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Reconsider Consumerism: Choose Sustainability Over Stuff

Reconsider Consumerism: Choose Sustainability Over Stuff

By Erin Hitchcock – As the Christmas season approaches, many increasingly catch the consumerism bug. We hustle from store to store or browse online looking for something to give to our friends and family members, so we make them feel special and appreciated, or even because we feel obligated to do so. Every year on […]

Single-use Plastics Bans to Take Time Despite Multi-Government Support

Single-use Plastics Bans to Take Time Despite Multi-Government Support

By Erin Hitchcock – It’s not clear when or by what authority, but a single-use plastics ban is on the horizon. In July, I presented a petition to Williams Lake city council with more than 1,300 signatures, asking them to ban single-use plastics. They all agreed at the Committee of the Whole meeting with plans […]

Finding Active Hope Through Climate Grief

Finding Active Hope Through Climate Grief

By Erin Hitchcock – In late summer I can still smell the wildflowers from my open window, while bees franticly scoop up as much nectar and pollen as they can before the days get colder and winter sings them all to sleep. The life around me is beautiful. I feel so much love for this […]

Williams Lake City Council to Consider Single-use Plastics Ban

Williams Lake City Council to Consider Single-use Plastics Ban

By Erin Hitchcock – I can’t remember when I first learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but I remember the sheer shock and disbelief at how so much plastic could end up in the ocean. Why had no one done anything about it? While attempts are being made to do that, successful results remain […]

World Environment Day Highlights Air Pollution

World Environment Day Highlights Air Pollution

By Erin Hitchcock – One of the best ways to challenge climate change is by tackling air pollution, and we all have our own unique roles to play. Whether pledging to stop idling, reducing consumption, or actively pressuring for change there is something each one of us can do and we need to start immediately. […]

Pachamama Works to ‘Awaken the Dreamer’ in the Community

Pachamama Works to ‘Awaken the Dreamer’ in the Community

By Erin Hitchcock – A local group has started within the community to bring forth the Pachamama Alliance’s message. The vision that informs the Pachamama Alliance’s work is of a world that works for everyone: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet—a new dream for humanity. This non-profit organization based […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Choose Organic for Kids and Lower their Exposure to Pesticides

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Choose Organic for Kids and Lower their Exposure to Pesticides

By Erin Hitchcock- As a mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old, with another child on the way this spring, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the number of pesticides to which our kids are exposed. Parenting can be hard work and doing things the right way all of the time can feel impossible, especially when a […]

CHILDREN | Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre: Education making a difference

CHILDREN | Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre: Education making a difference

By Erin Hitchcock — It feels like one is stepping back in time to a simpler, gentler era when entering the Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre. There are no computers, no modern-day technological devices. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find anything plastic. Instead, wooden furniture and toys made from natural fibres such as wood, […]

NEWS | ACTIVISM | GMO Salmon

NEWS | ACTIVISM | GMO Salmon

By Erin Hitchcock — Though hundreds of thousands of Sockeye salmon are anticipated to reach the spawning grounds in the Quesnel rivershed this fall, the future of this mighty fish is on the minds of many. Fish farms, sea lice, over fishing, habitat destruction, climate change, and ocean acidification are some of the concerns expressed among […]

CHILDREN | Scout Island Connects All Ages to Nature

CHILDREN | Scout Island Connects All Ages to Nature

By Erin Hitchcock — “I found one!” calls out one enthusiastic boy to another after discovering a large beetle crawling past a rock. “I never knew they were so hairy,” remarks a girl peering at a caterpillar through the lens of a magnifying glass. These are common responses from children enrolled in Scout Island’s programs in […]