Pay for your subway ride in Beijing by recycling a plastic bottle : TreeHugger

The city of Beijing has come up with an ingenious idea to encourage people to recycle more. It has installed 34 “reverse” vending machines in subway stations throughout the city. When a passerby inserts an empty plastic bottle, the machine’s sensor scans it to assess the value of the plastic – anywhere from 5 to 15 cents – and spits out a public transportation credit or extra mobile phone minutes. The reward is commensurate with the quality and number of bottles being fed into the machine, although there is also the option for people such as tourists, who don’t need the rewards, to insert bottles anyways.

Most of the recycling machines, according to Recycling Today, are placed in high-traffic or touristy areas, such as the Temple of Heaven, which sees as many as 60,000 people pass by daily. When you consider that most people have a plastic bottle of something in their hands, whether it’s water or soda, that’s a whole lot of plastic that city officials don’t want to see littered on the ground. This system, with its free rewards, makes recycling more appealing, and is a good step forward for a city that’s already notorious for its environmental degradation.

The idea is catching on. In Sydney, where TakePart reports that “beverage containers now outstrip cigarette butts as the most littered item,” the city officials placed Envirobank reverse vending machines throughout the city. Unlike traditional recycling bins, where people would throw regular garbage and contaminate the recycling, making it hard or impossible to process, this machine only fits plastic bottles and soda cans. Because it immediately crushes them, each Envirobank can hold up to 3,000 items. The rewards are nice – food truck vouchers, tickets to the city’s famous New Year’s Eve party, and bus passes.

While I think these initiatives are great, they don’t really solve the bigger issue of disposable plastic. Recycling, as useful and good as it can be, is not an ideal solution. Plastic can never be fully recycled, but is always ‘down-cycled’ into a lesser form of itself until it cannot be reworked and eventually gets landfilled. The most important task is to educate people about the importance of reusability, and get people off their addictions to bottled water and soda and onto using reusable bottles and cups.

Share Your Views on Improving Canada’s Environmental and Regulatory Processes – 0%

 Lets Go Canada !     It’your Time !
Canada is making regulatory changes to it’s enviromental act.

Below is an indepth survey with questionaire thats as easy as pie in your face.

Lets #cometogether 

Whining on FB or Twitter is not a worthy route for change.

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Share Your Views on Improving Canada’s Environmental and Regulatory Processes – 0%

 Join Canadians and take part in new regulatory changes thru the National Resources Canada group,by filling out this indepth survey.

Canada is your backyard.

Watch “Sir Richard Branson Signs Walk Free’s Zero Tolerance For Slavery Pledge” on YouTube

Kudos to Richard and his efforts for people in need.

A suprising talk about slavery and what’s happening around the world today.

Experience: It’s what you get when you were expecting something else.

Are you one with your canoe ?

** I’m on a road trip,not driving !!!
All too often all your knee jerking accomplishes is stubbing your toe.

Your views are important,we want to hear your POV as well.

Author:Gary Wellings
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Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”
― It’s another beautiful day on the Bay Of Quinte – Z

Nepal Earthquake Pledge Support Link Thru Avaaz

Dear friends,
This post is only offered as a support link to spread the word for a needy nation in a disaster situation.
You cannot send donations thru this blog but can access Avaaz link to take one step further.
Avaaz Pledge link

Whole hills swept down over the beautiful and delicate rural villages of Nepal on Saturday. Thousands were crushed, more are missing and the country is crying out for water, food, and shelter. It’s devastating and in the middle of it all this one brave local organisation, Abari, is using everything they have to put up tents in the hardest hit remote areas.

Aid experts say before the disaster they were doing some of the most impactful work in the country, and that they’re one of the best ways to get crucial aid to rural communities fast. That’s because this is their home.   

We can make all the difference for this incredible group, and many others across Nepal, literally multiplying their relief budgets by 10, empowering them to build for the long term and keeping their emergency work funded in hard-to-reach places.

And by donating to local leaders ready for the hard years of rebuilding to come, we’ll plant the seeds of hope for a sustainable and safe future in Nepal’s poorest villages.

Click below to pledge now and Avaaz will only process our donations if we raise enough to change the game for local heroes:

YES I’LL PLEDGE $3 to help people in need

YES I’LL PLEDGE $5 to help people in need

YES I’LL PLEDGE $13 — enough to shelter 1 person

YES I’LL PLEDGE $25 — enough to shelter 2 people

YES I’LL PLEDGE $63 — enough to shelter 5 people

YES I’LL PLEDGE $250 — enough to build a strong tent to shelter 20 people

To give an amount other than the ones listed above, click here.

Nepal has a bad reputation for inefficiency and corruption, and its government is divided. That’s why Nepal’s vibrant civil society is likely to bring the most effective, life-saving support for many citizens.

Abari, and many organisations like them in Nepal, have been at work in some of the worst hit regions building water tanks and housing, and making the connections aid workers need to navigate the remote areas and bypass corruption. The best part is that they are set up to take international donations directly right now.

Big international aid organisations have used established systems to mobilise money and expertise fast to meet this emergency, while local groups are improvising to respond to the vast needs. Supporting such groups can be riskier, but with that risk comes the possibility of a huge reward. When a cyclone hit Burma in 2008, our community raised two million dollars that was smuggled in through a network of monks working outside of the corrupt government system. For some, this bold tactic led to the only life-saving aid they ever saw. 

