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As Vancouver cleans up from the bunker fuel spill in its harbour, fingers are pointing at who was responsible for the slow and confusing response. This spill happened in ideal weather conditions and in the backyard of the coast's best-equipped response location. One can only imagine the impacts — for people, wildlife and habitats — of larger amounts of oil in less ideal weather conditions.
Vancouver's harbour is a relatively rich ecological area with migrating and permanent birdlife. April is an especially important time for many birds. Trained volunteer oiled-wildlife first responders are helping at least 30 oil-covered birds, and more damage is expected. If past spills are any indication, we can expect impacts on marine life and habitats from the toxic leftovers to continue for decades.Continue reading »
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a volunteer as "one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest" and "a person who does work without getting paid to do it."
There's far more to it than that, though, as can be seen from an exceptional year of volunteerism at the Foundation.Continue reading »
Veronika Bylicki is the co-founder of Plan-It Earth, a conference that allows youth to co-design city projects. She's also a student leader of Common Energy UBC, the largest student-run sustainability group on campus, and a speaker at TEDxKids@BC.
These are just a few of the many accomplishments she has achieved during her student life. Veronika is pursuing a Global Resources Systems degree focusing on urban sustainability and community development.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »