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Canada Blooms and Landscape Ontario Events Calendar ’13 – ’14

Canada Blooms 

March 15 – 24, 2013 Direct Energy Centre

100 Princes’ Blvd, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 3C3

Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario. 

Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis.

Canada Blooms was founded in 1996 by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto. Each year it is supported by a committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers.

Canada Blooms has been named One of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario and One of North America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association. Canada Blooms is also the recipient of the 2011 Garden Tourism Award for “Garden Tourism Festival of the Year”.

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Sustainable Building Apprenticeship Program For Women

10-Week Women’s Earthbag Dome Building Apprenticeship in Canada 

Lillooet, British Columbia, July 28-October 6, 2012

Kleiwerks International’s Women of the Americas Sustainability Initiative (WASI) is hosting a 10-week, hands-on natural building apprenticeship that brings together a group of women apprentices with an experienced team of earthbag builders and native St’at’imc community members. Their project is to construct a Healing & Cultural Arts Centre near Lillooet, BC. This training immersion provides participants with the opportunity to learn construction while building a dome from start to finish, develop leadership skills through facilitating local groups, work side-by-side with a community that is creating culturally appropriate local solutions, and document the story to share with wider audiences.

Ideal participants are women who have follow-up projects, intend to share what they learn, want to work in the natural building trades and be part of the growing natural building movement. “This apprenticeship is a unique opportunity for participants to delve into earthbag construction while building the envisioned creative cultural community commons with the people of T’it’qet and Lillooet who are engaged in proactively creating a vibrant future by combining traditional St’at’imc culture and values with refined sustainable and ecological solutions,” says Susannah Tedesco, local Program Coordinator.

Today’s building industry uses half of our planet’s resources, yet healthy, time-tested, affordable and soulful construction alternatives exist. These alternatives are based on reclaiming and refining the use of local and recycled materials. Coupled with indigenous knowledge and Permaculture design systems, natural building plays a profound role in creating a way of life that is good for people and the planet. 

Instructors Fox McBride and Chloe Wolsey are teaming up for the first time, combining their extensive and global earthbag dome construction backgrounds. WASI Delegate Christine Jack is a Nlaka’pamux First Nations leader who resides in St’atimc Territory near Lillooet, BC. Guest Instructors, The Mudgirls are a network of natural builders from BC. WASI Coordinator, Susannah Tedesco, is devoted to rural grassroots initiatives that empower communities to create viable local living solutions. 

Women of the Americas Sustainability Initiative (WASI) is an alliance of women leaders who construct, educate, organize, and advocate for strong and empowered communities through ecological design-build practices with the aim of creating a socially and ecologically resilient world.

For details or to apply visit: There are 12 seats available. The fee is $3,600, including tuition, meals, lodging and field trips.


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March 31st 8:30 pm – The Lights Go Off!


Earth Hour Global Slideshow – Click HERE

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour last year alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.

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Gov. Kitzhaber of Oregon To Speak at Globe 2012 Vancouver

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Kitzhaber, who is currently serving his third term as governor, will lend his insights on the topic of innovation and collaboration in advancing the clean economy.

“Innovation will be one of the most important drivers of a greener economy,” says John Wiebe, President and CEO of the GLOBE Foundation and Opening Plenary moderator. “Governor Kitzhaber is recognized for his refreshingly innovative approach to policymaking and we’re looking forward to the perspective that he will bring to this critical discussion.”

GLOBE 2012 Opening Plenary confirmed speakers:
·         Jim Weigand, President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, USA
·         Steve Williams, President & Chief Operating Officer, Suncor Energy Inc., Canada
·         John Kitzhaber, Governor, State of Oregon, USA


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Sustainable, Edible Holiday House

“Not one piece of our structure will end up in landfill,” says Smallworks president, Jake Fry. The gingerbread dwelling is fully sustainable and environmentally responsible with net zero impact on anything aside from your belly. “Every peppermint swirl, candy corn, and multi-coloured jujube will be stuffed into someone’s gob, probably at the end of a huge holiday dinner.”


