Youth For Climate Justice Now

Guest blog written by the students at Windermere Secondary

2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 5  2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 3

On April 21st, 2014, a group of students from Windermere Secondary called Y4CJN (Youth For Climate Justice Now) held their 4th annual youth-led Earth Day Celebration, which was supported by a wide variety of organizations, including Forest Ethics and Wilderness Committee. The goal of this parade and festival was to raise awareness of the change in climate that is happening now and to show that youths can make a difference. This celebration began with a parade that started from the Commercial-Broadway skytrain station and went down to Grandview Park. Many marched up Commercial Drive in costumes, with colourful banners and floats, dances, and chants focusing on the effects of climate change. After the parade, the festival took part at Grandview Park, in which a few hundred people participated in. This family friendly event had a great selection of speakers and musicians such as Buckman Coe, Andrea Reimer, and guest speaker David Suzuki. Information booths from both students and organizations were there as well as face painting and booths to buy plants.

The event had turned out very exciting and successful for yet another year and students of Windermere Secondary couldn’t be more proud of the work they have achieved. To find out more about the event, visit earthdayparade.ca or contact them at [email protected], and look out for this celebration in the following years!

Recycling Alternative would like to thank Y4CJN for contributing to our blogs with their guest blog.

2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 2 2014 Earth Day Y4CJN Photo 1

Projecting Change Film Festival Sparks Positive Growth in Vancouver

Guest Blog written by Meghan Edmondson.

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Tomorrow the Projecting Change Film Festival returns for their 7th year to lead the Vancouver community to positive growth! From April 24 to 27, the unique Docs & Dialogues festival (first of its kind in Vancouver) promises to explore with their community about the important themes of empowerment, environmental and social sustainability, identity and global culture.

One film we are excited for is Watermark, a documentary about the human relationship to water as a resource. The film follows 20 diverse stories from 10 different countries around the world and shows the magnitude of our need and use for water. We’re positive that people’s attitude towards water usage will change, in a good way, after they see this documentary.

Other films that will be playing at the festival include: Continue reading…

Trash Talk #12 – Ditching Dumpsters for Livable Laneways

What’s wrong with this picture?

This is what the dumpsters that regularly occupy the lanes immediately west of Main St between 7th and Broadway, look like when you bring them all together for a big community party!  We were on-site at the Autumn Shift Festival this weekend to provide recycling for a great community event, but instead found ourselves surrounded by dumpsters.

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If you care to count, there are 14 of them occupying 2 short lanes servicing just a handful of businesses. In the daily lives of BIA business members and the public living and shopping in the area, they present an uninviting
landscape in what could otherwise be a beautiful Livable Laneway!

These trashy eyesores are common fare in our city lanes (and in some cases, on our side walks).

Beyond being an undesirable blemish on public spaces that groups like Liveable Laneways would like to banish, in their efforts to transform, animate and re-claim these lanes for public use and interaction, these ‘one size fits all’ dumpsters can be a detriment to recycling, and undermine Continue reading…

Earth Day All Year Long at Windermere School

Recycling Alternative has been working with students at Windermere Community School for the past few years by providing recycling and composting services for the Earth Day celebration at Grandview Park.  We are always impressed by the hard work they put into the event each year and so we wanted to share the many other accomplishments the students have managed.  The guest blog below was written by students Aaron Leung and Jonas Recuenco.

BIUGIQVCQAEDPc3Windermere has received several awards and been recognized by organizations such as the City of Vancouver, Environmental Youth Alliance, David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, CCPA, Wildernesss Committee, BC Hydro, Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, Evergreen, BC Greengames (2 time winner), Global Agents for Change, Youth Ventures and many more, for our ability to engage youth in meaningful ways in projects we have worked on in the past, along with current endeavors. Some of these include: Continue reading…