There are many people unable to grasp the harsh realities of the climate crisis because it feels too distant, whether they believe it is in the far-off future or in far-away places.
The harsh reality is that it is happening now and it is happening here.
One of the most tangible ways people can understand the state of our environment is to understand our waste.
Over-consumption has contributed to an overly wasteful society. We waste food, clothes, electronics, and just about everything we come into contact with. When we are done with something, these items find their forever homes in landfills (or the oceans, the rivers, the forests, etc.) where they will break down and continue to release harmful gases, further contributing to climate catastrophe.
It is about time we audited our consumption habits and how they are contributing to the harmful waste stream.
Introducing, Waste Reduction Week. A week that sheds light on our current consumer systems and urges action to reduce our waste. Each day of the week focuses on a different area of waste and we have added some tips on how to participate.
Monday: Circular Economy & Kick-Off
The first day of Waste Reduction Week highlights a large goal of the week itself. To achieve a circular economy, we must see our materials and products going back into the economy, rather than the landfill.
Some tips for a circular economy are;
The focus on textiles is meant to raise awareness for the energy that goes into the production of textiles and the environmental impact, both in production and disposal.
Some tips for tactical textiles are;
Wednesday: Champions & Innovators
This day highlights those who are disrupting traditional business models to advance waste reduction initiatives.
Some tips to take part are;
The production of plastic, especially single-use plastic, requires an incredible amount of unsustainable extractions and leaves harmful microplastics across our land, our water, and even inside of us. Reducing plastic is made possible through the adoption of a circular economy and driven by individual action.
Some tips to reduce your plastic are;
Friday: Food Waste
Food waste is a huge issue, especially from an environmental and social justice lens. When food is wasted, all of the time and resources that went into it's production is wasted.
A few tips to reduce your food waste are;
Saturday: Swap, Share, & Repair
Swapping, sharing, and repairing is not only good for the environment, but also good for community and your wallet! These methods help to extend product/material lifecycles and diverts them from disposal.
Some tips to swap, share, and repair are;
E-Waste in 2018 amounted to 44.7 million tonnes, with shockingly, only 20% of it being recycled. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and new innovative products are released each year, disposed electronics are on pace to be the largest waste stream in the world. If you're resisting that latest version of tech, we commend you!
Some E-Waste reduction tips include;
If you'd like to get involved in the Winnipeg environmental community during Waste Reduction Week, keep an eye out for upcoming events (like our build-a-bin workshop on October 24th)!
Have you heard of vermicomposting or worm composting?
It is a process where Red Wriggler worms turn food waste into a nutrient-rich naturalizer (worm manure!). It's an easy way to turn garbage into a valuable resource.
One of the biggest benefits to vermicomposting is that it can be done INDOORS - perfect for an apartment. It's quick, easy, doesn't smell, produces natural fertilizer, and it can reduce your waste.
About 40% of household waste can be composted, so the extra effort to compost can reduce the waste that ends up in our landfills, significantly!
Ready to get started?!
What you'll need:
1. Red Wriggler Worms
Collect your worm food in a container and feed your worms once or twice a week. To help break down the food as quickly as possible, you can cut the food into small pieces. Storing it in the freezer also helps break it down and reduces any odours from the stored food. Just thaw the food before feeding it to your worms.
To feed your worms, simply bury the food under the bedding and the worm manure/castings.
It's THAT easy!
If you have any further questions about vermicomposting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday April 22, 2018
There are many ways you can participate in Earth Day 2018 to help make the world a cleaner, more environmentally friendly place. Here are some fun events going on around our great city! Whatever you do, be sure to share it with us by using the hashtag #greenpeacewpg or tagging @greenpeacewpg in your photos!
Join us for live entertainment, environmental workshops and exciting outdoor activities. Help us celebrate the planet with lessons in sustainability, special programming at FortWhyte Farms and a chance to explore the site at no cost — admission is free all day!
Assiniboine Park Zoo:
We are celebrating Earth Day with not one, but TWO action packed days of family fun at the Zoo. Be an environmental superhero and learn about conservation and what you can do at home, at school, at work and in your communities to be kind to our earth!
Oak Hammock Marsh:
Join us for a events such as a Compost Tour, Cache-in Trash out Walk and an Un-Nature Trail Game. You can learn the benefits of wetlands to our environment with various demonstrations, films and presentations. Lastly come craft something useful for the birds using recyclable items!
After a few beautiful days in Winnipeg, it is starting to feel like Spring is in the air. That calls for some Spring cleaning and getting your garden ready for growing season!
If your goal is to create a beautiful garden while reducing water use and eliminating the need for synthetic herbicides and pesticides, follow some of these tips to get you started.
Choose plants and grasses native to your area
Check out www.veggiedelight.ca/ to see the vegetables doing best on the banks of the Red River.
Choose flowers, trees, ground cover and vegetables over a monoculture grass lawn (think of the bees)
To add some flowers, try pussy toes, wild bergamot, coneflower, three flowered avens, black-eyed Susan, and wild iris.
Use less water
Let rain water your yard as much as possible. If you must water your lawn and garden, do so in the early morning or at night to prevent evaporation.
Choose certified organic potting soil and seeds
Consider using organic potting soil and seeds to avoid genetic engineering and toxic chemicals.
Avoid gas-powered equipment like lawn mowers and leaf blowers
Gas-powered equipment is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Try using manual, electric or even solar-powered lawn equipment when possible.
Avoid pavement where possible
Natural ground cover absorbs groundwater, while rainwater that lands on hard surfaces like pavement can drag toxins into lakes and rivers.
