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Happy Holidays from all of us at Earth Day Canada!
Deb Doncaster, President,
Earth Day Canada
“Material things turn out to provide less happiness than experiential purchases.”
I read this quote recently in Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton. It’s an inspiring environmental message, especially on the eve of the holiday season: Instead of planning the holidays around presents, plan it around activities like having game sessions or sing-a-longs, or going as a family or group to do something for someone else.
I am personally very interested in the intersection of environmentalism and happiness. For me, those moments comes when I am outdoors with family and friends, going for walks, skating, or going to a local farmers’ market.
This holiday season, I encourage you try to plan around getting outdoors, connecting with nature and with your community: a few ideas include skating at your local rink (many have rental equipment available) or hosting a bonfire in your local park (many now have permits for outdoor fires). In terms of gift giving along the lines of the authors’ ideas, try embracing gifts of winter activities such as a skating lesson, a ski day-pass, or a low-cost invitation to go hiking, perhaps with a hearty meal afterwards.
My 10-year-old son is becoming increasingly aware and concerned about homelessness. This holiday season we are very involved in the outreach efforts of our local church to feed, clothe and support local families, including a winter gear drive so adults and children alike can enjoy the outdoors and local outdoor facilities.
This holiday season, we encourage you to look outside for inspiration. There is so much going on across our country that builds community and outdoor connection, so let’s get outside and connect with the earth and with our neighbours this winter!
Warm wishes for a safe and happy holiday season,