Category Archive: Environment

Nuclear Power: When will we ever learn?

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March 11th was the anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region, which was triggered by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. That… Continue reading

Let it Snow

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The Gulf Islands are a chain of islands located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. From the air in summer time the 13 major islands and  450 smaller islands look like emeralds… Continue reading

Mysterious Starfish Die-Off

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When most people think of sea stars, I don’t think  they comprehend that they are rapacious predators scouring the seabed, forcing their stomachs out of their bodies and eating almost everything in sight,… Continue reading

Walking Lightly One Step at a Time

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Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent… Continue reading

Islands of Sorrow, Oceans of Grief

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On islands of sorrow, across oceans of grief,  all over the world there will be no tomorrow for marine life and ocean birds. They ingest our waste, starve, writhe in agony and die,… Continue reading

Cabin Renovation: Simple Green Living

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Thirty years ago my husband and I were city dwellers still spending most of our time working  for someone else.  Then we made a life changing decision, a decision to make our simple… Continue reading

Are you a tree hugger too?

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The thunderclouds collided overhead and the rain hailed down like bullets.  Wind howled,  limbs cracked,  whoosh  —  two earthshaking THUDS, seconds apart, shook the ground.  For 90 years they stood on the bank… Continue reading

Green Home Renovation Lessons Learned

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It all began with the surprise announcement that we were spontaneously undertaking a large and expensive project within a time limited window of opportunity.  Two weeks ago I assumed it would be completely… Continue reading

Connecting Kids and Nature

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We islanders got the dry spell we were craving and quickly exchanged our gumboots and umbrellas for sandals and sunglassess. We’ve been celebrating a week of gorgeous weather outdoors and that’s why I’ve… Continue reading

Super Moon Moments and Memories

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Supermoons occur when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth coincides with a full moon, an event known as perigee. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 383,000 kilometres… Continue reading

Celebrating the Greenman Archetype

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The belief that we can manage the Earth and improve on Nature is probably the ultimate expression of human conceit, but it has deep roots in the past and is almost universal. —… Continue reading

Summer was Super

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Despite the fact the weather was a few degrees cooler than expected August weather did not disappoint. We had a fabulous month with friends making sweet memories.

A World Without Bees

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Can you imagine a world without bees? Entomologists are studying the reasons behind an enormous bee die off.  They call it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and if they cannot find a solution the… Continue reading

Blue Camas Love Affair

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Many years ago my friend and I took a new bend in the road on our  weekly woodland walk and happened upon a gorgeous sight — a sea of Blue Camas lilies in… Continue reading

BC Lighthouse keepers not getting the boot

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Canadian lightkeepers report on weather and sea conditions, collect long-term scientific data that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, protect rare wildlife and plant species, give first aid assistance and other help to… Continue reading

Perpetual economic growth is unsustainable

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There’s little doubt in my mind that the three-legged stool economic model is flawed and needs replacement. Setting economic concerns as a priority above the environment when the environment is the grounds for… Continue reading

Are your cosmetics hazardous to your health?

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Pervasive and persuasive advertising cosmetics industry campaigns have created a highly lucrative and growing market for anti-aging and presumed beauty creating products. There’s also cross-over marketing that targets beauty product consumers by purporting such products can do much for their health. But is that true?

What Would You Sacrifice for a Secure Future?

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The scientific evidence of global warming is overwhelming, and there is no reason not to act.  We ought to be rethinking and reducing oil dependency as it’s obvious  that we must act to… Continue reading

Beating the Heat

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Last night I had several dreams and every one of them had the same theme –  cooling down. From standing under a waterfall,  to being caught in a snow storm, to being stranded… Continue reading

On the Beach

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I’m enjoying my vacation with friends and our catching up on each others lives and sharing new experiences has been so wonderful and so exhausting. I feel like I’m asleep on my feet… Continue reading

Offshore drilling is bad news, and we should say so

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Offshore oil production is a growth industry that has  produced numerous large-scale oil spills destroying  an immense amount habitat and devastating wildlife.  Clearly drilling is not the answer to any of our energy… Continue reading

Rethinking and reducing oil dependency

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My husband and I awoke to the news that BP Plc is preparing for a key procedure to replace the containment cap over its blown-out Macondo well, which could temporarily cause more oil… Continue reading

Naked in Eden Book Trailer

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This is so exciting. My friend Robin Easton adventurer, writer and blogger has released her Naked in Eden book trailer. It’s the remarkable story of her adventures and awakening in the Australian rainforest.… Continue reading

Mother Nature: True Awesomeness

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Yes! Awesome was the correct word for what we witnessed and nothing is more awesome than natural events like the herring run in spring and the return of the salmon to the rivers in fall.

Celebrate Earth Day with better food choices

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It is important that humans begin supporting organic or small farms, local production and sustainable techniques while harvesting increased yields and protecting the topsoil. The time for action is now, before the world’s… Continue reading

Earth Day 2009

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Earth Day 2009 Bloggers Unite – Leave nothing but footprints – Take nothing but pictures – Kill nothing but time

Bloggers Unite for Earth Day

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Join up with bloggers around the world through Bloggers Unite for Earth Day on April 22nd and honor the planet every day of the year.

Will Willie and friends see shadows tomorrow?

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Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. Canada’s Groundhog Day relies on the predictions of an albino groundhog named Wiarton Willie. Although Punxsutawney Phil gets the most attention, various American cities have their own special groundhogs;… Continue reading

Geotourism: Do you know what it is?

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Some of the “pet” subjects I have researched and written about include the negative impacts of tourism on the most special places on earth, ecotourism, geotourism and sustainable tourism. For several nights now… Continue reading

News from the Union of Concerned Scientists

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Political interference in science has been all over the news recently. We thought you’d like to be aware of the following developments: Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona reported he was muzzled from speaking… Continue reading

The Return of the Pine Siskins

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Pine siskins do not migrate north and south but instead they move east and west in their 2 year cycles. They are spunky little birds who are feisty enough to drive off the… Continue reading