Are you overwhelmed with all the climate news that has been published lately? Do you fluctuate between eco-anxiety and complete denial? Are you burying your head in books and feeling guilty while you drive your SUV to work? (Ha! No judgement.) The Green It. Mean It. crew at Winnipeg Public Library has you covered. All of us are also taking steps on the sustainability path and learning as we go. And we think, why not make it a positive experience? Reducing waste, saving money, maybe even getting more exercise if we decide to walk or bike instead of drive… Exploring alternatives doesn’t have to be dire stuff. It can be exciting and interesting.
Here are some newer titles in our collection for you to explore as you go along your sustainability journey.
- Eat for the Planet by Nil Zacharias
- Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life by Jen Chillingworth
- Trashing the Planet: Examining our Global Garbage Glut by Stuart A. Kallen
- How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum
- Zero Waste by Shia Su
To further assist you in your investigations, we’re creating a new Green Choices Information Guide that will provide information for individuals looking to change things up and reduce their environmental impact. It will have links to information on everything from building your own wind turbine to decreasing your reliance on plastic and everything in between. Stay tuned for it! I’m thinking I want to add solar panels to our geothermal West End home and start making money by adding to the grid! Is this even possible? I’ll have to do more research and find out. We’re exploring the frontier and our choices are creating the blueprint. How amazing is that!
In the meantime, if you’re interested in talking to community experts, register for one of our fabulous library programs.
- If you want to explore an up-to date option to driving a fossil fuel vehicle, register for our program, “Everything You Need to Know about Electric Vehicles” at Louis Riel Library on Thursday, August 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm. As of 2019, there is a new incentive program to purchase electric vehicles from the federal government. And to further motivate you, according to a graph on the City of Winnipeg website, residential vehicles are responsible for 32.1% of Winnipeg’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Do you hate to see those plastic bags stuck in trees and overflowing garbage cans as much as I do? If you have any interest in decreasing your waste, we’re offering a “Low Waste Living” program at Fort Garry Library on August 13th from 6-8:30 pm.
- And if you want to “Learn How to Use Less Water“, join Andrew at Henderson Library on July 30th from 7-8 pm as he shares practical techniques and devices that reduce water consumption. Be green and save money!
And finally, here’s a fun read (or watch the documentary!) to inspire you: No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life In The Process.
All the best as you transition to green living!
– Nadine, Reegan, Stephanie, and Andrew