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3k Posts
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Amazed by the INDIGENOUS! 🔊 UPHOLD Free, Prior & Informed CONSENT. 👥 PROTECT Indigenous Cultures! 💗 POSTPARTUM Support 🌺 Plants HEAL!
"In today’s golden age of cancer research, experimental therapies are curing tough-to-treat cancers like never before. But a child’s chances of receiving a potentially life-saving treatment may depend on whether he or she lives in the province where a clinical trial is taking place. ###### A group of advocates for pediatric cancer patients have made it their mission to change that. Their proposal to Health Canada, released Thursday, calls for $15-million in funding over five years to cover out-of-province medical costs associated with clinical trials for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. # “I want Canadian children to have fair access to trials and treatments, no matter where they live in Canada or how much money their families have,” said Helena Kirk, a 12-year-old leukemia survivor who helped spearhead the proposal with support from cancer organizations, pediatric oncologists and researchers across the country. # Each year, about 3,800 Canadian children, adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer. Standard treatments can cure roughly 80 per cent of pediatric patients, according to one of the signatories of the proposal, Meredith Irwin, a staff oncologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. # But the remaining 20 per cent, who suffer from recurrent metastatic cancers, have a dismal prognosis, she said. “Very few of them survive.”..." # # #awareness #humanrights #morethan4 #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodleukemia #kidsgetcancertoo #cancersucks #canada150 #Canada #toronto #vancouver #edmonton #calgary #ontario #britishcolumbia #rhabdomyosarcoma #government #canadian #gogoldforchildhoodcancer #hero #spreadlove #spreadkindness #chemosucks
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"Dozens of Canadian-made or imported products, including baby bibs, mats and blankets, contain chemicals with known links to cancer and hormone-related illnesses, according to a study by the NAFTA environmental protection agency. ###### Two-thirds of 137 items tested contained perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), both banned in Canada and internationally. # The chemicals are known to disrupt the endocrine system, which controls the body's hormonal functions. Longtime exposure to the compounds has been linked to cancer, liver and thyroid illnesses, and can cause reproductive damage. # Of the Canadian-made and imported items tested by scientists at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) — an intergovernmental partnership between Canada, the United States and Mexico — the study found that all six baby bibs in the study contained either PFOA or PFOS, or both, as well as eight other possibly harmful perfluorinated compounds. # Tests on all four waterproof baby mats, pads and blankets; all 11 children's jackets; nine of out 10 waterproof pants; and all 20 adult jackets in the study also revealed at least one perfluorinated chemical..." # # #awareness #humanrights #Canada #canadian #vancouver #toronto #ottawa #ontario #halifax #edmonton #madeincanada #calgary #winnipeg #regina #fredericton #britishcolumbia #vancouverisland #canada150 #children #government #teething #babyfood #hungrybaby #babyblanket #waterproof
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"A group of First Nations in British Columbia are moving to tame the morel mushroom picking industry, long known for its "wild west" character, governed only by fluctuating prices driven by culinary demand and the natural forces that control supply. ####### The Secwépemc Nation, led by six communities, has moved to control the expected morel picking rush on its traditional territory by requiring pickers and buyers to obtain permits before taking part in the lucrative harvest. # Last year's Elephant Hill wildfire, which burned about 191,865 hectares, created prime conditions for a potentially massive morel crop.  # Morel mushrooms are a gourmet delicacy and a large influx of pickers and buyers who follow the prized mushrooms with the ferocity of Klondike-era prospectors is expected this year. # The Secwépemc nation is requiring three permits for the morel harvest on the territory — $20 for a picking permit, $500 for a buyers permit and $30 to access a designated campsite. # The nation wants harvesters to use designated campsites as their base of operations to lessen the environmental impact on the post-burn environment..." # # #awareness #humanrights #morelmushrooms #wildfood #morelmushroomhunting #firstnations #indigenousfood #Indigenous #harvest #britishcolumbia #kamloops #vancouver #government #land #environment #wayoflife #mushrooms #foraging #forage #wildfire
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"It’s an old government trick to force Indigenous communities to fight the same issue over and over, even when they suffer the destructive effects of environmental illness, as with the Anishinaabe of Grassy Narrows.  ####### Many of the residents in the tiny First Nations community outside Kenora in northern Ontario suffer from neurological impairment and disabilities that often lead to early death. # Experts, including researchers from Japan who have travelled to the community, attribute the symptoms to clear-cut logging and paper mill operations that have poisoned local water supplies with mercury since the 1960s. # Last June, the Ontario governmentpledged $85 million to clean up the mess caused by what then Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray described as “gross neglect.” # But the money, which was to be kept in trust, has yet to materialize. That’s another trick governments play on First Nations – once they can’t ignore or deny a problem any more, the usual tactic is to delay promised funding. # “We know the only way to keep governments accountable is to keep the pressure on: through assessments, through cleanups, through land acknowledgements, through talk of changed relationships.”..." # # #awareness #humanrights #firstnations #Indigenous #environment #ontario #toronto #government #corruption #canada150 #Canada #canadian #decolonize #water #pollution #poison #wayoflife #anishinaabe #vancouver #britishcolumbia #winnipeg #edmonton #lakesuperior #lakeerie #survival #culture #racism
