Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

I LOVE my job. I get to meet the most interesting people and I get to introduce those wonderful people to you. This week on A Greener Toronto, I go behind the scenes of Planet in Focus' Youth Camera Action! program. Unique to the city of Toronto, YCA is an environmental video production camp specifically designed for youth between the ages of 14 - 18 years. The program also provides kids with a unique and creative opportunity to learn about the environment, get practical, hands-on video making experience and create a short environmental video projects. Completed projects premiere as part of the Green Sprouts Youth Filmmakers Showcase at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival each fall. Wow, I wish I knew about this when I was a kid! I'll also introduce you to Monica and Rhea Dhar, a mother and daughter who use art to express their concerns about global warming, check out their cool stuff at www.3six5green.com. I take you behind the scenes at The Healthy Butcher, if you eat meat but would like to know more about where that meat is coming from then this place is for you. They know the farmers and ensure me that the animals are treated humanely. This week is waste reduction week. It's the perfect opportunity to be mindful of the choices you make when you shop. Look for things have less packaging and give your blue box a break, instead of recycling, try reducing and reusing (but recycle if you have too). Not sure what kind of plastic is the most recyclable or want to know the difference between post consumer recycled material and recycled material tune in as I go to the Recycling Council of Ontario for the answers. Finally, a visit to Fertile Ground, the only bookstore in the city that carries over 500 books, all on the environment. These guys really know their stuff and can offer advice on some of the best books. Both fiction and non fiction. Tune in Thursdays at 9:30pm only on RogersTV. (Cable 10 in Toronto) Don't have cable, watch online at www.rogerstv.com.