Investing in Hope

April 29, 2022 admin 0

TRACEY HAMILTON – I have spent the last few months reading and writing about hope, because I have been feeling somewhat hopeless. There seem to be so many insurmountable obstacles in our way; it feels like we are traveling backwards rather than forwards, as though we have learned nothing along the way. Behaviours and actions give the impression of a society regressing rather than progressing – shouting hateful slurs, using violence, stepping on others to […]

Gramma Learns To Cook – Again

April 24, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – “I never thought I’d see the day I couldn’t buy carrots at the supermarket!” harrumphed Gramma. “It’s winter. They keep well. They’ve got the Vitamin C we need in winter and at my age, they’ve got Vitamin A for my eyesight.” Cora’s granddaughter, Beth, looked up from her dinner plate with affection but a touch of dismay. Having dinner with the “Gramma” was a high point of every month. She loved to […]

Is There Any Hope? Mortality and the Climate Crisis

April 21, 2022 admin 0

BILL TEMPLEMAN – Writer Ken Victor has written a moving assessment of our collective response to the climate crisis. He starts from his own palliative care experiences with his grandfather, then his father in palliative care, where there can no longer be any hope. He discovers that the opposite of hope is not hopelessness, but love. Then he applies this insight to humanity’s potential extinction. His essay, The Opposite of Hope Isn’t Hopelessness: Meditations on […]

Some Ideas Towards a Localized Economy

April 20, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – We all feel it every day: rising food prices, lower quality goods. Big fossil fuel companies quietly moving to renewables while continuing to pump oceans of oil out of the ground and onto the Market and the air. Corporate greed destroying its own storehouses in Nature. Big Box stores gutting small and medium hometown businesses and downtowns. Let’s face it: the climate crisis is moving us through a big transition on so […]

In The Year 2500

April 18, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON – A recent opinion piece in Global Change Biology has garnered a lot of attention with a compelling and provocative shift of perspective – with pictures – on climate change. We know that the way we humans live on this Earth is changing Earth’s climate and ecosystems in ways that are potentially dangerous and disruptive. But our perspective and our imagination are usually offered timelines that stop at the convenient round number of […]

The Gift Economy

March 5, 2022 admin 0

ALLAN DAVID SMITH-REEVE – She wondered “How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?” We were having breakfast with a friend of Bedford House. Catching up and pondering the future. She’s planned for her retirement years and has a sense of economic security for her future.  She’s been led to now “invest” in her community instead of growing a bigger and bigger nest-egg for herself. Our friend has arranged […]