Who hasn’t decorated their dining table or sideboard during the festive period and wanted to fit in an extra miniature Christmas tree, shiny bauble, or even one more entire gingerbread house? Smallworks has launched this increased density action for better and more efficient space use for your holiday table. Designed to fit on a standard-sized, appropriately-zoned holiday decorating space, the Gingerbread Laneway House works as a stand-alone structure or an additional dwelling to the rear of your traditional Gingerbread House.

Founded 6 years ago, Smallworks is Vancouver’s first and most established laneway house builder. They specialise in building small, beautiful homes and exceed the green building practices of Vancouver’s Green Home program. Inspired by Smallworks’ West House laneway house developed for the LiveCity site at the 2010 Olympics, this is their first foray into baked goods. The Gingerbread Laneway House was constructed by Kreation Artisan Cakes, experienced builders in fine gingerbread architecture.Metro Vancouver residents can visit their Facebook page at between now and December 15 for a chance to win The Gingerbread Laneway House.


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Un-Analytics: How Google Went Solar


Google said it could not detect bad panels unless 20% or more of the panels went bad. And we call that monitoring?

by Dan Auld

Google loves talking about a world before analytics — when web owners knew almost nothing about their sites.

Nothing useful, anyway.

That all changed when a new technology came along that allowed web owners to monitor their sites as much as they wanted. Any time they wanted.

Web sites suddenly became a business proposition, not just an enthusiasm for a few hobbyists.

Flash forward from the introduction of Google Analytics up to 2007, when Google got into the solar business and opened a 1.65 megawatt photovoltaic power array. The largest commercial system in the world at the time.

Just like web sites before Analytics, Google would soon learn how little it actually knew about its solar array.

After its panels were up for 15 months, Google cleaned them and documented its efforts in a report called “Getting the most energy out of Google’s solar panels.”

On several sections of its array, solar energy output doubled after the cleaning. Eight months later, energy output went up 37 percent after another cleaning. But here comes the money graph:

It would be difficult to detect manufacturer defects or accidental damage by data analysis alone, unless the damage impacts >~20% of the solar panels in that building.

Example: There have been few occasions when some of the solar panels … were damaged by delivery trucks accidentally hitting the support beams that hold up the solar panels.

Since these accidents did not damage a sizable portion of the solar panels, the damage went undetected for a while.

Losing 50 percent of your power is real money, even for Google.

“Just like the web prior to Analytics, Google had to admit it really did not know what was happening in its array — because it had no way to monitor when good panels went bad,” said Mark Yarbrourgh, a city councilman in Perris, California who pioneered the use of solar in public buildings. “But neither does anyone else. Arrays malfunction and no one knows because they do not use monitors at the panel level.”

Undetected, solar panels go bad in all sorts of ways. Panels degrade anywhere from .5% to 9.5% a year, depending on the manufacturer, says Sandia Laboratories in a study for the Department of Energy.

How will you know what your panels will do? Warranty Week Magazine says you won’t. Not really:

And yes, it really is guesswork.”

Dirt plays even more havoc. If not dirt, a bird dropping, or a baseball, or a golfball, or a rock, or a squirrel chewing a wire, or a Texas oak thick with pollen, or heat on the roof, or poor soldering. Or a shadow — all worse than you think, says the National Renewable Energy Laboratories:

The reduction in power from shading half of one cell is equivalent to removing a cell active area 36 times the shadow’s actual size.”

“One bird, one truck of dirt, one flowering tree can destroy your solar production, and you would not know for a long time,” Yarbrough said. “Welcome to the Christmas Tree Effect: Hurt the panel a little, hurt production a lot. It is amazing how many people put up solar for great reasons, but really do not watch their systems. As a result, a lot of people lose a lot of money because many, many systems are not producing the power its owners were promised. And few know.”

Maybe because knowing it is not that useful.

