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Why Green Life in Montreal’s Chinese Community

If you have read the Gazette article, you would understand that the purpose of the Montreal Green Life movement is to create a culturally appropriate environmental strategy to cater for Chinese Montrealers. This is because the current mainstream environmental movement targets mostly the western lifestyle and is not culturally sensitive.

Buying local produce is a popular solution that the green movements proposed. The reason is that buying foreign imported foods require long-distance transportation, which creates air pollution and uses energy, and chemicals for preservation. However, this solution may not necessarily apply to the Chinese community, or any other cultural communities for that matter.

This is because eating/cooking Chinese food and buying Chinese products are essential to our Chinese lifestyles and cultural identity. As Chinese, this solution does not make sense. Fortunately, there are more and more local chinese stores and manufacturers producing chinese products for our local community. This is great because it’s good for our economy and the environment.

This is why Green Life was born – in hope to find an approach and eco-solutions that can be tailored to the Chinese lifestyle. We aim to increase greener practices within the Chinese community while not compromising our standard of living.

Our emphasis has always been the environmental progress in Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. And we encourage that, as overseas Chinese, we should starting doing something at our local community.

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It’s not leadership, it’s admin.

Lately, I begin to reflect on my style of leadership.

And I have to say, after working at the daycare for some time, it has taught me this: Encouragement, empowerment and respect, work a lot better than negative reinforcement. Sound simple? In reality, it’s a lot harder to do.

I don’t know how I am doing so far. But today I had a great Green Life meeting. I can see people’s faces lighten up when fun and crazy ideas and suggestions were exchanged. Creativity were bouncing in the air. That’s what I want – an organic team.

I realize that leadership = being a good administrator so that the team can focus on the projects in which they take much pride. I guess this means that I will be doing the minutes from now on…. =(

Take a look at Margaret J. Wheatley’s book, “Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time”. I got the ideas from her.

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where do we start? individual or corporation?

Personally, I have always believed in every single individual’s effort will make a difference. Our earth’s pollution is simply the sum of each individual’s carelessness.

But lately, I have been getting a sense of powerlessness from the people I talk to (at the kiosk). It seems that unless we get the commercials and government to impose environmental rules on us, nothing will happen.

China Dialogue has begun to look at the politics of consumerism. It asks “Is shopping the new politics? Can young people really take responsibility for climate change? Will celebrity culture turn green?”

Take a look: http://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/1042-What-is-Cooler-Living-

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Inconvenient Truth… with chinese subtitles

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Where am i Now?

I have started a project with Sierra Club of Canada called Green Life 綠色生命
I am starting an NGO called Intercultural Movement for the Environment (MIE – in french).
I am working at Eco-Quartier to implement recycling in Montreal’s Chinatown; the job involves surveying their current waste management situation.

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