#1169 Old people are good for the planet

Mall Guy, photo by BBoomerinDenial, via morgueFile

As humans hit their “productive” years in industrial societies, they buy cars and houses and consumer goods. They drive children to ballet lessons and hockey games. While all that adds money into an economic system that relies on our lining…


#1164 Paper or plastic? The environment wants more from us

Leyla Acaroglu; photo clip from her TED talk

“Paper or plastic?” That was the mantra a few years back, when people were arguing over whether tree- or petroleum-based products were the better environmental sacrifice. In her TED2013 talk, Leyla Acaroglu addresses the environmental complexity of a seemingly simple…


#1159 Print-and-plug solar panels coming soon

Dr. Scott Watkins shows what a printed solar cell looks like; photo courtesy of CSIRO

While governments and energy companies have dragged their feet on alternative forms of energy, others have quietly gone about developing solutions. A team of Australian scientists have come up with printable solar panels. The flexible sheets can power our devices,…


#1158 They brought sockeye salmon back to the river

Sockeye salmon en route to spawning; photo by Ingrid Taylor, via Flickr Creative Commons

A few years ago the Okanagan Indian Band was hosting a food security event at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. Dr. Jeannette Armstrong welcomed us to her traditional territory, and then she did something we colonizers would never…


#1144 Mother Nature will survive


I was walking in Kelowna’s Rotary Marsh with two friends when this flower caught my eye. Basking in the sun, the flower vibrated yellow. Technically, I suppose, this is a weed since a weed is a successful plant growing in…


#1138 My wabi-sabi friend, @TorontoLydia


As anyone who follows On the Other Hand knows, my Twitter friend, Lydia Schoch is a thoughtful, articulate young woman. So it is no surprise she came up with a blog post (among many) that made me sit up and…