When I was a kid, I thought I had a good idea about what it meant to do the right thing. When you are a child the world is black and white, full of absolutes. Then as we grow older, there are shades of grey. At least that is how it has happened for me.
I have so many things that I would like to pay attention to, it becomes hard to prioritize. Take grocery shopping for example. Should the food be:
- fresh, (not frozen or canned)
- within my budget
If I focus on all 4 of these criteria, grocery shopping would be an impossible task. Life is about compromise. So I have to decide which of these 2 are going to be my main target. Usually fresh and budget win out and if I can add either of the other 2 it is a bonus.
When I discover a tool that lends me a helping hand I get pretty excited. Someone, or even groups of people have done all the legwork to make my life easier. Here are a few that come to mind:
The David Suzuki Foundation has created this page and included videos, recipes and information about sustainability.
The author and her family take you on a year of living sustainably. The book is full of inspiration, techniques and guidance. Take as little or as much as you like. This poster shows you what is fresh, during which month of the year.
Eat Local – British Columbia, Canada
These wonderful magazines are an inspiration of content, beautiful photography and rich resources. Seek them out if they are available for your city.