Take Coffee For Example

January 10, 2023 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY – As time has gone by, I have become ever more irked at the suggestion that we as individual consumers can mitigate climate change. First of all, I hate being designated as a “consumer”. Really, this is not how I self-identify. Each one of us is a lot of things which can be described with many different labels, but in the societal context, I prefer to identify as a citizen. Not as a […]

Ecological Disposition Of The Deceased

December 30, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY – There are 8 billion of us humans now, populating Planet Earth. Within the next hundred years virtually all of us will die. This raises a question: How will the disposition of the deceased take place, on the average 80,000,000 annually? Numerically this is somewhat more than the current populations of California, Texas, and the provinces of Quebec and Alberta combined. How we treat the mortal remains of our loved ones is a […]

The Fusion Flap – And BTW: It’s Not Just About Energy

December 17, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY – A mini-sun in every town. And no radioactive waste. We’ve been hearing about it for about a week now (The official announcement was made on December 13, 2022). The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory managed to propagate a nuclear fusion reaction which elicited net energy for the first time. It was enough to boil two to three kettles of water. It was a long anticipated, since the early Seventies, scientific breakthrough. Consider the […]

IMHO

October 31, 2022 admin 0

PATRICIA REMY – Two terms these days make me froth at the mouth. One is “a wake-up call”.The other is “the political will”. How many frackin’ wake-up calls does it take for Pete’s sake? And “the political will”? How can it be focused to take on the strictures which will be an inevitable consequence of climate change? We can’t even agree about wearing masks and getting a vaccination. Floods, fires, and droughts out west, storms […]

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, […]

Aquamation

September 12, 2022 admin 0

A lower Carbon Footprint for Funerals? PATRICIA REMY – No one lesser than Desmond Tutu (d. 26/Dec/2021), known as “the conscience of the Republic of South Africa”, brought it into the mainline discussion. Before his death he specified that the method of disposition for his deceased body be Aquamation. Tutu made his decision because of ecological considerations. Aquamation has one-tenth of the carbon footprint of a conventional flame cremation. The procedure which Tutu encouraged by […]