People's Climate March Vancouver - Sept 21

GET UP! STAND UP! CLIMATE ACTION NOW!!! 

Time to Rock the City of Vancouver to Climate Action: And We Need YOU!!!

Sunday, September 21 - 1:00 p.m. - CBC PLAZA (700 Hamilton St. @ W Georgia - beside Van. Public Library)
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In solidarity with NYC and all other cities around the globe - we are mobilizing the masses in Vancouver, B.C. Canada to speak up to tell our Federal and Provincial Governments that we want climate action and do not want the expansion of the tarsands, LNG, Coal Exports, Enbridge pipeline, Kinder Morgan pipeline or other pipelines that would result in the over 650 oil tankers off our beautiful British Columbia coast! We stand together with all standing up and marching in NYC and around the globe. We must stand up now for Mother Earth and demand our leaders make decisions that will protect the vulnerable and future generations! 

We will be meeting at CBC Plaza at Georgia Street (beside Vancouver Library) at 1 pm Sunday - September 21 in solidarity with people all over the planet that are fighting the largest challenge facing us today! We will have a few speeches, songs, drumming and music and then take to the streets! 

ATTENTION ALL ENBRIDGE MARCHERS - We get to do it again!!! ♥ Rain or shine!!! :)

We need this to be HUGE - please get ready to flood your contacts to get them to attend so we sent a crystal clear message to the UN delegates attending the Climate Change Summit in New York and our Federal and Provincial leaders that:

WE CARE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE PLANET AND WE WANT CLIMATE ACTION NOW! 

Program: Speakers TBA - Great speakers, music and entertainment not to be missed!! Line-up to be announced during this week!

March Route will be through downtown Vancouver, exact route to be determined. Length 1 hour to 1½ hours (very approx). During March, music will be playing at CBC Plaza for everyone’s enjoyment and fun for those unable to participate in march due to health or other circumstances, for those who can’t walk far, don’t be discouraged. We just want you to be there with us!!!

AFTER-MARCH PARTY
After the march, we invite everyone back to CBC to have a party for the planet!!! Come enjoy entertainment, dance and sing together as a community of people who care, who stand up for our planet and each other. Let's rock this city to Climate Action - we will do this with the following amazing DJ's and artists! Please come and stand and dance together for what is important, for our children's future! 

Researchers Turn Oceans’ Biggest Menace – Jellyfish – Into Sustainable Medical Products

By NoCamels Team
Published August 19, 2014

In a United Nations report released in May, scientists worldwide were called upon to join the war on jellyfish. According to the report, jellyfish have overwhelmed the marine ecosystem as a result of the overfishing of more competitive species, consuming fish eggs and larvae of weaker specimens and creating what the report called a “vicious cycle.”  So how can this cycle be stopped?

In order to prevent imminent marine disaster, Prof. Shahar Richter and his research team at Tel Aviv University have been successful in converting the plethora of jellyfish for more useful purposes. They devised a method of turning jellyfish into a resource that could be used in the paramedical, hygiene and perishable-product industries for the creation of environmentally safe medical treatments, advanced bandages, and other plastic products.

The jellyfish’s triple threat

According to another recent report, a bloom of jellyfish, spanning four square miles, devoured 100,000 salmon at a fish farm in Northern Ireland, causing damages of $1.5 million. And even though 450,000 tons of jellyfish are fished every year for the East Asian food industry, jellyfish consumption is far from effective in reducing or controlling the rapidly reproducing creatures’ population growth.

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“Jellyfish cause damage in three major areas,” Richter told the website Haaretz. “First, they clog up and paralyze atomic or electric power stations and desalination plants. In fact, they spell disaster for any facility that uses sea water. This happens in many places, including Korea, Japan, Sweden and India.”

Second, jellyfish have had a dramatic impact on the world fishing industry, snagging and blocking fishing nets with their massive size. The third industry to come under jellyfish attack is tourism. While jellyfish on Mediterranean shores cause painful burning at worst, the species off Australia’s shores are deadly, requiring the closure of beaches for extended periods.

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Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film

By Lucy McCalmont for Politico
Published August 20, 2014

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution.

“We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now,” DiCaprio says in his narration of “Carbon,” released Wednesday.

“If national governments won’t take action, your community can,” DiCaprio says. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future.”

DiCaprio, who also produced the eight-minute film along with Tree Media, has been vocal on environmental issues such as climate change. The film, which comes ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23, calls for an end to carbon pollution by considering options such as carbon trading or carbon taxes. The film points to similar steps taken in countries like Ireland and Finland.

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The Environmental Impact of Music Festivals

by Laura Mitic (Carmanah)

Music festivals. For many, they are one of the biggest summer 'to-do’s.' We spend heavy amounts of money to sign up for weekends full of music, dancing, partying, sunshine and friends. We arrive, we set up our campsites, we consume, we enjoy and then we leave. 

From the huge music festivals to the small local ones, waste management is one of the biggest challenges for the festival organizers to manage. Combined with the heavy carbon footprint of people traveling to a festival, and the mass amounts of consumption and indulgence, music festivals have become an immense environmental problem.

Gigantic festivals, like Sasquatch, are being criticised for their lack of environmental initiatives and the grand size of their footprint. In fact, Sasquatch has been coined “Trashquatch” by some who have witnessed the atrocious mounds of garbage that pile up during the festival, including recycling items that get unfortunately miscategorised and added to the trash mounds.

