The Peterborough Community Medicine Garden: Rediscovering The Commonweal

September 13, 2022 admin 0

Musings From A Conversation With Kelly McDowell KELLY MCDOWELL AND PATRICIA REMY – On the crest of a low hill on the northeast side of the East Bank of the Otonabee, at Trent University, I meet Kelly McDowell. She and another woman are at work in a garden, which looks to me at first glance like an assemblage of different plots. I don’t see the usual rows of vegetables. The other gardener, Kelly tells me, […]

Aquamation

September 12, 2022 admin 0

A lower Carbon Footprint for Funerals? PATRICIA REMY – No one lesser than Desmond Tutu (d. 26/Dec/2021), known as “the conscience of the Republic of South Africa”, brought it into the mainline discussion. Before his death he specified that the method of disposition for his deceased body be Aquamation. Tutu made his decision because of ecological considerations. Aquamation has one-tenth of the carbon footprint of a conventional flame cremation. The procedure which Tutu encouraged by […]

88 Months: Municipal Councils’ Climate Change Challenge

September 6, 2022 admin 0

EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE – Our place. Not just where we’re from but where we live. Indigenous peoples know the consequences of being torn away from their places or having them destroyed. Climate change in this area may not uproot us in that profound way but it will radically alter our “sense of place.” We can prepare for that. The upcoming municipal elections 24 October are one way to start. Nature is the great shaper of both […]

Contemplating the Human Future

September 1, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – We are getting more and more climate scenarios of “bad-to-worse” and even human extinction. Humans (and possibly other sentient beings) feel fear, anxiety and despair over how very difficult things can become. How to be? What to do? The long view We consider our societies “civilized.” Successive human civilizations have collapsed over history. None have lasted forever. Even the most long-lived one, the Roman Empire, only managed 1426 years. A blip on […]

Bacterial Deliberations At the South Pole Of Mars

July 5, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY MONITOR: Toxicus, we have a problem. TOXICUS: Worrying your head again, Monitor? What is it this time? Our food is making us sick? We’re outgrowing our living space? Anxiety and mistrust are rife among the population? MONITOR: Well, actually, Sir, all three. Our population is doubling every 10 hours now. They’re jostling one another. They claim they do not have room to respirate. That makes them anxious. TOXICUS: But look around you, Monitor. […]

The Luxury Tax Of Green Living Is Something We Cannot Afford

July 1, 2022 admin 0

TRACEY HAMILTON – Until living a green lifestyle is affordable to everyone, there won’t be a true environmental impact. Remember playing Monopoly and landing on the Luxury Tax square? Mumbles would follow as you handed over the fee and then continued rolling the dice. Suddenly, it feels like the roll of the dice has become less of a game, with inflation hitting levels not seen in decades. Life has become a lot more expensive. Shop […]