Faisal and Azeem, getting it done!
Platitudes and paternalism aside, the 21st century actually does belong to the young. And not that they’re OUR future, like an extension of us, but that we are stewarding the future for them.
And we’re doing a pretty horrible job of it. But since we’re not idiots, we should be able to try on a new hat and leave a legacy we won’t be so ashamed of. Here’s how.
I’m not a big fan of Microsoft, but they’re figuring it out at least a little bit [see below] by spotting that there is a (Read more…)
There is no question: this generation will be held responsible for our actions, and even more, for our inaction. Apathy, complacency and denial are morally unacceptable. In fact, at this time in human history, they are nothing less than complicity in the worst of collective atrocities. We must act now. There are no more excuses. […]
“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]
The “man the life boats and head for the stars” answer to our present human dilemmas is simply delusional. We can and should explore space, but if we don’t get our act together here on this planet immediately, we’re dead – extinct: plain and simple. A recent book seems once again to miss that point […]
” It’s the Economy, Stupid.” [Or oil, or gas, or energy...]
If you think you know why Syria is happening [and happening NOW], you’re probably missing a number of the elements at play. Don’t expect western governments or the corporate media to enumerate these.
Sure, chemical weapons are horrible, but so are cluster bombs [called weapons of mass destruction in slow motion], which the USA has not abandoned. So we need to pay some mind to that hypocrisy.
Wars aren’t usually wars for better human rights, ideals and democracy. They’re always or almost always about power [even the (Read more…)
What should military service actually be for?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if Canada were Canada again?
Wouldn’t it be even better if Canada would step up and be a better Canada than we had ever been in the past?
Wouldn’t it be just spectacular if we could step up and be a world moral leader instead of an economically rapacious war-mongering imperialist?
Here’s a bit about how that could happen: choosing peace, diplomacy and negotiation over death and destruction. First we need to imagine what that would look like:
From Jillian Skeet
Date Tue 5:35 pm
(hypothetical press release) September (Read more…)
As our Cuban friends’ visit continues, we are trying to give them a sampling of life in Canada. Yesterday we went to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; the first exhibition hall we entered there was the one devoted to Canada’s aboriginal peoples, where we came upon a work by Norval Morriseau entitled Migration, depicted above.
As the human race continues its ruthless and relentless exploitation of earth’s resources to the point of exhaustion, as our heedless behaviour warms the earth to the point of profound and probably irreversible, disastrous change, Migration offers us a succinct reminder of how (Read more…)
You actually do deserve a break today.
What ails us?
A large proportion of the total produce goes to a small minority of the population, many of whom do no work at all. Owing to the absence of any central control over production, we produce hosts of things that are not wanted. We keep a large percentage of the working population idle, because we can dispense with their labor by making the others overwork.
I wrote about that small minority on Thursday, all those tax havens. But we should also recall that hyper-consumption destroys our environment and wastes human effort (Read more…)
What continent is this, anyway? And why does it matter?
The arctic ice cap will be fully melting in the next few summers, likely.
There is a lake on top of the ice at the North Pole. Santa is getting worried.
“On August 26, 2012, the Arctic sea ice extent reached the lowest value observed during the satellite record.” We know this because scientist, real actual scientists, are studying this, using the Scientific Method[tm] that has been used for hundreds of years.
And as Antarctic ice shelves continue to break apart and slide into the ocean, ice that (Read more…)
A blissful infographic of imaginative paradigm mechanics!
Probably. That’s why really creative paradigm mechanics are thinking outside the box-y sedans to figure out how we could reorient cities and movement in cities with a changed premise: no cars.
Imagine how much parking space we’d free up for human pursuits?
Imagine how much climate change aggravation we could minimize?
Imagine if we had enough transit to make cars in cities unnecessary?
Shuffle City looks at the new possibilities that could arise from cities transitioning away from cars with drivers to cars without drivers.
If cars were put into some constant flow (Read more…)
Mourning the senseless tragedy.
Today I was very impressed when Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, broke with his almost long-held position of not visiting Lac Megantic.
While he and his wife took the opportunity to participate in staged political photo ops helping out with the Calgary floods, he has avoided Quebec.
Perhaps it was because his party does poorly there.
Perhaps it was because he didn’t want to talk about his addiction to carbon energy production, or how much he has deregulated oil transportation in Canada, or how much oil transport by rail has increased since he’s become prime (Read more…)
Can the BC NDP actually Think Forward?
About 4 years ago, there was a movement within the BC NDP to make it more relevant. It was called Think Forward BC NDP. The party had just lost the election and there was some soul-searching about what went wrong and what was systemically broken in the party.
Well, it’s four years later. Deja vu. And almost four years ago I wrote a post with the same name. Sigh.
So here are some solutions this time around [strangely similar to last time]:
First, read Matt Toner’s insightful piece in the Straight.com today: (Read more…)
The sky is not falling.
