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What Would Love Do?

   Love Contact Usneeds to come first and last and everywhere in the between. Love fixes everything from scraped knees to broken hearts, to poverty and oppression. It is ONLY about love, about loving ourselves and every other living being on this planet in the realization that we are all one. Our actions here and now in the way we live, eat, shop and exist directly impacts others and everything around the world.

People can debate all they want, but there is no question that the health and well being of the human race is directly interconnected to the health of this planet. And while our planet would survive without us, the opposite could never occur.

So here is what I propose in honour of this Mother’s Day, and our spectacular home called Earth, and every day thereafter – whenever presented with some kind of decision, dilemma, or question; stop, breathe, and connect to your highest self, and ask this simple question, what would love do? Whether you are grocery shopping or driving your car, or interacting with your family, colleagues or peers, ask that question, what would love do? And if you listen with your heart, I promise, you tiny decision will help to elevate us all to and make this world even a little better than it already is!

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Happy Earth Day 2017!

Pretty much every day around here is Earth Day, with more than 200 organic seedlings sprouting in the dining room, our religious dedication to our brown bin, and composting in our own garden, steadfast conscious consumerism, and if all that wasn’t enough, we now have a duck egg incubating in the dining room to hopefully hatch in a little over 3 weeks. You know, just your everyday average earth-loving suburbanites here.

Earth Day 2017 The DR Garden

Well, that’s not entirely true either, because while lots of people do great things to take care of Mother Earth on a daily basis, not a lot of them work diligently to actually benefit the planet while at their day job. I do. The work I have been guided to do,  with socially responsible, eCause Canada, has Mother Earth at the core of our why… We help to save hundreds of thousands of trees, support Canadian waterways, help reduce the carbon footprint of communities across Canada, and more importantly have a positive healthful impact on the future health of all Canadians. And we do all this while financially supporting the fundraising needs of schools, teams and groups.

It is a blessing to do this work and make a difference in Canada’s future, and the health of this planet.

And while it seems odd to me to dedicate just one day to talk about and truly put an effort into taking care of our planet, we only dedicate one day to celebrating our birthdays. And lets be honest, every day that we are alive, is a gift. So join me, celebrate life, yours, and our Earth’s everyday by taking care of yourself and her more mindfully!

To Ban or Not to Ban, that is the Question…

Happy Environment Day!

Ok, if you sensed a little sarcasm in my tone, you heard me correctly. But it is always difficult to to nail a tone from written text, albeit, it is a little easier if you know the person who is writing it.

So my city is having this HUGE debate about whether or not to ban plastic bags from grocery stores and depanneurs.  Well, I’d like to make my case FOR the banning of these bags, and I would welcome any comments or opinions of your own as well.

I say ban them…. What a ridiculous waste of taxpayers dollars to even open his up to debate. I mean most things that compromise our health are either prohibited or difficult and/or expensive. This is just another on of those things, that costs our future generations, but not everyone agrees on the detriment of these bags, but ask ducks, and fish and all marine life and the take a look at the numerous Gyers in our Oceans to realize the severity of the dmage that is done by bags and other plastics. Plastic is killing our waterways, streams and the wildlife that depend upon them, and inevitably our own species.

from a practical point, lets be honest most people have enough plastic bags under their kitchen sinks to at least them through this life-time.

The bulldozer buries food and industrial wastes

Landfill with waste & copious amounts of plastic bags

So those are a few of the reasons that I support the ban, but to be fair I want to counter a couple of the “no ban” arguments to try and shed a little more light on the issue.

  1. The single use bags in question are often used again for pet droppings.
    1. Not everyone has pets, so that makes for a lot of non-reused bags of which many find their way into the landfills
    2. AND there are much more environmentally sustainable options for pet-owners including biodegradable bags for the exact purpose.
  2. People will shop elsewhere if bags are unavailable
    1. Well that is pretty unlikely, people are going to shop if they need to shop.
    2. We are also pretty adaptable.
    3. Already most people have reusable bags they have collected through the years, and hey backpacks are still amazingly practical, I think we can manage without the plastic.
  3. Jobs will be lost if plastic bags are banned.
    1. Seriously? “for every action there is an equal and opposing reaction”, I know somebody important has said that and some point.
    2. I have faith in us, we have recovered from the coal mines being shut down.

I felt obliged to comment on this issue because to me it seems like a pretty big no-brainer, and our planet and its well being is intricately tied to our own well-being. Plastics were created to make our lies convenient but the cost for that convenience has been too dear. It is important to think of our children and our children’s children.  Once the habit of bringing one’s own bags has been formed people will forget the what it is about plastic bags that they have missed. This is a small, small thing we can do on behalf of our Earth!

Submitted with kindness, eCause we care.

Joyce Shanks

World Food Day

October 16th was World Food Day. Days like these give us a chance to reconnect with our favourite foods, our local farmers, chefs, gardeners, and others. 

Here’s a few ideas on how you can celebrate this month and engage your community:

– Host a Pot Luck & Movie Night
(great for Thanksgiving and fall season!)

– Avid gardener, share your green thumb knowledge!
Organize a workshop on preserving or seed saving. People are increasingly interested in growing their own food, but many new gardeners still lack the skills needed to preserve their bounty or to save seeds for next year. You can help by sharing your own skills or finding a local expert to give a workshop.

– Hold a Local-Food Challenge:
You probably have friends who have walked to defeat breast cancer, or run for biodiversity. Now you can eat your way towards a stronger local food system.

– Volunteer or Donate Food from your Garden to the Food Bank:
Food banks need help year-round. Harvest time, Thanksgiving, and World Food Day are important moments to examine the issues and connections between poverty and plenty, while addressing the needs of the hungry in your community. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with your local farmers, and ask them to donate part of their harvests to food banks.

What you can keep doing year-round:
start your own garden, donate garden fresh produce to local food banks, buy locally grown foods and support your local economy!

To know more about the global issues surrounding food and our food systems, check out this informative video:

The Story of Food:

Source: USC Canada