, such as wetlands and forests, just as it does traditional capital assets, such as roads and sidewalks. Nature, for the first time, is its own distinct asset class central to the town's municipal asset management policy.

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It's miles matching week!

March 2, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Do you collect Aeroplan Miles? Now you can use them to support the David Suzuki Foundation! Donate your Aeroplan Miles through the Aeroplan Beyond Miles program.

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Hitting the streets for the Chinese New Year's parade

February 27, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(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 10 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
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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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