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Happy Belated Earth Day! [24 Apr 2007|09:10pm]

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a good and fruitful Earth Day! We had our first Terrophany event with a clean-up of one of the Woodlots on York's campus, organized through facebook.

I'm not sure how many of you have iPods or iTunes, but I've recently discovered podcasts, and wanted to share them with everyone. They all seem to be free, and there's a lot of great educational/interesting material out there! To subscribe you don't have to pay any money, but I do think you have to have a registered iTunes account (and you need a credit card to do that I believe).

One of the podcasts that might interest some of you is called TreeHugger Radio. According to their description "TreeHugger Radio is the weekly audio podcast of TreeHugger.com, the web’s leading environmental lifestyle blog. Each week, host Simran Sethi covers the latest green news from around the world along with views, perspectives, and extended interviews with top experts and cutting-edge pioneers." It's definitely worth checking out!

By the way, if you read this entry, it would be great if you could post a reply... with other podcasts, websites, tips... even just saying hi.

I hope you all have a great couple of weeks, and look I forward to hearing from you soon!
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Species List, Facebook and More! [09 Apr 2007|04:36pm]

Hello everyone!

Here's the interesting news part for this post: The species list tops 1 million so far. A worldwide scientific effort to catelogue all species is in progress (one didn't exist before), and so far we're at over 1 million. You can read more about it here: http://www.livescience.com/animalworld/070408_ap_species_total.html

Here's some more interesting news from the Sunday edition of the Toronto Star in the Ideas section from Yesterday. Apparently Burlington, Vermont is the greenest city in the United States: http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/200643

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but Terrophany has a group on facebook. If you are on facebook, and are not a member, feel free to join... just search for Terrophany (it's open to everyone).

Earth Day is coming up, April 22nd is only 13 days away! If you have any ideas for activities, events or tips to help make Earth Day a reality, please post them or reply to this message.

I hope all is well with all of you!
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Bitublocks [02 Apr 2007|01:39pm]

Hello everyone!

As has become tradition, I'll be posting some positive news yet again, as well as an environmentally positive tip. Remember to check out a few posts down, which has information on a new zine that will pay people to write environmental articles for them.


A new invention is using waste as building material which takes less energy to produce than regular concrete, and is roughly six times stronger than regular concrete. For more information, check out the LiveScience article here: http://www.livescience.com/environment/070402_trash_house.html

Saving Energy

Here's a link to the Government of Ontario Ministry of Energy website where you can order a copy of their energy saving guide: http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=conservation.tips
However, they also have tips along the right side of that page, along with information on what percentage of energy is used for what in the average home in Ontario. Here are a few of the tips they have:
- Use an electric kettle to boil water – not the stove, which is less efficient.
- Don’t overfill the refrigerator, as this blocks air circulation. Conversely, a full freezer will perform better than an empty one.
- Check your refrigerator’s door seal by closing the door on a $5 bill. If it’s held tightly in place, the seal’s OK; if not, the door should be adjusted or the seal replaced.
- Be sure to at least shut off the computer screen, as 60% of the power used by a computer is used by the monitor! (The other 40% is used to keep your hard drive spinning and to power the electronics.)
Plus many more!

That's all for this week! Remember, Earth Day is April 22nd, so it's coming up soon!
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American Crocodile and Carbon Neutral [21 Mar 2007|11:16am]

Hello everyone,

Here's some more good news for the environment. The American Crocodile is no longer an endangered species. Their population is up to 2,000 from around 300 in 1976! It's very encouraging that conservation efforts can work... though many species are still going extinct on a daily basis. Here's the full article on the American Crocodile's recovery from extinction:


Environmental Tips
The main tip for this week will be more of a recommended life change. Most people know that it is important to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible... perhaps we can have some tips on that in another post. However, in our society it is still almost impossible to not cause a net increase in the carbon dioxide we release in to the atmosphere. However, it may still be possible to go "carbon neutral". The David Suzuki Foundation has a great explanation of the concept here: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Climate_Change/What_You_Can_Do/carbon_neutral.asp
with more specific steps located here: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Climate_Change/What_You_Can_Do/carbon_neutral_steps.asp

Basically, the idea is to contribute to projects which don't produce CO2 (such as solar energy production). The companies benefit from getting your money, and putting it to use increasing production of more environmentally friendly energy, helping to offset the CO2 emissions you're not capable of limiting. It's not a perfect solution, but it is still a step in the right direction to be carbon neutral.

Feel free to post comments about the idea (negative or positive). Have a great week everyone!
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Green Newsletter Call for Writers [18 Mar 2007|10:01am]

Writers Wanted to Make the World More Green!

A great new zine is under construction and looking for skilled writers. Young or old, new or experienced at publishing, if you can write well on green issues, we want you!

We are looking for strongly written pieces, either new or already written or published - 250 to 500 words in length - sharing news and shedding light on topics like sustainable living, environmental protection, green energy sources, habitat protection, urban green issues, global environmental crises, humanitarian foreign policy, etc.

