McCauley Musings

Sustainability: It’s Where You Live

When I think about the word “sustainability,” I immediately think of trying to live a more “green” lifestyle, one which possibly includes recycling, gardening, and consuming less in general.

In many ways, the neighbourhoods of Boyle Street and McCauley embrace sustainability. There are community gardens which add beauty while bringing neighbours together. The annual McCauley Clean Up is a huge effort that results in a less cluttered area. Many residents here embrace recycling, gardening, and transportation other than personal vehicles: walking, cycling, and public transportation.

When simple lifestyle changes become habit, real change can happen. I have never (yet) owned a car, so alternative forms of transportation have been part of my life for a long time. However, I know people who have actually given up their cars in favour of walking or cycling more. Not only does this have impact on the earth, but also on their own bodies and wallets. It’s healthier and cheaper.

Centrally-located communities like Boyle Street and McCauley are very walkable. Communities further to the suburbs are more car-centric. So, in many ways, one’s choice of where to live has an impact on sustainability. When I ask people about why they decided to live here, quite often the answer includes “walkability.”

While anyone, anywhere can make changes towards living a more sustainable lifestyle, it’s great that there are those who make a commitment to sustainability by where they choose to live.

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  • Bissell Centre Hosts Memorial – The Bissell Centre drop-in hosts a memorial several times a year to honour the lives and memory of some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable people. The March service was presided over by Rev. Rick Chapman, Chaplain at the Bissell. Os- kapewis (Cree for “helper”) Lloyd Cardinal shared some words and songs with his large drum, and members of the community were invited to speak as well. The ceremony also included a smudge. Sharon Pasula

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. Here are some of the Indigenous drummers and dancers who took part warm up by one of the fires. Bottom: The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

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