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  • Learn about the Global Climate Strike movement 
  • Celebrate World Food Day
  • Get involved in Waste Reduction Week
  • Find tips on collecting fallen leaves from your yard
  • Check out local events and green opportunities

Do you live near John Hendry (Trout Lake) park? The Vancouver Park Board is seeking input from the community to refine and update the draft master plan. Complete the survey before October 28.

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This past September, people in over 180 countries stepped up in support of young strikers for climate action. Inspired by Swedish teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, school students all over the world have been organizing school strikes to demand urgent action on the climate and ecological crisis. 

On September 27, a Climate Strike event took place at Vancouver’s City Hall, organized by the Sustainabiliteens; a group of teens from across Metro Vancouver that are part of the international #fridaysforfuture and #climatestrike movement. 

City support for the Global General Strike for Climate was approved in a motion brought to Council on September 11. In April 2019, City Council also approved Ramping Up Vancouver’s Climate Action in Response to the Climate Emergency, committing the city to a five-fold increase in our efforts to tackle climate change and align local efforts with international recommendations. We identified six big moves and 53 quick-start actions to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, as well as sequester carbon through conservation efforts. 


Students continue to protest climate change by striking every Friday. Support the movement by finding a Climate Strike event near you or posting your support on social media

Learn more about the City’s Climate Emergency Response

Vancouver will soon embark on developing a comprehensive climate response plan that will stretch to the year 2030. Watch your inbox for more information or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so you can be part of the conversation.


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Celebrated each year on October 16, #WorldFoodDay is one of the biggest days in the UN calendar. Events are held in up to 150 countries and bring together businesses, NGOs, media agencies, and cities and civil society organizations.

This year, World Food Day (WFD) is raising awareness of the importance of healthy diets and calling for urgent action across sectors to make healthy diets available and affordable to everyone with the theme “Our actions are our future. Healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger world”.


Honour World Food Day this year by:


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Waste Reduction Week is October 21-27. Celebrations are taking place in cities from coast to coast, encouraging Canadians to reduce waste in all facets of daily living. National Waste Reduction Week is meant to draw attention to the importance of working towards ecological sustainability through waste avoidance and resource conservation. 

With a different theme each day of the week – from Circular Economy to Textiles to Plastics to Food Waste to Swap, Share and Repair – we hope you’ll learn something new about the steps we can take to support both our Greenest City and Zero Waste goals.  


Here are a few ways to celebrate Waste Reduction Week in Vancouver:
  • Bring a broken or worn out item and learn how to fix it at a Repair Workshop on October 19, at City Hall.
  • Waste less food and save money in the kitchen. Love Food Hate Waste is here to provide tips for meal planning, using up leftovers and storing food properly so it lasts longer.
  • Opt for cloth bags and glass or metal reusable bottles instead of plastic shopping bags and bottled water. Find out what the City is doing to reduce single use item waste.
  • Register for the Zero Waste Conference on October 30 -31 and learn what Canada is doing to be successful in a global circular economy.
To check out all upcoming events across Canada, visit the Waste Reduction event page. 


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With autumn weather now upon us, make sure you know how to properly dispose of fall leaves and yard waste.

Clear away leaves from your yard and sidewalk and put them in your Green Bin for collection by City staff. Any extra leaves that do not fit in your Green Bin should be stored in a dry place and then added to your Green Bin after it is emptied. There will also be four designated weekends for extra leaf collection where paper yard waste bags will also be picked up. The first weekend is October 26 and 27. 

You can also clear fallen leaves out of City catch basins (or storm drains) to reduce street flooding during stormy weather.


Be sure to educate neighbours on the correct way of disposing of leaves. If you see anyone dropping leaves on curbs or boulevards, encourage them to use their Green Bin.

Learn more about how collected leaves become nutrient-rich compost in the Vancouver Landfill, and buy some for your garden.

Drop off any extra leaves or yard trimmings at:


Local green opportunities

Under Rich Earth – Film Screening
Oct 15
In a small town in Ecuador, coffee and sugarcane farmers are being forced off their land to make way for a mining project. Watch as this town prepares to fight for their future.
VPL’s Central Library

2019 Sustainability Series: Gerben van Straaten
Join speaker and author Gerban as he discusses sustainable urban development and new ideas for old buildings – his approach to sustainable development.
789 West Pender Street

Seedy Saturday: Starting New Garden Beds
Oct 19
Converting lawn or underutilized spaces into garden beds is a great way to grow more food. Find out what it takes to be successful with your new garden space.
VPL’s Kensington Branch

Grandview Woodland Neighbourhood Cleanup Party
Oct 19 & Nov 2
Join us as we cleanup our neighbourhood! These events have a huge impact locally. Removing litter not only makes the neighbourhood cleaner, it also makes it safer.
Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre

Hastings Sunrise Neighbourhood Cleanup Party
Oct 19 & Nov 2
Join us as we cleanup our neighbourhood! These events have a huge impact locally. Removing litter not only makes the neighbourhood cleaner, it also makes it safer.
Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre

Nature Art: Wildlife Photography
Oct 20
Join award-winning photographer Pierre Cenerelli for a workshop on our seasonal birds. Bring your camera, telephoto lens, and a good dose of patience for the money shot.
Stanley Park Dining Pavilion

Frameworq Clothing Fix-it Event
Oct 20
Divert waste from the landfill and fix your faves! Bring your clothing item or any other textile that needs to be repaired and we'll show you how to repair them.
VPL’s Mount Pleasant Branch

SFU Philosophers’ Café 
Oct 24
Join a discussion on: How does consumer and marketing literacy impact our ability to find healthy food? What should we consider beyond the Food Guide and store labels?
VPL’s South Hill Branch

Indigenous Plant Use
Oct 26
Walk through the forest and bathe in Coast Salish knowledge through storytelling.  Explore the incredibly diverse and abundant kelp forests available in the intertidal zone.
#19 Stanley Park Bus Loop

SFU Philosophers’ Café
Oct 30
Join a moderated discussion with your community members on the following topic: Is there a relationship between Buddhist ethics and ecological understanding?
VPL’s Britannia Branch

Demystifying Mushrooms
Nov 2
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society for an introduction to the extensive world of mushrooms! Learn the basics through this interactive indoor/outdoor workshop!
Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon

Volunteer Opportunities

Join a Neighbourhood Cleanup Party!
Various Dates
Want to make a difference in your neighbourhood? Join a cleanup party! Meet new people, make new friends and help keep litter off our streets and out of our waterways!
In a neighbourhood near you

Fresh Roots 
Fresh Roots envisions a world where everyone has access to healthy food, land, and community. Join their team – looking for various positions.
Local High School


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