Choose organic pest and weed control
Synthetic pesticides and herbicides can be harmful to the environment and your family. Keep bugs and weeds away naturally by manually weeding your garden, companion planting, and putting bird seed in your garden.
If you'd like more information, come out on March 31st to our sustainable gardening workshop. Find details here.
Or go to www.yougrowgirl.com - a web resource and forum for lateral, organic gardeners who want to experiment, play, and develop a refined appreciation for everything that grows.
This month's event is happening on January 27th, 2018 with a film screening of the documentary 'Demain'/'Tomorrow'. --> Get your tickets here.
To prepare for the event, I wanted to provide some insight into the film and the environmental state of tomorrow.
After the publication of a study which outlined the potential demise of the human race and a world where food, water, and oil would be scarce, the creators of 'Tomorrow' felt it was their responsibility to inform the world.
They knew they could not approach this harsh reality head on, as it would leave most people feeling entirely powerless and render the cause as hopeless. So they took on the environmental crisis in small increments, only to find that the answers were already there.
Tomorrow sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways to view agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions that can be implemented on a local scale in order to make a difference on a global scale. In showing these small and easy changes that individuals are able to make, it can restore a sense of agency and contribute to a positive shift within society.
Tomorrow is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage individuals and communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.
What are you going to do today, for tomorrow?
This film will help to educate and inspire with ideas and systems that are already working around the world. It should be approached with optimism and the understanding that each person must be part of the change. Try looking for things that you can implement in your home, your office, and your community.
We will be having an open environmental discussion after the film and we would love to hear your thoughts on 'tomorrow' and what you want to do about it today.
Environmental changes to make today:
See you on Saturday!
It is no secret that consumption of animal products has a harmful impact on the environment. During the holiday season, consumption of these products are at an all time high with traditional foods like turkey, egg nog, ham, gravy, and those milk & cookies for Santa.
At a time when animal consumption is high, it is that much more important to make an effort to reduce YOUR impact. One of the best ways to do that is by having a plant-based holiday feast.
Our guide will give you recipes and tips to switch out animal based recipes for plant-based versions and how to make a vegan feast DELICIOUS for everyone.
Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes
Spiced Hot Fruit Bake
Overnight Vegan Pecan Sticky Buns
Vegan Coffee Cake
Leek and Broccoli Vegan Tartlets
Vegan Gingerbread Pancakes
Potato, Mushroom, and Kale Hash Skillet
Holiday Snacks and Baking Recipes
Cranberry and Thyme Vegan Cheese Ball
Vegan Sausage Rolls
Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
No Bake Vegan Eggnog Bites
Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks (using vegan butter, cream cheese, and cheese)
Salted Almond Chocolate Truffles
Plant-Based Holiday Dinner Recipes
Lentil Loaf with Balsamic Onion Gravy
Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad
Quinoa Stuffed Squash with Walnuts and Pomegranate
Vegan Mushroom Gravy
Baked Cauliflower and Spicy Lentils
Festive Hasselback Potatoes
Vegan Holiday Dessert Recipes
Gingerbread Chocolate Mousse
Cinnamon White Chocolate Cheesecake
We hope you found this list helpful!
Wishing you a very happy holiday and a delicious (plant-based) feast.
- Your friends at GreenPeace Winnipeg
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, this weekend was heavily based on consumerism. It was fuelled by competitive sales and the impending doom of the holiday shopping rush.
So how can you go about your holiday gifting while being green?
We have your Holiday Guide to Green Gifting right here! Full of tips and tricks to reduce your environmental impact this holiday season.
Where to Buy.
It is always best to shop locally, all year round. This does not mean going to your 'local' mall for gifts, it means supporting locally sourced, made, and sold products. Shopping locally will open your eyes to the incredible makers we have in Winnipeg, from macrame plant hangings to gorgeous pottery, all made in this amazing city.
Some of my favourite spots to shop would be:
What to Buy/Make.
One of the biggest problems with presents, especially toys, is the amount of packaging they come in. Once everything is unwrapped and the packaging is finally off, you are left with a big pile of trash. Try finding toys with recyclable packaging, reusable packaging, or no packaging at all. This can be achieved through buying second hand or from local makers.
Another issue is the break and buy cycle. This happens when you purchase cheap items that will soon after break and it will be more cost effective to purchase another rather than fixing it. To avoid this, make purchases of quality products that will last the test of time. It may be more expensive, but it will be more worth it for the person, as well as the planet.
You must also consider what the person will use. If you buy them something you know they probably won't use or touch, it may not be worth it. Consider getting them something of necessity to ensure it will be used for years to come. Another approach is to replace something they already use with a green alternative, such as reusable food containers, travel mugs, or washable snack bags.
The other option is of course to make it yourself.
DIY holiday gift ideas include:
How To Wrap it
Wrapped presents typically result in a pile of ripped apart paper, ribbons, and bows covering the floor. Where does it end up? The garbage. Using Holiday bags as opposed to gift wrap is a good way to re-use packaging every season, but there are other ways to ensure your gifts are being given in recyclable and reusable materials.
In the season of giving, give to those less fortunate, give back to the community, and give to the earth that gives so much to you.
This Tuesday is #GivingTuesdayCa, so donate your time, your skills, or your money to the causes you care about.
Hi, I'm Nicole. I'm a recent university grad, former tree planter, and I live a plant-based lifestyle. I am keen on photography, supporting local business, eating delicious food, and helping the environment.