Photo: I'm proud to be radically Canadian. Are you?

Is it so radical to care about endangered spaces, places and the species that also call Canada home like this Burrowing Owl?

Canadians are known the world over for being nice, saying sorry a lot and pronouncing "about"—"aboot" (though no one I know does).

Recently, those of us traditionally labelled as "environmentalists"—I prefer the term "humanitarian"—have also been called "radicals".

Well, if taking a stand to stop my federal government from gutting environmental protections—with less consultation, less monitoring, less independent science, and less scrutiny of major resource extraction projects—makes me a radical, so be it! If the (eco-friendly) shoe fits, I'll wear it!

I care about protecting nature—that's why I'm doing the work I do. And I'm not sorry (how un-Canadian of me) for taking a stand to ensure that my as yet unborn child might have a chance at a more sustainable future.

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Are you radically Canadian?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

June 17, 2012

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