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New York City Climate Change March Could Be Largest of Its Kind

A march for our future.

Wherever you are, support it. Our climate won’t fix itself – it’s all hands on deck or bust!


More than 100,000 people are taking to the streets of New York City on Sunday to take part in the People’s Climate March. Here’s what you need to know about the historic event:

What’s the goal?

The march is taking place ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations climate-change summit, which is convening to discuss an international carbon emissions agreement. Those marching hope their participation will put pressure on world leaders expected to attend, such as President Barack Obama, to take policy action to curb the climate change damage.

Where is this happening?

People from all over the country and North America have traveled to take part in the Manhattan event, but activism on the issue is worldwide — close to 2,700 climate-related demonstrations are in the works in more than 150 countries such as Tanzania, Germany and Colombia in addition to this march, the New York Times reports.

Who organized…

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Let the decision-makers know that the Peace Valley is worth more without Site C!

Information below provided by the Peace Valley Environment Association (PVEA), Sierra Club BC and Stop Site C. Please visit for more information on this major threat to the health of the Peace River and the communities and wildlife that depend on it.

Did you know that allowing the Peace River to continue to flow free is worth $8 billion a year to the B.C. economy?

The Peace Dividend, a new study by the David Suzuki Foundation, states that the benefits provided by farmland and nature in the Peace River watershed are conservatively worth an estimated $7.9 billion to $8.6 billion a year!

As the Federal and B.C. governments weigh the pros and cons of the proposed Site C dam, we must make sure that they have this crucial information front and centre!

Please take a moment to write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and B.C.’s premier, Christy Clark. Urge them to give serious weight to the study’s findings before making a decision that would destroy the Peace River valley’s incredible ability to generate natural wealth.

According to the study, the economic benefits of keeping the Peace River Valley’s nature and farmland intact are enormous! Preventing disruption of these critical ecosystem services is essential to ensure protection of the valley’s quality farmland, clean water, wildlife habitat and a wide array of recreational opportunities. First Nations’ gravesites and ability to continue to carry out traditional rights would also be severely impacted if Site C is approved.

The Joint Review Panel’s report on Site C echoes the same message. The Panel found that “biological diversity is a global asset of great value to present and future generations” and that a loss of biodiversity would have a “financial cost”.

Please take a moment to be the change you want to see: write to the decision-makers today.

Keep the Peace Blog

Site C has huge environmental, social and financial costs.
It is NOT in the best interests of British Columbians!

You can help stop B.C.’s next White Elephant – the Site C dam! The federal and provincial governments will make a decision on Site C in the next few weeks. Please ensure that they are aware that a decision to proceed with this dam will be catastrophic!

The Peace Dividend, a new study by the David Suzuki Foundation, states that the benefits provided by farmland and nature in the Peace River watershed are conservatively worth an estimated $7.9 billion to $8.6 billion a year!

Action Request:
Ask the federal and provincial government to thoroughly review and consider the newly released study from David Suzuki Foundation – The Peace Dividend prior to making a decision on Site C Dam.

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Beautiful and sad GIFs that show what’s happening to the ocean

Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work premieres today on Netflix. Watch it here.

Below, four ocean infographic gifs from the film.

What happened to the coral reefs?

Between 1950 and 2014, half of the coral reefs across the oceans died.

What happened to tuna, sharks, and cod?

Mission_Blue_gif2_256_99_0_600Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific Bluefin Tuna, sharks, and North Atlantic Cod were all almost fished to extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain.

The number of ocean deadzones then and now:

Ocean deadzones are spots in the sea where life no longer exists. They occur when massive fertilizer runoff (or other ocean crises) set in motion an oxygen-depriving chain of events…

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Ask Umbra: Is it safe to water veggies from my rain barrels?


Send your question to Umbra!

Q.Is it safe to use the water that comes off my roof into a rain barrel to water herbs and vegetables that we eat?

Jefferson, Md.

A. Dearest Ron,

Using sweet rainwater to nourish your burgeoning salad ingredients is just like a refreshing drink straight from a mountain stream. By which I mean – and if you’ve ever had the misfortune of experiencing what I’ll call “the wilderness two-step” after indulging in the latter, you’ll know this already – proceed with caution. Both water sources may look clear, pure, and unequivocally healthy, but you never know what invisible intruders lurk within.

Rain barrels in general are unequivocally healthy for the planet. Simple systems designed to funnel rainwater from your roof into storage tanks, rain barrels relieve pressure on stormwater systems, reduce the energy used to treat and transport water, and save you roughly

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Give Your Car a Break this Summer!


Let Your Green Show is back with a new challenge to Give Your Car a Break. From June to September, residents are encouraged to walk, carpool, take transit, ride a bike, hike or more! Pick an action, snap a selfie and submit it for your chance to win!

A monthly prize will be drawn and awarded to one lucky resident in each of the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon. Prize packages include items such as gift certificates for sporting goods stores, Presto passes, a zip lining experience, a free bike tune-up and much more.

The resident from each municipality who has completed the most number of actions during the entire contest period will receive the Greenest Resident Award and the Grand Green Experience package in October.

Ready to Give Your Car a Break? Register on the Let Your Green Show Facebook page or on the…

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These biologists created a gorgeous film about African glaciers

Incredible jouney to document ancient ice in the most unlikely of places, the Tropics!

Sadly, these incredible ecosystems are vanishing as the glaciers melt rapidly…but why are they changing, and what are the consequences?

A gripping horror sure to get you off your seat and take action!


Chasing Ice launched a new sub-genre of horror films: Watch big beautiful glaciers melt. OK, that might not sound as date-night friendly as a slasher flick, but, hey, if a kid talking to a wagging finger named Tony can be scary, watching the Arctic melt away is downright terrifying. Filmmakers Neil Losin and Nathan Dappen recently joined the field with Snows of the Nile , a visually stunning documentary about the disappearing glaciers in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains (you can watch the trailer  here).

Losin and Dappen brought a twist to their ice-gazing short by focusing on glaciers where you might not expect them: the tropics. The emerging filmmakers, who both have PhDs in biology and star in the film, got some financial help from a Dos Equis promotion. Snows follows their journey to the Rwenzori, with prints of its glaciers from a 1906 expedition in hand. And yes, as compared to the original photos, the…

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King Street Redesign Update – April 2014

They could use your support! Learn more about the ION LRT and the King Street upgrades proposed in Uptown Waterloo, and how it all relates to future cycling infrastructure!

Waterloo Bikes

Remember that petition for protected bicycle lanes? Well it hasn’t been forgotten … yet :)

I attended the Waterloo Advisory Committee for Active Transportation meeting last week and received a very encouraging update from city staff.

Waterloo has indeed proposed protected bicycle lanes to the Region and is waiting for Regional approval of the plans before presenting to for another public consultation or to City and Regional councils for approval. The region has asked for a number of refinements to ensure the protected lane’s re-integration into traffic across the various intersections are safe. It’s something that hasn’t been done in the Region and they are nervous about taking on additional liability.

I’d say that makes sense, but the crazy liability that is our existing King Street seems far worse. I’m eager to find out if protected bicycle lanes makes it to council for a vote!

Thanks for the support, the petition is 12 votes from…

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