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RedList Friends: North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

RedList Friends: North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

Here are seven facts about the North Atlantic Right Whale! Its scientific name is Eubalaena glacialis, which means “True Whale of the ice.” E. glacialis typically weighs between 55 thousand to 95 thousand kilograms (or about 120 thousand to 210 thousand pounds), and can measure up to 17 meters or 55 feet in length. E. glacialis inhabits a range from The Gulf of Mexico to Iceland. There is also a Pacific population of E. glacialis, however the populations are isolated…

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How to be More Water Wise

How to be More Water Wise

March 22 is World Water Day, and one of the best things we can do for the planet, one another, and future generations is to reduce our water consumption. In the spirit of world water day, I’m going to share what I do to reduce my water consumption and pollution. Laundry One of the easiest ways to reduce water consumption is to do fewer, larger loads of laundry. Older top-load washing machines use between 30-45 gallons of water per load,…

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Organic Basics: SDGs in Action

Organic Basics: SDGs in Action

The United Nations outlined their twelfth Sustainable Development Goal as “responsible consumption and production,” a lofty goal to achieve by 2030. To achieve this goal, the participation of all stakeholders — from farmers to retailers, to consumers — is required. In my last post: The Cost of Being Fashionable, I talk about the many ethical and environmental problems with the fashion industry. The industry overall is toxic — to both people and the planet — but some companies are challenging…

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The Cost of Being Fashionable

The Cost of Being Fashionable

Clothes found at the average mall are trendy and cheap, but at what cost? Although we may think we are saving by buying inexpensive clothing, the price of making inexpensive clothing is high. Production The problem starts at production. Cotton is water and pesticide intensive: excessive water use can put drought prone regions at greater risk, and pesticides have been known to cause cancer and birth defects and pollute the environments with toxic substances. Dyeing and finishing materials also has…

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Vision Therapy: More Than Meets the Eye

Vision Therapy: More Than Meets the Eye

Dr. Debbie Luk has been working in optometry for a decade and has won awards for her advocacy work in the field, but she says that vision is still mostly misunderstood by the public she serves. According to the American Optometric Association, vision therapy uses exercises and activities prescribed by a doctor to develop, rehabilitate, enhance visual skills and processes… This is an article I wrote for the Calgary Journal. To read the full post, please click here.

First Nations’ Culture Inspires Artist to Help Youth

First Nations’ Culture Inspires Artist to Help Youth

Paul Rasporich is a talented artist, but it wasn’t until he started learning about First Nations’ culture and spirituality that he was inspired to use his artistic ability to help local youth. When he was six years old, Rasporich started drawing, something that he still enjoys to this day. From 1982-1986 he attended the Alberta College of Art and graduated with a diploma in Visual Communication.  “I want people to feel something and to feel inspired.”  Rasporich’s artistic abilities span…

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The Cost of Being Beautiful

The Cost of Being Beautiful

Skincare, hair care, makeup, gel or acrylic nails, nail polish, bleach, hair dye, spa days, threading, waxing, shaving… How many of these things do you purchase and/or use on a regular basis? Do you know where these products come from and what they’re made of? You should, because it matters, and we can’t afford to be blind about our impact globally. It’s not unusual, especially in developed countries, to spend exorbitantly on products and procedures supposed to make us more…

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Six Ways to Save the Amazon

Six Ways to Save the Amazon

The Amazon rain forest has been ravaged by forest fires this year. While fires occur every year in the Amazon, this year the fires seem to have caught the attention of Western media, largely due to these fires not being started naturally, but the result of deliberate actions to clear land for agricultural use. The largest rain forest in the world, the Amazon basin covers around 40% of South America and is where hundreds of aboriginal groups live. Also home…

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