This weekend, Canadians from coast-to-coast will be gathering with their families in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our team members are all looking ahead with eager anticipation to spending the weekend enjoying festivities and feasts, as we each partake in our favourite traditions. Of course, what makes this particular celebration so special is the focus on gratitude. Here at MASS, we know how fortunate we are to live and work in Canada, and be a part of a mission with purpose. When it comes to what we are thankful for this year, the list is endless. Yet, of all the gifts for which we are grateful, there is one thing that stands out the most. We are thankful for the place we all call home – Planet Earth.
We are thankful for the resilience of Mother Nature – that she continues to adapt and survive,
despite the way that we humans misuse natural resources.
We are thankful for the bounty of our earth – that we are well nourished this harvest season and beyond.
We are thankful for the peace we find in the great outdoors – that we may protect and
conserve the greenspaces that give us a place to escape to throughout our busy days.
We are thankful for the biodiversity of this planet – that the depths of the oceans hold mystery,
the peaks of the mountains hold hope, and the shade of the forests hold shelter.
We are thankful for the animals that make the wild their home – that we recognize and respect the
pivotal role of each member of our ecosystems, that allow each of us to thrive.
If you share in this spirit of gratitude for our planet, we invite you to join us in taking action to express this thankfulness to Mother Earth. If you’re wondering what this type of gratitude practice may look like, please feel free to use our ideas … Or comment below and share yours! Here are the three ways we have chosen to show our gratitude to the planet this Thanksgiving. We are calling these, our “3 Environmental E’s” … Keep reading!
1. Eat Local
While there is an ongoing debate about the best way we can alter our diets to be more ‘environmentally friendly,’ there is no denying that supporting our local farmers and choosing to prepare our Thanksgiving feasts from local sources is an invaluable step towards reducing our negative impact on the planet. When we know where our food is coming from, we can ensure we are aware of the ethical and environmental farming practices that provide the food that we put on our plates. Beyond that, we reduce the extensive emissions created when food is farmed far away, and transported across the continent, to end up in our kitchens. The ‘Farm-To-Table’ movement allows for us to eat delicious food, while maintaining a commitment to our environmentally focused goals.
2. Educate & Engage
This Thanksgiving is happen just a couple of weeks before a federal election. The environment is ranked as a top issue for many Canadians, and we have seen topics like climate change, single-use plastics, and clean energy get more airtime in the news and in political debates than arguably ever before. The fact that the environment is on the forefront of most of our minds is a great thing! While we certainly would never recommend anyone strike up a political debate around the Thanksgiving dinner table, we do encourage everyone to take some time throughout your festivities to educate yourself on the environmental platforms of each political party, so that you can make an informed decision at the ballot box. And if it feels right and the timing works out, perhaps there could be a great opportunity to engage in a conversation with your loved ones about their hopes for Canada when it comes to environmental action – after all, we truly are all in this together!
3. Embrace our Oneness with the Earth
There is no better season to spend time outside than fall. The foliage is at it’s peak right now, and if you have some time off work this weekend, we encourage you to get outside and explore Mother Nature. When we spend time outside, we fuel our connection to the planet and embrace the sense of oneness that we have with nature. There is no separating humans from earth. The survival of our species depends on the thriving of the planet, and bolstering that relationship serves as an important motivator. Bonus Tip: If you head out to a nature park or on a hike, be sure to bring gloves and a bag along, so that you can collect any litter you may find along the way.
We hope you’ll join us in adding ‘Mother Earth’ to your Gratitude List this year. From the MASS family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.