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Repair Cafés Helping Individuals to Embrace Circularity

In a world where disposability often reigns, the rise of Repair Cafés stands as a beacon of hope for a more sustainable future. These community-driven spaces, such as SPEC’s Repair Cafés in Vancouver, play a vital role in promoting the circular economy – an economic model focused on reducing waste and promoting resource efficiency.

Vancouver Goes Green

October 16, 2023 Vancouver Landmarks Turning Green for Waste Reduction Week Celebrating waste reduction for a  brighter future The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) is proud to announce a captivating initiative in honor of Waste Reduction Week. Several iconic landmarks across Vancouver, including City Hall, Burrard Bridge, Vancouver Convention Center, the Olympic Torch, and BC …

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Resources for Learning and Reflecting on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2023 Saturday September 30th is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity to learn, reflect, and acknowledge our role and responsibility in reconciliation.   We’ve put together a list of resources to consider on Saturday, but please consider exploring beyond this list.   Indigenous CanadaA free online 12 …

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Empowering Communities through Sustainability: The Resounding Success of SPEC’s Repair Café in the Heart of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side

September 18, 2023 Dr. Carole Christopher,  SPEC Guiding Elder and long standing board member, reflects on a recent Repair Cafe which served the most vulnerable Vancouverites at Union Gospel Mission in the Downtown East Side. Over the past year, SPEC has offered monthly Repair Cafes with invitations to bring your electronics,  clothing, and small household …

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“One of the Most Rewarding Things I’ve Ever Done!” Embracing Leadership and Fulfilment as a Guiding Elder

By Dr. Carole Christopher Four years ago I stepped down as the president of SPEC* and was given the title, Guiding Elder. I liked it but I wasn’t sure what it meant.  Since then, I ask myself frequently, “What would a Guiding Elder do or say about this? “ As I’ve explored and grown in …

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A Visit with MP Joyce Murray: Celebrating the Power of Elders

In June 2023, SPEC Guiding Elder Carole Christopher, along with two SPEC members, had the privilege of meeting with MP Joyce Murray. The focal point of the discussion centered around the SPEC Elders Circle, delve deeper into its purpose and significance. Additionally, the opportunity was seized to align this program within the broader spectrum of SPEC’s initiatives, engaging in fruitful conversations about our other programs.

Nurturing Hope and Community: 10+ Events for Deepening Your Connection with Nature this Month

We’ve rounded up 10+ events from local organizations doing great things in our community and environment As we navigate the challenges posed by a changing climate, it becomes increasingly important to find moments of serenity and inspiration in nature. From guided nature walks to eco-friendly workshops and immersive outdoor experiences, these events offer a unique …

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SPEC Releases Updated Compost Guide for Farmers in South Coastal BC

Vancouver, BC – April 18, 2023 – The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) is excited to announce the release of the updated version of the “South Coastal BC Compost Guide”, a comprehensive resource aimed at providing information to farmers about locally available composts. Purpose of the Guide The “South Coastal BC Compost Guide” is designed …

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Earth Week Events 2023

Celebrating Earth Day 2023 in Vancouver: Top 10 Events to Join! As we strive to protect our planet and raise awareness about environmental issues, Earth Day serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Vancouver, known for its stunning natural beauty and commitment to sustainability, is gearing up to celebrate …

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