Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting on May 23. We are pleased to welcome Peter McQueen, who was elected to our Board of Directors as a Support Member, and Yves St-Pierre who was re-elected as a User Member. We would also like to reiterate our thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us out with so many important things in 2006 and continue to today. We couldn't do it without you!
Also, thanks to everyone who helped make our massive heritage tomato sale and Free Tree giveaway a success, especially our own Anna Lee-Popham. We hope these beautiful baby trees grow tall and strong. Don't forget that we still have tomatoes, herbs and other plants for sale in the store while supplies last.
You may have heard that June 3-9 is Canadian Environment Week. We were asked to host a Radio Canada interview with new Environment Minister John Baird, but declined. Visit the Eco Logic section of our website to read about why we made this decision in Canadian Environment Week: More than just a photo-op, as well as other Environment Week-themed blogs.
Finally, take a deep breath...Now take another one...Now read all about the movement to Slow Down and the Slow Down Events taking place in Montreal this month!
Thanks to: Gilles Rondeau, Johanne Deshaies - Translation; Johanne Bouthillier - Revision
So what is slowing down? Well it doesn't mean going at the pace of a snail all the time - that would be absurd! It's more about the expression of a need to live at our own personal and well-adjusted pace, for the good of the environment, ourselves and people in general.
Over-consumption is a major challenge to overcome in the movement to slow down and save the planet. The fast cycle of production and consumption and the more products we consume as a result can hinder us from appreciating the simple things in life. Also, producing highly synthetic, processed or imported goods is harmful to the environment.
Simply slowing down and thinking before acting can have a positive impact. Just consider the plastic bags we could refuse just by taking the time to grab a reusable bag before leaving the house, or even postponing a purchase that's not urgent. Another option is to seek second hand options. Take the time to visit www.freecycle.org to find what you need (it's free) or to organize a get-together for an exchange of un-used clothing and other things.
Observing ourselves and reducing our consumption can be a "slow" process too, but consuming less does help the environment. The next time you are at the cash register, ask yourself key questions like, "Am I buying this to fulfill a real need, or just a desire?" and "Where is this desire coming from?" Many purchases are made because they make the buyer feel more positive, powerful or attractive to others. Marketing professionals are very much aware of these strong human desires and emotions when they create publicity to encourage you to buy more and more.
It's surprising how many of our needs and desires can be fulfilled simply by taking the time to unite with ourselves and with others. Preparing a meal to share or taking the time to give a massage to a friend's tired muscles are examples of building relationships that are more meaningful and less materialistic. And better for the earth.
If you are interested in the many other benefits of slowing down, check out Montreal's Slowdown Events. Two main slowdown events take place each year and the next one is held on June 16, from 9am to 9pm at Ahuntsic Park. All activities and workshops are free and give tips for how to slow down. See you there!
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