 We have the chance to do that again in Nepal. Click below to join in and Avaaz will collect and distribute our donations as soon as we raise enough to make a big difference for these inspiring local heroes:

YES I’LL PLEDGE $3 to help people in need

YES I’LL PLEDGE $5 to help people in need  YES I’LL PLEDGE $5 to help people in need

YES I’LL PLEDGE $13 — enough to shelter 1 person

YES I’LL PLEDGE $25 — enough to shelter 2 people

YES I’LL PLEDGE $63 — enough to shelter 5 people

YES I’LL PLEDGE $250 — enough to build a strong tent to shelter 20 people

To give an amount other than the ones listed above, click here.

Our movement was designed to break through bureaucracies and deliver hope directly. When disaster struck Burma and then again when it struck Haiti, the Avaaz Community opened our hearts and pledged millions to help people on the ground to get money to those most in need. Our common humanity united us to stand together in those times of greatest need. Now we can come together again to provide the Nepalese people with the urgent support to survive this horror.

With hope and determination,

Emma, Alex, Allison, Laila, Oli, Alaphia, Rowena, Mais and the rest of the team.


Nepal’s relief effort must reach the rural poor (Globe and Mail)

Nepal earthquake: authorities struggle to cope despite international aid efforts (The Guardian)

Villages Near Nepal Earthquake’s Epicenter Are Desperate (NY Times)

Nepal earthquake: Relief starts reaching remote villages (BBC)

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Earth Day April 22,2015

  Let’s celebrate life for all living and breathing on earth today.
Channel your energy and make Earth Day rumble across the World Wide Web.

  Happy Earth Day from Life On A Changing Planet.

April 22,2015

It’s the same date every year,so how can I forget.

What Is It ?

The founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
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-Tim O’Brien,Tomcat In Love: A Book that inspires.



Welcome to the frozen world for genetic extinction in a bottle.
All living things are now being saved in the lab for a future world.
In association with The British Association of Zoos and Aquaria, a Frozen Ark Expert Group has been formed in the UK for the terrestrial invertebrates.

The Frozen Ark has now established a consortium of twenty-two major zoos, aquaria, museums and research institutions in eight countries around the world. All of them share our aims.

What they Need ,

Saving the DNA and the viable cells of the world’s endangered animals

We need data and samples too!

We ask those around the world with stored collections of DNA, tissue, somatic or stem cells from endangered animals to send us details of their collections for inclusion in the Frozen Ark database. Those who send in such details will be given access to the Frozen Ark database. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any more information.


Most importantly, we need financial support. Please help us if you can. Click the ‘Please Donate’ button above for further information. Donors from the United States can gain the same tax benefits donating to the Frozen Ark as they can to US charities.

Do you hold any suitably preserved material?

We ask those around the world with collections of DNA, cell or tissue samples from endangered animals to send details for inclusion in the Frozen Ark database.

Collecting samples for the Frozen Ark

Expeditions, individuals, or organisations wishing to collect tissue and DNA samples for the Frozen Ark should contact in the first instance for advice about recommended methods of collecting and transporting samples. Summaries of recommended protocols are available by clicking HERE. Arrangements can be made to borrow equipment from the Natural History Museum in London and from other museums.

In zoos and aquaria, samples can be taken from animals when they are undergoing routine veterinary treatment and from animals that have very recently died. These samples could include male and female gametes, surplus animals such as tadpoles, tissues, feathers, hairs, body fluids, buccal smears, umbilical cord and placental tissue.

We are very keen that the collection of samples becomes a recognised ‘ex situ activity’ for the world’s zoos and aquaria, and becomes included as one of the conservation activities of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We believe this would also be a major force for the successful distribution and use of gametes for conservation breeding programmes.

If you want to collaborate with us in any other way, please email

Most-wanted Species

The latest list of threatened species from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature shows the urgent need for sampling.

According to the IUCN there are about 40 species extinct in the wild but held in zoos. Some of them have been re-introduced to parts of their former ranges but their futures are insecure, and taking samples from them has a high priority.

If you have preserved tissue or DNA of an endangered species, or if you have access to these species, please contact the Frozen Ark at

We are in the process of getting the collection of samples for the FA as a recognised ‘ex situ activity’ of the world’s zoos and aquaria to be included as one of their ‘integrated conservation activities’ first laid out in WAZA’s 2005 Conservation Strategy document. We believe this association will become a major force in the successful collection, distribution and use of genetic material for zoo and aquaria conservation breeding programmes.

This involves developing the collection of samples from all native and captive species in the UK.

The Frozen Ark Project is a strategy to conserve the genetic resources of the world’s endangered species. It is the animal equivalent of the the ‘Millennium Seed Bank’ created by Kew Gardens to conserve the seeds of the world’s plants.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this life saving article, and follow up on the links for more.

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Vaccination and your Children :Tweet from TweetCaster

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This is not a joke.

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Now in its fifth year, Bell’s Let’s Talk Day is a social media campaign that invites Canadians to “join the conversation” on mental health.

With Olympian Clara Hughes as its public face, the campaign aims to break the stigma surrounding mental illness, improve access to the two-thirds of Canadians with mental health issues that don’t have access to help, raise awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace, and fund research into new treatment and cures.

Among those sharing their own stories are comedians Mary Walsh and Howie Mandel, and TSN sports anchor Michael Landsberg.

Since beginning the campaign in 2011, Bell has contributed more than $67 million to mental health care and research.

On Wednesday, Bell will contribute five cents for each text message sent, mobile and long distance call made, Facebook share and tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag.

For more information, visit

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“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”
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