“If your solar array produces a megawatt of power, that means it is composed of 3000 to 5000 panels,” said Ray Burgess, CEO of Solar Power Technologies. “If some panels go bad, you need panel level monitoring to o find the bad panels. But most systems monitor power at the system level, but as Google found out, that is that useful for detecting catastrophic failure, but not much else.”

Thus the need for small wireless monitors throughout the array.

“Now that we have cost effective monitors from a company in Austin, that is going to change the world, just like Google Analytics.”

Leading the solar monitor business is Burgess and Solar Power Technologies of Austin, Texas. The company is introducing monitors and other devices to give solar array owners unprecedented control over their panels. If you have 3500 panels and a few start breaking, you better have something better than “guesswork” to optimize your array.

“As we travel the country talking to panel owners about their systems, we are constantly amazed at how many systems that are producing power far below their capacity, and some not producing power at all. Monitors on the panels can change that and let you know what is really happening with your system. And where it is happening. Saving system owners thousands of dollars a month.”

Just like Google Analytics.

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Environmentalists Honored For Extraordinary Efforts

By Gina Hall
[Gina is a USC Film School Graduate. She works with Global Green USA and is a guest blogger for the Green Blog Network.]
Environmental nonprofit Global Green USA celebrated its 15th annual Millennium Awards at a star-studded fundraising gala at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica on Saturday. Celebrity guests and presenters included Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Guest, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr and Adrian Grenier. 

One of the evening’s high-profile honorees was actor Mark Ruffalo, recently nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Kids are Alright. Actress Laura Dern presented Ruffalo with his honor for his work to eliminate the controversial hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a., “hydrofracking,” a chemical process that fractures shale in order to retrieve oil and natural gas. The process, as seen in the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, has been shown to contaminate water supplies to the point of becoming flammable. Ruffalo has testified before Congress, arguing for a ban on the practice and has started his own foundation, Water Defense, to educate the public on the dangers of hydrofracking.


Ed Begley, Jr. was also among the honorees, for his work to inspire others to create a more sustainable world. Featured on the reality program, Living with Ed, the actor and Studio City resident has become associated with the ultimate in green living – even going as far as generating power for his home via stationary bicycle.  Other honorees included the Los Angeles Business Council for their work to encourage the use of solar power in the city, and Wendy Schmidt, founder of the Schmidt Family Foundation and the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Prize. 

“Thanks to our sponsors, including Sprint, 360 Vodka and dozens more, Global Green raised over $470,000 to support our local and national initiatives,” noted Global Green’s Communications Director Ruben Aronin. 

“We are so excited to celebrate the impressive achievements of our 2011 Millennium Awards Honorees,” said Global Green President and CEO Matt Petersen. “It’s particularly auspicious to celebrate these leaders as World Environment Day approaches and we mark the one-year countdown to the Rio Earth Summit in 2012, when our global leaders will gather to make commitments to make our world more sustainable. Global Green will be marshaling its supporters to call for local and community-based approaches to solving climate change, including creating greener cities, schools and affordable housing for families.”

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International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change Announces Awards

*Editor’s Note: Happy World Environment Day!


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News Release:

International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change Announces Research Awards

Five Canadian and Developing Country Teams to Study Climate Change Adaptation

Ottawa, Canada, June 2, 2011 –The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) together with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) today announce that five research teams have been awarded a total of $12.5 million dollars under the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC).

Each team will receive $2.5 million over five years to study how best to protect people, communities and vital economic sectors, like agriculture and tourism, that are most at risk from the effects of climate change. Two teams will focus specifically on vulnerable indigenous populations. Together, the research projects, which will take place in Canada and in developing countries across four continents, aim to address an important gap in our climate change knowledge, namely, how to anticipate, manage, and reduce climate risk vulnerability through adaptation.