Although the magazine will be distributed mostly in Vancouver, British Columbia, we are looking for a balance between local, national and global articles. We will publish bi-weekly, beginning in March. We also welcome contributions from very good writers in the form of regular columns.

Payment will be per-article, commiserate with experience.

Please contact Amanda at abrown@zoology.ubc.ca with a less than 20-word pitch of your piece if it is not yet written and submit a sample of your writing, or for pieces already written, submit your piece along with details on when, where, and why it was written or published before. All writing and ideas submitted must be your own.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form! See the discussion and definitions of plagiarism at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism

P.S. Pass the word on to your friends that we are also looking for experienced copy editors, graphic designers, and distributors with street corner or door-to-door canvassing skills.

I recently received this from the paper I work for and I thought I'd pass it on to you guys.
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Good News [13 Mar 2007|04:42pm]

Hi everyone,

It's been a while, but I'll try to update the site regularly... we'll see how that works :) I'll be going to grad school next year for Social Psychology, which according to some people will give me more free time than I had in undergrad.

Good News
So here's some good news for this week: Bans on CFCs and other ozone depleting have put us in a substantially better position in regards to global warming than we otherwise would have been. Here's the source:


Environmental Tips
This isn't so much a tip, more of a plan. I think every week or two, I'll try to go over my impact on the environment, and see if I can come up with at least one way to improve for the following week or two. Hopefully this'll lead to constant improvement.

Also, I've now purchased some stuff from the rainforest site (we have a link in the community info). In their store, each purchase helps preserve rainforest land. They have a larger selection than I thought, and everything was good, no problems with delivery. The only downside is if you live in Canada it goes through customs, and so picks up some extra costs, but it's still really good if you want to buy some gifts for someone and help preserve some rainforest land at the same time.

That's it for now. Take care everyone!
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Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment [10 Sep 2006|10:12pm]

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





To read the complete article please follow either of these links :



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[31 Jul 2006|03:49pm]

Bald Eagle in Winter (Photo: NPS)

Help us reach our goal of 15,000 comments by the August 3rd deadline

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Please fill out this form to send your email urging EPA official James Gulliford to protect birds, fish and mammals by removing carbofuran from the market.

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[20 Jul 2006|07:30pm]


Check this out; it's a valuable resource, if you live in Ontario. Most of us do.


The Environmental Bill of Rights of Ontario is a resource that enables you to view, and have a say about, what kind of legislation is being considered in Ontario that may have an effect on the environment. it also lets you tell on your employers if they do business that's environmentally damaging.

"The EBR is one of the most significant environmental laws enacted in the province in the last 30 years. However, the first step in ensuring its success is to make the public aware of what the law is intended to do and how it works.

In addition to giving access to the government's activities relating to the environment, the Environmental Registry also describes the history, purpose and content of the legislation. It explains your environmental rights under the law and shows, step-by-step, how they can be used to protect the environment.

The EBR guarantees the basic environmental rights of Ontario residents and opens the decision-making process to greater public scrutiny than ever before."


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Greenpeace Now Hiring [16 Jun 2006|05:07pm]

If any of you are still seeking summer employment, then this may be the ideal job for you.

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Lawns [21 May 2006|09:18pm]

This is something that's been bugging me for awhile now... namely lawns of grass in the front and back yards of almost every house, at least in the US and Canada.

Now, I think it's great to see green when you are/look outside... and it's nice if you have kids for them to be able to have a field to play on. But overall, it's ridiculous. There are so many places in the world where top soil is such a commodity and we're growing... grass. Not even for cows or something, just grass.

Wouldn't it be better to use this space and soil for gardens? Not only would there be more colour and be aesthetically pleasing, but you could grow things like vegetables, herbs, and fruit... so you'd also have some fresh food, at least for the summer.

Monocultures in general are a bad idea, you could get fresh produce, and add some colour. What do people think? Are lawns preferable to gardens? What are some of the problems with gardens, and can they be overcome?

Also, the offer still stands... if anyone wants to do some weekly or biweekly articles, it would be much appreciated! Have a great Victoria Day, to all of you who celebrate it at least!
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Happy Earth Day [22 Apr 2006|12:41pm]

Take this test and learn your ecological footprint. My footprint is 2.6 hectares. That's a little above the 1.8 per person that it should be, but well below the 8.8 global average. Not bad, but I still have some work to do.
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Happy Earth Day! [22 Apr 2006|02:00am]

Happy Earth Day to you all!

It's been quite awhile, and for that I must apologize. I've had a rocky and hectic past school year and been through a lot, but one thing hasn't changed: I am still committed to helping preserve life and to be Environmentally Active.

For those of you who are still active LiveJournal Users and interested in positive environmental action, it would be great for you to leave a comment in this post, so we can see who is still around. As a reminder, while this community is for anyone around the world, a lot of my personal efforts will currently be focussed around York University and the Greater Toronto Area, as that is where I live... so please remember that you are welcome to post anything relating to environmentalism.

