Friday, May 19, 2017


Once upon a time, in the city of mystery, of enchantment, called Camosun Bog, two young lovers were peacefully living their lives, happily in love. A beautiful princess named arctic starflower, and a poor and careless thief named sundew. Sundew had the magic lamp, the lamp which allowed you to have 3 wishes and grant them without any doubt. However, the ruthless king of Camosun Bog, Vancouver, wanted to desperately marry princess star flower. And when the princess refused, Vancouver threatened to destroy the city with his dark power by turning it into a city of ice and taking all their food, which he did. Princess star flower was very devastated that her city and the people in it are suffering because of her. Sundew, on the other hand, hated seeing her like that. So with his magic lamp, he wished to the crazy genie to melt the ice and grow plants that they can use for survival.

The crazy genie then melted the ice which turned into a lake and grew plants like sphagnum moss because this particular specie is favored in high water table, high acidity, low oxygen and low nutrients. Which all sundew wished for to make sure that all the plants that crazy genie would grow could thrive. The crazy genie also grew plants like labrador tea for the people who were sickened by the extremely cold weather and some other plants that can provide for them like bunberry, cloudberry, and bog cranberry. Not only the crazy genie planted these for the people but for the sake of the earth too. He knew that by growing these native plants, it would help to fight global warming by absorbing all carbon dioxide and locking it up for thousands of years. Both sundew and star flower were happy that the people of camosun bog were recovering from the tragedy. 

However, when Vancouver found out about everything they'd done, he was furious. He created drains that lowered the water table and this destroyed the sphagnum moss. So with the drains, these killed a lot of the native plants that decayed into soil because of the drop in acidity. In addition to his anger, he built non-affordable buildings in Camosun Bog so no one could live in the land. Buildings that were called the fern building, polytrichum moss, skunk cabbage and the birch building. Vancouver wanted to own the land for himself and partly for his people. The land was outcompeted by Vancouver's people and occupied his buildings. And there were also empty buildings when there were people living in the street. He made the buildings expensive so that the good people that help fight against the global warming would go away and not be able to live in a good environment. People  like lodgepole, caskara, kalmia, laurel, and saskatoon. So with the low water table, Vancouver was able to build "invasive buildings" as were called by the "native people". These buildings caused most of the native people to vanish because they weren't adaptable to the new environment and couldn't afford to live in their own land.

Most of the native people dissipated. Even sundew and starflower couldn't bear with the circumstances they were in so they left. But with the encouragement and hope that others showed them, others returned to the land and that included lodgepole and laurel. The two lovers sundew and starflower came to their realization that giving up was not an option so they came back on their own. The native people decided to stick together and fight for their land. Despite all the struggles they had to face, these good native people stayed strong as ever.

Many years later, the people today called the "crazy boggers", blood of the crazy genie, planned to revive their land and actively plant sphagnum moss because they care about the sake of the global warming too and they want to reduce the carbon entering our atmosphere. Not just that, but they want to continue the dynasty of their own ancestor, the crazy genie.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Vancouver Sustainability Conference 2017

Vancouver Sustainability Conference 2017 volunteer at Eric Hamber Secondary School with students from other different schools who I worked with.

  • Getting all the atendees in line to sign in and make name tags for them.

  • Trying to get everyone to write something on these
  • "What issues in sustainability do you think needs more attention?"
       -  composting, ethical food source, water, energy production, oceanwise, climate change

  • "What does sustainability mean to you?"

- to think about the future, ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to survive and thrive on our planet

- led the atendees from the gym to the auditorium where the leaders of the activity talked about sustainability

- helped with handing out sandwiches to the atendees which I enjoyed a lot because I got to talk to some of them and I enjoyed the fact that people kept coming to my station so I was the first one who ran out of sandwiches to give.

  • UBC people talking about their projects

I enjoyed gaining a new experience, and to be out on a pro-d day which was really helpful for other people like volunteering for instance. I also kind of made some friends, students from other different schools. I got to eat free cookies and sandwiches which was amazing. To be led by wonderful and friendly leaders like Celina and Lovely was amazing too!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Camosun Bog species

Native Species - species that normally live and thrive in a particular ecosystem, prefer a high water table with low nutrient, and high acid conditions. These conditions existed at Camosun Bog for 2000 years.

                  sphagnum moss
                  arctic star flower
                  bunch berry
                  cloud berry
                  bog cranberry

                  labrador tea
                  bog blueberry

                   lodgepole pine (also shore pine)
                   saskatoon berry

Invasive Species - defined as organisms (plant, animal, fungus or bacterium) that are not native and has negative effects on a region's economy, environment, or public health)

                  polytrichum moss
                  fern (deer, sword, bracken)
                  skunk cabbage

                  some blueberry species

                   western hemlock
                   mountain ash