The EcoGrrl Interview: Lisa



Also known as EcoYogini, Lisa writes a totally awesome blog that I’ve been following for a couple of years, documenting her life as a eco-holic, yogini and feminist in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  She’s rad.  Holla up north!!

What or who inspires you most? I know it sounds cliché, but Nature. There is nothing that moves me more than being surrounded by the natural world… be it near the powerful Atlantic Ocean or in the middle of a quiet forest. Having lived on the west coast, however, I’d have to say that the Pacific ocean and western forests don’t inspire me to such a degree as the East coast.

What do you turn to when you need strength? I turn to my husband… and yoga 🙂

How can women best support and/or empower other women? Honestly, I’m not sure. I feel that perhaps change starts with people (women and men) believing in equality of rights and acting on such. Of course all of the traditional methods, supporting women’s movements, initiatives and political changes, are so incredibly valuable. I just feel that it needs to be a completely societal change…

What do you love to grow? What would you like to try growing someday? I’m actually terrible at growing things… I’d love to be able to grow vegetables and flowers in a beautiful garden some day, but the only reason why we have living plants in our apartment is because of my hubby. I’ve killed a cactus before…

What are your creative outlets?  Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try but you haven’t? Singing and playing the guitar- there is nothing more cathartic and I always feel better after a good bout of singing. Especially if it’s particularly angst-y. 🙂 There isn’t really anything “I’ve always wanted to try”, I was a very scheduled child growing up, so I’ve tried a whole bunch of hobbies/sports.

In what environment(s) do you feel most in your element? At home, surrounded by friends and family. I’ll be honest, I typically feel more comfortable around “blue collar” people… I may have been fortunate enough to receive a graduate level education, but I certainly had to work hard for those two degrees. I’m a fisherman’s daughter at heart and I always feel much more comfortable around people who use a “regular” level of English (or French) 🙂

Who are your top three nonprofits you support and/or volunteer with and why?

  1. David Suzuki Foundation – Dr Suzuki has fought for decades against climate change, never wavering and never giving up. He’s an inspiration to all and his foundation presents a balanced and well presented approach to advocacy without tipping into the extremes (like Greenpeace, Sea Shepard or PETA).

  2. IWK Children’s and Women’s Hospital: As a health professional I see just how important having a well funded and inclusive service for the Maritime provinces can mean for children and their families during such a difficult time in their lives. The IWK is a fantastic hospital, and since in Canada hospital health care is government funded, I know any help I can give can make a difference.

  3. The Canadian Cancer Research Foundation: Like many, Andrew and I have had many friends and family members pass from cancer.

What recent “green” change have you made in your own life?  What’s next? Well…I just got a kindle for Yulemas. Now… I have said before that I am not particularly a e-reader fan for many reasons, but I will admit that I’ve probably saved a ton of paper with the amount of books I’ve read on Andrew’s Kindle over the past year.

Next: I’m slowly changing over my beauty products and makeup to less chemically laden items. I’ve recently begun using Five Seed’s Flower Elixir as a face moisturizer and I’m hoping to find a few more eco-makeup options that work as well as the synthetics… but it’s definitely challenging.

Where in the world do you consider a sanctuary?  Why? My parent’s cottage on the lake and the rocky shores of southwestern Nova Scotia.

What advice would you give to your younger self? Keep hope, life gets better.

How can we as a society be more radical in supporting a healthy planet? I feel like our governments need the courage to take action and put forth firm policies and laws regarding energy use, carbon emissions and enforce them. The general population (at least Canadians) are ready for this. It’s time our government listened to its people.

What sparked your interest in environmental issues?   What’s the first “eco” thing you ever did? I’ve always been “in love” with nature, but I think it really hit home when I watched “Inconvenient Truth”… The first eco-thing I did was change over our cleaning stuffs to more eco-friendly versions.

How do you live simply? I think I’m still working on this one. My life needs to be simpler.

Could you leave us with a favorite quote of yours? I don’t really have a favourite quote (I was never a quote type of gal).


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