Most festivals flaunt their environmental plans with promises to be more sustainable than ever before. While intentions are good and some great ideas have been created, it takes a thoroughly planned execution to ensure success. While attendees are essentially responsible for their own actions, the initial responsibility is in the organizers hands. Making it easy to recycle, creating incentives to re-use and encouraging attendees to clean up after themselves, all start with a well-run and well thought-out environmental campaign at each festival. 

It needs to be easy. While a growing number of people are willing to go out of their way and recycle, re-use or reduce, many people are not quite there yet. And it only gets worse at music festivals, where people are feeling especially care-free and unattached from reality. Mix alcohol and drugs into the equation and the idea of “recycling” becomes a faint whisper, drowned out by the party.

Festival campgrounds get literally covered in trash, from small items (glowsticks, plastic water bottles, broken sunglasses and plastic bags) to the big stuff (tents, coolers, sleeping bags and tables). The price of cleanup is a huge weight on a music festival’s budget, and in return, leads to the price of tickets going up as well. Either expensive trash removal companies or cleanup crews are left with the challenge of collecting mass amounts of garbage and dismantling tents for the landfill. 

In fact, tents being left behind have become such a problem that a new campaign called “Love Your Tent” was created by the sustainability consultants to the Isle of Wight Music Festival in the UK. The aim is to encourage festival-goers to leave nothing behind, including your tent. They claim that “about 1 to 2 in every 6 tents [are] being left behind, depending on the size of event, the audience demographic, and the all-important weather conditions." Take a moment to check out their video. 

Some festivals have created really great environmental initiatives that are actually working. For example, Lightning in a Bottle, an electronic music/yoga/arts festival in Temecula, California, is being recognized for their eco-responsibility. Stages are being made from recycles materials, portions of the event are being run of off solar power, and food vendors include local and organic options. A volunteer “green-team” of 120 people runs the successful waste-reduction program, and is responsible for sorting through the massive trash piles. Lightning in a Bottle also created the “Temple of Consciousness” and area of the festival grounds devoted to holding workshops about things like permaculture, healthy eating and meditation. As an incentive to cut down on carbon emissions from cars coming into the festival, an additional $30 is charged to anyone driving alone, and extensive ride-share programs are in place to encourage people to carpool.

Other festivals, like Bonnaroo and Burning Man also boast about their aggressive recycling, composting and environmental wellness programs. Many of them are finding success in their campaigns, and also discovering that many of the attendees enjoy participating in environmental programs. For example, at Coachella Music Festival in California, people can trade in 10 empty plastic water bottles for 1 full new one. 

Festivals like Pickathon, in Oregon, are handing out stainless steel cups and reusable plates and cutlery to all of their attendees, cutting down on massive amounts of trash. "No advertisers, no waste, just music. This is what all music festivals should be like," said Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts, after performing at Pickathon. As well, they charge additional fees for each car driven to the festival.

Edmonton Folk Fest is doing a similar practice, with their Keep It Green campaign. No styrofoam is allowed on the festival grounds and 5000 reusable plates were purchased to cut down on disposable food containers that contribute to much of what piles up in festival garbage cans. As well, they have created EnviroPower, a cleanup and garbage collecting crew composed of youth volunteers. They also have an active recycling and composting program in place to further cut down on their footprint on Gallagher Park, where the festival has been held since 1980.

Otalith, an intimate locally run festival in Ucluelet/Tofino, British Columbia, puts a big emphasis on protecting the coast off of Vancouver Island, and donates a portion of their proceed to Pacific Wild and Central West Coast Forest Society. On their website, they proudly share how “Last year, Otalith raised $3,000 for the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust – a local non-profit that supports conservation, education and research within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and $1,000 for Ucluelet Secondary School’s Drug Free scholarship.”

Music festivals don’t have to be known as environmental disasters. Live music and environmental consciousness can go hand in hand if the time and effort is put in to create initiatives that are successful and well-managed.

You can do your part by leading by example. Consider trying these few things at your next music festival:

-Show you friends how easy it is to cut down on your own personal waste. One of the easiest things you can do is to bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up at the many water stations.

-Don’t leave anything behind! Pack an appropriate amount of “stuff” and you won’t have to do multiple trips into the campground. You don’t need 5 pairs of shorts for a 3 day-festival. The better you pack, the easier it will be to leave with all of your belongings in one quick trip... plus you’re less likely to lose anything.

-If you’re washing in a nearby creek, be smart about your choices of soap. Even most biodegradable soaps take years to break down in rivers and lakes. Do the research and get something that will not harm a healthy ecosystem, or just get clean by water alone... it works too!

-Consider supporting the vendors that are local, organic or have less packaging. Remember that each time you buy something you’re essentially casting a vote. If lots of people “vote” for local/organic/less packaging, vendors of that calibre will be more in demand for festivals in the years to come!

-Plastic – live without it! Much of what is left over after a festival is made of plastic. For example, glowsticks create much of the waste found after a festival. They are made of plastic and can’t be recycled because of the harmful chemicals inside of them. I know it’s cool to glow bright while you’re partying, but there are other ways you can stand out. Sport some sweet bright tights and learn a flashy new dance instead!

-Demand change! If you see something that really upsets you at a festival, bring it up with one of the festival staff members you see or send a letter to the organizers. The more people that complain about environmental negligence, the more likely a festival is to change their ways.

Enjoy yourself and enjoy your surroundings, knowing that you’re doing your part to keep them clean and keep music festivals going strong (and clean) for years to come!