How to Have Enlightenment, Power (and Money) with Resilience Stories

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

Wildfires and climate change: seeking the facts through the haze

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

Coping with a changing world

[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

The B.C. salmon farming conundrum

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

Genetically engineered crops: discord in the public square

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

Toxic discourse in the public square – searching for common ground

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

Food Security in the 21st Century: Are we prepared?

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?

How do we know when we’ve achieved a consensus?

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?