Today is blog action day, and this year’s topic is Poverty. We are invited to interpret this subject in any way we see fit, and DOSOMEGREEN.com has decided to separate our entry into 3 sections. Here goes:

How-to Reduce the Sting of Poverty for Others:

5) Finance a micro-loan for entreprenuers in third world nations. This will make an enormous difference in communities overseas, and loans can for as little as $25. Links to micro-loan organizations: www.ARCrelief.org, www.Kiva.org and www.OptINnow.org.

 4) Volunteer your time at a soup kitchen, food or clothing drive.

3) Sponsor a child. This could provide food, clothing, educational costs and medication for children in other countries who need it. Links to organizations that take care of the needs of children in developing nations include: www.worldvision.ca, www.plancanada.ca, and www.soschildrensvillages.ca .

2) Sign a petition to increase low-income housing in your community, hot lunch programs in public schools, and increased funding for Not-for-profits that help get the homeless off the streets.

1) Carry granola bars, food gift certificates, hats, gloves, scarves and/or juice boxes and distribute those instead when asked for change on the streets.

How-to Keep More Cash in Your Pockets in Light of Harsh Economic Times:

5) Consult a financial planner

4) Shop around. Never take the first quote for what you want–there is almost always a better deal out there. Research prices online to save gas, then make your purchase while you are already out doing other errands to cut back on green house emissions and gas money.

3) Eat at home instead of getting fast-food. It’s healthier and you will save money. Strapped for time? Prepare meals ahead of time, freeze them, and then heat them up when its time to chow down. Bring bag lunches to work instead of paying for food at the cafeteria or nearby restaurants, and store in a reusable lunch bag in order to reduce waste and save dough.

2) Buying a home? Get a fixed rate mortgage. In times of economic uncertainty, it is best to be able to budget for what you will need rather than take a gamble.

1) Use your credit card only when absolutely necessary–ie, when ordering online or in an emergency. As a general rule, if you don’t have the money in the bank, then you can’t afford what you’re buying.

Increase Your Awareness: Media that Deals with Poverty

5) Book: Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference, by Shannon Daley-Harris and Karen Speerstra. Self-explanitory. To order, click here.

4) Movie: Waging a Living (2005). Directed by: Edward Rosenstein and Roger Weisberg. Covers the plight of America’s working poor and the struggles they face. To order, click here.

3) Book: The No-Nonsense Guide to World Poverty, by Jeremy Seabrook. (2007). Challenges thinking on poverty, and the idea that the solution to poverty is wealth, rather than sufficiency and security.

2) Music: The Care for Haiti Music Project. This collaboration brings together artists from around the globe performing world music. The project’s founder is Wyclef Jean, and all sale proceeds go towards the eradication of AIDS, poverty and Illiteracy in the Haitian community. Participating artists include, but are not limited to: Akon, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Natasha Beddingfield, Willy Nelson, Sinead O’Connor, The Black-Eyed Peas and Santana. To pre-order your copy, click here.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

October 12, 2008

We wanted to kick off this year’s holiday season by saying Happy Thanksgiving Canada! The holidays, especially, are a time to give back. Here are a few tips to do some green this season:
10) Utilize public transportation. Traffic is always horrible on these special days, and you don’t want to be driving anyway. Why not hop on the Go-train or Greyhound this weekend? You’ll save on gas money and on ozone depletion. Or;
9) Carpool to family get-togethers. Increase that holiday feeling and earn your spot in the carpool lane.
8 ) Cook with organic ingredients. Support the anti-pesticide market and keep your family healthy. If you’ve never had free-range turkey, now’s the time to try it.
7) Purchase your pumpkin pie at a local fruit stand or farmers market to stimulate your local economy.
6) Wash your Thanksgiving China with enviro-friendly dish soap available at http://PristinePlanet.com
5)Compost your leftover brussel sprouts and give your garden some extra nutrients before winter.
4)Locate a soup kitchen where you can volunteer or drop off your leftovers, or;
3)Make leftover turkey sandwhiches, take your family downtown and hand them out to those who need them.
2)Build community and offer to rake a neighbour’s lawn–or do so in secret to build good karma.
1)If you’ve been drinking, make sure you are definitely in condition to drive home at the end of the night–if not, repeat steps 1 or 2 and carpool or take public transportation.

Any ideas of how to have a greener holiday season? Leave a comment! Add something to the world–do some green!

Canada Federal Election

October 7, 2008

Sometimes wading through the political jargon of different parties and trying to sew together a coherent picture of what a future would look like with each one can make even the most conscientious of us want to hide under the covers and skip election day altogether. Voting is a valued right and privilege, but aside from that, it’s also a responsibility. It is so vital that those of us who live in this country make the effort to elect leaders who will shape this country into something we can be proud of, and take care of the issues that matter most. We’re attempting to take some of the guesswork out of it for you, so that when election day rolls around you’re armed with the knowledge you need to change your country. VOTE on October 14! Add something to the world. . .

DOSOMEGREEN.com provides this information in a strictly educational capacity. The views of these parties aren’t necessarily our own. We aim to provide information on Canada’s political parties so that voters can make an informed decision. In the name of objectivity, all information on this page is quoted directly from the web-sites of the parties—some have been adapted for length. Any additional information can be found at the web-sites provided. We attempted to give equal coverage to all parties, but some had more information than others, which is why our coverage may seem uneven. Please email us your questions or comments about the parties/issues below, or leave a comment on our blog.

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