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Cute African girl after cleft lip
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Congratulations to Harry and Meghan. I enjoyed watching their wedding today (on TV) and look forward to seeing what they will do for their humanitarian work as a married Royal couple. They both have already established a solid track record in international humanitarian and conservation work. It is widely known

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Hands holding Planet Earth
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The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, when millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Earth Day is now a global event each year, and the Earth Day Network who organizes Earth Day believes that more than

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The Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations are a framework of 17 global Goals and 169 Targets that are to be achieved by 2030. These Goals are universal, and address our world’s environmental, social, economic, and security challenges. All the world’s issues are connected to each other (eg. climate

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Hands holding Planet Earth
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Voices For Our Planet .com is calling for volunteers who live in Canada, preferably British Columbia or Alberta, who have the time to attend one meeting a month (or do more if you want to). Alison is turning Voices For Our Planet into a social enterprise business that will donate

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Mt Avatar ancient forest
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Sierra Club BC’s Forest and Climate Campaigner Jens Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate campaigner for the Sierra Club BC, has an early memory planting small trees, ferns and mosses next to little rocks and roots in the backyard of his childhood home in Germany. The mini landscape looked like a

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trophy hunting
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CNN recently broadly advertised and then showed a special called Trophy. I understand that the show featured trophy hunting and started conversations. On Facebook, I posted a link to an article explaining the downside of trophy hunting, and a hunting fan responded with what I c all propaganda. Here’s our

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SLAPP lawsuits are like whack a mole
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SLAPP law suits stands for “strategic lawsuits against public participation.” The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C. have written that SLAPPs are becoming a common legal tool to intimidate and silence critics of businesses, often for environmental and local land development issues. Most SLAPP lawsuits center

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open ocean where oil barge may be
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Vancouver media Global News is reporting that a 420-foot oil barge, disconnected from its fuel tug, is sitting at anchor a little less than one kilometre from rocks that are part of the Goose Group Islands (near Bella Bella, BC). The barge (Ziedell Marine 277) is carrying 3.5 million litres of diesel

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Hundreds of organizations, politicians, and high profile people darkened their websites yesterday to protest the federal government’s Bill C-38 which limits federal environmental efforts without input from the people the changes will impact the most.  In Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John’s, environmental leaders and high-profile supporters gathered and spoke

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rhododendron
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It’s Rhododendron season in Vancouver, and there are lots of Rhodo trees around that are in full bloom.  If you like pinky red ones, check out East 7th and East 8th and McLean Street (near the Commercial & Broadway skytrain station).  VanDusen Garden’s were in gorgeous bloom last weekend, and

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park
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Recently, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the four South Okanagan bands asked the B.C. Government to return to talks to consider the establishment of a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. “This is one of the most critically endangered ecosystems in Canada,” stated Chloe O’Loughlin, Director of Terrestrial Conservation

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February 2nd, as well as being Groundhog Day, is World Wetlands Day. It’s an important day in Canada partly because there are more wetlands in Canada than in any other country in the world. Canada is home to about one quarter of the world’s such lands, covering 14% of our

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There has (rightly so) been a considerable amount of media buzz recently about the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team winning entry to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  Congratulations! Hopefully some people also noticed that the Team was also demonstrating their commitment to girls’ issues and rights by wearing

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More than 130 scientists across North America have just signed a declaration calling for permanent protection of Clayoquot Sound’s remaining intact old-growth rainforests. But that might not be enough to protect the area. The B.C. government has received an application for logging in the old growth rainforest of Flores Island

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In 1969, Vancouver Island grew 70% of its own food. Today, they grow less than 5%, according to the Wilderness Committee. And this week the Wilderness Committee will present an opportunity to help stop that agriculture number from shrinking even further. The municipality of North Saanich is deciding what to do

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