The five successful research teams were selected through a rigorous peer-review process. Their projects and respective team leads are                                                                                              

Coastal Cities at Risk: Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities
Anond Snidvongs, Chulalongkorn University and Southeast Asia START Regional Research Center, Thailand
Gordon McBean, University of Western Ontario, Canada 

Adapting to Climate Change: Protecting Water Resources in West Africa and Canada Ouazar, Université Mohammed V Agdal, Maroc Taha Ouarda, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada

Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change AdaptationMurray Simpson, the CARIBSAVE Partnership, Barbados Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo, Canada

Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change Alejandro Llanos, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda James Ford, McGill University, Canada Lea Berrang Ford, McGill University, Canada

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the AmericasFernando Santibañez, Universidad de Chile, ChileDavid J. Sauchyn, University of Regina, Canada

In announcing the awards, the presidents at the four organizations commented:

 “Africa, the Arctic, and other vulnerable regions face an urgent need to adapt to such effects as rising sea levels, extreme weather events, drought and desertification,” says IDRC President David M. Malone. “This initiative will help determine how vulnerable populations in Canada and in developing countries can best cope with changes to their health, environments, and livelihoods.”

“Aboriginal peoples are particularly at risk, and this initiative offers an opportunity for researchers to combine Western scientific methods with traditional indigenous knowledge,” says CIHR President Alain Beaudet. “Research is urgently needed to help these vulnerable populations adapt and even improve their lives in the face of climate change.”

“SSHRC-funded researchers have helped build a strong foundation of Canadian innovation and expertise on the human dimension of climate change,” says SSHRC President Chad Gaffield. “This international collaboration will enable us to develop new knowledge and capabilities in key areas, as well as to enhance the contributions of social sciences and humanities research to meeting the needs of Canadian and developing communities in the process of adaptation to a changing environment.”

“The knowledge and expertise of NSERC-funded researchers will play a key role in finding solutions to the environmental changes that affect the most vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world,” says NSERC President Suzanne Fortier. “By collaborating on an international scale, these researchers will be able to strengthen efforts that will ultimately lead to the effective management of, and adaptation to, a changing environment.”

For more information about this unique, made-in-Canada collaboration between IDRC and Canada’s granting councils, please visit

About IDRC

To achieve self-reliance, poor communities need answers to questions like: How can we grow more and healthier food? Protect our health? Create jobs? IDRC supports research in developing countries to answer these questions. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.

About CIHR

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s agency for health research. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,600 health researchers and trainees across Canada.


SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its three funding programs ─ Talent, Insight and Connection ─ SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.


NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects. 



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 Octroi de subventions de recherche en vertu de l’Initiative de recherche internationalesur l’adaptation aux changements climatiques Cinq équipes formées de chercheurs du Canada et de pays en développement se pencheront sur l’adaptation aux changements climatiques

Ottawa, Canada, le 2 juin 2011 – Le Centre de recherches pour le développement international (CRDI), de concert avec les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC), le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie (CRSNG) du Canada et le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) du Canada, annonce aujourd’hui que cinq équipes de recherche se partageront 12,5 millions de dollars en vertu de l’Initiative de recherche internationale sur l’adaptation aux changements climatiques (IRIACC).

Chaque équipe recevra 2,5 millions de dollars sur cinq ans afin d’examiner les meilleures façons de protéger des effets des changements climatiques les populations, collectivités et secteurs cruciaux de l’économie – notamment l’agriculture et le tourisme – qui y sont les plus exposés. Les cinq projets, qui seront réalisés au Canada et dans des pays en développement de quatre continents, cherchent à combler une importante lacune au chapitre des connaissances en matière de changements climatiques : comment prévoir, gérer et réduire la vulnérabilité à ces changements par le truchement de l’adaptation. Deux d’entre eux seront axés sur les populations autochtones vulnérables.

C’est au terme d’un rigoureux examen des propositions par des pairs que les cinq équipes ont été retenues. Voici le titre des projets de même que le nom des chargés de projet.

