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I Went Four Years Without Buying New Clothing – Learn How You Can Too

By Ella Kim-Marriott Ella is a second year UBC student from Vancouver, BC studying sociology and geography with hopes of furthering research on the topic of consumerism. She currently works at the package-free grocery store Nada, and volunteers for various environmental organizations such as Greenpeace. Recently in the media, there has been a lot of …

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An Interview with Daniel Rotman, a Director at SPEC

This article was originally posed on Reel Causes, the host of this event. On April 17th, Reel Causes is screening Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, and following it with a panel discussion addressing waste reduction with community cause Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), the oldest environmental non-profit in Canada. Daniel …

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Is There Another Option? How Tupper Secondary School Reduced Waste by 600%

By Magali Vander Vorst, SPEC Board Member Image: Regan in the Tupper Secondary School’s Teaching Kitchen Patricia Regan is the chef and teacher at the Tupper Secondary School’s Teaching Kitchen, where they serve 120 to 140 meals a day and barely use any single-use plastic. Regan is a passionate educator who brings her sustainability values to …

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Party Pocket: Meet the Shambhala Music Festival Sustainability Superstars!

This summer, Shambhala Music Festival celebrated their 20th year anniversary at Salmo River Ranch, and in honour of their anniversary Shambhala launched The Greater Good Contribution Contest. The Greater Good Contribution Contest celebrates Shambhala camps that make a positive impact on the Shambhala experience, local communities, or abroad. The three winners of the contest are …

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Ensuring Environmental Health Means Addressing Asbestos

By Anna Suarez, a public health advocate focused on raising awareness about how the built environment and the presence of toxins can influence human health. Sustainability, or the ability to use resources without degrading them for future generations, has strong ties to public health. Despite being able to supercede certain aspects of the natural world, …

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Bunker Fuel Spill in English Bay Raises Alarm Bells

By now, most people have seen photos and read news accounts of the fuel spill that occurred on April 8th, 2015 in English Bay, the impacts of which are still being determined. It is important to note that Vancouver’s waters are under federal jurisdiction and are overseen by the Vancouver Port Authority while the Canadian Coast Guard is tasked …

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