Friday, October 11, 2013

Sustaining Our World - update

Here's an update on the details for the Sustaining Our World event coming up on October 27th!

For the Sustainability Fair in Gym D from 12-5pm, we have a great variety of people and organizations working towards sustainable solutions to come and share their efforts for our community, so come on down and see all the good happening in our world already!

Join us for hands on activities including a "Beat the Geek" gaming challenge with our friends from Free Geek, a creative recycling craft zone, marimba music fun, map out the green potential of our neighbourhood and enjoy workshops with the Urban Weavers and the Strathcona Green Zone.

If you and your friends or family enjoy a fun challenge, be sure to sign up for the 2nd Annual Britannia Race to Zero Waste which will have teams finding clues and working through activities together as they explore teh positive green world in our neighbourhood!

We'll end the day with a screening of the movie the Clean Bin Project from 7-9pm in the Britannia Secondary Auditorium. This film follows the ultimate zero waste challenge this community has ever seen and is bound to inspire you!

Any money raised from race registrations and donations for the film screening will be used for new green initiatives here at Britannia!

Stay tuned for more details on the event which we will post here as we get closer to the day, and we hope to see you there! :)

Please contact Kathy Whittam if you have any questions or feedback for this event at

the Britannia Race to Zero Waste

The 2nd Annual Britannia Race to Zero Waste is shaping up to be a whole lot of fun for teams ready to race this year!

The race will begin at 2pm and will take approx one hour to complete. From the first challenge that will get you going, and clues that will take you the rest of the way, teams will get to experience adventure and a nice variety of green intitatives in and around our community. There are many opportunities to collect bonus points along the way and the team with the most points at the end of the race wins!!

Extra bonus points will be given to teams that come out for the race with some funky green attire to show their green team spirit (ie Team Gangreen came out for alst years race with great green capes decorated with the mobius loop!), and more bonus points for the group that shares the best green team cheer at the finish line!

"We're keen, we're green, and we leave the world clean!"

The route has been planned, the clues are ready and the challenges are set to go! Think you have a team of green keeners that can complete this amazing race with you?

Sign up now!!

Teams can be 2-3 adults/youth, or up to 4 people if one or more members are under 13yrs old.
(ie we had a team with 2 kids and 2 adults last year)

Cost per team is $20, and only the team captain needs to register.

Here's how:
Register with your online account at for activity "65612.411BR"

or by phone at 604-718-5800(2)

or in person at Britannia either at the Info Centre or Pool cashier.
(if you would like to make a donation to register under $20, this must be paid in person)

Any questions? Please contact Kathy for more info: or 604-718-5860

The Urban Weavers at Sustaining Our World!

The Urban Weavers will be leading free workshops between 1-4 as part of Sustaining Our World Festival! Here are some details for you:

* Joy and Todd will be teaching weaving spiders using English ivy with community - drop-in style so join in the fun anytime!

* Martin will be demonstrating processing flax into linen fibre and making natural dyes from park board green waste

* Sharon Kallis will lead a free (by registration) workshop on costume and disguise “Alternative green costumes”- registration open now:
An introduction to materials and techniques, Learn some basics and get inspired. Leave with a costume piece well underway and the knowledge to finish the project. Focusing on head, neck or shoulder adornment, there will be a group brainstorm on simple costumes. Supplies and tools included, bring along organic materials you would like to include. Ages 16 and up, limited spots.

The Clean Bin Project - screening details

We are very excited to host a screening of the Clean Bin Project to wrap up this years Sustaining Our World event on Oct 27th!
And even more exciting is that we will have Jen and Grant, the film makers here for a Q&A session after the film. :D

Here's the synopsis for the film:

Grant and Jen go head to head in a comedic competition to live zero waste for an entire year. This multiple award winning, festival favourite shares moments of humour, struggle, and hope in the cinematic and creatively executed story of a couple who ask the question “What can an individual do?” Described as a combination of An Inconvenient Truth and Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations, and captivating interviews with TED lecturers Chris Jordan and Captain Charles Moore. A fun and inspiring call to environmental action that speaks to crowds of all ages.

And here's the trailer to give you a taste of what you'll get to see:

This eco challenge, which features many places in East Van, will provide plenty of inspiration and information for all of us who want to reduce our footprints and produce the least amount of waste we can.

Visit their site for more details on the film, and some info on their next documentary coming out in the spring of 2014 called "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" follows their challenge to eat only food that would normally be thrown out while exploring the truth behind 'best before' dates and other strange things about our relationship to food!
The film screening is by donation, and will be held in the Britannia Secondary School Auditorium from 7-9pm.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The grass is greener when you're green :)

Someone left an article in our staff room recently with the sad news that the earth is warming faster than we knew..."read it and weep"

It is so darn easy to get down when the world is so messed up!

But becoming overwhelmed and sitting around doing nothing doesn't make us feel any better, and it doesn't fix the problem. If everyone says "there's nothing we can do!" then we are absolutely right.

So green keeners like me find even the smallest things we can do to try and make a difference. And guess what? This is actually good for you!

Here are 10 reasons why green people are happier. Maybe one or 2 of these can help if you are feeling blue about how red hot things are getting :D

Also don't forget that there are sooooo many people around the world and close to home that are working on solutions to a better world, and if young folks like Boyan Slat keeping building on their ideas, there is hope for us yet - so don't give up!! We may get those oceans cleaned up one day!

Check out this site for your break time viewing and see what I mean. Do you think his plan will work?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Story of Solutions

I have been a big fan of the Story of Stuff Project from the very first video they produced! Today they launched another great one - The Story of Solutions. Enjoy :D
Story of Solutions

Cheers to changing the game and working towards something better! We can do it people!!

Have more time to watch good stuff? Please visit the Story of Stuff web site to check out more of their great videos, such as the Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Make up, and the Story of Change.