Journalism is dead; long live journalism

See… I love writing. If perchance I have five free minutes on any given day, I will spend it either reading or writing, and this has been true since I was five years old. Journalism–holding power to account, communicating important events and ideas to the public, being part of the public discourse that makes democracyContinue reading “Journalism is dead; long live journalism”

Talking trees, extended metaphors and "The World at Gunpoint"

I have a love/hate relationship with Derrick Jensen. The first volume of his Endgame books has been sitting, half-read, on my environment bookshelf for years while I try to get up the stomach to finish it. Is it terrible? Yes. But not in the way you might think. It’s ninety per cent brilliant and insightful,Continue reading “Talking trees, extended metaphors and "The World at Gunpoint"”

knee-high to a treehugger

I have a handful of books on how to get kids enjoying nature: I Love Dirt! by Jennifer Ward, Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell and Hands-On Nature by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (edited by Jenepher Lingelbach and Lisa Purcell). All are good. Hands-On Nature is like a teacher’s lesson-plan book, withContinue reading “knee-high to a treehugger”

42 Revisited (or, what parents owe their children in an era of environmental collapse, part I)

On Twitter recently the Toronto Star asked people to define the meaning of life. Sure, why not: an endeavour that has eluded philosophers for 10,000 years can be collated from the 140-character submissions of the general public. Not surprisingly, no one agreed. The meaning of life is to love people. To be good. To doContinue reading “42 Revisited (or, what parents owe their children in an era of environmental collapse, part I)”