Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

david_suzuki_dayle_laing_250.jpgOn October 16, 2009, I had the very great privilege to listen to Dr. David Suzuki lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on Force of Nature. His message was very compelling.

david_suzuki_the_autobiography_150I have been writing and speaking to urge people to make a difference in choosing green interior design. I believe that our small actions do make a difference and we should continue look for more opportunities to make our actions count. David told me to "do what you can do" when I briefly met him as he signed my copy of his autobiography.

Dr. Suzuki's message was that individual actions only buy us some limited time. We need to tackle these issues on a global scale and we need to act now! He urged the audience to demand that our political leaders take action on the crucial climate change summit in Copenhagen in December. Only our leaders can create the climate so that both "economy" and "ecology" can thrive!

Many people emailed to say that they went onto the David Suzuki Foundation website to sign the petition to ask the government to take action at the Climate Change Summit. It does not matter which political party is in power when we consider our health and the health of our planet. Dr. Suzuki says that we are air and air is us, and that all of our atoms are mingled with all of the atoms of air and of everyone who lives and who has ever lived on earth! There is no separation.

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Thanks Dayle. <br />Each person makes a difference. If each of us can persuade 2 others to make one change for the better, and if those others do the same, there is an exponential factor. <br /><br />Years ago I saw a movie about how a pond can...

Thanks Dayle. <br />Each person makes a difference. If each of us can persuade 2 others to make one change for the better, and if those others do the same, there is an exponential factor. <br /><br />Years ago I saw a movie about how a pond can get filled in by algae, and when the point of no return is reached in the algae growth. Perhaps that is how Suzuki's message will spread. It seems hopeless, but in our life time there have been changes.<br />Dave<br /><br />Dave, <br />Thanks for the feedback. The movie you saw was “The Limits to Growth”. It was based on the book by Meadows, Meadows, Randers and Behrens III, and written in 1972; a report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind. <br /><br />The parable you are speaking about is that the algae pond had 30 days until covered. It multiplied exponentially every day. The people decided to react when the pond was half covered, which was on day 29. My husband and I used that book as part of our review of the literature for our undergraduate thesis.<br /><br />If Dr. Suzuki thought the situation was completely hopeless, I don’t think he would bother to waste his energy presenting the lecture. He could choose to stay home and put his feet up! That is good enough for me to keep on trying too!<br /><br />Thanks for the comment, Dayle

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Thanks for passing this on Dayle. I have followed up and also sent it on to my friends and colleagues. I also wanted to say that I enjoyed your presentation at the SOFA professional development day. As always, you inspire us to make a difference....

Thanks for passing this on Dayle. I have followed up and also sent it on to my friends and colleagues. I also wanted to say that I enjoyed your presentation at the SOFA professional development day. As always, you inspire us to make a difference. <br /><br />I have often struggled with the 'disposable nature' of the design industry and wondered if it is the right 'fit' for me in my career transition from nursing. You give me hope and make me realize that there is a role here, and that we have an ethical responsibility to be agents of change. Thanks for being a leader.<br />Cheers,<br />Linda<br />Soulscape Interiors<br /><br />Thanks for passing the news along, and for your generous feedback. I am glad that you feel that you can transition into a positive career that makes a difference, just as you have done in your nursing. I applaud your stepping forward to be an 'agent of change'!<br />Kindest regards,<br />Dayle

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Dayle, I visited your website: great stuff!<br /><br />Because we live in the almost unspoiled Bahamas Out Islands, we are very conscious of 'the green way' and are looking into some simple things ourselves, especially as electricity is very...

Dayle, I visited your website: great stuff!<br /><br />Because we live in the almost unspoiled Bahamas Out Islands, we are very conscious of 'the green way' and are looking into some simple things ourselves, especially as electricity is very expensive here.<br /><br />Level 1: The most expensive part of our electricity bill for most of the year is our hot water heater, so we are looking into solar powered hot water tanks.<br /><br />Level 2: There are not many days when we do not have either wind or sun, so solar panels + wind generators make sense except the local Electricity Company (BEC) tries to block such initiatives. <br /><br />We need more electricity and the Bahamas Electricity Company has just announced a new generation plant to be located on a part of Great Abaco Island that has some beautiful, unspoilt wetlands. What has got us all up in arms against this plan is the plant is due to run off Bunker C fuel, the lowest grade oil possible with possible:<br /><br />a. Filthy smoke emissions*<br />b. Problems if the fuel delivery ships hit a reef (which is probably just a matter of time).<br />*Evidently these emissions can be contained by spending a lot more money, but knowing the Bahamas, this will not happen.<br /> <br />Anyway, I realize that these are probably not in your direct area of interest as you specialize in interiors, but I hope you are doing well with your initiative.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br />Peter Michie<br /><br />Hello Peter,<br />It is great to hear from you and to learn you are involved some very green activities in the Bahamas. It is a setback indeed to be planning a new plant fueled with bunker oil, and especially on wetlands. I do think that a higher electricity price does encourage more creativity and conservation. The cost is expected to rise here soon, and as you well know, we have been spoiled for a long time with low rates in North America.<br /><br />There are some great new solar powered options for hot water. Ontario is now encouraging solar, and pays handsomely above the going rate to sell energy back to the grid (provided the solar technology is manufactured in the province). It is a huge incentive to develop alternative sources of power. It does take a government to see beyond the next election to encourage these programs, and not surprising when your local utility looks at the immediate bottom line.<br /><br />I am so pleased you are interested in this topic. Right you are, that my area of concentration is 'interiors', however I am interested in the big picture too.<br /><br />Best regards,<br />Dayle

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