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Ode to a tree named Jessica

June 29, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Primary students at Nova Scotia’s Wentworth Consolidated Elementary School with their tree, Jessica.

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

This year's 30×30 Nature Challenge reached more than 700 Canadian classrooms from coast to coast to coast. In addition to their 30 days of outdoor activities, classes were asked to adopt a tree in their schoolyards and submit photos and stories to the Foundation. We received dozens of touching tree stories — it seemed impossible to pick just one!

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Young Artists in Action get creative for the environment

June 24, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Peter Zhang)

By Winnie Hwo, Public Engagement Specialist

They called it Burgeon — an exhibition of 150 pieces of art and a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation by new Canadian youth at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design's Concourse Gallery on Granville Island in late May. The event raised $2,190.

Recently, Leon Luo, Sumi Li and Heidi Wang, the young artists who organized and worked for months to make Burgeon happen, met the recipients of their fundraising effort, David Suzuki Foundation staffers. The talented young artists and their supportive moms shared their love and support with staff and volunteers over lemon and carrot cakes, and were joined by MOSAIC senior manager Khim Tan and settlement worker Daisy Au, who connected the young artists with the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Righting the wrong in the Rouge

June 18, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Lisa Gue

Earlier this year, parliament passed a law establishing Rouge National Urban Park, Canada's first urban national park, in the GTA. Sadly, this was no cause for celebration. The legislation fell well short of provincial, national and international standards for protected areas and does not even mandate nature conservation as the priority in park management.

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Ontario will profit from being kind to bees

June 16, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Amro Zayed)

By Lisa Gue, senior researcher and analyst

Last week, Ontario officially posted amendments to its pesticide regulation that will restrict the use and sale of seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. It's a North American first, but other jurisdictions are sure to follow suit. Evidence-based decision-making requires a global phase-out of these chemicals.

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Our corporate partners take the 30x30 Nature Challenge to work

May 28, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Genuine Health staff in Toronto celebrating the launch of 30×30 Nature Challenge 2015.

In the four years since it first launched, our 30×30 Nature Challenge has helped thousands of people across Canada and around the world spend more time outdoors. People get into "the nature habit" — and they're happier and healthier as a result, as shown in research conducted by Elizabeth Nisbet of Trent University. Nurturing a connection to nature also makes people care about protecting it.

This wildly popular program would not have been possible without the generous support of our corporate partners, who helped fund the project AND made it come alive at their workplaces. Here's how they describe their 30×30 experience:

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