Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Citizenshift

If you are wondering why I'm not posting very often here it's because I'm now writing a blog for the National film board of Canada website. The section is called Citizenshift, media for social change. I'm doing a sort of advise column for people who are trying to figure out how to adapt to the changing conditions of the environmment. It's called Ask the Green Queen, sage advise for green living. I want to change it to Ask the Green TEAM though, want to be on my team? Click here to check it out.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

The Globe and Mail

Today I met with a reporter and photographer from the Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail. They came with me to collect some grease which we found at a restaurant on Queen west. I'm telling you, next time I have to collect grease I am bringing two friends to pose as a reporter and photographer because people sure get a lot friendlier about it when they think it's going to result in some postive PR for their restaurant.

I tried to emphasize when I was speaking to the reporter, Rebecca, that WVO is never going to be a solution to the current fuel crisis and in fact, the only real solution to any of our environmental troubles is conservation of all resources which includes ALL petroleum products, water, trees and electricity to begin with.

I continue to be shocked by the amount of waste that human beings produce and shocked but what I feel compelled to consume. Remember those classroom experiments where they had kids carry an egg around for a week to simulate the responibility of caring for a baby? Well, I think they should make people carry around every scrap of waste that they produce for one week. Maybe then people will take unnecessary packaging and disposibility into consideration when they buy things. Try it yourself, living in a van or other small space is a great way to break those habits because honestly, if someone leaves so much as a paper coffee cup or newspaper in my van I could have a shit-fit. Yes, I mean you. Don't make me tell you to your face!

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ottawa

Someone I know called it "the town that fun forgot". Try to imagine if Sacramento was in the midwest, that's sort of like Ottawa. Let me put it this way, when we went for a walk I saw a guy on the lawn in front of his high rise apartment building, practicing his golf swing. If that's what people do for fun here I know I'd have a hard time spending more than a day. Then, a guy told Brenndan that he wasn't trying to hit on me, he just really liked my hair style, while never once actually looking at me. The best part was we got to park in Pat's backyard and he made us breakfast on the BBQ, showed us the guitars he is building, and loaded us up with treats and flowers. That's some real Canadian hospitality for you, the real deal, eh?.

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