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 […]

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 […]

RobinX, RobinY

June 30, 2022 admin 0

A conversation overheard PATRICIA REMY “The human was cleaning up the fallen branches from the Big Storm. I saw her stop and look down. She seemed sad,” chirped RobinX. “Do humans get sad?,” cheeped RobinY. “Well, she looked it,” chirped RobinX. “How does a human look sad?” cheeped RobinY. “You know, it’s debatable whether they even have emotions. Drives and instincts, yes, but feelings in our sense of the word? Homo destructans, I call them. […]

Adequately Accounting for the Climate Crisis in our Community

June 13, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – The climate emergency is here, right now, in this place “at the end of the rapids” (Peterborough City) and in all the land around it – the three First Nation Communities and the six townships of Peterborough County. Two other things are also upon us: the Provincial election and Municipal elections in the fall. How seriously did voters really pay attention to the Climate Crisis in the recent election? Taking it seriously […]

For Budding Citizen Scientists and Their Parents:
Testing the Water in the Otonabee With Water Ranger Luke

June 4, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY – Have you been there? I visited McBride Island, just north of the zoo in Riverview Park, Peterborough. Water Ranger Luke had invited me to do a real, live outdoor experiment. Luke Williamson, who grew up in Peterborough, has now, with others, developed an easy-to use-kit to keep tabs on the health of our local lakes, streams and rivers. It’s the Water Rangers’ Education Test Kit Field Guide. The Greenzine reported on the […]