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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]