Since my last calculation, that same tap has upscaled it's waste mega-fold. I believe it was previously dripping at approximately 14cups/hour. Two days ago I measured it to be dripping an astonishing 22cups/hour or 12045gallons/year! The other tap in our kitchen is at a constant 3cups/hour and 1642.5gallons/year.
There's a tiny patch of trees that rest between the Island Hwy and Metral Drive in North Nanaimo. This is an area I pass several times a day on my way home. I've seen people from the neighbouring houses use it as a dumping zone for yard waste. McDonald's and Tim Horton's litter the outer-skirts and there's a wide trail that winds through it.
This change is in addition to my change "Help Plant 1000 Trees". I figure that in order to assure the health of the forest I want to plant, I need to help maintain the health of current local forest patches. My mission is to set out and pick up litter in the little neglected patches of forests that run through Nanaimo, areas that are littered by neighbours and nightly teenage strolls.
Bring any mobile phone, battery or accessory, irrespective of carrier, into your local Telus store, and they'll plant a tree for FREE!
Starting next week I will be advertising drop-off locations around Nanaimo for broken and unwanted phones. Help my campaign to plant a new forest in BC this year!
For those of you reading this outside the Regional District of Nanaimo and inspired to lend your support by dropping off your old phones at a Telus location, please drop a comment that you did so and I will add your donation to the total count.
For the next year, I will be working on sewing together hundreds of re-usable grocery bags, re-usable produce and bulk bags as well as re-usable sandwich bags. I will be salvaging as much material as possible from second-hand stores and garage sales, putting together different sized bags with my sewing machine and stitching on a "KGNW" as a reminder. Come "Environmental Week" of 2011, I plan to be handing them out for free at local malls and grocery stores. Promoting a plastic-free tomorrow.
18 locations are now confirmed for Moms on the Move October 28 Provincial Day of Action.
There are 18 actions planned across the province, from Sooke to Prince George, and from Mayne Island to Invermere, with many stops in between. But some local groups are very small and they urgently need your support!
Today we got some great news: the government of British Columbia announced that it would, indeed, keep its promises regarding the region. There's already a piece on the Vancouver Sun's website about the decision:
The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of intact coastal temperate rainforest left on Earth. It's 30,000 square miles--about the size of Austria. 2 years ago, the province of BC committed to protecting this region under a new conservancy. I'm helping to ensure the government keeps its promise.