Great reads

On environmentalism:

  • The Bridge at the Edge of the World by James Gustave Speth
  • For Earth’s Sake by Stephen Bede Scharper
  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

On plant-based nutrition:

  • The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
  • The China Study Solution by Thomas M. Campbell
  • Natural Feasts by Deliciously Ella (cookbook)

On mindfulness:

  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Shopping sustainably 

Trading in or shopping second hand:

  • Plato’s Closet
  • Kind Exchange
  • Value Village
  • Carousell (app)
  • Let Go (app)

Buying new:

  • Etsy
  • Matt & Nat
  • Patagonia (high end)
  • Reformation (high end)
  • Kensington Market

Local places to volunteer

Toronto Environmental Alliance
Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank
Live Green Toronto Volunteers
GoodWork – Canada’s largest database for green jobs and volunteering ops

Inspirational TED Talks

Emma Marris, a non-fiction writer whose work focuses on modern environmentalism, explains the dangers of perceiving nature as the “untouched, distant places to which we must travel to” and urges us to re-define it as something that is “all around us; the trees in our yard, the air we breathe.” It is when we allow ourselves and our children to explore the environment without boundaries, that we mend the growing disconnection of our generation with the natural world.

John Hunter, an elementary school teacher in West Virginia created a world simulation on a plywood board and asks his 4th grade students to solve 50 of the world’s most complex problems by engaging in negotiations and collective wisdom. Amazing. Could you imagine how much more peaceful this world would be if we raised younger generations to think with such compassion?