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廢物的處理和回收

現在廢物問題有多嚴重?
加拿大空氣很好,環境很舒服。但是我們看不到加國其實是一個很浪費的國家, 加國在製造廢物方面,是全世界排第一,反而美國排第二。這是以城市廢物對GDP的比率來計算的。國內,quebec是全國製造廢物最多的省分,每一分鐘 製造20噸的廢物。

那麼,Montreal是怎樣處理我們的廢物?
處理廢物是一個很頭痛的問題。不單堆填區越來越滿,地方越來越少,管理一個堆填區也很花人力和物力,因需要時常視察堆填區有否做成環境破壞,如放出對人體有害的污染物,或污染地下水道和土地。所以不是所有廢物可隨手丟去,有一些是屬於危險垃圾另,需經過特別處理。另外,堆填區放出的甲烷和運輸廢物的車輛對全球暖化業也有很大影響。在2002年,quebec 放出又如2.4憶的車的CO2;收集Montreal其中一個的堆填區,Pierrefond,每天就有120的運輸廢物的車輛出出入入這地區,這需使用很多汽油,放出很多CO2,和影響當地居民的生活。照這趨勢,垃圾只會越來越貴的。

那我們可以怎樣幫忙呢?
第一步是減廢和做一個綠色消費者,其次才是做回收。
買耐用的产品, 不追求潮流,選择高品质、耐用及可以升级或附加配件的产品
少拿塑膠袋,出去時記得带环保袋,Quebec每年使用15憶個膠袋。
避免使用不可降解的一次性器皿
避免购买過度包装的商品
買綠色产品,如100﹪的再用紙,有機t-shirt or produce, 天然降解的垃圾袋。
最後,盡量買可以回收的包装商品。

那麼,說說回收吧!其實回收是否一個好辦法?
因處理廢物將會是越來越貴,循環再造是解決這問題的其中的一種方法。另外的方法是減廢,現在不少國家向市民以廢物的重量來收費。加國也開始從這方面發展,例如多倫多定限每家戶廢物數量,積極地推廣回收和堆肥,節省了一千六百萬加元。
但是很多人也問到循環再造過程中,是否製造更多污染呢?某程到上是對的。循環再造不是最好的解決辦法, 因過程中需消耗很多能源。它的作用是減少人類對有限天然資源的需求和廢物堆填區的依賴。所以最好的仍是減廢,從我們每天生活點點滴滴中減少垃圾,減少我們對地球的壓力。

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Filed under: GreenLife, information

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

….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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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.

Filed under: EcoQ, GreenLife, MIE