Groundwater accounts for 30% of the world’s source of freshwater and around 2 billion people rely on it. Did you know that about 30% of Canadians rely on groundwater for domestic use? That number includes around 29% of British Columbia, 67% of New Brunswick and all of Prince Edward Island. What these numbers show us is that clean groundwater is of vital importance even to a country like Canada where there is an abundance of clean surface water in most parts of it.
July 1st, 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and brought with it the objections and celebrations of many Canadians. With all the protests and hype leading up to it, however, those of us in B.C. might have missed another important celebration; for 11 years, June has been a month for Washington to raise awareness and celebrate the orcas of the Salish Sea.Read more
With World Ocean Day just having passed, it’s well time we start thinking about how we can eat more sustainably when it comes to our seafood. With the massive problems the oceans already face, beginning with the massive garbage patches found in the world’s gyres, and ending with ocean acidification, the least we can do is begin to think sustainably in terms of what kind of seafood we are choosing to consume.Read more
It’s a situation that all of us have found ourselves in - discovering food buried in the back of the fridge or pantry, looking at the expiration date, and guiltily tossing it away. One household alone can accumulate a fair amount of disposed of food over the course of a year, so just how much food winds up in landfills across the province? The simple answer - far too much. In BC, 28% of waste in landfills is comprised of organic product, despite an organics ban in Metro Vancouver.Read more
When my friend Anna invited me to a film screening event hosted by Embark of the movie Just Eat It last year, I didn't realize the path it would put me on. Flash forward to today and I am seven months into a food recovery non-profit organization named Food Stash Foundation that has grown to have collected over 80,000 lbs of leftover food from thirty-six different stores and delivered it to twenty-six different charities throughout Vancouver with the help of 12 weekly volunteers.
The Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm expansion has been a topic of much contention lately, and it is imperative that we understand what is happening in our community. In order to do so, Embark Sustainability, SFU 350, Force of Nature, World Literature Student Union, SFU Faculty Association, SFU Graduate Student Society, SFPIRG, and BROKE came together to host TankTalks, a dialogue-based town hall. On April 3rd, sixty guests attended the event to discuss the implications of the tank farm expansion and to build momentum for the Tank Farm Rally organized by the Simon Fraser Student Society.Read more
I was 17 years old, living in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. A blue-collar logging town with three pulp and paper mills, freight shipping trade on Lake Superior, and a strong outdoor community. But not the MEC kind of outdoors (Mountain Equipment Coop: BC’s trendy hipster outdoor store). We wore plaid but didn’t think it was cool. We canoed, hiked, fished, hunted. We sat by firesides. We sucked on sunflower seeds and spit their shells into the fire, while sipping Labatt Blue. Yeah, we even cheered for the ‘Leafs.Read more
Sustainable agriculture is the act of producing food with little to no harm to communities and animal welfare. It protects the environment as a whole and practices methods that will last for future generations. But to what extent are the labels or certificates printed on the products we buy in stores mean what they really mean? How do they get certified? Is it sustainable or simply “organic” in terms?Read more
This month we're focusing on conservation and mitigation. So, I propose that we try out a 5 Minute Shower Challenge. Now don't get me wrong, this doesn't mean you have that you only have this amount of time to hop in and out of the shower. This challenge suggests you limit your water consumption during showers to only five minutes.Read more