Since I've already been cycling to and from work for two weeks now, I decided to join the 2008 National Commuter Challenge event taking place June 1st through 7th. The event challenging commuters, on an individual or corporate level, to leave their cars behind and get to and from work in a more environmentally sustainable way -- walking, cycling, taking public transit, carpooling, or tele-working -- coincides with Canadian Environment Week and Clean Air Day.
I do have some reservations about special days or times of year for action because, more often than not, they allow people to feel good about themselves, and look good to others, for the duration of the event, and then return to their normal routines. It's no different than, among others, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, or Remembrance Day. They also draw our attention, on a particular day, week, or month, to an important matter of which we should be mindful throughout the year. But I do hope that these events can serve to bring lasting awareness, at least to some, and perhaps even make a few people feel good enough about what they are doing to adopt healthier, more sustainable practices for the long term.
Because of the potential to bring awareness, or to get addicted to a better lifestyle, I hope many people will join. As a group, I think, though there certainly are exceptions, vegans are already more mindful and try to live more active, healthy, and environmentally sustainable lives. If any other vegans, Canadian or not, decide to join, and happen to come across this post, please leave a comment. If I get a good response from other vegans who decide to join, I would gladly compile a list of names and/or link to their blogs, if they have one, for a future post.