It is a challenge living in a society where a tanned complexion is the ultimate summer goal for many people, but like me, you’re as pale as can be and no matter what, by the end of the summer you’re only half a shade darker than you were in the winter.
As a vegetarian, Emma Shou can sympathize with why someone would choose to “go vegan.” By avoiding animal products, one can say that he or she eats “cruelty-free” -- and that makes the world we live in a better place. However, this is not necessarily true.
Who doesn’t love a nice green lawn? It contributes to the aesthetics of our neighborhoods and provides a pleasant space for social activities. Summer is coming, and lawns are about to reappear, so let's take a moment to talk about them.
What if banning harmful chemicals from everyday items doesn’t really lead to a nontoxic product?
What you might not know about the fight for climate justice is how it’s inherently rooted in both the social and environmental movements. Vancouver’s Fossil Free Faith team are a group of leaders paving a new path that bridges religion and faith to seek common understandings as we move towards a new energy future. This collective brings people of different faith backgrounds and lived experiences together to celebrate diversity and contribute new perspectives to Canada’s climate justice movement. Here are some of their stories.
This September, the B.C. provincial government proposed to do a study that would look into the feasibility of connecting Metro Vancouver, Bowen Island, Gambier Island and Keats Island to the Sunshine Coast. The government is looking at existing examples of such connections in Norway, which use a combination of bridges and underwater tunnels to link fjords (a deep, narrow and elongated sea or lakedrain) that have a similar geography to our own coast. According to the Bowen Island Undercurrent, this is an idea that’s been “bandied about for years."
In grade 11, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a participant for a 10-day canoe trip down the Nahanni River with some of my classmates. We were trained up in white water canoeing, survival, and trip planning. An elder from the region, Gerry, joined us for some cultural teachings beforehand. He came down the river with us, pointing out traditional sites, sharing ceremonies, and constantly scaring us witless with stories of Nagha (the bushman). It was an unforgettable journey.
Nestlé gets a lot of flack for applying for permits to bottle and sell water from 29 facilities across North America. But let's not forget, they are in the profit-making business. They are interested in selling products that consumers will buy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m frustrated by the devastating environmental impacts of bottled water too, but I’m even more infuriated by those that create the demand for these products.