I’m sure you’re all frequent visitors to David Suzuki’s website. And if so, you’ve come across the Queen of Green’s blog. On her blog, Lindsay Coulter – David Suzuki’s Queen of Green – offers fabulous tips for leading a green and healthy life. I got to chat with Lindsay about what set her on the path to green living and her first BIG green act. Here’s what she had to say.
CanadianLiving.com: When did you first start showing dedication to helping the environment?
Lindsay Coulter: I’ve always been a nature and animal lover. When I was nine I remember being asked by aunts and uncles “Lindsay, what do you want to be when you grow up?” I had thought about being a farmer with lots of horses, or a veterinarian. But instead, I said “One day David Suzuki and I will be like this” and I crossed my fingers. I didn’t really know what David Suzuki did for a living. I just knew from watching the Nature of Things that he liked animals and was passionate about saving the planet.
CL: Do you remember your first green act?
LC: Sheesh! I mean, I was concerned about the planet long before the term “green” had anything to do with reducing your footprint on the earth. I spent time in nature as a kid, walked to school during my elementary years, went vegetarian at the age of 16, sold my car at 29, and bought a house in a walkable neighbourhood. But perhaps the biggest one that thrust me into the limelight (pardon the pun) was my “green” wedding.
CL: Tell us about it.
LC: My husband and I planned a green wedding in the fall of 2006. We sourced local and seasonal food, sustainable seafood, local wine and beer, local flowers, and purchased carbon offsets for guests’ travel – to name a few details. (You can read more about planning your own green wedding here.)
CL: What scares you the most about the state of our planet?
LC: Not much. I’m an optimist. My job as David Suzuki’s Queen of Green means I have the privilege of hearing from Canadians on a daily basis about the amazing things they are doing at home, at work, in their communities, and how they’re inspiring others too. When you’re surrounded by positive thinkers, it’s not hard to have hope.
Come back tomorrow for the rest of our Q&A with Lindsay. You’ll find out her biggest green pet peeve.
What green or eco blogs do you follow?