Healing In Community

January 28, 2023 admin 0

SHEILA NABIGON-HOWLETT – The Transition Town movement has always held out the concept of sustainability. In the past couple of years it has been described as pertaining to four realms: Energy, Environment, Economy, and Equity. Formerly, and these were the headings in the print Greenzine, Transitioners spoke of five life essentials: food, water, energy, community, and the environment. Spirituality was a sometimes silent sixth. Different words, the same orientation and goals. So I was delighted […]

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 […]

The Storm, The Community and The Climate Crisis

May 26, 2022 admin 1

CHERYL LYON − Like it or not, the destructive derecho storm that walloped the Peterborough area on 21 May 2022 is a valuable messenger from our near future. The crashing trees foretell other kinds of crashes to come and should snap our heads up, yet again, to pay attention to the climate crisis, the need to plan and act together, as a community, to stay alive and thrive in a very different future. Such storms […]

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 […]

Equity – A Fair Shake

January 9, 2020 admin 0

PETER CURRIER – Driving through India two years ago, my wife and I found ourselves among tens of millions of impoverished people. As we made our privileged way, I thought, “There, but for an accident of birth, go I.” We went by women as poised as queens, carrying baskets of cow pies on their heads for cooking fires. Wiry young men schlepped huge slabs of marble. The toil of survival was everywhere. From the cool […]

The Social Dimension of Housing

October 1, 2014 admin 0

SCOTT DONOVAN – Customarily housing is viewed as a commodity and as a means of expressing social status. However, new models are developing, which correspond more nearly to our current social experience. Cohousing and coDwelling respond to our two complementary needs for both company and privacy. They are gaining purchase today, because single people have overtaken families as the most populous housing type.  Cohousing and coDwelling are housing models which acknowledge us as social beings […]