Consumerist Sheeple

Communities around North America are waking up to the reality that things are no longer on the trajectory of endless prosperity that we had come to expect. Housing prices are falling, inflation seems a certainty, government and personal debt is at record breaking levels. Yet, the Sheeple still go out Black Friday shopping, some staying […]

The Product of the 20th Century – CO2

Back in the sixties, a bold group of thought-leaders considered the path of growth that the world appeared to be heading on, and asked themselves the question, “can there be limits to growth?”. At the time, this was considered a preposterous idea, right in the golden age of the automobile and suburban sprawl with cookie cutter bungalows popping up all over North America.

Corporate Mythologies

It’s hard to imagine a life without the comforts and conveniences of oil – yet we are told every day that there is a brighter future ahead, one where the sheets on the line glow white in the summer breeze, where cars will run on hydrogen, and where the flooring in you’re McMansion won’t give your children autism. We are being lied to folks – the people who are actually telling it how it is are being regarded as wackos, everyone else thinks that corporate America is the model that will save the world.

High Unemployment and Farming

The stories of the great depression still seem far away for most of us in North America, sure there are housing foreclosures, but breadlines?Rising alcoholism? Families sharing houses? Is this North America?

Community Energy and Emissions Inventory for BC

British Columbia has recently released the draft of the Province-wide community level Energy and Emissions Inventory. This is the first example of a large scale community-wide inventory in North America. This supports the commitment of communities under the Climate Action Charter to Measure and Report Community Green House Gas Emissions, and to develop targets, policies […]

Agricultural and Energy Realities

This situation should be a concern for us in North America, just as it appears – we are hanging out there in terms of agricultural reliance on oil without any policies in place to reverse the trends of the 20th century where oil replaced human labour and expertise in the fields. Castlegar is in a prime position to convert unused and underutilized lands into agriculturally productive lots.

Sustainability in Castlegar?

we wrote a letter to the City asking for some consideration of peak oil, climate change and the economy and the effect that these scenarios may have on the long term sustainabilty of the community. These should be reflected in the budget, planning, bylaws and policies of the City as well as finding ways to invovle the community.

The Impending Psychological Avalanche

A “psychological avalanche” of unimaginable, global proportions is dawning on us. We have woken to a new reality, one where the future of the economy, commerce, food security and transportation are likely to be radically different. Seth Godin points out how much time and effort is expended in dealing with the immediate issues of the […]