10 years ago, I lived life without thinking much about the environment. When I became pregnant with my son around that time, I started thinking about how I would keep him safe and healthy. It started with diapers. It didn’t take much investigating to learn about all the bleach and toxins (for example see an article by CBC and the Washington Post in disposables. I may have started by thinking about the welfare of his cute little tush, but it was not a huge leap to then wonder what the bleach and toxins were doing to the environment, let alone the plastics, which simply don’t break down. It was not a difficult decision, not really a decision at all, to go with cloth diapers. This small step then got me thinking more broadly about his future and the world we would leave for him. I had a lot to learn and at every step what I learned demanded that I change something about the way we lived. It had to if we were to have a sustainable future.
We began using active transportation, paid more attention to where and how our food was grown, and the things we put into and onto our bodies. As I continued to learn more, I strived to find opportunities to improve the way we live. We joined a local Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) – Fertile Ground, started square foot veggie gardens in our front and back yards, all the time making sure to involve my children, to teach them about the importance of sustainability. No action is too small. I have tried to do things little by little, when I could. By becoming more informed we’ve become more self-reliant; We grow, can and freeze some of our own food, we walk or bike as often as we can, and we’ve made stronger connections with neighbours and across our community. We also now generate our own power through solar roof panels. Not everyone can make big steps like that, but we can all make the small changes. Staying informed and living in a more sustainable way will increase our resiliency as we have to adapt to increasingly varied climate change issues.
This is why I’m so excited for the release of TransitionKW’s Adaptation Toolkit this Saturday, March 29th, 1:30pm at Kitchener City Hall. This is a fantastic way to give us all additional tools on becoming more resilient!