The adventure begins…

31 March, 2012

Tonight is Earth Hour, and I missed it…I will come back to this.

However tonight of all nights I have decided to start a blog. My blog is named ‘greenskis’ for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, my surname is Zielinski, which means ‘green’ in polish. The ‘ski’ part that is in my name though will also represent what I will call or term “green sky thinking’; inspired thoughts about attracting more green and positivity into my life.

Furthermore, I have just moved to Vancouver, Canada with my family; husband and 2 year old (from Sydney, Australia) and I am feeling really inspired and excited. From this day on, I have decided to document my experiences in a new city/country and to be more proactive about living more, ‘Green’. I will focus on some small steps I take each week to bring more green into my life.

So what does living green mean to me? Right now, my definition is minimizing:-

the amount of wastage I use that is harming our environment,

the amount of pesticides and other contaminants found in goods that me and my family consume

the amount of mass produced products and buying from smaller suppliers

the amount of energy I am using in the household as well emissions I let off into the atmosphere outside the house (not personal emissions…)

I am sure this will evolve for me as I go through this journey, but right now I think I have my hands full.

So Earth Hour was an initiative that Australia my home country began in 2007. It started with Sydney siders which is where I grew up.  In 2008 the plan was to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia, but then the City of Toronto, Canada signed up, and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns were part of the event.  It said something so compelling to the world: that climate changes facing our planet are so significant that change needs to be global. Now hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments unite to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour.  If you want to read more on this event, please see http://www.earthhour.org.

I am a little upset I forgot it this year so I am going to make it up now by typing in the dark and then switching off everything very soon for the night. I need to spend a little time on my thoughts because I am in the moment and don’t want to lose this inspiration.

There is a beauty in Vancouver that I am becoming in awe of, the snow-capped mountains everywhere I turn is almost mesmerizing that I am walking and watching without really thinking about where I am heading. The city also has a harbour like Sydney, so there is an essence of home about the place.

People here are really friendly, in a courteous and gentle way. There is as one local I have met recently through friends who is a born and bred Vancouverite and as she puts it “There is a lacksadaisical sense” about the place…a laid back style that puts you at ease immediately.

Perhaps this is why Vancouver has been voted best city in the world to live in for many years now, I have yet to learn much more.

For now, I really feel as if the magnificent mountains ahead of me and the cold crisp air I breathe has energized me somewhat, reinvigorated my thought processes about how we as a society live today with our current environment.

I really want the way we live to have a profound impact on the planet for the better, sustainability is a hot topic and we need to promote sustainable living and development in our society. I a hungry to learn more. Although I am naive with little in-depth knowledge about what we need to actively do to make big change, I know it has to start with me first, and the young generations of today who want the future for their children to be clean and bright as it can be.

One of my passions is food, so the obvious place to start is at a level of comfort with the knowledge I possess about buying foods that are grown or produced in a way that is not harmful to the environment and importantly not harmful to our bodies.

I have just come across a website called ‘The Daily Green’ and I discovered it after searching on Google for the ‘Dirty Dozen’. I must add you need to include ‘Foods’ to this search otherwise the result is well errrh, entirely different say no more! I was visiting one of my local fresh produce markets in Vancouver and a stall of micro-greens caught my eye. There was a plentiful amount of kale, and rocket/arugula and I mentioned I try where possible to purchase organic produce; especially the leafy greens that are heavily sprayed, but little did I know there were other vegetables that I had never considered to be high on pesticides like for example, celery which this team mentioned is high on the ‘dirty dozen’ list. My curiosity lead me to read up on this list when I returned home immediately to see what else was on the essential what to buy organic where budget allows list.

So here it is:-

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes and raisins
  8. Capsicums
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale
  13. and special one to note:- Milk
  1. First Green action – BUY MORE ORGANIC GREENS and other foods from local farmers.

I have written my new shopping list out for the week and will be heading to hunt out these goodies for me and my family tomorrow.

For now, that’s enough for me to sleep on. Good night.

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