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Canada's sorry performance on climate change in Bali

by: Heather on 12/12/2007
Posted in: Activism

A major UN summit in Bali has just a few days left to hammer out an agreement on stopping catastrophic climate change, but Canada along with the US and Japan is being of accused of sabotaging the talks. On Saturday, experts gave Canada the global "fossil" award for being the worst country in the world on climate change.

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Guest Post - Chris O'Brien

by: Heather on 12/10/2007
Posted in: Activism

Today, we have a guest post from Chris O'Brien, award-winning author of Fermenting Revolution, writing about some of the ethical dilemmas we face in choosing our daily cup of java. Check out his Beer Activist blog here and his new Bean Activist blog here. Thanks Chris!

What's the Greenest Coffee Bag?

Coffee drinkers pay more for packaging, shipping, and advertising than we pay the farmers who grow coffee beans. So how can we pay more to the people and for the product and less for the package? And which kind of package is best for the environment?

Setting aside the issues of shipping and advertising, and ignoring single-serve coffee containers for the moment, the basic retail packaging choice is between a paper bag and a plastic-covered foil bag.

Aargh! The eternal paper versus plastic debate. Hoping to discover once and for all which to choose, I researched this question and reported my findings in Fermenting Revolution. I found that this is a frustrating debate for good reason - there is no clear environmental winner when choosing a paper or plastic bag.

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The Story of Stuff

by: Heather on 12/07/2007
Posted in: Activism

If I go to a mall, especially at Christmas, it's not uncommon for me to feel almost physically ill when confronted by the mountains of excess. One of my main reasons for living where I do (a small island in the Georgia Strait off the coast of Vancouver Island), is to avoid the rampant consumerism that I always seem to be confronted with in cities.

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Green Blogs

by: Heather on 11/28/2007
Posted in: Activism

Green blogs are proliferating in the blogosphere - another indicator of the much-needed shift in public consciousness that is occurring as we speak. A colleague introduced me today to The Lean Green Family, which is a great example of this evolution. Apparently the blog is attracting the interest of the mass media, which is a really positive …

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John Banta Podcast

by: Heather on 11/15/2007
Posted in: Activism

John Banta, author of Extreme Weather Hits Home was recently interviewed by David McMillian for his Strategies for Living podcast. They discuss a variety of weather related building issues ranging from the dramatic (hurricane damage) to the frighteningly commonplace (moisture damage caused by changing climate zones). John estimates that over 50% …

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