Where the wild things are

Growing up in rural Ontario, nature has always been my preferred place to be. When things became too boring inside the house, I headed outdoors with my cats and used my imagination to create fantastic jungle stories where my kittens were fierce lions and tigers and the wild grasses were the deep, dark, exciting jungle. I could play for hours in a abandoned lot covered in wild flowers. And this is how I developed a deep love for nature.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more. – Lord Byron

And because of this life long love of nature, I can’t help but be concerned about wildlife during BC’s monster fires this summer. Their homes are being destroyed and they can’t get away from the smoky air by going inside an air conditioned building the way we can.

I am incredibly saddened that so many beautiful trees and wild animals have been going up in flames this summer with no end in sight. By building bigger and bigger cities with bigger and bigger homes, we are already encroaching so much on the habitat of the beautiful wild things of our planet. If even more of their home burns, what will be left for them?

Even forests near my Vancouver home (a temperate rain forest) are tinder dry with leaves starting to wilt from lack of rain. It’s hard not to have a heavy heart when I see the forest suffering. We are so connected to the earth but I feel like so many of us have become disconnected from that reality. If Mother Nature is in distress, we are all, sooner or later, going to be in distress with her.

If you would like to help out in this desperate situation,  local wildlife rescues are being bombarded with displaced and distressed wildlife, two great ones to contribute to are BCSPCA and The Furbearer Defenders.

These fine people need all the help they can get right now.

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Earth Day Green Smoothie

It’s Earth Day!

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Wondering how can we help heal our sweet little blue planet today (and every day)?

Here are a few ideas:

  • eat less (or no) meat
  • walk, don’t drive
  • turn the lights out
  • compost
  • recycle
  • fix broken things instead of throwing them out
  • shop less
  • hug/plant a tree

And, in honor of Earth Day, here is a recipe for a healthy, springy, green smoothie to sip on while contemplating how to be kinder and gentler towards mother nature…

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Honeydew Mint Green Smoothie

5 leaves romaine lettuce or 2 handfuls of spinach
1 handful chopped honeydew or cantaloupe (approximately 1/4–1/2 cup)
1/2 banana
5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
1 cup ice

Add lettuce, melon, banana, mint, coconut milk and water to the blender. Then add the ice and continue to blend until smooth.

Healthy. Vegan. Earth Friendly.

It’s easy to be green.