Villes côtières à risque : renforcement des capacités d’adaptation pour les besoins de la gestion des changements climatiques dans les mégapoles côtières

Anond Snidvongs, Université Chulalongkorn et centre de recherche régional de l’Asie du Sud-Est de START, Thaïlande

Gordon McBean, Université Western Ontario, CanadaFaire face aux changements ensemble : mieux s’adapter aux changements climatiques au Canada et en Afrique de l’Ouest dans le domaine des ressources en eau

Driss Ouazar, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, MarocTaha Ouarda, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada

Partenariat Canada-Caraïbes sur l’adaptation des collectivités aux changements climatique Murray Simpson, The CARIBSAVE Partnership, Barbad Daniel Scott, Université de Waterloo, Canad 

Santé des autochtones et adaptation aux changements climatiques Alejandro Llanos, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Péro Shuaib Lwasa, Université Makerere, Ougand James Ford, Université McGill, Canada Lea Berrang Ford, Université McGill, Canada

 Vulnérabilité et adaptation aux phénomènes climatiques extrêmes dans les Amériques Fernando Santibañez, Université du Chili, Chili David J. Sauchyn, Université de Regina, Canada

 Voici ce qu’ont déclaré les présidents des quatre organismes partenaires à l’occasion de l’annonce.

 David M. Malone, président du CRDI : « En Afrique, en Arctique et dans les autres zones vulnérables, il est urgent de renforcer la capacité d’adaptation aux effets des changements climatiques, à savoir l’élévation du niveau de la mer, les phénomènes climatiques extrêmes, les sécheresses et la désertification, pour ne nommer que ceux-là. Cette initiative aidera à déterminer comment les populations vulnérables, au Canada et dans des pays en développement, peuvent composer le mieux possible avec la manière dont leur santé, leur milieu ambiant et leurs moyens de subsistance s’en trouvent modifiés. »

Alain Beaudet, président des IRSC : « Les populations autochtones sont particulièrement exposées, et cette initiative fournit l’occasion de recourir à la fois aux méthodes scientifiques occidentales et au savoir autochtone traditionnel. Des recherches s’imposent de toute urgence pour aider ces populations vulnérables à s’adapter aux changements climatiques voire à améliorer leurs conditions de vie grâce aux mesures prises en réaction à ces changements. »

Chad Gaffield, président du CRSH : « Les chercheurs financés par le CRSH ont contribué à constituer une solide assise d’innovation et de savoir-faire au Canada en ce qui concerne la dimension humaine des changements climatiques. Cette collaboration internationale aidera le CRSH à acquérir de nouvelles connaissances et capacités dans des domaines clés et lui permettra d’enrichir l’apport de la recherche en sciences humaines pour ce qui est de répondre aux besoins de collectivités du Canada et de pays en développement alors qu’elles s’efforcent de s’adapter à un environnement en pleine transformation. »

Suzanne Fortier, présidente du CRSNG : « Les connaissances et le savoir-faire des chercheurs financés par le CRSNG joueront un rôle clé dans la mise au point de solutions d’adaptation aux changements environnementaux qui ont une incidence sur les collectivités les plus vulnérables, au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde. En collaborant à un projet d’envergure internationale, les chercheurs seront en mesure de consolider les efforts en vue d’une gestion efficace des changements que subit l’environnement et d’une adaptation adéquate à ces derniers. »

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur cette collaboration sans pareil du CRDI et des trois conseils subventionnaires du Canada, prière de consulter le

À propos du CRDI

Comment cultiver des aliments plus sains, en plus grande quantité ? Comment préserver la santé ? Et comment créer des emplois ? Voilà quelques-unes des questions auxquelles les collectivités pauvres doivent trouver réponse afin de se donner des moyens d’action. Le CRDI appuie des travaux de recherche dans les pays en développement justement afin de trouver réponse à ces questions. ll veille aussi à promouvoir la diffusion des connaissances ainsi acquises auprès de responsables des politiques, de chercheurs et de collectivités de par le monde. Il en résulte des solutions locales, novatrices et durables, qui offrent des choix aux personnes qui en ont le plus besoin et font changer les choses.

