What do libraries have to do with environmentalism? A ton! Trust me, public libraries are some of the coolest places and organizations—and librarians are some of the coolest people. I know this because, well, I am one (sort of)!
I have my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from UBC, and although I don’t use my degree in my daily life (except by reading books to my son), I absolutely loved my time in grad school and learned so much.
If you haven’t been to your local library since story time as a kid, it’s time to pay it another visit. Keep reading to learn why you should definitely fall back in love with your local public library.
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I was fortunate to hear about BPA way back in 2010ish, when the “scandal” (I’ll call it) first broke. I was fresh out of undergrad and was working at part-time at a health food store, with a part-time editorial internship at a natural health magazine (alive). No surprise: I was hearing about BPA left, right, and centre. At the store, I spoke to concerned customers about it. At the magazine, I edited articles about it by science writers, which meant fact-checking everything by reading scientific articles. I was in BPA-land!
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It’s a huge question: how can we evaluate companies, and which ones are best? How can we tell the difference between a company that’s doing good, and one that’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Sometimes it’s harder to judge than we think, and we’ve probably all fallen victim to marketing at one point or another. I know I have!
In the following paragraphs, I’ve attempted to put together a few tips and strategies for evaluating brands and becoming conscious consumers. We’re talking about greenwashing and corporate social responsibility here, so it’s a huge, and often confusing, topic!
Please note that these are general tips, and there will always be exceptions to these rules. Still, hopefully, these strategies will help serve as guiding principles.
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Today I’m getting serious by tackling a big question. When it comes to the climate crisis, what’s more important: individual action or collective action? Here’s my take on the issue.
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I never imagined that straws could be a controversial topic. I thought that plastic straws were 100% evil and straw bans were 100% good. However, I’ve since learned that the situation is much more complicated.
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