September is upon us and kids have finished their first week back at school… A short post this week, but in last Friday’s ‘Being Green‘ post I added a link provided by my nephew (in-law) about one person’s daily commute by bicycle, and how he stops every day for a moment or two, sometimes longer, on the bridge connecting north and south Edmonton in order to appreciate the world around him. After posting that I received an e-mail from my nephew reminding me about our experiences at the provincial legislature grounds in Edmonton; we were there in 2003 when my niece and nephew-in-law were married. It wasn’t something I will forget.
I’ve been to the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa on more than one occasion, and tossed a few coins into the fountain housing the eternal flame. I’ve been to the legislative grounds in several other provinces as well, including the one here in Victoria, but none of them compare (in my opinion) to the one in Edmonton. Why, you ask? Well, simply because instead of the requisite fountain on the grounds (the fountain here in Victoria was surrounded by a 15-foot fence on Canada Day), the grounds in Edmonton have been made into a water park, including a huge fountain and a wading pool. For the people, by the people, and of the people. On the warm day in August that we were there, the entire grounds were filled with people playing in the water, having picnics in the shade, walking, reading, cycling, and just generally having fun. There was a wonderful sense that the locals felt they had a right to be there, that this was created for them. And so it was.
Is there a point to this? Only that in this world of ours I think it’s all too easy to get bogged down with all of the negative things going on in the world. Living a sustainable lifestyle isn’t just about cutting back, living with less, it’s also about connecting to the people and the world around us. I think we should each take a moment or two every day to appreciate what we see, what we have and who we are. Depending on your circumstances that may be easy or it may be difficult, but it’s there; take the time to find someone or something to appreciate today.
Okay, the links for this week include:
- C&NN’s Natural Teachers Award program
- Gareth Jones: If I could change one thing about HR…
- BT is getting connected !
- Sustainable Santa Monica: Sweet 16 Events Calendar (.pdf)
- How to Tie Sustainability Metrics to the Bottom Line
- Morgan Stanley Launches “Fill the Plate” Program to Combat Children’s Hunger
- Recession accelerates the decline in EU greenhouse gas emissions
- Manufacturers of supercars adopt hybrid technologies
- A Team Effort
- #csr Daily
- Is Your Firm Making an Impression?
- 7th International Conference on Design & Emotion – Oct. 4-7, 2010, Chicago, IL
- Study confirms FSC’s leadership in on-the-ground improvements
- China Leads Clean Energy Manufacturing, but Skirts International Rules
- 18 Green Tips for Rosh Hashanah: An Eco-Kosher New Year
- Apply now for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2010
- Study: More Wall Street Analysts Buy Corporate Social Responsibility
- Sustainable Consumption Rising on the Business Agenda
- CSRminute: Citigroup Expands Microfinance Efforts; Columbia Uni + Earth Inst. form Master’s Program (YouTube video)
- On Twitter and in the Workplace, It’s Power to the Connectors
- Accounting for Sustainability: Practical Insights
- Bellingham man’s car goes from Canada to Mexico on one tank of fuel
- CSR for the people
- MIT researchers create new self-assembling photovoltaic technology that repairs itself
- Urbanized: A documentary film by Gary Hustwit
- D-Build: Design – Deconstruct – Develop
- Greenroofs.com Project of the Week
- Planet Green
- Greenbuild’s Legacy Announced
- BuildingGreen.com newsletter
- Green Building Advisor eLetter
- Venture Philanthropy Partner September News
- World Resources Institute Digest: September 2010
- CaGBC September eNews
- inhabitat weekly news
- Cascadia Region Green Building Council: Upcoming Events in Victoria, BC
- O.U.R. EcoVillage Fundraising Dinner – Sept. 18, 2010, Shawnigan Lake, BC
Okay, that’s it for now. Have a great week!
P.S. If you’ve ever seen a house fire or a forest fire, you’re aware of the destructive capabilities of fire. At the same time, fire is a natural and necessary part of renewing almost all of the world’s ecosystems. I knew that a large fire can create it’s own micro-climate, but I’ve never seen anything like this before: Fire Tornado Filmed in Hawaii