Category: Mike Bell

2019-20 Climate Change Chronicle 2

Our community march was on Friday September 27, 2019. It was a march not a walk. The word “walk” suggests a leisurely affair, like a stroll in the park. A “march” has a military tone to it. It suggests that we are entering into a battle—and that is precisely what we are doing.
Many thousands of people in Canada participated in such a march. And a week earlier millions of people in the United States held similar marches.
I found it inspiring and encouraging that this world-wide action was initiated by a sixteen year old student, Greta Thunberg.

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A Presentation to the Canadian Association for Creative Schooling by Mike Bell, Principal, at the Comox Valley Green New Deal community high school June 29, 2024. –

We adopted the Green New Deal because unlike many other policy or program approaches it provided a broad new context. All the programs and services included in the GND had to be consistent with efforts to deal with a climate changing world.

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A Lesson From the Far Side

I’ve always been fascinated by cartoons. The role of the cartoonist is to take some aspect of ordinary life—something we all recognize—and create a scene that is a mirror of our own lives.

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A Successful/Disastrous Economy

The title of this chronicle is an oxymoron, a figure of speech that links two apparently contradictory concepts together (like “make haste slowly”). In this chronicle, I will explore the two contrasting concepts—a successful economy that is also a disaster. The contrast is also evident in political leadership, both in the U.S. and in Canada.

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The Shaman’s Tale

One of the things we ask children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” They may respond–a fireman, a nurse, a policeman, a truck driver or many other jobs from the stable world in which they live.

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