The past two days I was in Tofino, BC for my longest friend’s wedding (we met on the first day of grade 1 and have been stars in each other’s lives ever since). For those of you who haven’t been to Tofino, it is a gem of a place in which the culture is so closely intertwined with nature; the ocean, mountains, plants, and wildlife are almost imposing in their beauty.
I spent this much-too-short weekend immersing myself in the beauty of Tofino in the spring. My friend’s simple and intimate wedding ceremony (only 12 of us in total!) was out on the sand with us all clad in our rain boots, the waves systematically crashing and bubbling up against the rocks and the sun making an appearance just long enough to honor the vows that were made. This was later followed up by a group walk along the beach in the rain. Quite simply, a great experience.
Because the culture of Tofino is so connected to its natural surroundings, respect and acts of service for our planet (in the form of eco-friendly practices) are immediately noticed: from posters asserting that “every drop [of water] counts,” to locals literally carting around their caffeinated beverages in glass mason jars (talk about re-defining a ‘to go mug!’), the relationship between Tofino and its population seems almost symbiotic.
To encourage some nature-exploring of your own, I want to introduce The David Suzuki Foundation’s annual 30 x 30 Nature Challenge. It is coming up in May (you spend 30 mins outside enjoying nature for all 30 days of May). A little personal story about the 30 x 30 challenge: as mentioned in our description of Deconstruct The Yuck, when Meagan and I first discussed our idea for this blog, we were both in the midst of doing our own challenges we had signed up for. Mine was the 30 x 30 challenge and it was awesome! (Now, of course we would like you to join in some of our challenges here at Deconstruct The Yuck, but we are also eager to share other great challenges out there too.) As Meagan and I have said numerous times this month, being in nature is a sure-fire way to harness your own inner-environmentalist 🙂
Okay, stuff I have done for the environment over the past 6 days:
- Purchased those insulators for our outlets and light switches (as per my Green Calgary Healthy Homes visit).
- Creatively compiled a baby gift for my dear friend who’s expecting in which I did not purchase any new items. Instead, I relied on my sewing skills to make a bib and ‘Taggies’-style mini baby blanket, made some baby lullabies playlists, re-gifted some brand new baby board books (we received doubles and even triples of some great books when we had our son), re-gifted some baby toys (yes, I am not ashamed to admit to re-gifting – that’s code for reusing!), and passed along a hilariously comforting book about surviving your first year of motherhood that Meagan gave to me when my little guy was born.
- I also brought a garbage bag full of baby clothes along with me and passed them on to my friend too – sharing is reusing, and reusing means buying less new stuff!!!
- Planted bulbs and herbs in my garden, given to me by the lovely Elsbeth 🙂
- Devoured the book Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie (I’m confident I’ll be referencing this book on my next post).
- Got outside and enjoyed nature!!! To be on Vancouver island for a beach wedding is such a treat and impossible not to enjoy, rain or shine. The very best part of caring for our planet, is enjoying it 🙂