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Accepting that our actions have consequences is a central tenet of sustainability, conserving environmental capital by living within our means and by making better choices. The principles of sustainability apply to everything, from managing population growth to changing the way we buy shampoo.

This is a movement that’s rooted in gradual change, accepting the status quo and working slowly to change the way we do things. Put it this way – the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is being printed on 100 per cent recycled paper, without the use of bleaches or harmful dyes. That is expected to save some 29,000 trees, or a forest that’s slightly larger than Stanley Park.

The extra cost of producing the book? An extra $200,000, or a three-per cent in production costs.

Whistler’s own sustainability initiative seems to have lost momentum recently, but that’s not the case. Everything from community composting to a recent bylaw requiring the use of low-flow toilets falls under the sustainability umbrella. Small changes can have huge benefits.

Get involved, and take responsibility for your actions. Visit www.whistleritsournature.ca.