Whoever's read, The Tipping Point (Little, Brown and Company, 2002) by
Malcolm Gladwell will be familiar with the discussion surrounding the point 'when an idea,
trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.' Interest in Environment, Climate Change, Sustainable
Living and so on, seems to be reaching such a point. Understanding our role in maintaining
a healthy planet is an important topic which is finally reaching critical mass with the general public...
It is possible that Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics, 2006) has
been part of the tipping point for opening the eyes of the public to possible futures for our planet and our civilization.
For many this film has been the wake-up call that we needed to make some serious changes in order to protect our
Click here for Eartheasy Sustainable Living Site
Check out this link to see how environmentally aware you really are:
LINKS TO INFORMATION VIDEO CLIPS
to stimulate critical thinking...
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/human-footprint/?source=4003 Humans produce 246 million tons of waste every year. What does the human trash footprint look like?
http://www.adbusters.org/abtv/ ("Welcome to the Future") A futurist's predictions. What do you think?
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/243 (Al Gore--Recent Truths)
Canadian Sources for Ecofriendly Products... from Adria Vasil's book: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally
Friendly Information, Products and services in Canada-- ECOHOLIC [when you're addicted to the planet]
BC based Life Root's Products
BC based Kootenay Soap Co.
Naturcolour Hair Dye
Alum Based natural Deoderants
Ecco Bella make-up company
Calendula--naturally anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral
(Mt. Equipment Coop Organic tops and pants)
Birkenstock, Mephisto, Ecco
Ten Thousand Villages for jewellery
Natural Factors (Kelowna BC)
Repel's Lemon Eucalyptus Spray (performed better than DEET)
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment-- No pesticides!
Health Canada--report on all tested products on chemicial levels
Look for local, certified organic and fair trade
Avoid bottled water!
Get rid of non-stick pans!
Plastic wrap...go Phthalate-free!
Energy Star Appliances
Nature Clean, Seventh Generation, Earth Friendly, Citra-Solv, Ecover, Simply Clean
"only Canadian bank with truly socially and ecologically responsible lending policy"
WHAT CAN WE DO???
STEP 1 CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO WORK THROUGH GUY
DAUNCEY'S (PRESIDENT OF B.C.'S SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOCIETY) CLIMATE CRISIS PERSONAL ACTION CHART TO SEE WHAT YOU ARE
ALREADY DOING AND WHAT ITEMS YOU WOULD PRIORITIZE AS TAKING ON NEXT
STEP 2 DO SOME RESEARCH INTO THE AREAS THAT YOU WOULD
LIKE TO WORK ON... CITY GREEN IS BASED IN VICTORIA AND WILL COME AND DO A COMPLETE HOME ENERGY AUDIT FOR YOU. http://www.citygreen.ca/
STEP 3 TAKE ACTION, ONE ITEM AT A TIME...EVEN REDUCING
THE AMOUNT YOU DRIVE YOUR CAR BY ONE DAY A WEEK AND CYCLING WILL BEGIN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE...WORK WITHIN YOUR CIRCLE OF CONTROL
AND SLOWLY IT WILL BECOME BIGGER WITHIN YOUR CIRCLE OF CONCERN AS YOU CREATE INFLUENCE ON OTHERS!
CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF GUY DAUNCEY'S CLIMATE CRISIS PERSONAL ACTION CHART
Here are some websites that will help you with your research:
CLICK HERE FOR SOME THOUGHTS ON A VEGETARIAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Some more references to get more informaton...
- DVD: Global Warming Science and Solutions, Ambrose Video Publishing Inc., 2006.
- DVD: An Inconvenient Truth A Global Warning, Paramount Classics, 2006
- DVD: Global Warming The Signs and the Science, South Carolina Educational Television, 2005
- Book: Stormy Weather 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change by Guy Dauncy. New Society Publishers. 2001
- Book: The Carbon Busters Home Energy Handbook-- Slowing Climate Change and Saving Money by Godo Stoyke. New Society