Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 by Dan Kingsbury 1. It’s quite strange to be here on this planet with you, don’t you think? I consider it equally strange that, as much as I know about our world, I can never really know you or any other person for that matter. Yet we… Continue reading How to Have Enlightenment, Power (and Money) with Resilience Stories
by Stan Hirst Living under smoky skies every day is an uncommon experience for Vancouverites. The TV spectacle of thousands of people having to evacuate their homes and ranches in the interior of British Columbia as threatening forest fires advance is not so unfamiliar. Just one year ago we watched over 88,000 people leaving their… Continue reading Wildfires and climate change: seeking the facts through the haze
[global, change, psychology, pessimism, optimism, attitude] by Stan Hirst I spent an hour or two idling along the Ambleside sea-wall this past week. Ships at anchor in a placed bay, azure blue sky overhead with the proverbial scudding white clouds, a pair of bald eagles fishing just off-shore (one fish from 30 dives, and I… Continue reading Coping with a changing world
An overview by Stan Hirst The 21st century has brought the planet an extraordinary share of environmental conundrums. Think ozone layer, climate change, outbreaks of vector-borne diseases and dumping of plastic litter on a global scale. What makes them “conundrums“? Several reasons, but the stand-out is the underlying conflict between two very different systems. One is… Continue reading The B.C. salmon farming conundrum
by Stan Hirst In his recent book I’m right and you’re an idiot author James Hoggan describes the ‘public square’ as a literal and symbolic place where people meet to discuss important community matters and governance, and to participate in democracy. He notes that the modern public square, especially in relation to environmental concerns, has… Continue reading Genetically engineered crops: discord in the public square
by Stan Hirst An overcast morning in August: the Suzuki Elders gathered at the Rivendell Retreat Centre on Bowen Island, B.C. to debate the recent book I’m Right and You’re an Idiot – The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How To Clean It Up. In the book author James Hoggan notes that the modern… Continue reading Toxic discourse in the public square – searching for common ground
April 18, 2018. Fifteen elders from the North Shore ElderCollege Society and the Suzuki Elders sat around paper-strewn tables in the Capilano Library, North Vancouver, and considered a topic of great importance to elders and to everyone else. How secure is our food supply and what should we be doing to ensure its security in… Continue reading Food Security in the 21st Century: Are we prepared?
GMO rejection seen through the lens of climate change denial by Peggy Olive Relying on the opinions of experts is something we do because we’re not know-it-alls. Through social media the Suzuki Elders have recently discussed genetically-modified (GM) foods. Are they safe for us? Do they improve crop yields as touted? Are they increasing the… Continue reading How do we know when we’ve achieved a consensus?
by Stan Hirst I met my neighbour Elinor in the supermarket the other day. She was in Hot & Cold Cereals studying the side panel of a cornflakes box. As I strolled up she shook her head and replaced the box on the shelf. I recognized the cereal as one I sometimes buy, so I… Continue reading A few things we should know about GMO