#WildCityTO: 100in1Day Toronto 2016


#WildCityTo. Urban Nature. For everyone.

I want to be like her when I’m older #lifegoals.

On June 4, join me for #WildCityTO, a citizen led social media party for urban nature, in collaboration with 100in1Day Toronto. It’s easy.

Get into greenspace.

Share on social media using #WildCityTO.

Then, put your phone away and feel the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, the grass under your feet.

The city kind of kills us. No, but really, all this urbanity isn’t always helping us to be happy or healthy. Research shows we’re spending more time than ever indoors and in front of screens and it’s hurting us. Time in nature makes us more relaxed, lowers our blood pressure and can even help children be more curious, creative and coordinated. Inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30 x 30 Challenge to spend 30 minutes a day in nature every day during the month of May, #WildCityTO invites everyone in Toronto to get into greenspace and share the shit out of it on June 4. It’s good for you. I know it’s good for me.


I need nature.

I grew up in greenspace. As a child, I spent hours of (largely unsupervised) playtime on my grandparents acreage in Raglan, now a Designated Natural Heritage System in the Ontario Greenbelt. Seeing the delicate white blooms of dozens of Trilliums, bowing their heads to the forest floor. Chasing tadpoles downstream, with the clay bed of a creek squishing beneath tiny toes. Sitting still in the hollow of a fallen tree, listening to birdsong and the howling wind. Raking leaves and chucking crabapples. Watching wild kittens run through an old, abandoned barn. Orange sunsets on open fields. Smelling the perfume of a wall of lilacs every. single. spring. It changes you. It both softens and strengthens you.

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Sometimes the city sucks. Greenspace is good.

Then I grew up, went to university and moved downtown ten years ago. My greenspace significantly shrunk. And I ended up working in a retail environment last year. The daily grind of lights, music and consumerism was all a bit much for me sometimes. Until I found the grassy knoll up the street. You can’t even call it a park – there are no benches, or signs or any indication anyone should do anything apart from walk through it, one short end to the other along its pavement path. But I made it my reprieve. It was just enough green, and nearly enough quiet, to help me find some sanity. I escaped there on coffee breaks to listen to music and stare at the sky. I dragged my work bestie with me on our lunch break to sit under a tree while we chowed down on Chipotle, shooting the shit together in the shade. I meditated there laying flat on my back in the grass. I escaped there when I was happy and when I was sad. It sort of saved me while I went through my marital separation, if I was having a moment when I couldn’t face other people. All these photos were taken there. The grassy knoll punctuated my work routine. It gave to me and I want to give back. I know I need nature, and my best guess is you do, too. So, join in on June 4 and let’s go get some greenspace.

100in1Day Toronto. Your ideas. Your City. Your day.

#WildCityTO hopes more people will recognize and enjoy green space in Toronto together. From our parks to community gardens, our waterfront, and even our own backyards. Take a photo or video documenting our wild city. Whether it’s a shot of the lakeshore, a bird’s nest, a tree, a ravine, a river, even a greenspace #selfie – share anything and everything that reflects urban nature. Post your updates on social media using the hashtag #WildCityTO and share how important urban nature is to you. We hope to have 100 #WildCityTO updates during #100in1Day. Bring your babies and dogs and best friends, and get posting.

Urban nature. For everyone.

Want to know more about 100in1Day? Keep reading to the end.

Meet some of the most passionate people in your city. 100In1Day is a day to turn ideas into reality all over the city by celebrating the cumulative power of small changes and celebrations (we call them interventions). 100In1Day is a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. Originating in Bogotá, Colombia in 2012, it has encouraged hundreds of one-day community-based interventions in cities around the world including Montreal, Santiago, and Cape Town.

Leading up to the day Evergreen and United Way Toronto York Region seek to inspire citizens to pilot their city changing ideas with the intention that some of these ideas will be able to foster lasting change. As a result of last year’s event, interventions in Toronto ranging from beautification projects to social events to city infrastructure improvements continue to create change and have a long term positive impact on their city. 100In1Day is powered by  Evergreen and United Way Toronto York Region who are inviting citizens to think of ways they can use their talents and passions to make their city a better place. Together, we can create change. Go get it.

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About the Author

Angela is founder and editor of Sasstainable, an insider voice on sustainable lifestyle and ethical luxury. In 2013, she completed her MSc in Environmental Management at the University of London, at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy. Her passion for the environment grew out of her family's rural property in Raglan, Ontario, now a designated Natural Heritage System area in the Ontario Greenbelt. In 2009, she was granted Ryerson University's Top 30 Under 30 Alumni award, because of her work as a motivational speaker. She inspired over 30,000 high school and university students across North America. She is a published writer, contributing articles to Geez Magazine, Eluxe Magazine and Feelgood Style, among others. She enjoys fashion, cooking, art and yoga. She served on the board of directors for Toronto Zooshare Biogas Co-operative and Toronto Green Community. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with her 3 year-old daughter, Charlotte.