Why is America telling me this?

Almost 2 weeks ago a pipeline spill occurred in Alberta, Canada just south of Fort McMurray.
My only knowledge of this occurred when checking my inbox… What the hell, Canada?

Why have I not heard ANYTHING about this in Canadian news & media?  (to be fair, I haven’t checked CBC)

An American source sent me the email and THAT is how I heard about this! I’m appalled by us Canadians. Where have our values gone?!?
Nation of Change, an entirely non-profit American news source that encourages honest journalism about real issues that are not being covered by mainstream media was created because corporations buy mainstream news agencies and filter/sensor most of the news.
e.x. CP24, owned by Bell Media.
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The oil industry is so big, and with so much at stake for politicians (Harper loves his liquid dinosaurs and is still pushing new pipelines) and corporations.  I am sure covering something so close to home during a time of record-forest fires in Saskatchewan AND THE ELECTIONS is not the best move. When spills happen in California, along the Gulf Coast or in Asia, its o.k. to report: We are removed from the issue because it “does not directly affect us” making the news more sensational as opposed to catastrophic.

So what happened?

 “[…] the largest pipeline spill in the province in 35 years, when a 54,000 barrel oil spill became Canada’s worst-ever pipeline incident.”SourceAustralia's Great Barrier Reef

& This is not the only issue that has come up recently.

“Meanwhile, Alberta is not the only place where oil spills are demanding attention. Halfway around the world in Australia, a potential oil spill was found on Friday along the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef, an especially delicate ecosystem and World Heritage Site, has come under multiple stressors in recent years, including development, fossil fuel export, and climate change.” – Source

Australia has been extorted by fossil fuel exporters for a long time. With major detrimental effects on the quality of life for people and animals on the island. If you want to know more, watch the documentary I blogged about in  Fracking Our Lives Away

As shocked as I am, I’m not surprised.

These kind of events remind me to keep my eyes open and my mind constantly questioning, asking for more answers. It is our responsibility to take care of this planet. If we leave major decisions and law-making to a select few sociopaths, the next few generations may not have a planet worth living on.

I will leave you with my mantra, in the words of my favorite band ever: Free Thinkers are Dangerous.

xx Arisetotrash

This Agenda’s new life – 1

GO GREEN #1

Become an informed consumer. Research green claims made by companies you regularly support/buy from. Ask questions like:

Do they test on animals? What kind of energy do they use to power their factories? Is your tuna dolphin-friendly?

Then find out the answers!

Free thinkers are dangerous, especially to big companies. Once you can make informed decisions about what you want to support with the purchases you make, you will become their worst nightmare. I promise.


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SWAP/DROP V2.0 — DID YOU SAY FREE??

On Saturday, July 25  the second ever SWAP/DROP will be taking over the southwest side of Bellevue Park!! (Kensington Market, fyi)

It runs from
11:30am -6 :30pm

We will have an ArtSpace set up for people of all ages to make crafts, hang out and get creative in whatever way you’d like plus of course, the Swap/Drop :]

  •  Give/Get free stuff
  • Work on projects with some really creative people (maybe I can host a workshop or two)
  • Play music
  • Have FREE FUN

OFFICIAL GROUP: SWAP/DROP  (join to stay updated or volunteer for the next one)
++Share this event with your friends!


We had such a great time hearing your stories, painting pinecones and doing scavenger hunts with you! A big thanks to everyone who was so supportive of this idea. I hope to see you back again :]

Keep in mind, the Swap/Drop wasn’t only created to have free fun and get free stuff. I created this to inspire others to think differently about unnecessary consumerism and the role we play in waste management.

If we buy less, share more & think differently about what is considered junk, we can limit lots of waste ending up in the dump and make cool art/furniture at the same time.
Who knows, maybe the best things in life really are free.

♥A.R.T.T.
EveryonesPainting-June 6-Swapdrop

A painting lots of people added paint to on June 6th, 2015 – the first Swap/Drop

This Agenda’s new life – 3

GO GREEN #3

Educate your family and friends about what it means to live sustainably.

what does living sustainably mean!?

Using Earth’s natural resources carefully and responsibly to make sure they will be available for future use. Always consider the next 7 generations and how they will be affected by the choices you make today.


What’s going on? Agenda Resurrected!
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Earth-Friendly Renovation and Construction (podcast)

Green Renovation and Construction

This podcast will teach you a bit about ways to renovate/rebuild your space while keeping the earth in mind. There are so many ways to be green — they’ll save you $$$ in the future.

Podcast Link: LISTEN HERE

Source: OFFICIAL WEBPAGE / SCRIPT


Check it out!

how to: propagate aloe vera leaves

Arisetotrash:

Honey as a rooting hormone! Who would have known?!?

Originally posted on Hello, Scarlett Blog:

AloeVera1Last November, I published a post on the growth of my first and only Aloe Vera plant. I learned that if properly cared for, these wondrous cacti can live for decades, and many of you had stories to share of such activity. I was simply amazed!

Before owning an Aloe Vera plant, my knowledge on greenery in general was immensely lacking. This included not knowing what the word propagate meant. Over the last few years, many of my own succulents have come and gone (meaning I bought and accidentally killed them), but this lone plant has continued on, flourishing under my amateur watch. Having just had to repot it into a larger home, I knew that the day was fast approaching that I would also have to remove some of its leaves. To this new feat, I was extremely apprehensive. So I studied up on it, and this is how…

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DIY Fly Trap – put an end to nasty pests – FREE

Arisetotrash:

An interesting, chemical-free way to catch excess flies in your backyard.

Not a bad idea, Sunnysleevez!

Originally posted on Sunny Sleevez:

DIY FLY TRAP

We spend a lot of time outside & one of our big challenges with outdoor living are a huge quantity disgusting flies!

In the past I’ve bought traps and bait (that smelled foul) & they have been really helpful.

However I have found a great DIY solution to keep the population down and best of all you can make this fly trap yourself from used plastic bottles which appeals muchly to my reusing ethos and also makes it FREE!

Here is a method to make an efficient fly trap from one of your used plastic water bottles.

This is great for all sorts of domestic flies, blow flies and fruit flies

Materials: scissors, a hacksaw or sharp knife and some packing or electric tapediy fly trap before

BAIT- a small chunk of meat chopped into the water will attract blowflies or a small amount of cat/dog poo with a little water. This will cook…

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This Agenda’s new life – 32

GO GREEN #32

Look through the IUCN Red List (www.iucnredlist.org) to discover the status of species you find interesting.

New Zealand Sea Lions – Endangered

Striated Bush Frog – Endangered

Chain Moray – Least Concern

Franklin Tree – Extinct in the Wild

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