How to save the planet before David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin arrive

ImageWordFest is bringing Canadian icon David Suzuki and bestselling author and economist Jeff Rubin to the John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, on February 27, at 7pm, as part of THE ECO TOUR. These notable thinkers will discuss the vital relationship between ecology and economics in charting a path toward a sustainable future. The event is sure to sell out fast, so buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Working towards a greener planet can be serious business most of the time, so here’s a lighter take on the whole endeavor with some suggested ways of going to the extreme to do our part.

1. Adopt a vegan

No longer a rare breed these days, there are plenty of vegans of all ages, shapes and sizes who deserve a good home. Not only is their ecological footprint much smaller than their carnivorous counterparts, but also most are incredibly well behaved and make excellent companions. So if giving up meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy seems too drastic a measure at this point, adopting a vegan might be an option for you. And if you already happen to be a vegan…well, let’s get in touch!

2. Go off the grid

We can probably all do more to reduce, reuse and recycle our household waste, all while remembering to turn off the lights and turn down the heat when we’re not around. Why not simply go one step further, give up on the old adage “everything in moderation,” and do everything imaginable to eliminate our impact on the planet? Interpret “zero carbon footprint” literally. Why not boldly disappear for awhile, go off the grid, unplug all devices in your home, and cancel your utilities? Then bundle up, and read The End of Growth under the moonlight.

3. Get your car impounded

Sometimes curbing our addiction to fossil fuels requires something extra to prevent us from giving into the temptation to start our engines. One way to proceed is to make it impossible to drive in the first place. For instance, maybe figure out ways of getting your car impounded indefinitely. But keep in mind that you only want to get towed; you don’t want to go to jail or hurt anyone either on purpose or by accident in your quest for a car-free existence.

4. Creep the ECO TOUR speakers

Staying informed is arguably just as important as any actions we might take to save the world. Learning all we can about the speakers before the event, by “creeping” them, is one way to keep abreast on what’s important. The always insightful and authoritative Urban Dictionary defines creeping as, well, being a creep when following someone’s life a little bit too closely on the Internet and on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It’s “akin to stalking in the real world, but usually done to people who are your friends.” David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin can be anybody’s friend, if we let them. So creeping is technically…normal…isn’t it?

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