Celebrate our vast, complex, interconnected, beautiful environment

For the past 45 years, Canadians have marked the week of June 5 as Environment Week and taken the opportunity to talk about being green – but why do we do it?

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Our environment isn’t just the air we breathe and the water we drink, it’s the plankton that provide oxygen, it’s the bats that reduce pest species, and it’s the worms that make the soil more fertile. It’s a complex web of relationships between all the life with which we share the planet Continue reading

Mulch ado about pumpkins

Backyard CompostWe can’t deny our love affair with pumpkins. Every fall we find them in pies, cookies, lattes, and even beer. And yesterday Alberta’s doorsteps were decorated with some of the spoookiest and scariest carved pumpkins around. So now that the trick or treating is done, what do we do with our favorite jack o’lantern and his seedy entrails?

Many a pumpkin ends up in the landfill, but that’s not the best resting place for our biodegradable pals. It can take years for a pumpkin to degrade in a landfill, where it slowly decomposes and gives off greenhouse gases.

Now that all the little ghouls and ghosts have had collected their share of candy and the festivities are done, try tossing ol’ Jack in your backyard compost bin so he can help cultivate some friends for next year. Continue reading