Duluth Avenue is a beautiful cobblestoned street running from Jeanne Mance Park to Park Lafontaine in the Plateau borough of Montreal. I moved to the neighbourhood in 2004 and fell in love with the enchanting built environment and small scale sense of the place. As a young climate activist, the neighbourhood wasn’t much more than a background, until after returning, disillusioned, from the UN Climate Change conference in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2006, I realized global action could also come as the result of concerted local action.
That spring, I got to know Binky Holleran, proprietress of a beautiful, tiny eatery named Fuchsia, who shared a vision of a better world, making every effort to serve local, organic meals, fairly traded coffee, and reduce her environmental footprint. She introduced me to Kimmie Fuller, a friend, mentor and collaborator who inspires me to this day. I then met Alexandra Coelho, and together we founded Greening Duluth, with a goal of bringing environmental consciousness to our neighbourhood, working out of the local community centre, La Maison de l’Amitié (House of Friendship). Over the next few years, we initiated and supported a number of activities, outlined in this section.
I continue to live in the Duluth neighbourhood, and love it.