Mini-Tips to Loving Our Planet
By Emily Lomax
Valentine’s Day is a day where we make a bit of extra effort to show our loved ones that we care. When you’re thinking of how you can show or celebrate your love this year, why not consider doing it in ways that are also full of care for the environment, and the people and places that are impacted.
Here are some suggestions on how you can have minimal negative impact, and maximal positive ones!
1. When purchasing gifts, know when to say ‘Yes’ and when to say ‘No’
|Say YES to:||Say NO to:|
|Chocolates that are Fairtrade, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance certified
Wine that is Organic, and BC VQA (produced in BC)
Locally sourced flowers or living plants
Plastic wrapped gifts, cards and flowers
Imported flowers (most roses are imported)
Plastic wrapped/packed treats or baking (chocolates, cookies)
2. Give yourself time:
Thinking ahead allows you to put a bit more thought into your actions. Give yourself time so that you don’t feel rushed to get a valentine’s gift ready for your loved one, or last-minute treats for your child’s classroom.
3. Give an experience:
Some experience-based gifts include:
What’s in season?
Don’t forget to choose local! At this time of year, there are still many seasonal vegetables that are in abundance. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy those wintery root veggies for hearty dishes and stews. Another amazing benefit to living on the coast is our access to local fish and seafood.
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Movement Through Gardening – Growing Food in Difficult Spaces with Mik Turje
This workshop is FREE and open to the public, as a part of MoveUBC. No registration is required.