Today Is The Day We Decide

There are many things I love about my husband. One of them is his constant focus on doing the right thing with regards to the environment.

We recycle and compost everything we can, as many people do. We also donate and reuse household items so as not to throw them out. If an item is no longer useable, my husband takes the time to find out how he can still recycle the materials (e.g. metal, etc.)

Just this past week our gas lawnmower, which was over 20 years old, finally gave up. After asking around my husband realized it would be just too expensive to repair and he doesn’t have the knowledge or tools to do it himself. He decided the best choice of action was to give it to someone who can repair it and buy himself a new one.

He came home with a push lawnmower.

Yes, they still make them. Good choice honey! I’m so proud of being married to someone who cares so much about our environment.

That said, we both realize that there is still much we can do to protect our beautiful world. There is much we can all do to help our environment.

Today is the day we can decide to do better.

This is the biggest thing David Suzuki has ever done. Around the world, more than 110 nations recognize the right to live in a healthy environment, but not Canada.

Together, we can change that:

Sustainable Architecture

View this brilliant idea for greener urban development. Encouraging news for future environmentally friendly cities!

The Purpose of Spring

Ah spring! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the air is fresh and clean. Nature is renewed again and it’s a smorgasbord of delights for our senses.

It makes me ponder on the purpose of spring.

While I see winter as a time of rest and going within; fall as a time to shed things that are no longer needed and summer a reminder to engage in carefree play, spring is a time of new growth and new life.

But it’s more than that.

Spring reminds us to take notice of all the little details around us – the colors, the scents, the sounds – it provides an opportunity to practice mindfulness each time we step out our doors.

Today, take a walk outdoors and notice the smallest details – a bug scurrying across your path, the various chirps, the tiniest new growth on trees, the multitude of shades in one color. Feel the sun or wind or rain on your face.

Then take that mindfulness with you.Continue noticing the small details throughout your day. You just may carry the delight of the season with you.

New Life

The delightful scene I found on my walk today.


Celebrating Our Beautiful Earth

Today is Earth Day. Let us give our heartfelt gratitude to this beautiful planet in which we live.

Our Gift of EarthTake the time to go for a walk and look around. Notice the sparkling blue sky, the colors of the season, the diversity of the landscape, the flowers and plants coming alive.

Listen closely to hear the insects, birds and animals speaking to us.

Breathe deeply and inhale the scents that come from the earth; enjoy the feel of the air in your lungs.

While you drink and eat your meals, remember where the food came from and how our earth sustains us.

When you stop and think about it, we truly live in paradise. All our needs are taken care of.

Give thanks to our amazing world. It is a gift to cherish.

With a heart full of gratitude, quietly vow to give back to Mother Earth, as she so graciously gives to us.


Going Non-toxic

I’m determined to have a chemical free yard and garden – yet I would like it to look healthy and vibrant as well. I’m always keeping an eye open for ways to accomplish this goal.

So far, here is what we’ve done at our home:

We’ve been using Nutri-lawns ecology friendly lawn care for years. They use organic based fertilizers and no synthetic pesticides. Our lawn is sprinkled with a variety of products such as seaweed/kelp and corn extracts. It works great.

One area that I’ve always struggled with is what to do with weeds and when grass grows in flowers bed. Mulch made from natural materials (leaves, straw or bark) helps control unwanted plants. So does pulling them out, if they are small and not well established. For larger weeds or those with deep roots, I’ve poured boiling water over them. That works quite well although you have to keep at it to ensure the weed doesn’t grow back.

Does anyone else have any ideas? I would love to hear what other environmentally green-thumbs do for beautiful gardens and lawns.


A hundred years from now, I wonder what people will think of our generation. Will they have a look of disbelief on their faces, shaking their heads saying, “Why would they use poison on their gardens and lands? Was beauty so much more valuable to them than their health and the health of their children?”

Did you know more than 6,000 cases of pesticide poisoning are reported in Canada each year (mostly children)?

Did you know approximately 1,000 commercial pesticides products are available in Canada that can not be sold in other countries because of health and environmental concerns?

Pesticides, herbicides and insecticides are poison. You can see this for yourself by checking the label. They are meant to kill weeds or insects. Unfortunately, these toxic chemicals work a little too well causing short and long-term health effects such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects and organ damage.

When we use insecticides and fertilizers, those chemicals eventually find their way into our bodies. Pesticides easily travel from our garden to grass, soil, groundwater, and eventually to our water supply.

Here are a number of ways to stop pesticide poisoning:

  • Avoid purchasing pesticides. Use non-toxic alternatives instead of chemical pesticides. Doing so will send a message to manufacturers and the government that we want safer products available on our shelves.
  • When grocery shopping, look for products labeled “100% organic” which means they don’t contain pesticides
  • Wash and peel fruits and vegetables with a mild, natural detergent to remove pesticide residues
  • Buy plants and flowers grown without dangerous pesticides whenever possible
  • Vote for politicians who support tighter restrictions on pesticides in Canada

If you currently have pesticides in your house and want to continue to use them, here are a few ideas to minimize their toxic effect:

  • Store them in locked cabinets that are inaccessible to children
  • Keep pesticides in their original containers to prevent misidentification
  • Avoid using pesticides when children (or pets) are nearby
  • Find out from your local poison-control centre how to safely dispose of pesticides
  • Keep the number for your regional poison information centre near the phone

Source: Finding Solutions newsletter (Summer 2007), David Suzuki Foundation and the David Suzuki Foundation web site.

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