À propos des IRSC

Les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC) sont l’organisme de recherche en santé du gouvernement du Canada. Leur objectif est de créer de nouvelles connaissances scientifiques et de favoriser leur application en vue d’améliorer la santé, d’offrir de meilleurs produits et services de santé, et de renforcer le système de santé au Canada. Composés de 13 instituts, les IRSC offrent leadership et soutien à plus de 13 600 chercheurs et stagiaires en santé dans tout le Canada.

À propos du CRSH
Le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) est un organisme fédéral qui encourage et appuie la recherche et la formation en milieu universitaire dans le domaine des sciences humaines. Par l’intermédiaire de ses programmes – Talent, Savoir, Connexion –, il permet d’atteindre les plus hauts niveaux d’excellence en recherche au Canada et favorise la collaboration ainsi que le partage des connaissances entre les disciplines, les universités et tous les secteurs de la société.

À propos du CRSNG

Le CRSNG est un organisme fédéral qui aide à faire du Canada un pays de découvreurs et d’innovateurs, au profit de tous les Canadiens. Il appuie quelque 30 000 étudiants de niveau postsecondaire et stagiaires postdoctoraux dans leurs études supérieures. Le CRSNG fait la promotion de la découverte en offrant un appui financier à plus de 12 000 professeurs chaque année et favorise l’innovation en incitant plus de 1 500 entreprises canadiennes à investir dans les projets de recherche des établissements postsecondaires et à y participer.


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Evolve Love Live – Legacy of Climate Crisis



“Evolve Love: Love in a Time of Climate Crisis” is a creative feature documentary (in progress) that will take us on a voyage to discover the ways in which planet wide climate catastrophe could propel us into a sustainable future founded on empathy for all life on earth.

Chronicling the birth of a global “movement of movements” forming to confront climate change, EVOLVE LOVE will reframe the despairing, apocalyptic narrative that is dominating popular discourse around the crisis, transforming it into a moving love story.

The film will feature compelling stories of everyday individuals who are living with the devastating impacts of climate change, while taking us through to the emerging “BRIGHT GREEN” sustainability movement, which offers the energizing confidence of constructive solutions and action, showing that we can reduce our ecological footprint while improving our lives.

With director Velcrow Ripper’s signature awe inspiring visuals, a powerful soundscape, compelling animation, moving stories of crisis, restoration and sustainability, combined with the wisdom of the greatest climate crisis visionaries, EVOLVE LOVE will be an inspirational, transformative and engaging viewing experience.

When: May 23, 2011, Doors 6:15 pm, Start 7:00 pm

Where: Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St., Victoria, BC


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World Environment Day – Blog Competition


‘Green bloggers: win a trip to India to cover World Environment Day 2011, on June 5!’

How would you like to win a trip to India to do something you already love doing – blogging!? Here’s a chance to flex your writing skills and to be a part of the World Environment Day global movement.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in partnership withTreeHugger, is sponsoring a free trip to India for a winning blogger to write, blog and tweet about World Environment Day.

What’s included?

Flights, accommodation, visa costs, insurance, and travel within India to WED events will be covered.


World Environment Day is on June 5th, 2011. The contest winner will be flown to India for three days, beginning June 3rd 2011 and ending June 6th 2011. Short-listed and winning posts will be published on TreeHugger and the World Environment Day websites.


Entrants will be expected to ensure they are able to travel to India for the duration and cover any other costs (e.g. vaccinations).

Be sure to read all the instructions on how to enter and winsubmission guidelines and terms and conditions.

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Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us Released as eBooks For Earth Day 2011

Open Road Media announces the publication of Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us, and The Sense of Wonder as ebooks in time for Earth Day 2011.


