alive’s senior editor, Ellen Niemer, is a member of the Richmond Blue Dot Movement. In September, I wrote about the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Movement. All summer and fall, the volunteer members of the Richmond Blue Dot Movement have worked hard attending events and collecting signatures from the citizens of Richmond, BC. Swell of support From the conversations we held with people in Richmond, it was clear that many people didn’t realize Canadians don’t have the right to a healthy environment—but they agreed it’s a right we should have. (And … spoiler alert … Richmond City Council thought so, too!) High hopes On October 14, Blue Dot volunteers and supporters attended the City Council meeting with our banners of signed petition cards and high hopes. We weren’t disappointed. Mayor Brodie and the city councillors made eloquent speeches about what the City of Richmond has done, and is doing, to protect … [Read more...] about You, too, Could Have the Right to a Healthy Environment!
As you’re gearing up for your ride, you’ll be sure to slather on your sunscreen, right? Protecting ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays is as important as protecting our noggins from the damaging effects of a fall from the saddle. But did you know that the kind of sunscreen you use can also have damaging effects on our environment? Narrowing down the culprit There is growing concern that our sunscreens may be contributing to the destruction of coral reefs around the world. Oxybenzone, an ingredient in sunscreen that blocks ultraviolet rays, is one factor linked to their destruction, says a study published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Even a very small amount can damage DNA in mature and larval coral organisms and threaten or even kill coral reefs. Oxybenzone is categorized as a photo-toxicant, meaning it becomes more harmful in bright light, typical of tropical environments. The chemical also speeds up coral bleaching, a … [Read more...] about Protect Your Skin and the Environment
Living in a world where at most times you are unable to dare I say, “stop and smell the roses,” or even enjoy the view that the earth has given you, we can become so bombarded with environmental distractions. From the foods you eat, to what you see, to the air you breathe we live in a spiritual and physical toxic society that shapes our perspectives. At times such distractions can allow us to neglect our personal space that can lead to unhealthy habits. So, how can we avoid this detrimental chaos? It’s simple, clean your space!!! The dark-side in keeping an unorganized and unclean environment Now, if you are an environmental conscience person like I am then you have a working understanding of why having a clean space is so important. So why are so many people able to live in disarray? Do people not realize what this does to their mental health? Acting-Editorial Director of Sonima has much to say about a tidy environment and overall mental health: She stated … [Read more...] about Your Home and Professional Environment Matters
Every morning, millions of young people go to school. The parents, guardians and caretakers believe that these students will be treated with a lot of care, inspired, valued, and educated by the teachers in school. On the other hand, the students hope that they will be happy in school, get along with their peers, enjoy the process of learning and have their work measure up. These are the types of hopes that define a positive classroom for the students and parents. In the recent times, things have changed a lot. The definition of a positive classroom has changed over the years, especially for the educators. According to them, a positive classroom is a place where young people arrive very early in the morning to learn, work extremely hard to master the required academic standard then go home in the afternoon and complete their homework accurately. The next day, the educators expect the students to report early, eager to learn more. Most of the time, the current teacher is … [Read more...] about How to Create a Positive Learning Environment
Sleep is important to maintaining your health, and poor sleep can lead to dangerous conditions and a general feeling of malaise. This not only can cut your life short, it can also make it generally miserable to be awake. While conditions such as sleep apnea or other sleep disorders can make it difficult to achieve a restful sleep, sometimes getting a good night’s sleep is as simple as creating a good sleeping environment. Get Rid of the Noise You may think that you can’t fall asleep without some sort of background noise, such as a radio, TV or “white noise” device. While many people believe that this helps them get into an adequate sleep cycle, in the long run it is actually detrimental to your sleep as a whole because it makes it harder to achieve REM sleep-which is when you get the most rest. It may be difficult, but try to eliminate as much noise as possible. Eventually, you will adjust to the relative silence and you will get an overall … [Read more...] about 5 Tips To Improve Your Sleeping Environment
