• in the morning, we talked about eutrophication, often caused by phosphate run-off from farming into streams and rivers. eutrophication can sometimes cause toxicity, making the water undrinkable. in the evening, we watched the water brothers, who looked at the deplorable water conditions (caused by eutrophication from logging and by pollution from other forms of extraction) on many first nation reserves in canada (pictured is one such community). sara stratton of kairos writes of the connections between ecological and indigenous rights struggles, and how they are pieces in the larger struggle for justice around the world. she defines a physical watershed, but ‘another meaning is more metaphorical…. As we face the impacts of resource extraction, fossil fuel addiction, and climate change on the land, the water, and all that depend on them, we are at a watershed moment.’ then we laughed at rick mercer and this hour has 22 minutes and followed marcus de sautoy as he sought a truly universal mass.
• tonight [2013-10-09] we watched polar bear family and me, earthflight–europe, and megastorm aftermath. but that’s not what you came here for. you came here expecting pictures….
running water? first, you chop a hole in the ice….
More watery news. Ecojustice reports that ‘the government told Nestlé to pump less water from this aquifer during droughts. But Nestlé asked Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal to strike down these conditions. If successful, Nestlé could continue to pump more than 1 million litres of groundwater a day, even during the most severe droughts. But before a hearing date was set, Nestlé withdrew their appeal.’
• after watching the nature of things about the medical controversy and ruined lives as lyme’s disease spreads into a warming canada, we watched the movie year of the dog, which (j ward writes) ‘isn’t some silly comedy…. This is a black comedy with penetrating insights’. if i or somebody i loved had something like lyme’s disease, would i oppose using a drug because it was tested on non-humans? (thanks to sh)
Jean Vanier: ‘One of the big questions for each one of us today is how to turn our backs on the culture of rivalry, individualism, conflict or depression that surrounds us, and move instead into a culture of solidarity and cooperation, peace and hope. How can this transformation come about in us? … It seems to me that paradise on earth is not possible unless each one of us discovers the paradise within us, that little sanctuary hidden in the most intimate part of our being. Perceiving and finding this inner paradise of peace and unity implies a struggle against the culture of rivalry which is within us too. If I can catch a glimpse of this inner paradise, I will begin to see it in others.’
• we watched the fifth estate [2013-10-11] about the garment industry in bangladesh and its connection to canada where fast fashion provides stylish clothes at low price. but what are the real costs? costs which canadians don’t pay, but bangladeshi do? is the price of life a few mere cents an hour?
• tonight [2013-10-12] we watched docs about the science of great migrations and the eastern swedish coast. afterwards, i retreated to my computer, but some protocols stopped working (tcp/ip?), and i could no longer connect to the internet (though the signal kept streaming). so i started monday’s poem and read a few pages of a steinbeck novel, the moon is down. the connection came back around midnight.
migrations take a lot of space, space non-humans sometimes hunted, sometimes shared (though at times perhaps uneasily). but humans have found sharing difficult. it is hoped that understanding the data provided by science will ease sharing between humans and non-humans.
Edward Keenan reminds us that despite ‘open bigotry and systemic discrimination’, we’re very lucky to live where we live (Canada) and when (the 21st century), and we should be thankful for it. ‘Almost all of us, it seems, can sometimes feel the apocalypse is at hand. Which is only natural: recognizing ongoing threats and striving to be ever safer is a defining characteristic of humanity. It’s how we got this far.’ But science has revealed ‘that taking time to think about the things we are grateful for is one of the most effective ways to become happier.’ I try to take the time to think to be thankful, not just today because it’s Thanksgiving, but every day, and every moment of every day. (thanks to sh)
• went to penetang to have thanksgiving (turkey & vegetarian) with k, l, and the kids. gm and tw joined us. sue was fighting a cold; she dropped me off but didn’t stay, not wanting to spread her germs. (that’s me at the end, guarding the mashed potatoes.)
▲The Point▲ narrated by Ringo Starr, music by Harry Nilsson. It gets really interesting midway, after Oblio and Arrow are banished. The record spawned a hit, Me And My Arrow, but my favourite song was Think About Your Troubles. Even at nine, I was thinking kinda ecologically.