Guest blog written by the students at Windermere Secondary
On April 21st, 2014, a group of students from Windermere Secondary called Y4CJN (Youth For Climate Justice Now) held their 4th annual youth-led Earth Day Celebration, which was supported by a wide variety of organizations, including Forest Ethics and Wilderness Committee. The goal of this parade and festival was to raise awareness of the change in climate that is happening now and to show that youths can make a difference. This celebration began with a parade that started from the Commercial-Broadway skytrain station and went down to Grandview Park. Many marched up Commercial Drive in costumes, with colourful banners and floats, dances, and chants focusing on the effects of climate change. After the parade, the festival took part at Grandview Park, in which a few hundred people participated in. This family friendly event had a great selection of speakers and musicians such as Buckman Coe, Andrea Reimer, and guest speaker David Suzuki. Information booths from both students and organizations were there as well as face painting and booths to buy plants.
The event had turned out very exciting and successful for yet another year and students of Windermere Secondary couldn’t be more proud of the work they have achieved. To find out more about the event, visit earthdayparade.ca or contact them at youth4climate[email protected], and look out for this celebration in the following years!
Recycling Alternative would like to thank Y4CJN for contributing to our blogs with their guest blog.
Guest Blog written by Meghan Edmondson.
Tomorrow the Projecting Change Film Festival returns for their 7th year to lead the Vancouver community to positive growth! From April 24 to 27, the unique Docs & Dialogues festival (first of its kind in Vancouver) promises to explore with their community about the important themes of empowerment, environmental and social sustainability, identity and global culture.
One film we are excited for is Watermark, a documentary about the human relationship to water as a resource. The film follows 20 diverse stories from 10 different countries around the world and shows the magnitude of our need and use for water. We’re positive that people’s attitude towards water usage will change, in a good way, after they see this documentary.
Other films that will be playing at the festival include: Continue reading…
As Easter fast approaches I can’t help but think, not of all that yummy chocolate, but all the unnecessary packaging that comes along with it, and all the waste going to landfill associated with another seasonal celebration. And this is only the waste that we can physically see.
Canadians consume an average of 5.5 kg of chocolate per person each year. Doesn’t sound like much but when you learn that it takes a full annual harvest from one cocoa tree to produce one tin of baking cocoa (http://fairtrade.ca/en/products/cocoa), it’s even more reason to appreciate every yummy bite of chocolate and consider your purchasing choices.
Here are a few simple ways (can you think of some others?) to
try to celebrate Easter in a more sustainable style:
Place Fairtrade chocolate on the top of your shopping list. Not only does it help improve the living standards of cocoa farmers in the developing world, fostering a better future for their families and communities, but in addition, Continue reading…
No exaggeration – as per our earlier posts on Multi Materials BC – the debate around Printed Paper and Packaging is just getting louder.
You cannot open a local newspaper these days without coming face to face with headlines on the upcoming May legislation around Multi-Materials BC’s (MMBC) stewardship program for Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP).
The debate has been going for over 4 years within the industry, both producers (i.e. Canadian Newspaper Association) and recyclers alike, but it’s nothing like the poker hot polemic currently underway in the newspapers, op ed’s and advertising space, as the May 19 implementation day draws nearer. Continue reading…
Continuing our series on Hillary Rodham Clinton – Keynote at QE Theatres March 5 2014
Part 2 – Women hitting their own glass ceilings
My March 12 blog post on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inspirational keynote last month, focused on the Economics of Inclusion and the key role women play in increasing GDP performance in economies where women are participating drivers and leaders.
Another key message from Clinton was the ‘internal ceilings,’ the limitations and boundaries that women create for ourselves.
Everyone is familiar with the concept of the ‘glass ceiling’ referring to the externals barriers that women encounter in management, executive and board room circles.
However, in addition to suffering these career stubbing ‘external’ spoilers, it seems women are doing a fine job of holding ourselves back through our own ‘internal ceilings’ and boundaries.
Too often, a woman’s first reaction, when offered a better job or a promotion is to question whether she is capable or qualified enough to fulfill the requirements.
A friend once sabotaged her own success in a promising position, by speaking candidly about her own ‘self -perceived’ weakness in an area of the job that would be a rather minor aspect of her executive position. She did this because Continue reading…