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In 2016, some 265,500 people took part in 574 running events in Quebec. The environmental footprint of these events is significant. Single use plastic water bottles, cheap promotional items such as medals, T shirts and running kits, GHG emissions from event travel and a lack of environmentally sound waste management are just some of the contributing factors. Knowing that we...
Actualité - 15 mai 2017 - Tag : Changing the world, Changing the world run, Run
Discover 5 concrete actions you can take to help make the people around you aware of the positive impacts of opting for Fairtrade certified products.
Actualité - 1 mai 2017 - Tag : Action of the month, Changing the world
The new year is well under way, but you can still make resolutions and do something meaningful for yourself and the environment. Équiterre encourages you to unplug, literally and figuratively. We don’t want to downplay the importance or advantages of electronic devices, and we’re certainly not suggesting you cut yourself off from the world. But it’s important...
The festive season is about sharing and helping each other. So why not step outside your usual circle this year, reach out to others and give your time to people in need?     Here’s how you can do it: Distribution of hot drinks and treats to homeless people
Want to help the environment? Do you know about the Laure Waridel bursary for student researchers? This $10,000 grant supports action research that makes a difference to society. This year’s themes are renewable energies, transportation, pesticides and organic food. Other social or environmental topics are also accepted. Students pursuing a master’s or PhD at a...
Actualité - 30 novembre 2016 - Tag : Changing the world, Laure Waridel bursary, Laure Waridel bursary
Winter is right around the corner, and you know what that means: time to winterize your home for the cold months ahead. It’s also a great opportunity to repair all the broken objects piled up around the house and in the shed—from your son’s coat lining to Gaston’s shovel handle.
Actualité - 1 novembre 2016 - Tag : Action of the month, Changing the world, One step at a time, Organization
Since 2008, the Laure Waridel Bursary has been awarded annually to a student involved in a research, action and dissemination project focusing on environmental or social action. Each year, Équiterre gives $5,000, which is matched by Desjardins Caisse d’économie solidaire. Priority is given to projects proposing a transdisciplinary approach, that is, projects developed in...
Actualité - 1 novembre 2016 - Tag : Changing the world, Research, Sustainable development
Just over 160,000 weddings took place in Canada last year. Yes, you read that right. The average number of guests at each was about 130. Do the math and you’ll see that 20 million Canadians attend weddings every year. This activity can potentially leave a significant environmental footprint! By making certain choices, you can ensure that this event—a day your...
The greatly anticipated opportunity to run for the environment, Change the World with Équiterre run—is (almost) here! On July 3, several hundred of you will be gathering at the starting line on Mount Royal for the 10 km, 5 km and 1 km runs. Haven’t signed up yet? No problem. You can do it on the big day. Go to the Beaver Lake pavilion on Mount Royal (2000...
Actualité - 29 juin 2016 - Tag : Changing the world, Changing the world run
If you think the gas-powered lawn mower that only leaves your shed once a week during the summer isn’t a threat to air quality, think again. These machines emit significant amounts of polluting gases, including hydrocarbons (HC), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which contribute to smog formation (1). In Canada, gas-powered lawn equipment uses...