Guest Blogger: Drew Campbell
I must’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed today because when I took the dog for her morning walk everything I saw bugged me. We didn’t even go far, just around the block, which is about one square kilometer. What? It was hot and she’s old. But that’s not the point. This is.
First I saw one of my neighbours watering his driveway. Yes, he was hosing his asphalt to clean off grass cuttings. For those of us who don’t even run the water when brushing our teeth, this is beyond excessive. It’s ridiculous.
Across the way, a lawn maintenance employee was operating a gassy, obnoxiously loud leaf blower. To clear away what I’m not sure, I saw nary a leaf or twig. I’m guessing it was just on his to-do list, a necessary check-off in order to get paid.
I also saw some dude emptying the remnants of a paint can into a storm sewer. That must be illegal, I muttered to the dog as I stopped to scoop the poop. Turns out it is, thank goodness, though it didn’t stop him.
Then, on our way home, I noticed a veranda piled high with papers and flyers. What a waste. If you’re going on holidays, cancel your papers, I barked. In solidarity, so did the dog.
Like I said, I probably woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But the reality is, if all this is happening in the space of one square kilometer, and Canada is almost 10 million square kilometers is size, well, you do the math. Seriously, you do the math, it’s not my strong suit.
But, I do know this much: We can change the world one act at a time, and my neighbourhood walk is proof-positive that each of us needs to take individual responsibility to create healthy change. Because the only thing worse than waking up on the wrong side of the bed is not waking up at all.
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