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For our final monthly blog series of ‘Sustainability Through the Decades’, we consider the 2000’s – today. We explore the evolution of anti-single use plastic, the progression of the climate crisis, as well as the rapidly evolving forms of eco-anxiety common among millennial and Gen Z populations. Single use plastic has become a primary concern in recent decades. In 1997, researcher Charles Moore was sailing the Pacific Ocean and discovered what is now known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ - one of the largest accumulations of plastic waste threatening marine life. As of 2021, this mass has reached a...

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MTV, sky high hair, and bright clothing – the 80s were a decade of change and revolution followed quickly by the multicultural alternative new tech decade of the 90s. While these decades are notable for drastic changes in music, fashion, and culture, the accompanying political and social perspectives were also experiencing an evolution. A range of social and political issues defined this decade, but one environment movement that accompanied the evolving fashion trends was the rise of anti-fur campaigns. 

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We’re back to explore another few decades of sustainability and eco-activism. This month, we are diving into the 1960s anti-nuclear movement, tracing its progression through the 70s, a decade which also marked the beginning of Canada’s Greenpeace collective.

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Concerns about future generations and the longevity of our planet have been a continual conversation, sparking protest and action throughout the decades. While our grandparents may have been fighting for conservation and protesting anti-nuclear movements, our parents were perhaps more focused on leading anti-fur revolutions or saving trees from excessive logging. More recently, millennial and Gen Z populations have become highly concerned about single-use plastics, mass extinction, and climate change. While sustainability focuses may be continually evolving and growing across generations, the mission has remained the same: collective organization in the face of current environmental dangers.

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With the start of a New Year, we know you’re probably on the lookout for some new goals. As advocates for environmental sustainability and eco-friendly lifestyles, we’d like to share some sustainable actions that you could consider for 2022:

1. Bring reusable utensils, straws, or bags when shopping to avoid the use of unnecessary one-time waste.

2. Consider making sustainable fashion choices.

3. Avoid cosmetics with palm oil and products tested on animals.

4. Start composting and look into your city’s waste collection plan.

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