Ideally, it would be great if we had a number of people who are part of this community who would be willing to do a weekly or monthly article/post on specific topics... for example, on a particular endangered species, a particular threatened area, or a weekly tip on how to be environmentally friendly around the home. If you're interested in doing something like that, please comment!

With global warming becoming more evident every year, the continuing pollution and deforestation of the Earth and the rapid rates of extinction all over the world, it can be easy to despair. It is always important to remember that any contribution, no matter how small, still makes a difference, and that despite all the tragic consequences of our current civilization, the Earth is still an incredibly beautiful place.

Good luck in all your endeavours, and may you live in harmony with the Earth.
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Peak Oil and the Greens [10 Jan 2006|04:46pm]

[ mood | awake ]

I invote everyone on this community to also post in the community "peak_oil", which discusses a topic that has many implications for the environment and for industrial society as a whole.

In other news, I voted for the Green Party. They have the only competant energy platform out of the parties available. NDP came close to getting my vote, but they already exercise much power in Ottawa so I thought I'd help strengthen the Greens, if only to help them get onto the debates in the next election.

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[12 Dec 2005|11:02am]

Whether or not you want to vote green in the next election, maybe you could pass this message onto others who could be interested in signing a petition to allow the green party in on the televised debate.

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Maybe that interests some of you, maybe some of you don't even care about the election, but if you do care, please consider signing this.
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Lets talk politics... [11 Dec 2005|04:00am]

So does anyone care to say who they are voting for and why?

Personally I am uninterested in votinf for the backstabing NDP, the liberal thieves or coservative barons of amerika. I am thinking I might vote for the green party. I admit I don't know a hellva lot about them but I know they are for enviromental innitiaves and I believe we should devote more energy to that. Good call?
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Save Canadian Forests [21 Oct 2005|11:41am]

[ mood | determined ]

Another event, if anyone is interested. I am thinking of attending and ordering the T-Shirt! What better way to pump a message into people's minds?


"As part of Save the Boreal Forest Day, Kleercut activists across Canada and the United States will be planning campaign events to hold Kimberly-Clark accountable for its forest crimes. Demonstrations, banner hangs, street theatre... you name it, Kleercut activists are going to be doing it. Get creative and start thinking now about what you can do to get the word out on November 3rd."

As many of you might be aware, Canada has huge amounts of ancient forest: the boreal forests and temperate rainforests of BC make up a lot of this. In my opinion, Canada is the northern equivalent of Brazil in that we hold some of the most treasured and biodiverse forest in the world. If you would like to see how we measure up, visually, take a look at this simple map:


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[20 Oct 2005|02:00pm]

[ mood | anticipating ]

Hi people. My life's been uber busy, but I'm still right into this stuff.

Did you join this community looking for information? discussions?
acions? -- local, nonlocal?

anything in between and beyond?

Well, I'm sure that we all have different things that we can touch upon if we just take the time to organize our thoughts and let it out. After all, in order for us to make something happen, we first need an intention. Then, if we want to organize a group to take part in an activity, something else should follow, n'est-ce-pas? Since my knowledge of things is fairly general in some areas, I can help with communication, organization, possibly inspiration. I may be able to lead some things, but I often feel more comfortable when I take the back seat and let others suggest actions, but it's good to take turns, even in some chaotic fashion.

I'm always open to encountering new people and ideas.

Are you interested in rainforests? I'm fascinated by them! Maybe a trip or a cognitive voyage would be something that we could do together.

Why are you here? What do you want to discuss?

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Arbour Day! [19 Oct 2005|05:10pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Hello fellow members of our dying community, this is an effort to perhaps get something started and provide terrophany with its first good deed at York for the semester (and by first good deed I obviously mean on a larger basis than recycling, etc). Anyhow, I couldn't help but notice the poster in Central Square for Plant-a-Tree day at York! "What a great idea!" I thought to myself and I couldn't wait to share this with you guys. Anyway, if you aren't in the know, then it just so happens that this wonderful event is taking place tomorrow i.e Thursday October 20th, 2005.

For those of you who are interested in (or have doubts about) Arbour Day, then the benefits/rewards of your participation are the obvious: enhancing the environment and being good to our friends with roots. But if that doesn't satisfy, then you'll also be receiving a free "green team" t-shirt as well as free food! "A free t-shirt PLUS free food," you must be thinking, "Now I DEFINITELY have to go!" In that case, the details are as follows: Time: 11-2PM Place: 313 Student Centre. Be there or be Square!

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Recycling Guide [27 Sep 2005|08:54am]


The site seems to be going somewhat dead, but I figured I'd put this out there anyways.  I recall a few questions about what can and cannot be recycled, so I saw this and decided to post it.  As this shows, even the most zealous recycler can end up disappointed with results if the batch gets contaminated by the wrong plastics.

The shortest comprehensive recycling guide: [1 page, so you can print it out as a reminder! Included is the chart, AND the link.]
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