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How to watch ice (and other stuff in nature)

November 25, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Contribute to global warming understanding. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

Watching ice is not like watching paint dry. And the world needs more ice watchers.

Whatever your high school science grade, volunteer to be a citizen scientist!

Contribute to global warming in a good way — by adding to scientific understanding about it.

Thanks to observant citizens that submit their records to IceWatch, scientists learned that the freeze-thaw cycles of northern water bodies are changing.

Note the freeze and thaw dates of lakes and rivers in your community to help monitor the effects of climate change on the Canada you love. And recruit that neighbour, uncle or your Grandma who has scribbled with pencil on the calendar for years each time the water they watch freezes and breaks up.

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How to lower your foodprint

November 17, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Renu’s husband, Tom, and son, Coen, now enjoy homemade bread and canned goodies.

Your "foodprint" — the choices you make about what you eat — can make as big a difference for the environment as how you get around.

This fall, a team of Queen of Green coaches are helping a community of Canadian families go from ordinary to extraordinary when it comes to eating more sustainably. You read how they tackled waste. Prepare to be inspired as they reduce their foodprints during Module 2 (of 4)! (Go ahead, be a copycat.)

Meet Renu, Tom and son, Coen, of B.C.

Renu aims to do:

  • More home cooking
  • Fine-tune composting
  • Grow more food
  • She courageously advocated for healthier choices at her son's daycare and tries hard to provide edibles without packaging when it's her day to contribute.

Thanks Queen of Green Coach Cynthia for offering meaningful things to do!

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Why I pick up garbage

November 9, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Picking up litter makes neighbourhoods better. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

My two-year-old loves to pick up garbage — cigarette butts, plastic wrappers, paper coffee cups, etc.

And although my first reaction was to get upset — because it's dirty and gross — I can't, because I taught him!

If I say "That's garbage!" he gets a look of determination and responsibility. He picks up said disgusting, used, dirty you-name-it and marches off to a trash can.

This is a good thing, right? If he doesn't pick it up, who will?

My neighbourhood Starbucks and Dairy Queen don't send out garbage pickers, city garbage collectors only deal with bins, paper cup and cigarette manufacturers are nowhere to be found... That leaves you, me and my toddler.

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Do it yourself wisdom

November 2, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Karina prefers to DIY instead of getting everything she needs from store shelves. (Credit: Two Mann Studios)

Today we outsource stuff we once made at home — food, textiles, soap — leaving it to big companies to make what we need. Our households are mainly for storing stuff (consumption) and leisure.

I was thrilled when I learned to quilt, make bread and soap, and hem curtains. DIY takes the mystery out of it, puts you in control and it feels good. (And gets me closer to my roots, doing things my Grandma did.)

Karina, owner of the Rocky Mountain Soap Company @RockyMtnSoap is a DIY kindred spirit who decorates her stores with items from the landfill!

Why did you start making soap?

I always made concoctions for my face and hair as a kid. To make soap was a natural next step. (I have four brothers so alone time with mashed bananas and an avocado was important.)

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How you make big companies listen

October 27, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Companies aren`t required to itemize specific fragrance ingredients, not even known allergens. But with your help we brought this message to the government and companies. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

I'm no doctor. But people often ask me, "What cream should I use or make for my rash?"

My advice: Stop using scented laundry soap, dryer sheets, lotions and home cleaners!

You already know scents can make you sick. Many of you have helped the David Suzuki Foundation combat potential allergens like "fragrance" and "parfum" (and other undesirables in household cleaners and cosmetics).

Over the years, we asked you to:

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