Monday, April 28, 2014

Join the "Thunderclap": Protect Ontario's Pollinators!

As a member of the Ontario Nature Youth Council, I would like to invite those of you who have Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr to join the "Thunderclap" of messages that will be sent to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne calling for restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids (which are a particularly harmful type of pesticide) in Ontario, Canada. Neonicotinoids cause neurological damage to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. This is one of the factors contributing to the massive deaths of much of the pollinator populations. To learn more, please go directly to the campaign page on the Thunderclap website: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/11177-protect-ontario-s-pollinators.
You can visit Ontario Nature's website here: http://www.ontarionature.org/.

Photo Courtesy of http://www.ontarionature.org/protect/campaigns/pollinators.php
Thanks!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Food Revolution 2014-- Don't Miss It!

Hello dear readers!

There's a free online summit called Food Revolution taking place this week, from April 26 to May 4. The topics discussed include healthy eating, veganism, animal rights, the politics of food, and how our food choices impact the environment. I've already signed up-- I can't wait to listen to some of the broadcasts!
Food Revolution Summit
Image from http://foodrevolutionsummit.org/.
The conference is being held by John and Ocean Robbins, would-be heirs to the Baskin Robbins ice cream chain. John turned down the opportunity to own Baskin Robbins because he didn't want to devote himself to a chain that makes people unhealthy. He is the author of bestsellers Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution. Ocean Robbins, John's son, is the CEO of Food Revolution Network. According to the website, he was also "selected by Time and Audubon as among the heroes of the new millennium."
You can listen in during the broadcasts by phone or online. You can also listen to free replays of the talks online for 24 hours after they occur. After that, if you would like to listen to the broadcasts, you can buy a set of CDs that contain the talks.
So, who's going to be there? Lots of well-known experts and activists, as a matter of fact! Here are a few examples of some of the talks you can listen in on:

  • Jonathan Safran Foer (Author of Eating Animals) – "Renewing Our Humanity"
  • Michael Hansen, PhD – "What Does The GMO Science Tell Us?"
  • Wayne Pacelle (President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States) – "Our Kinship With Animals"
  • Neal Barnard, M.D. (President of The Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine) – "Power Foods That Help You Thrive"
  • Brenda Davis, R.D. (Co-author of Becoming Vegan) – "Cutting Edge Nutrition"
  • Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now!) -- "How to Feed Democracy"
  • T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (Co-author of The China Study) – "The Science Of Food And Health"
  • Alicia Silverstone – "How To Live A Kind Life"
  • Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H. – "Standing Up To The Food Industry"
  • John and Ocean Robbins – "Igniting A Food Revolution"
  • ... and more!
Please check out the website to learn more. Thanks, and have a great week!

I know I've posted the link to the website three times already in this post, but here it is again, just in case you missed it: http://foodrevolutionsummit.org/. As you can tell, I'm really excited about this conference! ;)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wite-Out is VEGAN (apparently)

Hello everyone,
Recently I contacted BIC, the creator of the liquid paper Wite-Out, to check if their correction products (including Wite-Out and other correction fluids, correction tapes, correction pens, etc.) are free of animal products and animal testing. Here was their reply:
 
"Thank you for your recent email.
"All BIC correction products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients and the products are not tested on animals.
"Please visit our website for more information on our products at www.bicworld.com.
"Thank you for your inquiry."
 
Please keep in mind that I only asked them about their "correction" products-- I don't know if their regular pens and other things contain animal ingredients. But it certainly is nice to know that Wite-Out is vegan!
Have a nice week! ;)