We all know how to put one leg in front of the other. But how many have really learned how to walk? Once you’ve mastered the tricks of the trade, walking is fun, great exercise and good for the environment.
(1) Time of day. Mornings can be ideal… it tends to have the bluest skies, and is the best time to enhance your circadian rythms, e.g. a good night’s sleep. But anytime is good, whatever works for you. Once or twice a day is ideal, but if you can’t do that, aim for every second day. Continue reading “10 tips for great urban walking…”
Grow for yourself, as a part-time or full-time job, learn, volunteer…
Whether you’re out of work, or would just like to get outside and pitch in, this is a great time to get growing! Options include your own backyard, neighbour’s backyards, community gardens, organic farms… www.FoodWork.ca/Grow
What if we applied this philosophy to how we design our communities, our streets, our lives? So we don’t have to jump in an airplane to go somewhere beautiful? Continue reading “Don’t cage it, plant it…”
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In our time — the anthropocene — how many of us are doing what really matters? How will history remember you, me, all the others who denied or despaired? Bilbo & Frodo didn’t run away from what needed to be done, or sit around and blame everyone else. Models of action, against all odds — exactly what we need today. Shall we rise to the challenge?
Work for Climate | Climate Strike | Climate Action.
“I share this photo every spring, of a Scarlet Tanager pair that I found on the ground by a neighbor’s glass door. It was spring, and he must have been chasing her (she’s the one with yellow plumage). They both hit the glass and died instantly.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR WINDOWS SAFE:
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“I thought about the long journey these stunning neotropical migrants had made from their wintering grounds in South America, and all the challenges they’d overcome to return to their breeding grounds here in upstate NY. It just seemed heartbreaking and senseless for them to die this way.
Continue reading “Birds worth protecting…”
Students Strikes for Climate Action
Friday May 3, across Canada
Toronto: Toronto Queens Park, May 3, 12:30 – 2:30pm | Ongoing
Ottawa: Parliament Hill, May 3, 11am – 3pm | Ongoing
Many more locations:
Facebook | #FridaysForFuture | #SchoolStrike4Climate | #ClimateStrike
Fridaysforfuture.org (2) | #FridaysForFuture
More info, organizations, volunteering: GoodWork.ca/fridays
Shopping frenzy to show our love?
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace and togetherness. For many it’s a happy, joyous time of year. But it’s also a time when we drive around madly, feeling obliged to shop for everyone on our list. Each year we also use millions of plastic bags, throw out tonnes of packaging and food, and try to buy just about everything in sight.
Is this good for us? Our children? Are there better ways to show our love for each other and the world?
Continue reading “An eco-friendly Christmas?”
This is what climate change looks like.
This was a healthy tree. And behind it? That was an apartment building.
True, you can’t prove that this specific tornado was caused by climate change. But there’s an abundance of evidence that climate change is causing more frequent and severe extreme weather events — and that climate change is caused primarily by humans. So while we can’t prove this tornado was entirely caused by climate change, the chances are pretty good it would have been less powerful or occurred somewhere else. 1600 homes damaged or destroyed. So the next time you hop on an airplane, or choose fossil fuels over solar or pedal power: think again. What are you doing to your neighbours, your children, maybe even yourself? This is what climate change looks like. We all need to kick the fossil-fuel habit as best we can!
More: Ottawa tornado | How to help (more) | Climate change action
Continue reading “Ottawa tornado: one month later”
“A study has detected microplastics in human excrement for the first time, raising larger questions about how the tiny particles can affect our health.” – EcoWatch | “We’re eating plastic without even realising it.” – Huffington Post | “We are eating our waste — mismanagement has come back to us on our dinner plates” – Chelsea Rochman.
More: Microplastics Detected in Human Stool Samples for First Time | Plastic Has Been Found In Human Poo For The First Time (Huffington Post) | More: Microplastics in human stool (news) | Microplastics health effects
What you can do: Easy ways to reduce your plastic waste | What can you do about plastic pollution? | How to reduce microplastics | Single use plastics | Poster
Top 5 plastic polluters: Nestlé, Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coca-Cola (Greenpeace | CBC)
The environment is not something “out there”. We become the chemicals we eat, we drink, we breath. There’s no separation. It’s time to stop single use plastics!