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Thoreau's Walden Inspires Me To Be Greener

An Ontario camping legend and friend of mine passed away recently. He was insprired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and taught us, his campers, to live that way. Ted believed that we could all be dreamer’s and around a campfire would sing “…and a dreamer keeps a dreamin’ ages long.”

It has been a few years since I was at summer camp but the theme of dreaming has never left me. Ted had inspired me to always challenge myself, to see the beauty in everything, and to take minute and just breathe.

The Greener Challenge
Trying to preserve and respect  our environment  has become a   part of my life. I want to make sure I have places like this, Camp Walden, to visit.

These are some simple  things I’m doing  for my small  part:

  • An Urban Garden: With our backyard this year we have produced several vegetables including a bumper crop of zucchini (it must be all the rain in Toronto)
  • Reusable bags: you now get them with most clothing purchases and they usually hold more  groceries  too
  • Buy Local Produce: I’m lucky to have  a great farmer’s market once a week in my area and my local grocery store (which I can also walk to) usually carries local produce
  • Using Transit: whether going to work or downtown it’s always an efficient alternative
  • Trading in my car wheels for smaller wheels: I’ve been trying to rollerblade or bike shorter distances
  • Keeping my Car in good shape: it is inevitable that I need it sometimes. Keeping the tires inflated properly and maintaining oil changes keeps it running efficiently.
  • What other simple things are you doing to make the world a cleaner place?