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Award-winning author Rachel Carson (1907–1964) was one of the greatest American natural history writers of the twentieth century. Her books include Under the Sea Wind, The Sense of Wonder, and The Sea Around Us. Decades after Carson published her first book and brought environmentalism and conservation to the forefront of the cultural conversation, readers can access three of her seminal works in the environmentally friendly e-format for the first time.
Today, the Green Blog Network has the privilege of sharing with readers some of Carson’s own words. Rachel Carson wrote this preface fifty years ago for the rerelease of The Sea Around Us, which combines detailed fieldwork and inspiring prose to reveal a deep understanding of the earth’s most precious, mysterious resource—the ocean.



…And yet the actual transport of radioactive elements by the sea itself is only part of the problem. The concentration and distribution of radioisotopes by marine life may possibly have even greater importance from the standpoint of human hazard. It is known that plants and animals of the sea pick up and concentrate radiochemicals, but only vague information now exists as to details of the process. The minute life of the sea depends for its existence on the minerals in the water. If the normal supply of these is low, the organisms will utilize instead the radioisotope of the needed element if it is present, sometimes concentrating it as much as a million times beyond its abundance in sea water. What happens then to the careful calculation of a “maximum permissible level”? For the tiny organisms are eaten by larger ones and so on up the food chain to man. By such a process tuna over an area of a million square miles surrounding the Bikini bomb test developed a degree of radioactivity enormously higher than that of the sea water.
By their movements and migrations, marine creatures further upset the convenient theory that radioactive wastes remain in the area where they are deposited. The smaller organisms regularly make extensive vertical movements upward toward the surface of the sea at night, downward to great depths by day. And with them goes whatever radioactivity may be adhering to them or may have become incorporated into their bodies. The larger fauna, like fishes, seals, and whales, may migrate over enormous distances, again aiding in spreading and distributing the radioactive elements deposited at sea.
The problem, then, is far more complex and far more hazardous than has been admitted. Even in the comparatively short time since disposal began, research has shown that some of the assumptions on which it was based were dangerously inaccurate. The truth is that disposal has proceeded far more rapidly than our knowledge justifies. To dispose first and investigate later is an invitation to disaster, for once radioactive elements have been deposited at sea they are irretrievable. The mistakes that are made now are made for all time.
It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.     
Silver Spring, Maryland
October 1960   
Read the rest of The Sea Around Us, and learn more about Rachel Carson.


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Climate Refugees – Quileute Tribe In Our Backyard

The recent devastating Tsunami and its ensuing human tragedies have awoken us all to the realities of environmental destruction, as did last year’s horrific Gulf Oil Spill.

We often hear about “Climate Refugees” and I think the automatic reflex is to assume it will happen somewhere far, far away. Well, here is a Native American tribe, the Quileute Tribe, whose traditional home is in Washington State and who are facing the prospect of being Climate Refugees. Read More below…


Situated along the Pacific Ocean and bordering the Olympic National Park, the members of the tiny one square mile fishing village are placing their hopes of moving to higher ground on the recently filed Quileute Tsunami Protection legislation (HR 1162) introduced on March 17, 2011 by Congressman Norm Dicks and Senator Maria Cantwell (D).

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The video is posted on the Quileute Nation website at and on the tribe’s Youtube page at .

Recycle, Reuse, Rejoice!

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>Stevia is A Super-Beauty Food


30 times sweeter than sugar, Stevia, the herb-derived non-caloric sweetener that has replaced those others recently, is actually a beauty remedy as well!

It comes from a small green plant (stevia rebaudiana) found in Paraguay, the native Guarani Indians have apparently always used it to sweeten their drinks.

It’s also good for fruit salads and to sweeten whipped cream!

For your beauty regimen, its ultra-sweet power gives it its super hydrating properties, particularly for your entire body. Its “steviosides” not only moisturize but also soften the skin. Melvita makes an exquisite blend of thym infused honey and stevia called Apicosma that reveals ultra-soft, creamy rich and touchable arms, legs and all-over. You can also try blending some of your own beauty Super Potions using packets of Stevia that you find at your health food store. 

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