In this chronicle I’ll discuss my long interest in McLuhan and his ideas of the Global Village, the media and the economic consumer culture. I will then indicate how the Global Village can be revitalized to help us deal with the climate changing world that confronts us.
What warms my heart on this cold/windy/rainy day is a Leo Tolstoy story What Men Live By that I recently revisited from that assortment of already read, but might want to revisit books I call a bookcase. It was Wednesday, my respite, reading, ukuleleing, resting day off at the “beachhouse”—a small waterfront cabin that a most generous friend allows me to use for my weekly day of regeneration.
Lawrence J. W. Cooper is the poet laureate of the Comox Valley. He works in conjunction with the Comox Valley Arts Council. Lawrence has two main interests: promoting poetry and developing what he calls Poetry with Purpose. Before his retirement, he was an educational psychologist. He still teaches university entrance psychology courses on line which keeps him up to date on research and trends in psychology. As poet laureate, his goal is to explore the connection between poetry and mental wellness.
We are saddened to hear about Dermod Travis’s death. He was a regular contributor to tide change and had a wide influence on many Canadian advocacy groups. Many people have been affected by the company of Dermod. Because of his prolific writing, you could be included without having met him in person. He had submitted and article for May 27th. He was doing his life’s work to the end.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis a number of articles have been written about the relationship between the pandemic and climate change. This is another one. In this chronicle I will show how our approach to the pandemic can teach us a great deal about what to do or not to do to prepare for climate change.
“One of the frustrations I’ve had is that the health authorities and the ministry keep talking about ‘our partners.’ We’re not partners. We’re regulators. We are using public dollars to contract with somebody to deliver a public service. They are not equal partners at the table, their interests are not equal to our interests. Our interests are the public interest, and that needs to take precedence.” B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie
For whatever else COVID 19 has taught us, it has, most powerfully, compelled us to recognize that our well being is not a solitary struggle; we are, our existence, our well being, inextricably connected to the lives and well being of all those with whom we share this beautiful and endangered planet.
Every evening when I’m finished my writing I turn on the T.V. to watch the news. What I see is discouraging. I see men in different political parties fighting with one another. They remind me of two young brothers in a sand box out in the backyard.
The thing about Planet of the Humans that is so terrifying is that it doesn’t just point to one group or one action, it, very blatantly, says there are limits to how much of us and our greedy ways that Planet Earth will take—no matter how you colour it–we need much less of it. We need to reenvision what we do, how we do AND how much can our beleaguered Earth endure without succumbing rather than just painting over the old ways with a thin green veneer.
“Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.”
Thinking of the fiasco that is long term care in BC/Canada it is hard to imagine a more perceptive observation than this aphorism by Winnie-the-Pooh’s often pessimistic friend Eeyore the stuffed donkey.