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THERE ARE 1000’s OF ELEPHANTS IN OUR ROOM!

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Written by Garnet McPherson

 
THERE ARE 1000’s OF ELEPHANTS IN OUR ROOM! - Experts are saying “The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.”1 That translates into as many as 100,000 species becoming extinct each year. That’s would mean over 270 species disappearing each day and just in the time you picked up this article and began to read it, several species will have left this planet forever!
 
If those scientists are right then I don’t think we need to debate the fact that we have a BIG PROBLEM that not enough people are talking about. The elephant in our room is the huge loss of biodiversity which is occurring at this point in history. The even bigger elephant in the room is that this is but a symptom of the fact that the eco systems that our biosphere depends on, are in grave danger of collapsing.  If unchecked we could bare witness to a mass extinction on this planet like never before.
 

The fundamental failure in environmentalism

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Written by Dr David Suzuki

 
Environmentalism has failed. Over the past 50 years, environmentalists have succeeded in raising awareness, changing logging practices, stopping mega-dams and offshore drilling, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But we were so focused on battling opponents and seeking public support that we failed to realize these battles reflect fundamentally different ways of seeing our place in the world. And it is our deep underlying worldview that determines the way we treat our surroundings.

We have not, as a species, come to grips with the explosive events that have changed our relationship with the planet.
   

Our Oceans In Crisis - New Study

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Written by Garnet McPherson

 
LONDON – An international panel of marine experts warns in a report released today that the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.
 
The preliminary report arises from the first ever interdisciplinary international workshop to consider the cumulative impact of all stressors affecting the ocean.  Considering the latest research across all areas of marine science, the workshop examined the combined effects of pollution, acidification, ocean warming, over fishing and hypoxia (deoxygenation).
   

Ray Anderson Lead Business Down A Sustainable Path

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Ray Anderson passed on recently and we lost a great business leader that showed us all that a greener business can be a better busness that shows improved performance on multiple bottom lines.  He earned the SLM Green Hero Award for his work on sustainable busness.

Known for his advanced and progressive stance on industrial ecology and sustainability Ray Anderson was described by many as the greenest CEO in North America. A pioneer and visionary, Ray has lead the way by not only transforming his successful carpet and floor covering company into one of the most sustainable corporations in existence but also by actively sharing his experience with other organizations and government.  We owe Ray a debt of gratitude for setting an example of what can be done to create sustainable organisations that make sence.

   

Brain over brawn is the key to survival

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Written by Dr David Suzuki

 
Many people say George Wald was the greatest lecturer in Harvard’s history. He was certainly the best I’ve heard. Dr. Wald won a Nobel Prize in 1967 for his work on the biochemical basis of colour vision. He and I became friends in the 1970s because we shared a common concern about the misapplication of science, especially during the war in Vietnam. Dr. Wald once captivated me with a story he told:

For close to 150 million years, dinosaurs dominated the planet, and they were impressive. They were huge animals, armed with weapons like spikes on their tails, giant claws, and razor-sharp teeth. They were covered with armour plates. They seemed invincible, and when they roamed the Earth, other creatures fled in terror. But they had a fatal flaw: a tiny brain in relation to their body size. Despite their impressive traits, they disappeared – victims, in part, of their low brain-to-brawn ratio.

   

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Community Power Co-ops Urge MPPs to Support Feed-In Tariff, Oppose Bill 39

TORONTO—Community power groups are opposed to Bill 39, a private member’s bill scheduled for a vote at Queen’s Park this Thursday, and are urging their MPPs to oppose it.  The...

Eco Energy | Saturday, 20 April 2013

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The free-wheeling family: car-free in suburbia

 The free-wheeling family: our car-free experiment in suburbia - Our family has always been a one car family.   Many have marveled at how we have made it work with...

Eco Transport | Wednesday, 10 April 2013

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DIY - Making Household Cleaner

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 Try making your own household cleaner! Works well for me.   1. Start to store your orange peels. You can put in the freezer if you like. When you have...

How To Do It | Saturday, 6 April 2013

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