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• Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Get them while they are hot off the press…you're not my boss earth tshirt

Source: Cafe Press

Available in many colors, including:

  • Purple
  • black
  • red
  • cardinal
  • royal blue
  • charcoal
  • white
  • yellow
  • light blue
  • green
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• Wednesday, October 05th, 2011

Buddha faceIf you’re interested in personal spiritual development and how it may relate to creating a new, sustainable world, this is recommended:

Source: Beyond Awakening

The message is crystal clear. We—as a society, as a culture, and as individuals—need to transform our consciousness, change our frequency, up our game, be the future that we want, and that the world desperately needs. These can’t just be empty slogans…

Just as we must awaken to the timeless truths of love, God, Spirit, compassion, and peace, we must also go beyond awakening to embody those truths in an embodied, engaged, evolving spirituality that is true to who we are, here and now — and that can empower us to co-create a sustainable human future.

Exactly what that “evolving spirituality” looks like—and how to really live it—is what we’ll be exploring in this groundbreaking series.

Click here to register now.

 

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• Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going
on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global
consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together
breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions,
empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and
our future.

On November 11, 2011 THRIVE will be released worldwide on the Internet.

Source: Planetary Activation Organization

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• Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Although I don’t subscribe to the belief that Western civilization will collapse (it is more likely to wind down or power down slowly), there are two separate, active discussion groups on reddit, one for societal collapse, one for post-collapse each with useful discussions on a variety of useful subjects.
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post-collapse:

This Subreddit is for planning and preparing for what comes after a collapse of society. Head over to r/collapse for tips and info on preparing for the days leading up to and during any sort of apocalypse or general collapse of society as we know it.

http://www.reddit.com/r/postcollapse

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collapse:

On the end of the world as we know it. Crashes, disasters, wars and famines. Diminishing resources, decadent culture. The decline of civilizations, empires & societies. But not necessarily The Apocalypse.

How will we survive? Any ideas?

Discussing peak oil, energy, sustainability, climate change, food, farming, gardening, water, shelter, health, medicine, security, infrastructure, recycling, transportation, scavenging, black markets, bartering.

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• Tuesday, May 03rd, 2011

Children watching TVMy son is at a Waldorf school which encourages down-time and creative play. The stories we tell each other through TV and other media shape the boxes that we later inhabit inside a culture of  “consumers”.

Whose agenda is it that we become “consumers”? It is not mine, and I bet you it is not yours either.

Come and learn more about how we can get off the addictive habit of media consumption for our children.

Impacts of Screen Overexposure on Young People’s Health the Facts, the Damages, the SOLUTIONS

Television content is designed to entertain the public, and especially the young, to prepare them to overconsume the planet’s resources and to get them dis-interested in life, democracy and the responsibilities of citizens facing an environmental crisis. The democratic deficit is alarming. To construct democracy, we must train Heroes.

Our most vulnerable citizens, children spend more than 40 hours a week hooked to one or more screens. Behind the screens, marketing agencies are on the lookout! Overexposure to screens affects the health of youth and is costly to society.

Dropping out of school, physical inactivity, aggression and bullying, low self-esteem, depression, misogyny, etc..

WHAT TO DO?
* This unique symposium is held at our home in Montreal from 4 to 6 May 2011. *
* A day with presentations in English, May 4, followed by two full days in French. *
* It’s not too late to register for one, two or three days.

Programme and registration form

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• Monday, April 25th, 2011

Awesome idea. Imagine building a tractor so that you could start your own Organic CSA farm! Imagine creating a pressed-earth brick maker to assemble your own house!

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• Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Urban Agriculture

Knocking at Your Door!

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Where: André Fortier Room, Verdun Cultural Centre, 5955 rue Bannantyne

(Note: The discussion will be held in French, but most people participating are bilingual and can summarize in English)
Agriculture and an urban life have long been considered irreconcilable enemies. Although farms were once considered integral parts of cities, urban sprawl has been slowly driving agriculture further and further away from where people live. Now, citizens around the world are bringing farming back to the city by growing things in cracks next to skyscrapers and on the roofs of city-centre buildings. Far from the bucolic image of tiny city gardens or miniscule fresh-air oases, these new projects include huge urban growing fields, hydroponic greenhouses and large-scale agricultural production designed to feed locals en masse.

