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new David Suzuki Foundation website


I'm claiming bragging rights and motherly pride in sharing news about what our daughter Erika has been working on for many months. Now launched, it's the new website for the David Suzuki Foundation! It's still a work in progress, she says, with more work ahead refining and adding features and responding to public input. Read all about it on Erika's blog and please visit the DSF site in-depth for inspiring articles on how even small acts can make a difference on "environmental issues, sustainability and health."

Most Canadians know geneticist Dr. David Suzuki who has been our environmental hero far longer than Al Gore! I may have mentioned him the first time on this blog on an earth day post. He's probably best known through his thirty decades long broadcasting career with programs like The Nature of Things, (such as the one on crows recently) and science films such as The Geologic Journey series I wrote about last year.

As a family, we've taken different steps such as composting for over 35 years, but our Erika still nudges us in the right direction now and then. Not long ago, she suggested I not buy regular cocoa because it's harvested using child labour. Despite the extra cost, I now feed my addiction with a fair trade organic choice along with the fair trade coffee I've already been buying. We're not perfect but it all helps!

I hope you enjoy browsing through the new website for the David Suzuki Foundation. I'm proud of Erika's graphic design work and her deep commitment to the cause and so very pleased for her that she loves her job!

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photo credit: Nelson Agustin

Marja-Leena | 07/11/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Environment


9 comments

Cocoa? Nah, I won't be drinking that until I'm at least fifteen years older. But coffee's another matter. Don't you have Fairtrade? Even our most rapacious supermarket sells coffee (and other things) from Fairtrade sources. Having tried Kenya, Costa Rica and the rest, I ended up preferring Colombian coffee and - amazingly - the drug lords take time off from killing each other to ensure I can buy Fairtrade coffee from them. Colombia's second most important export it says on the ads.

RR - oops, I meant fair not free trade... and have corrected the said text! And I should be buying shade grown too but can't always get that one in my local store! Yes, cocoa, a healthier substitute than most chocolate since I can sweeten with healthy stevia. A real treat is both coffee and cocoa for a delicious mocha with full organic cream. Who says healthy can't be delicious? Did you know Colombia's top export products are crude oil, coal and petroleum - not so healthy for our environment, hmm?

I loved David Suzuki's program on TV. How exciting for you and your daughter. Now to look at the web site.

congratulations to Erika for doing this good work. The DSF website is amazing! Suzuki is a source of inspiration for many of us, and has been for years. What would we do without his voice clamouring about all sorts of environmental concerns?

Enjoy your cocoa. Each small ethical step we take feeds our soul while making change one sip at a time.

Hattie, thanks, hope you enjoy the site!

Taina, I've just had my evening cup of cocoa before a last check here for the night... thank you for the positive comments!

That's good news and David Suzuki is someone I well remember even though I've been in the US for three decades.

Your daughter is lovely and seems to have very good taste.

Susan, thanks for the lovely comments! I'm amazed you still remember David Suzuki.

I love her T-shirt!

R, I do too! I think one might still be able to get one from DSF, should anyone be interested...