Tag Archives: Climate Change

Who Is Watering The City’s Boulevard Trees?

11 Jul

We are living through an unprecedented heat wave which should be no surprise to anyone on the WestCoast. We have not seen any rain in going on 6 weeks now. The trees in our City are important for so many reasons such as mitigating climate change, providing shade to keep us cool, the abundant urban wildlife and the list goes on. In my neighbourhood, each summer when we have a stretch of summer weather without rain, I make a point of watering some of the area’s boulevard trees. Two things happen when I do this, one people say thank you. Two, others get inspired to do the same. I personally would have liked to have seen some communication from the City of Vancouver to encourage Vancouver residents to water boulevard trees they were physically able to or within reach of their home by hose or watering can, but that hasn’t happened. With climate change and its affects being top of mind for so many with forest fires raging in our province, I think preserving the abundant tree canopy in the City where we can is important for human life and urban wildlife.

So with that, I encourage you to adopt a tree(s) on your street and water where you can. If you wish to read more on this, CBC has done a recent feature “Vancouver trees dry out as heat wave continues to take its toll.” And if you wish to read further on the disparity of tree cover between the East Side and the West Side, we invite you to check out this piece by Christopher Cheung in the Tyee Vancouver Shade Inequality. We’ve copied in a great image from Christopher’s piece from Urban Forest Strategy, 2018 update, City of Vancouver which highlights the importance of trees in our urban landscape.

Earth Day Is April 22nd. Will You Make A Change?

17 Apr

EarthDayGrassEarth Day is a global event that happens this Monday, April 22nd.  It is believed that  more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Personally, we think earth needs a little TLC.  If you pay any attention to the news, climate change is happening and living in a coastal community, we will clearly be impacted. So why not doing something to help our environment for Earth Day?  It can be small, it can be big, whatever your time allows. We challenge our readers to take 30 minutes out of their day to do something they haven’t done before that makes a small difference. Think if 100 people that read this post and switched just ONE reusable bag for a plastic bag, that would be 5,200 less plastic bags in our environment in one year’s time! That is nothing to sneeze at.   We’ve compiled a list of simple suggestions that may not seem like a big deal, but making one switch on Earth Day and continuing with it, most certainly DOES make a difference.   Here are a few simple things you can do this Earth Day:

1.       Buy A Reusable Bag and use it! Don’t leave at home or in the trunk of your car.

2.       Buy a Reusable Produce Bag. Pssst Second Nature Home carries them.

3.       Buy A Beeswax Food Wrap & use in place of plastic wrap. Again, Second Nature Home carries them or you can order online from Abegoo in Victoria (Free Shipping in Canada). Just saying.

4.       Organize A Neighbourhood Clean Up.  The City of Vancouver hosts Keep Vancouver Spectacular. It’s easy and it’s free and available year round.

5.       Visit Vancouver’s Zero Waste Centre online or in person to see everything that can be returned there.

6.       Plant Something (A Tree, Pollinator Plant, Wild Flowers). David Suziki breaks down How To Create A Pollinator Garden.

7.       Need some motivation to make a change? Watch and share Greta Thunberg’s TED Talk.  This 16 year from Sweden is our new hero.

8.       Sign up for a car sharing service.

9.        Walk, cycle or transit where you need to go on Earth Day.

10.       If you are looking to get your hands dirty with others, help plant some trees.  River District & Everett Crowley Park Committee will be planting 1,000 native trees into Everett Crowley Park 11 am – 3 pm on April 27th.

Making a change is in your hands.


Tonight Is Earth Hour 8:30 to 9:30 pm

28 Mar

EarthHourDavidCowanTonight you can join people from around the world by participating in Earth Hour. To participate, you only need to turn off the lights for one hour between 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time. This event started in Australia in 2007 to bring awareness to environmental issues and climate change and now involves 162 countries.  This is one of those events where individually it may not seem like you are making a big difference, but collectively it does.  BC Hydro states that for Earth Hour last year the provincial electrical load was reduced by 1%.  That meant 1.4 million lights were turned off in this province alone.  It’s a great excuse to bring out the candles, turn out the lights and get cozy.

Photo Credit: David Cowan

Review Of Kayak On Now At The Firehall Arts Centre Until January 17th

10 Jan

KayakFirehallArtsCentreA new riveting and thought provoking play Kayak produced by Alley Theatre opened at the Firehall Arts Centre on January 8th.  The play is written by Jordan Hall who is being hailed as one of Canada’s new emerging artists and recently awarded the Samuel French Award for playwriting for Kayak. After seeing the show, we can see why.  The play brings you three very different perspectives on socially relevant issues. First there is Annie Iverson a bleach blonde mother who loves her BMW and is played by Susan Hogan. Annie is on a mission to save her son Peter played by Sebastian Kroon from his radical environmentalist girlfriend, Julie Daniels, played by Marisa Smith.  The play weaves together a number of different themes including our personal values, ethical and environmental choices we make daily.  Do you drive to work each day in your SUV?  Julie would call it your own “personal environmental disaster” and would much prefer you take transit or cycle to reduce your carbon footprint. Whereas Annie is quite happy with her BMW and its kick ass GPS system thank you very much.  Peter lies somewhere in the middle trying to find his own footing in the world. He struggles with the traditional establishment values he was raised with and Julie’s ‘save the world’ minimalist views. Should he finish his business degree at Sauder Business School or work on his ethical existence as this may garner Julie’s love.

Annie tries valiantly to thwart her son’s relationship as she tries to impart her own values on her son thinking that what made her happy will make her son happy.  Peter, of course, carves out his own future much to his mother’s dismay. If you don’t know the story of Noah’s Ark, you certainly will after this performance. Water is one of the many themes as are natural disasters due to climate change.  Even Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth gets a nod in this performance.  Establishment vs. environmental, profit vs. sustainability, where do you see yourself as a global citizen? As Julie put so succinctly “meaning well accounts for shit!” Go see Kayak, it will make you think.  For us, a sign of a great performance. Kayak the play runs until January 17th at the Firehall Arts Centre.

KAYAK Opening Night January 8th At The Firehall Arts Centre

4 Jan

KayakFirehallArtsCentreFirehall Arts Centre and Alley Theatre bring you an environmental disaster at sea Kayak. Alley Theatre is an independent Vancouver theatre company who have built a reputation for socially relevant theatre productions.  Kayak is a witty and intelligent play about love and idealism and just may change the way you think about climate change.  The play is written by one of Canada’s emerging young playwrights, Jordan Hall, of Alley Theatre.  The play weaves together the perspectives of three very different characters, a bleach blonde BMW driving Annie who is on a mission to save her son, Peter, from his radical environmentalist girlfriend, Julie. Annie ends up throwing herself into a path of events larger than she could have imagined.  Kayak kicks off on January 7th with a preview show at 8:00 pm and a pay what you can matinee at 1:00 pm.  Opening night is January 8th at 8:00 pm with the show running until January 17th.  Tickets are available online from $16 – $32. What people are saying about Kayak: “Smart, funny, political: if this play were a guy, I’d date him.” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight  “Kayak really got me where I live. . . . This is a terrific, even terrifying, play that delivers some surprises.” – Vancouver Courier

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