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"Straddling the interface of land and sea, mangrove forests are of two worlds. Their branches provide homes for lizards, snakes and nesting birds, while their roots, when submerged, become protective nurseries for baby fish and sanctuaries for marine mammals. ###### Mangroves also provide a slew of benefits for coastal human communities. They act as storm barriers, protecting inland areas from flooding and erosion by dissipating the energy of big waves. They help filter river water of pollutants and trap excess sediment before it reaches the ocean. Their role as fish nurseries can have big impacts on local economies and food production. # Although they’re only found in tropical areas and cover an estimated 140,000 square kilometers– less than 3 percent the extent of the Amazon rainforest – mangroves are powerhouses when it comes to carbon storage. Studies indicate that, pound for pound, mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests can. Most of this carbon is stored in the soil beneath mangrove trees. # The study, published recently in Environmental Research Letters, finds mangrove soil held around 6.4 billion metric tons of carbon in 2000. This is dramatically higher than previous estimates that pegged the carbon content of mangroves (both soil and biomass) at around 4.19 billion metric tons. # The results also indicate that between 2000 and 2015, up to 122 million tons of this carbon was released due to mangrove forest loss..." # # #awareness #environment #nat#naturelovers #nature #mangrove #saltwater #ocean #miami #floridakeys #keybiscayne #jakarta #java #shore #tidal #water #pollution #science #research #citylife #coast #sustainability #climatechange
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"The continuous flow of dangerous pollution from B.C.’s Elk Valley coal mines into a Montana watershed is a top discussion item for Canadian and U.S.delegates convening at a bilateral meeting in Washington, D.C., Thursday. ###### Selenium from five metallurgical coal mines owned and operated by Teck Resources has been leaching into B.C.’s Elk River and flowing southeast into Montana’s Kootenai River watershed for decades. Contamination levels measured in U.S. waters exceeds maximum concentration limits outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. # Selenium is released from waste rock piled at Teck’s large-scale open-pit coal mines, where rainfall and snowmelt draw it into the Elk and Fording Rivers. Selenium can be harmful to biological organisms at even small amounts and causes deformities in fish and birds. # Teck was the single largest donor to theBC Liberal party, which governed B.C. for 16 years until last year. Between 2008 and 2017, the company gave $1.5 million to the BC Liberals. The company also donated $60,000 to the B.C. NDP in that same period. # The reality of Teck’s selenium problems have unfolded over the last decade as the company has tried — unsuccessfully — to introduce an effective water treatment facility..." # # #awareness #humanrights #britishcolumbia #vancouver #water #Canada #westcoast #montana #pollution #environment #yellowstone #billingsmontana #missoula #seattle #profit #government #epa #ndp #eastvan #washingtonstate #idaho #fish #selenium
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"You see them on every street corner in Germany: collection bins for old clothes. Day after day, they swallow up the items we discard — and we discard a lot. In Germany, 75 percent of old clothes end up in these containers. ####### But what's convenient for us is becoming a problem for people elsewhere. The majority of our old clothes are shipped abroad — to Asia and Africa, for example. # What will happen, though, if people there decide they don't want our old clothes anymore? Several East African countries have recently announced that they wanted to stop receiving old clothes. # This congestion is just a symptom of the real problem: fast fashion. We're consuming too quickly, and too much. Over the past 15 years, the sale of clothing worldwide has doubled, whereas the average life of an item of clothing has dramatically decreased. Clothes are usually not even kept for a year. # Low prices effectively encourage this behavior. Although the price we pay in the shop is low, the price paid by the environment is enormous. # Textile production worldwide creates more than a billion tons of CO2 per year. That's more than all international flights and shipping combined. On top of this comes the pollution of the seas by microplastics from textile fibers and the use of poisonous chemicals..." # # #awareness #humanrights #fashion #consumerism #sustainability #clothes #clothing #fastfashion #environment #pollution #madeinchina #zerowaste #plasticpollutes #cheap #ecofashion #ecofriendly #oldnavy #gap #forever21 #guess #water #indonesia #winners #abercrombie #jeans #shoes
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"How many women actually know their tampons and pads may have plastic in them? Unlike food products, there is no legal compulsion to list ingredients on their packaging, although most of this information is available online. - Pads, the product favoured around the world, can in some cases be made up of about 90% plastic - containing as much as four supermarket bags. Tampons are predominantly cotton and rayon but have components made up of polyester materials. Many come individually wrapped with plastic applicators. - The average woman is estimated to use, and throw away, in excess of 10,000 of these in her menstrual lifetime. Despite warnings on packaging that products like wipes and tampons aren't flushable, women continue to dispose of them this way, forcing water companies to spend huge amounts of money clearing blockages. - But through woman-to-woman advocacy and word of mouth, reusable products like cups, sponges and absorbent pants are growing in popularity around the world. Once a fringe choice, these environmentally friendlier options are being popularised by the internet. - The devices can be a life-changing solution in developing countries where deep cultural taboos and lack of sanitation access remains a major obstacle to women's education. - Ruby Cup, one brand, has spearheaded a "buy one, give one" programme that has provided sustainable options to more than 50,000 women in 10 countries with high levels of poverty. - - #awareness #humanrights #womenshealth #womensrights #period #periodproblems #girls #fertility #teen #teens #poverty #sustainability #environment #pollution #water #pla#plasticpollutes #plastic #teengirls #feminism #metoo #girlproblems #timeofthemonth #tampons
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