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Alison Wheatley

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A few Planet Friendly Shopping ideas that support our planet’s charities while you find that perfect gift for someone special – in The Friday File.  You can reach the Friday File by either clicking on “Fridays” in the navigation bar up top on this page, or by clicking on The Friday

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Fun Stuff

The year’s busiest shopping day in the US, Black Friday, is next week.  When you’re considering what to get the special people in your life, remember that many charities offer fun and meaningful shopping opportunities.  A lot of charities offer interesting gifts, with most for affordable prices.  Knowing that you’re helping our planet

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Endangered Species

Into a world with just less than 3,000 tigers left in the wild, Tigers Forever was born in 2006 with the goal of increasing key tiger populations by 50% over the next ten years.  They knew it would take more than money alone, since tigers were getting more funding than

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Fun Stuff

Teaming up with coral on a tropical beach, and charitable shopping – in The Friday File.  You can reach the Friday File by either clicking on “Fridays” in the navigation bar up top on this page, or by clicking on The Friday File under Categories.

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Fun Stuff

Imagine you are walking along a sandy beach on a South Pacific island and you find coral washed up on shore.  Is it okay to pick it up and carry it home with you?  This dilemma faced a friend of mine recently.  So I asked the Coral Reef Alliance, and

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Fun Stuff

Currently underway and to November 15th, Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores and outlets are offering 30% off of purchases to people carrying the CARE Canada Give and Get Coupon.  Get your coupon at CARE’s Website.  5% of your purchase will be donated to CARE to help support anti-poverty

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Endangered Species

The name “Hundred Heartbeat Club” was first used by E.O. Wilson in “Vanishing Before Our Eyes”, and refers to species that “literally have fewer than 100 hearts beating on our planet”.  Jeff Corwin’s new book, entitled “100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species”, is their story.  It’s

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General

In the wild, lionfish are greedy predators that have invaded the Caribbean and eastern US seacoast.  They gobble up native fish and damage ecosystems, and can mean the end of local economies based on snorkeling and diving tourism dollars. But there’s hope.  Apparently lionfish taste great, and efforts are being made to

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Humanitarian

I was excited to have a personal interview this week with Helen Loftin, Mennonite Economic Development Association’s (MEDA)’s regional project manager in Pakistan.  She says the work they’re doing has linkages with the book Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn, which is currently enjoying some much deserved

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Fun Stuff

HAPPY HALLOWE’EN EVERYONE!   Check out the Hallowe’en feature on overcoming arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and a fun Hallowe’en gallery on The Friday File.  You can reach the Friday File by either clicking on “Fridays” in the navigation bar up top on this page, or by clicking on The Friday

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Climate Change

It’s already next week that WWF-Canada’s cross-Canada speaking tour “Oil and Ice” featuring award winning authors Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands) and Ed Struzik (The Big Thaw) launches.  Discussing the choices that will determine Canada’s future, the destiny of the Arctic, and lessons from the tar sands, the authors start their tour

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General

Hallowe’en is a wonderful time, but if all the spiders in stores are giving you or someone you know the creeps, read on.  And don’t miss the Hallowe’en fun at the bottom of this post. According to Anxiety BCTM, around 12.5% of people will have a specific phobia in their lifetime. 

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Fun Stuff

There’s an opportunity to support the conservation, education and research of bats through a fun online tour of Hallowe’en arts and crafts.  Presented in a game-like format, the website benefits Bat Conservation International.  Enjoy some ghoulish fun while exploring the map, seeing lots of creative Hallowe’en ideas, gathering clues for

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Humanitarian

Recently, CARE Canada called. “Would you like to support our program and for $32 buy a pair of chickens for a family in the developing world?” they asked. “Your donation will be matched 3 for 1 by the Canadian Government.” Promptly, my $32 was on its way to CARE. It

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Greetings

This blog is all about giving a greater voice to the people and groups who are working to find or implement solutions to our planet’s problems. In 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there are 5,966 endangered species of vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, etc.) in the

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