Environment & Parenting in the Waterloo Region

Are you a Waterloo Region parent who is concerned about the environment? Do you think about how environmental issues might effect your child(ren)?

Take this survey, from the University of Waterloo.

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Siobhan Bonisteel, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Quilley, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Canada. This study is for a Master thesis.

This is an anonymous survey. Your responses are not connected to you personally and will be used without any personal identifiers.

Study Purpose:
Parents are making a number of choices for their children that either support or undermine sustainability. The purpose of this study is to understand the tensions and opportunities environmentally-conscious parents experience when raising children in modern-consumer society.

To participate in this survey you need to be a parent who is aware of environmental issues and reside within Waterloo Region.

This survey will take approximately 15 minutes. Participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time by not submitting your responses. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. It is important for you to know that any information that you provide will be confidential. All of the data will be summarized and no individual can be identified from these summarized results. Furthermore, the web site is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you (such as machine identifiers). This survey uses Survey MonkeyTM which is a United States of America company. Consequently, USA authorities under provisions of the Patriot Act may access this survey data. If you prefer not to submit your data through Survey MonkeyTM, please contact Siobhan Bonisteel so you can participate using an alternative method (such as through an email or paper-based questionnaire). The alternate method may decrease anonymity but confidentiality will be maintained.

We would like to assure you that this study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee. However, the final decision about participation is yours. If you have any comments or concerns resulting from your participation in this study, please feel free to contact Dr. Maureen Nummelin in the Office of Research Ethics at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or maureen.nummelin@uwaterloo.ca.

Thank you for considering participation in this study.

Siobhan Bonisteel Topping, stopping@uwaterloo.ca
Stephen Quilley, Environment & Resource Studies Department at the University of Waterloo:
(519) 888-4567 Ext. 38335

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/76MFYMS

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After 9 years of production, the Beehive Design Collective’s fantastically intricate and inspiring hand-illustrated mega-poster is ready for the print house! This hand-illustrated mega poster is titled Mesoamérica Resiste. It is the long-awaited final graphic in an epic trilogy about globalization in the Americas. Now that the illustration is complete, they need our support to be able to share this ambitious project far and wide. To support them, take a look at their website found [here] or their Kickstarter Campaign [here]. You can also watch their Kickstarter video below. Continue reading “The Beehive Design Collective Campaign”

Earth Time

By: Natural Mommy Editor, Siobhan Bonisteel Topping

“As a deep ecologist, I really believe the Earth belongs to itself.” Catherine Tammaro

We dig a hole, we plant a seed, we water it and watch it grow. As it grows, we pull out the weeds crowding the tiny plant so it can photosynthesize and get nutrients from the soil. When it bears its bounty we eat it, the taste is unlike anything in a store. It is truly a magical and delicious event. Somehow it seems unreal. It feels like a miracle. Continue reading “Earth Time”

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This book is a story about a quest for wellness in one family and is built on Brockley’s personal healing and research which highlights that we need nutrients and enzymes to create and maintain health. Brockley and Urdiales explain that we get these from our foods, but sadly much of today’s food is lacking in nutrients and enzymes. Brockley’s need to become healthy pushed her entire family to radically change their relationship with food. This book is the accumulation of their intensive research and personal experience.

Based in Spearfish, South Dakota, the writers own approximately 30 acres where they are committed to creating a place where they can live, work and thrive. Their farm has vegetable gardens, raspberry bushes, apple trees, chickens, llamas, cool well water and clean, fresh air. They never use commercial fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, because they have learned that what we put in the soil makes its way directly back into our bodies. Continue reading “Autoimmune The Cause And The Cure”

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You Will Need:

Beets

Jars

Vinegar (white or apple cider)

Sugar (white is generally what people use, but we suggest the organic sugar cane)

Pot, Ladle, Tongs, Knife Continue reading “Best Ever Pickled Beets”

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By NaturalMommy Editor, Siobhan Bonisteel

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I have always been in a sort of awe of trees. They seem like they know something, yet they are still and silent. There is something ancient and wise about them. They help us to be calm and feel connected to our natural surroundings. I often notice my young son and his friends looking up at a tree blowing in the breeze, just mesmerized. They all seem to possess an innate attraction to trees, even as infants.

I recently read a piece by Nicole Dufraine published on thegreenstudent.ca. The piece is titled The Human-Tree Connection and explores data that illustrates how the loss of a significant amount of trees drastically affected those who lived near them, so much so that the data collected suggests that, “the loss of trees across 15 states in the study area contributed to an additional 6113 deaths related to respiratory illness and 15,080 deaths related to cardiovascular diseases…loss of trees resulted in increased mortality rates among local residents suffering from cardiovascular and lower respiratory system diseases across the United States.” Continue reading “Trees & Biodiversity, In Honour of Earth Day”

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