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Notes from the Edge: Take back Canada with the Blue Dot Tour

September 16, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By Severn Cullis-Suzuki

I have lived in B.C. all my life. As a child of activist parents, I participated in and witnessed many environmental battles on the coast: Clayoquot Sound, Stein Valley, Carmanah, South Moresby. I remember my childhood energy and excitement during the environmental activism and momentum of the 1980s, when many ecosystems were protected from logging. Some have been preserved since, like the Great Bear Rainforest. But now, living on Haida Gwaii in the northern part of British Columbia, I'm aware that the list of successes is dwarfed by energy and mining projects all across the north of our province.

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Hungry for change? Join David Suzuki and friends for a real-time conversation

September 5, 2014 | Leave a comment
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The National Film Board, David Suzuki Foundation and Humber College invite post-secondary and senior high school students across Canada to take part in an engaging discussion about the intersection of food and environmental justice on Monday, October 6, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

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I joined the Blue Dot movement. Will you?

September 3, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Inderjit is a long-time, dedicated volunteer of the David Suzuki Foundation. (Credit: Simren Deogun)

By Inderjit Deogun, Queen of Green volunteer extraordinaire

When you think of Canada, what comes to mind?

Revered individuals like Tommy Douglas and Terry Fox? Or famous structures like the CN Tower and Château Frontenac?

For me, it's natural wonders, like the Great Bear Rainforest.

But because Canada doesn't recognize our right to a healthy environment — clean air, fresh water and healthy food — the untouched paradise that is the Great Bear Rainforest is in jeopardy.

This keeps me up at night.

How is the Great Bear Rainforest at risk?

The federal government has given the go-ahead to Enbridge's Northern Gateway project — two 1,170-kilometre pipelines running between northern Alberta tar sands deposits and Kitimat, B.C., crossing some 800 streams and rivers, mountain ranges and earthquake-prone landscapes — right through the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest coastal temperate rainforest on the planet.

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Volunteers in Action: Meet Yuri

August 29, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By Kathryn Gibb, Public Information Volunteer

While the environment isn't the first thought that comes to mind when one hears "mathematics", that doesn't seem to bother DSF volunteer, Yuri. She came from Mexico eight years ago to pursue a PhD in math at the University of British Columbia, and has since accomplished so much more.

After growing up in a small, rural village surrounded by cacti, rivers and farms, the big city doesn't seem to intimidate Yuri. She loves "how urbanity and nature can share the same space" in Vancouver. Upon arrival, she quickly found her passion for city cycling and rides those two wheels wherever she goes, experiencing first-hand what nature has to offer, rain or shine.

She hopes to connect her love for both math and programming to help solve environmental problems either in B.C. or back in her home country. She's volunteered here since October as part of our Community Giving Team while studying business analytics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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I became an environmentalist because... It's a Matter of Survival

August 23, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Liz Rice was so inspired by David Suzuki’s radio series It’s a Matter of Survival that she wore the T-shirt for Grade 10 photo day.

By Liz Rice, Guest Blogger

Last summer, David Suzuki Foundation scientist Faisal Moola asked me why I became an environmentalist. We were discussing a topic for this blog, and his question was a good starting point.

I didn't know what to tell him.

You'd think I'd know the answer. Many environmentalists recall the precise moment that launched them into activism. For some, it's a book or film. Others are changed after a conversation with a friend or teacher, or when they witnessed environmental devastation first-hand.

I couldn't recall my moment. When I was younger, I lived with chronic pain, which affected my ability to remember my teen years.

By all accounts, it's a wonder that I'm an environmentalist at all. As a teen, I lived with my family on an organic farm, but I hated farm life. All of my camping experiences were horrible. I much prefer being inside than out. And, I never enjoyed science classes.

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