There is a movement growing in North America that is challenging the status quo of how we live and what we really need to be happy. At its core, it stems from a few simple yet important questions: How much room do we really need in our houses? And just what does a 'home' mean to us?Read More
Until recently, I worked full-time at a retail store which sold all the traditional accoutrements that go along with outdoor adventure. Tents, sleeping bags, gloves, packs, coats - we had it all. During my time there, one trend in consumer behaviour caught my attention more than others.
We’ve all been reminded of the disastrous effects that the oil industry can have on our planet. Not only does it massively contribute to climate change, but spills and leaks can also cause ecological failures, further leading to the demise of our planet. The BP/Exxon-Valdez spill has been counted as one of the worst oil spills to date – but an investigation into Russia’s tundra might make you think otherwise.
Motor vehicles. Try as you may to avoid one, their apparent permanent etching in the landscape of developed society creates the illusion that it is nearly impossible and largely inconvenient to do so. In most of North America alone, the wheels of our obsession continue to turn, as we have now become a ‘car culture’ with shocking energy inefficiencies, environmental intolerance and large-scale infrastructure challenges, as urban centres look to increase in both population and resource demands.
Growing up, our parents were always there to tell us to eat our fruits and veggies, take our chewable vitamins every morning, and of course, to wash up before meals and after using the facilities. But what if they didn’t tell us to take care of ourselves, simple because they were never taught to do so?