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This is my third year working on the REaDY Summit. One of the perks is to be energized and enlightened by the Richmond Green Ambassadors. They're the driving force behind the half-day summit taking place on Saturday, April 26.Continue reading »
On Saturday, April 12, the David Suzuki Foundation took part in Vancouver's annual Vaisakhi, the annual harvest and New Year's festival that also commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa—the global collective of devout Sikhs. If you've never attended, we encourage you to experience it at least once in your local area! Here are a few reasons why:
1. Sense of community Our digital world provides instant information and global connection. Yet studies show people feel increasingly isolated. Vaisakhi parades illustrate how communities can work together, including hundreds of local families preparing and serving free food for a day of celebration—a great lesson on how we can come together and give back without sitting in front of a computer.
2. Yummy food Vaisakhi parade food is amazing—mostly home-cooked, vegetarian and free. There are also local efforts to encourage recycling and use of biodegradable utensils.
3. Music and dance For the parade, the David Suzuki Foundation partnered with RJ1200 and South Asian Arts. The result: we got to march with the city's best dhol players and 50 Chinese bhangra dancers from Simon Fraser University. How is that for cross-cultural celebration?
4. Connecting with nature The average Canadian spends more than 90 per cent of his or her time indoors and more than six hours in front of a screen (i.e. computer, TV). The Vaisakhi parade provides an opportunity to get outside, spend time with family and friends, and get immersed in Sikh culture. To learn more about the benefits of nature, please check out our Punjabi by Nature Challenge.
Enjoy candid shots from Vaisakhi 2014 by Adam Bhinder from Vivid Dreams Vancouver
By: Theresa Beer, Communications Specialist
The fast pace of city life creates a sense of unease for many urbanites, including stressed-out students. So what happens if you turn urban natural spaces into university classrooms? Emily Carr University of Art + Design students who joined the Rewilding Vancouver Community Projects course found out first-hand. Equipped with insights on rewilding from guest curator and author J.B. MacKinnon and a natural capital perspective from us, they were asked to produce videos about the transformative impact of time spent in nature.Continue reading »
What do these children have in common? They are all contestants in the REaDY Summit 2014 Speech Contest, and they can't wait to share their passion for the Fraser River with David Suzuki, who will join the this year's Richmond Earth Day Youth (REaDY) Summit in Richmond, B.C. as keynote speaker.Continue reading »