bikes + bicycles + cycle commuting + freedom

Today I speak of the love of bikes. In Toronto it’s bike month, even though every day should be bike day. Everywhere. What an absolutely amazing invention in terms of fun, use, and exercise.

Bikes make us better people and the world a better place.

A little history of bikes. Originally it was believed they were invented in France in 1860 by pappa Pierre and son Ernest Michaux who made horse carriages. Ernest is credited with pedals and cranks since it’s known that bikes are older including a German push-bike shown in Paris in 1818. And ever before that, in 1790, something similar.

Of course I’d by lying if I didn’t also say that my love of bikes is linked to my major crush on the AMAZING Danny MacAskill, who my beloved bloggees already know. But if you are new here, I give you the beautiful, poetic, skill of this adorable and immensely talented scottish dude and a half!

A year ago when I first saw this, it had 7 million hits. It’s since had ten million more! (I am responsible for about 10,000 of them, haha!!!)

And so you can spread the bike love, I found this awesome link to bike charities.

food + vegetarians + factory farming + environment

Lately there’s been a big hoo-haw about the horrific eating habits of North Americans, particularly children. The lovely Jamie Oliver is on a crusade to change the way food is served in schools so kids can eat better and get smarter since good nutrition leads to better education.
But what about us, I’ve been wondering what can we do that’s valuable and sustainable (becuz it’s not always easy being good and green!) and lo and behold, my Treehugger emails pops up with the solution. It’s called the Weekday Vegetarian, and duh, it means you save your (organic) meat eating for weekends. Cut your carbon footprint and do your body good.
It’s significant (reduces impact by 70%).
It’s not too restrictive.
It’ll save you money.
It’s good for your health.
You can start today.

food inc. + environment + health + planet

Food Inc. was completely incredible shocking informative important! Wow! I knew that the concept of factory farming was bad, but the level of invasiveness, insidiousness and outright control on the North American diet is ASTONISHING.

Some stats to chew on – there are 47,000 products in the average supermarket. 90% have corn in them!
Cows are fed corn to fatten them up – when they should be eating grass! Being a butcher used to be safe and prestigious job back in the 50s. It’s now one of the most dangerous jobs there is and often done by exploited, undocumented workers since no one else wants to do the dirty work. Factory chickens are raised in five weeks, so quickly their bones don’t form and they can’t support themselves.

And on and on and on.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS is WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE this. Buy local. Buy in season. Buy organic. Don’t eat fast food. Processed food. Packaged food. Your body and your planet deserves so much more.

Girl power + girls matter +

imagesGirls around the world need out help. I like to think I’m aware of things but this number is truly scarios. Of the one billion people around the world living in extreme poverty, 70% are women and girls. And while we might moan, groan, complain and whine about going to school, 20 million girls never do because they can’t or aren’t allowed. Girls also face more violence than boys do.

So what can we do? You can join the sisterhood of BECAUSE I AM A GIRL from Plan Canada an international aid group. Super kewl website.

Save the words + save the world

Ok, this is a little different. A very kewl site full of strange and amazing words that will become extinct as the dodo birdie if we don’t ACT NOW! Plus it’s fun. So go get yourself a word today!
(sumthun wuz wonky witda URL so JIC

Foxes on the prowl

WARNING: The video you are about to view is both adorable and also sort of sad. Tragic even. Yes the foxes are having a swell time bouncing around, but think about it. Wild animals were meant to be in the wild, not bouncing around in someone’s backyard. The closer we go to them, the closer they come to us and I’m not sure it’s such a good thing for the animals. Not that I have any answers. Do you?
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Body Billboards

This is whacked. For a few bucks a few people have shaved their heads and put up ads for an airline in New Zealand (And yes I recognize the irony of my telling you this here and giving the ad more mileage, however you’ll need telephoto vision to see it!)images-2
I mean, at least they’re being paid for it, unlike people who pay to have logos on their clothes…but holy crow, have a little dignity people!!!!!

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