Take a full 24 hours off from consumerism and say no to the relentless assault on the environment and human spirit by manufacturing-shipping-packaging-advertising-selling big business.
Originally promoted by the Canadian-based magazine Adbusters, Buy Nothing Day is an international day of protest against overconsumption – celebrated in North America on November 29 to coincide with the busiest shopping day of the year (Black Friday) and on November 30 elsewhere.
Want more of less? Offer a (free) credit card cut-up service or do a zombie walk through a local mall (you might just blend in with the near-comatose shoppers and clerks with vacant stares). Or take back the holidays that were hijacked years ago – with a Buy Nothing Christmas.
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“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.” – Fawzi Ibrahim
However it is pronounced, it refers to a bird with a crest on the top of the head from the bill to the nape.
As with this woodpecker, spotted today in Gatineau Park, vociferously excavating a dead tree.
Mud Lake was the place to be for ducks decked out in their finery.
Below, in clockwise rotation, starting in the upper left are:
Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, American Wigeon and Bufflehead.
Without doubt though, the best dressed ducks of the day were the Wood Duck couple.
Scenes from a gigantic mural, Gatineau en mouvement, junction of Boulevard des Allumettières on-ramp and Highway 50. Nine hundred hours of work, six artists and 400 m² of inspiration. Fantastic!
Kudos to the six graffiti artists who created the mural: Lukasz Bober, Patrick Moss, Michael Davis, and Marin Mitrasinovic, all from Gatineau; as well as Sébastien Morissette of Montreal and Jonathan Barbier of Greenfield Park.
A piece of wild to enjoy year-round in the middle of Ottawa.
The Fletcher Wildlife Garden, a long-term project of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, “demonstrat[es] how to create wildlife-friendly habitat and gardens on urban or rural property, emphasizing the use of plants native to the Ottawa region.”
The angels Faith (on right, represented by flight), Hope (on left, holding a baby) and Charity (in centre, extending hands) by Ottawa artist Erin Robertson against the golden backdrop of locust trees in autumn.