It’s just the end of this ice age. Extreme weather events are not related to each other. The climate is not a global system of feedback loops. Ecology is spin from tree-hugging, granola-eating hippies. Ice melts. The global insurance industry is only talking about climate change because it wants to profit from the hysteria with higher rates, so I’m buying shares in insurance companies. If it isn’t climate change, it’s the ozone layer, or saving the whales, or nuclear war, or the population bomb, or the oil crisis, or Y2K, or SARS, or H1N1. News (Read more…)
Enrich your understanding at the Squamish Nation Powwow this weekend.
In the quest for a better Canada, one that is more democratic, inclusive, consultative and less rejecting of science and climate change realities, it is important to reach out.
Sovereignty Summer is part of that movement, coming out of Idle No More, embracing a notion that a better Canada is one where we are all talking to each other more. A Canada where we proactively seek to fix the myths and prejudices that keep us apart.
Once we can clear away the fog of distraction, spin and outright lies, it (Read more…)
Let’s go post-carbon and transform Big Carbon jobs into green jobs!
We are so addicted to carbon-based energy: oil, gas, coal, LNG plants, fracking, pipelines, tanker spills.
It gets so discouraging sometimes.
But something that the post-carbon energy infrastructure advocates are missing out on, I think, is promoting more of a response to Big Carbons squeal about job loss by keeping tarsands oil in the ground, etc.
Green energy requires an infrastructure. It requires land, capital and LABOUR to create and maintain it and evolve ourselves off of our Big Carbon addiction.
We can even transform lots of Big Carbon (Read more…)
If I were asked what I felt were the top priorities facing human beings today, in the 21st century, I would have to say there are four that top the list, in my mind. 1. Halt the global corporate coup. Defeat the corporate war on democracy, which is now escalating daily, and take democracy back. […]
How large of a solar farm is needed to completely power the United States?
The simple answer is that a solar farm 100 miles long and 100 miles wide would be “more than enough to meet the country’s entire energy demand.”
The far more interesting answer, however, is that this hypothetical solar farm could be contained by a 460-mile line of chalk currently being drawn across Arizona by artist and activist Joseph DeLappe.
Project 929: Mapping the Solar, is both a long-distance bike ride and work of performance art. DeLappe hit the road on May 19 with a (Read more…)
Some years, Earth Day clicks for people in a profound way. I’ve spoken to a few who were distinctly non-plussed with how things didn’t come together for them and their dreams this year.
If you need some optimism for the rest of your week, check out this compendium. Pay attention to the ages of those in photos, and immediately scroll to the bottom to read what our dear Cascadian friends to the south got up to at U-Dub. What would that look like in your community?
Embrace peace, watch your footprint, look up for bald eagles, imagine the future you (Read more…)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit reminded us all of the Great American Streetcar Scandal: cars over mass transit. Now, in the lower mainland we have the UBC tunnel over light rail to the valley.
This week, we start with a transportation spin alert.
Last week, Allen Garr wrote an interesting piece about the seemingly obvious idea of running a Skytrain subway to UBC [see below]. One possibly contentious issue would be whether it would be bored or made with the disastrous cut-and-cover debacle that broke Cambie Street, and its socio-economic fabric, for so long.
But I think there is (Read more…)
Hugo Chavez died of cancer on March 5, 2013. He represented an ideological pushback against neoliberal globalization. He pursued a progressive hemispheric trade agenda. He raised oil royalties dramatically to improve the social capacity of people in and around Venezuela. He revolutionized and democratized Venezuela’s constitution. He attracted the ire of American imperialists who supported an amateurish, botched coup. And while we never saw the formation of Cubazuela or some kind of socio-economic cooperation that would elevate Haiti out of its status of hemispheric whipping boy, though that may be on its way, his legacy begins this week.
Thanks (Read more…)
(Edited) by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan. 26, 2013: The Eco Tour comes to Ottawa! Join award-winning geneticist and broadcaster David Suzuki and award-winning, bestselling author and economist Jeff Rubin for an evening of discussion of how to create a truly sustainable future. The finer details: What: An Evening with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin: The ECO READ MORE
If Josh Keyes’ paintings don’t take a bit of your breath away, I suggest you visit an optometrist. Each one sits as a stand-alone diorama, a moment caught in a fictional time, with beautiful realistic paintings of animals in a world so strange that it is most likely caused by human error.
While his work is often shown along with other surrealist artists gaining notoriety in the west coast pop-surrealism art scene, they carry a completely different message. His peers often site old fashioned cartoons as their inspiration, where Josh has been moved by ecological plights. Ever since first seeing (Read more…)
Way back in 2008 I blogged on Open Source Ecology (OSE) which is an open source project to create tools and knowledge to build a fully sustainable village. The project has grown since then and they are going even further by designing tools that can be fabricated on site. Recently, they made a good video explaining more about what OSE is all about.