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 […]

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 […]

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 […]