I support a number of social justice causes: gender equality, animal rights, BLM, and missing and murdered Indigenous women to name a few. For a living, I work for an organization that campaigns to protect the health of our oceans, our ecosystems and our planet for generations to come. I’m proud that these causes drive social change -- but I’m not an activist.
An ambassador is someone who works to represent or promote a certain activity. As CC-IUCN Youth Ambassadors, Caroline, Sam and Elyse got the chance to represent Canadian youth at the World Conservation Congress. But there are many nature ambassadors in this world that often go unnoticed. Let’s recognize some special Ocean Ambassadors...the surf bums.
I must admit to having grown up more-or-less sheltered from the realities of our global and local environmental issues. This was in part due to my own inability to focus as a child, but was also largely a result of the environment in which I was raised. By that I refer not to my parents so much as society in general.
With school sadly around the corner, it is time to think about back to school shopping. Before you start shopping, it is important to consider the toll the things we use takes on the environment. Imagine the huge mass of papers that comes from all of your notes, handouts, and essays that you end up tossing at the end of the school year. One way we can become greener at school is to invest in some green school supplies.
My anxious fingers skim over my Indigo re-gifted tropical coloured keyboard cover as I type into the Google search bar the infamous name: “Donald Trump”. Instantly, I am flooded with a whopping 397 million results. News stories, tweets, and pictures. Looking to prove my point, but unsure if I can, I now type “climate change” into the search bar.
Bingo: 140 million results.
I always thought Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works hard just like other environmental NPOs, where volunteers are highly needed to improve nature, and stewardship is applied - but I did not know that the organization wisely uses its resources to buy lands.
I grew up in an Asian household where shark fin soup was highly regarded. I have eaten the dish at Chinese weddings and at other Chinese celebrations. I was told that it was a privilege to have shark fin soup and consuming it was very beneficial for my health. I grew up with many Chinese traditions which I did not question, solely because they have been done for hundreds of years. In my case, the horrors of shark fin soup were brought to light when I first watched Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait documentary.
After a busy day you are wandering through the aisles of your local supermarket, trying to decide what to have for dinner. You pass by the seafood section and think it’s a good idea. There are so many choices though: shrimp, halibut, crab, salmon, and trout. The salmon catches your eye, though, and you reach down to grab one but stop when you see two different labels.