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. […]

Is Climate Change Not an Emergency?

June 30, 2022 admin 0

EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE – No. It is not. Not in the sense we are accustomed to. The emergency is in the very meaning and experience of change. Change is changing. The planet’s evolution to this point has gone through catastrophic upheavals. Some occurred within a relatively short period of time. Some were sudden. Others took place over tens and hundreds of millions of years. Most, with the exception of the last ice age, happened long before […]

The Economic Impact Of Local Food

June 28, 2022 admin 0

CHERYL LYON interviews KATARINA LAAKMANN “To create a community that you enjoy living in.” With this simple phrase Trent grad Katarina Laakmann captured the essential goal of every climate crisis solution. Laakmann recently completed her Trent Centre for Community Research-project, commissioned by Transition Town Peterborough. She kindly sat down for a conversation with The Greenzine in a local coffee shop. Her paper ,with the accompanying award-winning poster, focused on this question: “If Peterborough County were […]

Climate Crunch

June 17, 2022 admin 0

PETER CURRIER – A Fictitious Interview: Part 1LIFESTYLE CHOICES After their initial pleasantries, we tune in to this fictitious interview between George Guessworthy of Climate Crunch and a local builder, Clive Mason. Climate Crunch’s main concern is that even those who are fully aware of planetary precarity can’t accept the lifestyle changes necessary to avert cataclysm. George Guessworthy is a retired social worker, and Clive Mason is a small, successful local builder…. Clive Mason:……That’s twice […]

Once Upon A Time… In 2023…

June 16, 2022 admin 0

…there were local folk who woke up to the seriousness of the climate crisis. CHERYL LYON – Now, in 2038, they are being honoured as heroes with the UN Liveable Cities Award for their work done to re-imagine the City and County, once both named Peterborough. (Did receiving a UN designation as a Regional Centre of Excellence in 2016 have anything to do with this?) In 2019, they had listened seriously to the City Council’s […]