Whether you run a small business or a much larger-sized one, what you do both in and out of your office can and typically does have an impact on the environment. With that being the case, is 2016 the year you and your staff look for ways to do your parts to make the environment better off? If you stop and think about it for a moment, there are myriad of ways just one employer can help make the planet and little healthier and last a little longer. Stumped on how to go about this? As many big-name brand makers have shown over the years, there are countless ways to make the environment a little healthier and safer for all. As a result, your business can learn some lessons from these companies and implement your own environmental initiatives. Are You Doing Your Part for the Planet? Keep some of the following ideas in mind to do your part for the planet everyone calls home: Put a plan in motion – In order to do your company’s part for the environment, get together … [Read more...] about Make It Your Business to Place the Environment First
In the United States, 7.3 million people are vegetarian and 22.8 million people are inclined to follow a vegetarian diet. (1) This past week research made headlines that the vegetarian diet could be more harmful to the environment than consuming meat. The study reported that lettuce is three times worse in terms of producing greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon. (2) This is another case of research being analyzed and reported wrong. Researchers behind this study report that this is a total mischaracterization of what they have found. (3) In terms of environmental impact, not all vegetables are created equal. Journalists emphasized that lettuce produces more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon. These journalists compared two foods, but a vegetarian is not going to replace lettuce with pork! These journalists ignored that the researchers found that kale, broccoli, rice, potatoes, spinach and wheat all rank lower than pork in terms of greenhouse gas … [Read more...] about Study did not find out vegetables hurt the environment!
Water is without a doubt, one of the most vital ingredients of the world. Yet, our reliance on water takes it away from where it’s needed, such as lakes, oceans and the water cycle itself. As a result, every little bit of water you can save counts. This is commonly known as water dependency and refers to the reliance we have on tap water in our homes. As such, finding alternative means can help relieve dependency in your area and reduce stress on the environment. Here are 5 such water saving tips to help live a greener life. 1. Reuse Water When tap water first comes out the tap, it’s clean and usable for anything, from drinking to washing the dishes. After this, however, it often goes straight down the drain when it could be used for additional measures. For example, how clean does water need to be to flush the toilet? The short answer is that it doesn’t. Sink and bath water can always be used in the toilet, saving a great deal of water dependency. Think about … [Read more...] about Save The World: 5 Water-Saving Tips At Home That Helps The Environment
A healthy house environment is of a significant importance for the wellbeing of all family members. Most of us spend more time indoors so it is definitely worth thinking of various ways to improve and maintain a clean, tidy and safe home interior. One of the most critical aspects of a healthy home is the air quality inside. We should have a better understanding of which are the most common air pollutants and how to avoid them. They should be taken into account when building a new property or making a renovation. A poor indoor air quality leads to headaches, fatigue, lethargy, asthma and allergies. Visit your doctor if you examine any of these health conditions. Some of the most common causes for indoor air pollution are the household cleaning products, building materials, polluted outdoor atmosphere and various indoor activities. Аnyway, you might have all of these pollution sources at your house and still be healthy. It all depend on the type and amount of air pollutant, as … [Read more...] about What Stands For a Healthy Home Environment
Working on an offshore oil rig can be a lucrative and exciting occupation, but it definitely has its downsides as well. Being out in the middle of the ocean for weeks at a time isn’t for everyone, and while oil rig companies make sure employees’ accommodation, food and recreational needs are well taken care of, it’s actually for good reason. An offshore oil rig is a massive mechanical island that may be up to 200 miles away from any dry land. Working conditions are physically demanding and fraught with a variety of hazards. Despite the fact that oil companies require extensive safety training and go to great lengths to prevent disaster, the very nature of the industry – extracting flammable materials in a vastly remote location – makes it unpredictable and dangerous. Historically, the fatality rate for the oil and gas extraction industry is about seven times higher than that of the general workforce. While two-thirds of these fatalities occurred as … [Read more...] about Oil Rigs Aren’t Just Bad for the Environment, They Can Be Bad for Workers Too