I gave my $100 to WCEL as they are there day in and day out providing legal support and policy analysis, at a provincial scale, to support a more informed community. My next cheque will go to the Coquitlam Civic League, a fledging group to do the same at a local level.
I had million ideas on how to spend my $100. Ultimately I have donated it to the Dogwood Initiative organization to help with their campaign to stop oil tankers coming to our coastal waters.
And then I started working on my zero mile diet initiative: my own garden.
Having wildlife here in Coquitlam, and small property, I have decided to build a decent sized vegetable garden on top of a shed I started to build. Sounds crazy, but it works. Excess water is drained to a rain barrel and used to water the lot. 70% of the building materials are reclaimed wood. Pure goodness.
Only caveat is watering and harvesting is done via climbing a ladder - but that is a detail I am not fretting over! :)
Hope this inspires others to partake in DYI projects that lower your carbon footprint and help you deal with the food crisis that is looming on the horizon.
Name:Dr. Michael R. Angel
I have been trying to decide which of many laudable projects I would support with the $100 rebate from the Campbell government. Finally, I decided that like so many things, action needs to start at home, so I decided to support a local environmental organization with a proven track record. The centre provides local people and visitors a first hand opportunity to observe the diverse ecosystems and habitats in the Okanagan, and learn why the valley is considered "one of the three most endangered ecological regions in Canada," through a series of interpretive displays, programs and restoration projects. Most significantly, the centre works with local schools so that upcoming generations can be made aware, and in turn, influence their parents to become more responsible.
While I have enjoyed their displays at the centre proper, and taken my grandchildren to visit it, and have personally benefited from the Mud Lake restoration project in my neighbourhood, which we visit regularly, I have put off volunteering myself. Since I realize that more than money is needed to meet the challenges we face, I have decided that in addition to providing the $100 to help sponsor their programs, I will also join their volunteers in some capacity.
I will send SPEC a cheque for $100 towards this and other projects that they are involved in. I have taken a few courses from them like worm composting and community gardening. Their projects are basic and valuable.
Know what? I'm going to award myself Campbell's $100. I don't own a car, and my carbon footprint is minute. I live on a tight budget, and that $100 will come in handy when I need to buy bus tickets, tune up my bike and/or borrow a car from the Co-operative Auto Network, of which I've been a member since 2002.
$20.00 to save the Marmot Society/love those little critters!
$20.00 to Fraser Valley Humane Society/love that they save cats!
$60.00 towards new walking shoes as I walk to work and moved closer to work so I could do so.
Name:Industry vs. the Individual
2/3 of the carbon emissions come from industry and 1/3 from individuals.
This $100 puts 2/3 of the money back to the individual (the smallest emissions perpetrators) with no accountability on how they are going to spend the money.
How is the other 1/3 of this tax going to be spent? There is no strategic plan to work with industry on how to reduce their emissions.
I don't see a lot of logic in this program.
This is a sad time indeed.
If everyone were to commit their $100 to housing, then with $40 million we'd have enough to build housing for all the homeless, who not only roam the streets of Victoria and Vancouver, but who live throughout the province. I have donated my check to the "Housing Project" c/o of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, 5575 West Saanich Road, Victoria, V9E 2G1.
Personally, I believe the ONLY way to make the changes necessary in a flawed government proposal is to put the money where the decisions that are made can be reversed OR where better decisions are made. If I give my $100.00 to a political party that has the chance to make the necessary changes, that donation will only cost me $25.00. I get back $75.00 dollars on my income tax, which still leaves me with the cash I need to replace every light bulb in my home. I get almost double the bang for my dollars!
As a kid, I grew up in Vancouver chasing and catching Pacific Treefrogs... a beautiful native amphibian found in our City and region.
Alas, with the growth of our city, many (if not all) of our native frogs' natural habitats have been landfilled and developed over.
In addition, alien (invasive) predatory bullfrogs have been decimating our indigenous treefrog population through predation.
I have been collecting native frog eggs and tadpoles and raising them up as young froglets for the past little while...giving them all a better chance of survival, then re-releasing these beautiful creatures back into it's native habitat.
With the $100 Campbell cash, I've bought a few more used Aquarium tanks to raise even more tadpoles for the repopulation of Vancouver's remaining water bodies and detention ponds!
Look out mosquitoes and look out quiet evenings!... our native singing treefrog will return!