Should we participate in bringing the farm back to the city? Can city dwellers grow enough fruits and vegetables to be self-sufficient? Can we participate in an “animals-back to the city movement” by bringing laying hens back to Montreal? What role will these projects and institutions play in agricultural geopolitics and food supply and demand? Has banning pesticides in the city benefitted organic production to the detriment of rural areas? Which large agricultural development projects will occur in the next few years and what repercussions will they have on rural agriculture? What collaborations, confrontations or compromises will be possible between the city and surrounding rural areas?

We’ll discuss all these questions and more with Eric Duchemin, a PhD in environmental science who is currently associate environment professor and course head of UQAM’s Science and Environment Institute. Co-founder of the summer urban agriculture school, an annual gathering of 80 people, he is also member of the Research Collective in Sustainable Landscaping and Urban Agriculture (CRAPAUD). As scientific editor, he just finished two papers on the theme for Field Actions Science Reports (http://factsreports.revues.org/index73.html) and [VertigO] – la revue électronique en sciences de l’environnement (http://vertigo.revues.org).

We’ll also talk about creating permanent agricultural landscapes in gardens and on farms with Harmony, who will present some of the basics of the permaculture movement. He’ll also present his vision of a composting project in which adolescents aged 12 to 16 years can finance summer camps and other activities through processing and selling local green waste instead of chocolate bars. He proposes that local composters be distributed on city property and along bike paths, particularly on that little-used space between Nun’s Island and Verdun.

 Bárbara de Moura Neves from Verdun’s Environment House will be there to talk about their recent projects, particularly those linked to urban agriculture.

 Please join us in the room next to the children’s library.

• Wednesday, March 02nd, 2011

BUSINESS BEYOND TOMORROW CONFERENCE

Three of Montreal’s business schools join forces to organize a Sustainability Weekend

On Friday, March 11th and Saturday March 12th, three of Montreal’s business schools, John Molson School of Business (Concordia University), Desautels Faculty of Management (McGill University) and HEC Montreal (Université de Montreal) will play host to a sustainability conference. Concordia University’s (John Molson School of Business) downtown campus will host “Business Beyond Tomorrow”, on March 11th, a conference for business leaders, professors, and students to come together and share ideas on how the corporate world can develop and implement initiatives for greener business and general practices. The next day, March 12th, HEC Montreal will host, their annual MBA case competition. The competitive event is expected to bring together 12 business schools from US & Canada.

With the rise of marketing buzz-words like ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘footprint  reduction’, this conference goes beyond the jargon by focusing on the  practices companies and individuals should adopt to create a lasting and  successful difference socially, ecologically and economically.

The conference includes several keynote speakers and panellists from

internationally recognized companies such as:
§  Claude Ouimet        - Senior VP & GM, InterfaceFLOR
§  John Fullerton          - President, Capital Institute
§  Vandana Shiva        - Sydney Peace Prize Winner 2010
§  Bob Willard             - Author, The Business Case of Sustainability
In addition, experts in Social Enterprise, Renewable Energy,
Green Marketing, Sustainable Consulting, Green Buildings,
Food & Sustainability, Sustainable Finance and Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, will participate in interactive panel discussions.
The day will also be packed with excellent networking opportunities
and delicious organic food!

The complete Business Beyond Tomorrow weekend is open to the public and includes access to the conference and case competition. Early ticket purchasing is advised as there is a limit of 400 tickets only. . Each ticket is priced at $15 for students and $40 for professionals before March 4th 2011. After this date, ticket prices increase to $25 and $50, respectively.

Registration for attendants begins at 9 a.m., with talks scheduled to run throughout the day until 6 p.m. The day’s activities include breakfast, lunch, snacks and a networking cocktail. In addition to providing information on successful sustainable initiatives, this conference will be entirely sustainable itself.

For more details, please visit www.businessbeyondtomorrow.com

MARCH 11th 2011: Business Beyond Tomorrow Conference

BMO Amphitheatre, MB Building, Concordia University, 1450 Guy St., Montreal

Open to the public, $15 for students; $40 for Companies before March 4th2011.

