Getting my hands dirty (Day 149)…

July 27, 2007


I can sign all the petitions in the world, write letters to China every day and cover my bicycle in activist stickers, but I can’t really call myself a tree-hugger until I’ve literally hugged a tree — or at least planted one.

So I’m going to get my hands dirty and start volunteering with an organization like Evergreen, which specializes in community gardening initiatives and urban tree-planting. I’ve fired off an email to my local representative and hopefully will be digging up holes in the Don Valley and filling them with baby seedlings as soon as possible.

There are also groups like LEAF and Plant a Row/Grow a Row — I found out about this through a woman I Freecycled with — as well as the Toronto Environmental Volunteers, which I’ve applied to join too, so we’ll see what happens. Maybe by the end of this challenge my thumbs will finally have started to turn a little green.

How adorable can green get?

March 12, 2007


I just discovered these little guys — who totally belong on CuteOverload — from Chris Sukornyk, who runs the website FiveLimes, which helps people like me who are new to the whole green thing find eco-friendly products and services within walking distance of their homes. It’s not in every city yet, but those in Toronto, San Fran, Boston and a few others should sign up and share the green. You can find Plant-Me Pets over here.