Penguins at risk – what can we do?

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Penguins at risk – what can we do?

Scientists have stated that the magnificent Emperor Penguin may be extinct within the century due to loss of ice caused by climate change. As the earth warms, we are going to start seeing more and more animals becoming extinct. What can we do to help? One of the easiest and most effective ways that we


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Our food choices matter

Richard Schwartz recently posted an article on the Veg Climate Alliance website, “Global catastrophe or sustainable future?“. It’s worth looking at if for nothing more that the extensive list of sources. He really looks into how exactly a shift towards a plant-based diet would reduce ghg emissions enough to give us time to solve the


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The Diva Cup

No, I don’t have personal experience with the Diva Cup myself, but Joanne asked me to write a post about it. The Diva Cup is a replacement for disposable menstrual products. Combined with Lunapads (washable cloth menstrual pads), you may never have to buy disposable tampons or pads ever again. This may not seem like


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Local is not the answer

The latest email newsletter from Earthsave was waiting for me in my inbox this morning. If you haven’t signed up for it, you definitely should. There are always links to valuable stories, plus news about their upcoming events. One link led me to a CBC story about a University of Toronto professor who has authored


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Are you being greenwashed?

Jasmin over at Making Hay just posted a link to “Greenwashed“, an article about local food and meat consumption. It’s a really good look at how even locally raised meat is not sustainable (and actually could be worse in terms of greenhouse gas emissions). Even grass-fed beef produces greenhouse gas emissions in the form of


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Let Live 2009 recap

Joanne and I went down to Portland this past weekend for the Let Live Animal Rights Conference. If you missed it, here’s a bit of a recap of the weekend. I couldn’t go to all the sessions, unfortunately, but the ones I went to were definitely educational. The only problem is that now I’m constantly


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Our response to the Greenest City Action Team’s preliminary report

A month or two ago, LBC, in conjuntion with several other groups, sent a letter to the newly formed Vancouver Greenest City Action Team, asking them to make recommendations that Vancouver residents reduce their consumption of animal products to help the environment. The Team just released their preliminary report (PDF) which made no mention of


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Sustainability is just a start

I often hear of sustainability referred to as an end goal, as if when we reach a level of sustainability, then everything is good. In this way many questionable activities, like the seal hunt, like fish farming, like intensive farming of animals, are excused as being sustainable. However, I think that sustainability is really the


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Humpback whale rescued from prawn trap lines

Recently a humpback whale was rescued after becoming entangled in the trap lines of a prawn fisherman. A new Fisheries unit formed to save marine mammals is boasting one of its first successes after rescuing an exhausted and distressed humpback whale in Knight Inlet on the central B.C. coast. A prawn fishermen called in an


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Sustainability: what does it mean for animals

I’ve been hearing a lot about “sustainability” lately. It is a goal (“a ‘sustainable’ society”), a criticism (“that’s completely unsustainable”), and a justification (“but it’s sustainable”). Sustainability is often presented as the deciding factor in determining if an action or practice is ok. I was a bit confused about what “sustainability” actually means, so I


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