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Women & Climate Change…

“The passionate performances from these and other artists – Shakira, Alicia Keys and Madonna among them – were designed to project the Live Earth message across a powerful multimedia platform…to move people to combat the climate crisis”.

The complexity involved in the pursuit of this objective is highlighted by two important points emerging from recent research by the London think-tank, AccountAbility.

First, women are more concerned about global warming than men.

Second, a majority of consumers – in Britain and the US alike – say they are willing to make personal sacrifices to prevent global warming, but only 10% trust the guidance they receive from business, government – or jet-setting celebrities – on this issue.

Live Earth exhorted citizens to “answer the call” and make a commitment by buying low-energy light bulbs, switching off lights and using more public transport. But when the BBC website asked during Live Earth “can people can make a difference?”, the “yes” and “no” votes from nearly 40,000 people were very close.” For more, go here.

hmmm..

Will then women be the leaders of future sustainable development?
How will this affect the way we communicate Climate Change?

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CTV’s Green Report

So I was on CTV’s Green Report today, July 10th. That’s the good news!

The bad news is that I missed it. So if there is anyone who somehow somewhere randomly saw it, and recorded it, let me know.

A big thank you to Cindy Sherwin and her cameraman to spend an hour with me in Chinatown. She is a great journalist.

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Filed under: GreenLife, Press

MIE & Me

As mentioned in the About Me, I am also starting an environmental coalition that brings different cultural communities together with the green movement.

We recently got an article from VOIR. The picture there took Lidia and I half an hour to take. hahhaha!

In French, journalist, Marie-Claude Marsolais, writes about us:

“L’environnement n’a peut-être pas de frontière, il reste que chaque culture voit vert à sa manière. Malgré le travail acharné des groupes environnementaux, ces derniers peinent à rejoindre les communautés culturelles de Montréal. C’est ce qu’a constaté le dernier-né des organismes verts québécois, Mobilisation Interculturelle pour l’Environnement….” for more, see article.

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Recently, Lidia and I started talking. We came up with the idea of organizing a dialogue exchange with all the Eco-Quartiers who work with cultural communities.

Lidia came up with this idea before MIE even started. I came up with the idea after feeling helpless working in Quartier Chinois. Then, we received a comment from someone who works in Eco-Quartier Hochelaga. She congrats us with our MIE initiative, and it seems that she can benefit from our coalition.

It’s good to know that our ideas are not too far off from reality. It’s good to know we are not that crazy.

So if you are working at an Eco-Quartier or interested in this exchange, keep a look out for us at the end of july.

Filed under: MIE

….what happened?

It’s been a while I have updated my blog. Things got really busy after the publish of the Gazette article. More media came: CTV, CBC, RCI, Sino Quebec, La Press Chinoise, Luby Chinese Journal. Then of course, there is also the boycotting incident.

When I feel like I can breathe, it’s already July.

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So what happened? My good friend, Shu Yi, told me that the media comes when you are the busiest. And yes, we were surely packed with activities that fell on our lap.
1) We held kiosks twice in Chinatown,
2) 2 presentations to the elderlys
3) Environmental workshop (on e-waste) at summer leadership camp
4) 1 movie screening

The media attention also led to the questioning of our relationships with all different stakeholders. Things got stressful and complicated, in a good way.

This is a real test to see whether or not multiculturalism and environmentalism will work. The need for partnership from environmental NGOs and local community organizations is essential. One without another is pointless.

Yet, factors such as fundings, ways resources are shared, sense of belonging and loyalty, all suggest the need for different structure.

I want to make it work. Because pollution and climate change will not wait for us.

All I want people to first stop using styrofaom.

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