Picture painting

Like each brush stroke leading to a large piece of finished artwork, the small steps and the day-to-day counts. It’s also equally as important to look to the bigger picture, where the day to day amounts to, and why it matters.

What picture are you painting?

Cue wise old auntie

It begins when we change what we think, but things truly start when we act on the things that we think. Here comes the age-old saying, our actions speak louder than words.

Intentions matter for only so long. When we intend to create better transportation infrastructure for a city, to make traffic more efficient, safer, and on time, delays and cancellations communicate that we never intended to do any of it in the first place.

That’s why when Magali Lafleur from Find Your Alternative and I wanted to make an environmental difference in Toronto, we’re going hands-in-dirt into cleaning up our city’s parks with our community.

Two everyday citizens wanting better, where we can make an immediate difference.

If you want to join us, the event is today. We’re meeting up at 6:30 by Trinity Bellwoods Park by Queen St. and Strachan Ave. We’ll see you there!

Think, say, do

Everything counts (who’s counting?)

The details matter (says who?)

We can do it if we try (do you really think so?)

The fact of the matter is, nothing counts only if you think it doesn’t; the details are worthless if you think the attention should be focused on elsewhere; and if you won’t be someone who tries, who will?

What we think should match up to what we say, and what we say should reflect what we do.

Trinity park cleanup

What can a small community do to take action when climate change and government policy is slow to progress?

We can choose to do things that don’t require permission, and something that we can realistically achieve in our own incremental steps.

With that said, Magali Lafleur (blogger from Find Your Alternative) is partnering up with Double Cow to host our own community clean-up at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

It starts with a pickup, and you can tell us you’ll come by responding to our event page here.

Thursday, July 25th at 6:30PM.

Litter is everybody’s problem and this is our chance to make our contribution. See you there.

Here’s why the smaller things matter

Bringing your own coffee cup, refusing a disposable bag, and opting for reusable cutlery (just to name a few things we could actively do) could reduce our personal landfill rates by 40%, 60%, 70%, or even 100% if you’re fully committed.

Nothing that you aren’t able to do right now if you wanted to.

And way faster than any large organization or country can spell out “global ocean plastics crisis”.

Even if some of us can be 30% committed to being more environmentally responsible, that’s more action than if we were to remain complacent.