MARCH 12th 2011: HEC Sustainability Challenge Case Competition

HEC Montreal, Côte-Sainte-Catherine Building, 3000 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road, Montréal

ORGANIZERS:

John Molson Sustainable Business Group, JMSB, Concordia University
1450 Guy St., MB Building, Suite 4.437, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8

Fax: 514.848.7436 ATTN: JSG

Web: www.jsg-jmsb.ca

S.T.O.P & Net Impact, McGill University

845 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2T5

www.mcgillstop.com , www.net-impact.mcgill.ca

Net impact and CSR Club, AEMBA -MBA Student Association, HEC Montreal

Côte-Sainte-Catherine Building, 3000 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H3T 2A7

www.hecaemba.org

Source:

Srikanth Sekar,

President, John Molson Sustainable Business Group

Email: srikanthsekar@jsg-jmsb.ca

Phone: 514-991-3698

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• Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The Wikileaks controversy has stirred up old debates about openness, government, corporate secrets and society’s right to information about its institutions. Few writers have acknowledged that the current, free Internet is the foundation, the sina qua non, of the debate.

Remarkably, the Internet has survived for 40 years because it is sustainable. It is open. It is honest (at least at the network level). And costs are shared, more or less, equally.

Without this sustainable foundation, Wikileaks and the surrounding debate would not exist. Ironically, it may be the Wikileaks controversy that destroys the open, free Internet.

Already, many law makers in Washington D.C. and Ottawa are calling for stricter network controls on the Internet in order to maintain national “security” secrets, to prevent the formation of other web sites like Wikileaks and so that “terrorists” don’t get us.

In countries like Russia and China, web sites are routinely blocked from the Internet and communicating to the rest of the world. Now, England is urging ISP’s to ban any web site that may be “pornographic” in the name of keeping children safe.

Daniel Ellsberg - Time magazineAs Americans have known for 200 years, free speech is messy and sometimes dirty and even offensive. But that is the ironic principle behind free speech: once you start restricting some speech because it is offensive, eventually all of it gets censored, free thought is aborted and people cease to be free. Our free-flow of information on the Internet didn’t happen by accident or without the effort of thousands of early pioneers who shared a vision of open, free communications between free peoples.

That vision of free speech online is under threat by the Wikileaks scandal. At its heart, the Wikileaks scandal looks like a replay of the Pentagon papers released by journalist Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 that shamed the U.S. government and showed that the Johnson administration deliberately and repeatedly lied to Congress about the war in Vietnam. The response then was the same as today: shut down the source of the information leakage (rather than admit fault and take responsibility). The U.S. government sued the New York Times and won an injunction preventing the paper from publishing for 15 days in 1971.

This was the first successful attempt by the federal government to restrain the publication of a major newspaper since the Civil war. Luckily, the Supreme Court overturned this case and the Times resumed publishing the Pentagon papers.

This time around, however, the Supreme Court may not hold jurisdiction over Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, because he is not an American and his web site is hosted in Europe.

If free people don’t stand up and defend the right of whistle blowers to spread facts about the unlawful and dishonest actions of government and corporations, then we don’t have much to stand on. The continued existence of a free Internet and free people depends upon it.

Source: The Atlantic

It is possible for tiny actions to occasionally have huge consequences on the Internet – like the creation of a Facebook or a Wikileaks by tiny teams – because many thousands of people over decades set up the underlying structure of that seeming magic trick.

It seems to cost nothing to send an email, so we spend billions of dollars on spam. The existing Internet design is centered on creating the illusion of no-cost effort. But there is no such thing. It’s an illusion born of the idylls of youth, and leads to a distorted perception of the nature of responsibility. When there seems to be no cost, the idea of moderation doesn’t seem sensible.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will mark the winter solstice by taking an unprecedented step to expand government’s reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings. In doing so, the agency will circumvent Congress and disregard a recent court ruling.

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• Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Sustainable FashionThe PR-heavy fashion industry rarely defines the term “sustainable”.

