I have in the past been successfully marketed to by the manufacturers of the swiffer mop and have enjoyed the benefits of such convenience. As I become more aware of my environment and develop a deeper interest in the needs of the planet along with the incessant attempt at corporations attempts to make money, I begin to ask questions of these ‘convenience’ products. Continue reading
Last Monday, October 22 2012, I was fortunate enough to be in a position to attend a very important rally in Victoria, BC, called Defend Our Coast. I live about a 5 hour drive from Victoria, but circumstances were such that I was in Vancouver at the time, making my attendance much more achievable.
My day began at 5am on a couch in Vancouver, followed by a short train and bus journey. It first came apparent as to the size of this event whilst sat on the number 620 bus to Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Overhearing conversations about political directions and Stephen Harper and the “state of things”, made me realise that the majority of people on this bus were heading to to the rally. It was comforting to know that so many people actually cared. Continue reading
Last night I watched a great documentary; “Surviving Progress“. It was inspired by a best-selling book by Ronald Wright and includes Martic Scorsese as one of the executive directors.
The message is amazing and very true to my own beliefs. It really tries to address the current issue with our global over consumption. Continue reading
Ok folks, my apologies for not keeping you more upto date on the goings on of my compost, but here it is.
Firstly I was completely amazed that after 4 weeks of composting my garbage accumulation had dwindled so drastically. From putting a garbage bin out for collection once a week, I had reduced this to just once every four weeks. Yes, one bag between 2 people every 4 weeks. This is great for so many reasons, but most notably the reduction of plastic bags needed for garbage. Continue reading
It’s been a little while since I wrote in my Take to Change blog. I have ben very busy with al my other stuff (I run 2 other blogs too – TraktorTips and Ethical Social Media), but my day today was such that I feel the need to tell you all about it.
Hanging it out to Dry
I currently work two days a week to earn the necessary funds to pay for rent and food, the rest of the time is spent enjoying life and working on my own projects (as mentioned above with the other blogs). Between crafting posts and working out on hoot suite Continue reading
Dear Coffee Shop,
Whilst I understand that refusing to serve coffee to a customer that hasn’t brought in their own mug is not best business practice for a coffee sop, I also recognize that most coffee shops are doing very little to encourage the use of reusable mugs. Aside from offering a discounted rate, very little is being done! It is something that deeply upsets me and should be regarded of higher importance than it currently seems to. I will offer a suggestion to all coffee shop owners below as a way to encourage an increase in re-usable cups and a decrease in unnecessary waste!
I know the onus should not necessarily be on the coffee shop owner Continue reading
The U.S. pipeline safety agency launched an investigation on Saturday into an oil spill in Wisconsin on Enbridge Inc’s network that forced the partial shutdown of a main artery carrying light sweet Canadian crude to Chicago-area refineries.
Read the full article…..U.S. agency launches probe after Enbridge oil spill – The Globe and Mail.
A closer look at one of the Earth Ships. I really do love these designs, so intuitive and well thought out, taking all things into consideration from a ‘permaculture’ perspective!
Wild salmon are the life blood of Clayoquot Sound’s ecology, culture, and economy. But wild salmon in the region are in serious trouble. Despite the abundance of pristine salmon habitat, Clayoquot’s salmon runs (especially the Chinook) are in dramatic decline, with some runs now being counted in the tens, rather than in the tens of thousands. No wild salmon population anywhere in the world has thrived in close proximity to open net-cage salmon farms.
In May, Mainstream reported an outbreak of Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis virus (IHN) on one of their open net-cage salmon farms in Clayoquot Sound. The farm was subsequently culled of 560,000 diseased fish.
I urge you to read the full details on the change.org website and do what you can to help stop the introduction of yet another fish farm.