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This link contains general information only.  If you are a student at Reynolds who is interested in environment and sustainability ideas and actions please consider joining the Get R.E.A.L. (Reynolds Eco-Action Leaders) group which meets the first Thursday of each month at lunch in room 31 (additional meeting times are organized for special activities being planned).   Through this group there are both club and course credit involvement options.  Contact Heather Coey for more information hdcoey@gmail.com .

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
~ Native American Proverb

Click Here for Heather's Environment & Sustainabiltiy Course Outline

Click here for information regarding the Independent Directed Studies (IDS) follow-up program for Environment & Sustainability Study

Click here to go to Reynolds Green Spaces Project Website

Click Here for archived get REAL activities and meeting agendas

Click here for more Environmental Links-- Contests, Challenges, information

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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 earth. 

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)

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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]
 
 
These are just some of the resources given... I highly recommend the book.  It is at the Public Library and many copies are available at Bolen Books or you can order it off Amazon http://www.amazon.ca/Ecoholic-Environmentally-Friendly-Information-Products/dp/0679314849 
 
Body Care
BC based Life Root's Products
BC based Kootenay Soap Co.
Naturcolour Hair Dye
Aveda
Alum Based natural Deoderants
Ecco Bella make-up company
Calendula--naturally anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral
 
Clothing
American Apparel
www.mec.ca (Mt. Equipment Coop Organic tops and pants)
Not Just Pretty in Victoria www.notjustpretty.com
Blackspots sneakers www.adbusters.org
Birkenstock, Mephisto, Ecco
Ten Thousand Villages for jewellery
 
Health
www.sararegistry.gc.ca (species at risk list)
Natural Factors (Kelowna BC)
Repel's Lemon Eucalyptus Spray (performed better than DEET)
Natracare
Beeswax candles
 
Food
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment-- No pesticides!
http://foodnews.org (highest and lowest pesticide residues on produce)
www.greenpeace.ca/shoppersguide/ -- genetically modified ingredients
www.hc-sc.gc.ca Health Canada--report on all tested products on chemicial levels
Look for local, certified organic and fair trade
Avoid bottled water!
 
Home
Eco-Max's scent free multi-purpose cleaner www.eco-max.ca
Get rid of non-stick pans!
Plastic wrap...go Phthalate-free!
IKEA
Hewlett-Packard
Recycle Batteries
Energy Star Appliances
Nature Clean, Seventh Generation, Earth Friendly, Citra-Solv, Ecover, Simply Clean
www.ghorganics.com (for pest control)... Diatomaceous Earth
www.thebuglady.ca (good bugs/bad bugs)
 
Other
www.ecenter.org (ranking cars on air pollution)
www.citizensbank.ca  "only Canadian bank with truly socially and ecologically responsible lending policy"
www.amnesty.ca/campaigns/sharepower  (to see how to contact mutual funds and pension funds to support shareholder proposals at a list of diffent corportations)
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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 Publishers. 2007

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According to both Al Gore and Guy Dauncey, author of Stormy Weather-- 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change (New Society Publishers, 2001), we have all the technology and knowledge necessary to stop this threat!