What does sustainability mean in the ultra-disposable world of fashion where it is often the last consideration in a person’s purchase decision process?

Ultimately, sustainability is not something that can be seen easily from the outside. How do you know if that garment she’s wearing was made from local, organic cotton, rather than from imported, conventionally grown fibres made in a sweatshop?

You don’t and there’s the rub.

Sustainable fashion is nearly impossible to market unless a brand image is attached to it. Brands need to cultivate an image of sustainable production processes that a person can trust when going to a store. Patagonia may be the best that I know of that does this, although it is mostly a very expensive type of hippie brand that the article below laments.

Patagonia makes a big deal about their environmental programs and corporate social responsibility programs, so I naturally assume that they are on the leading edge of doing good for the planet and me. They are sustainable without having to actually define what that is.

For the sustainable fashion movement to stick, brands need to carry the torch forward. Whether that means individual designers or whole lines of clothing, the key is the ability for people to quickly and easily recognize a sustainable article of clothing much like they can with organic produce.

Source: Montreal Gazette

Indeed, most sustainable fashionistas are proud of their earthiness, but are keen to see more high-style clothing grace the industry. It’s part of an effort to ditch that hippie stigma.

“We want to enjoy dressing up; we don’t want to wear hemp all the time,” said Alexandra Schwartz of Studio Breathe, a sleek-looking Montreal yoga and karate studio. On Nov. 19, Schwartz held a charity auction for the David Suzuki Foundation to promote ethical consumerism.

Schwartz agrees that, aside from a few cute frilly tops, Montreal’s sustainable-fashion movement tends to produce lots of casual T-shirts and cozy sweaters. Because many of these looks can be granola-heavy, “terms like ‘organic’ can get a negative reaction,” she said.

Schwartz also believes customers are wary of eco-clothing because of “greenwashing” – whereby companies advertise items as eco-friendly when they have only a small percentage of organic cotton mixed with a bulk load of petroleum-based ingredients. They may also make other eco-claims they can’t back up.

In the hopes of giving sustainable consumerism a fresh start, Schwartz has adopted the “blue” philosophy of Adam Werbach, the former head of the Sierra Club and now CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, the ethical division of the ad agency. Werbach’s “blue” ideology stresses the ethical features of consumerism — such as buying a pair of those charitable Toms Shoes — rather than just focusing on the “green” items, such as organic cotton.

Fashion first

Eva Anastasiu is an ex-Montrealer living in Paris who runs www.ecofashionworld.com with three other partners. The site, which was launched two years ago, has more than 1,000 subscribers to its newsletter, and more than 300 sustainable brands listed.

A regular at Paris’s Ethical Fashion Show, Anastasiu believes the industry’s mission should be to reach out to the global fashion community.

“The goal is to have more fashion designers to go eco-(style) — not necessarily more humanitarians,” Anastasiu said. While she’s all for former Peace Corps workers launching their indie fashion labels, she thinks designers with proven talent should be recruited into the sustainable-fashion movement. That way, they can help improve the industry’s style and image, which is key to igniting an even larger consumer trend. In turn, even more corporations will have to become responsible.

She sees looks becoming more upscale: Last year, John Patrick Organics was nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America award. This year, two more sustainable-fashion designers, Monique Pean and Natalie “Alabama” Chanin, were nominated.

“All this organic culture is a heritage of hippie culture; it’s just where it started,” Anastasiu said. “Now it’s taken up by people who are trained as designers and more fashionably interested brands.”

Bigger brands such as American Apparel should also be recognized for their vertically integrated business model and fair working conditions, Anastasiu said. “And they have quite a bit of organic cotton,” she added. Anastasiu lists H&M as another company with corporate-responsibility initiatives.

Still, Anastasiu acknowledges that bigger companies tend to be about “fast fashion” — fast food for your wardrobe, based on manufacturing and selling cheap, disposable clothes. This runs counter to the sustainable-fashion philosophy, which is all about good quality, longer-term buys from smaller, up-cycled vintage stores, and sustainable-fashion shops.

“A lot of eco-fashion designers are amazing people: They go to farms, to factories, and have their noses everywhere,” she said. “I admire them so much, and I really think their work should be promoted.”