All posts in "Environment"

The young man who will clean the ocean

By Cathryn Wellner / July 13, 2015

In October 2013 I wrote about Boyan Slat, who had designed a platform he claimed “could remove 7.25 million tons of plastic trash from the oceans in five years and make a profit doing it.” His 2012 TEDxDelft talk was convincing, but the distance between conception and execution sounded like a canyon the size of […]


Trees, cities, air – seriously, a good combo?

By Cathryn Wellner / April 1, 2015

My partner is always telling me, “You know how much I love trees.” Blah, blah, blah…yes, I know how much you love trees, Robin. But it turns out his love of trees is more than just a personal preference. It is life enhancing in our urban areas. One good example can be found in Turin, […]


Khonoma, where the environment is sacred

By Cathryn Wellner / March 25, 2015

Built on impossibly hilly land, the village of Khonoma is a model of environmental conservation and community spirit. The village lies in the northeastern state of Nagaland in India and is an example of tradition in service of humanity. We hear so much about selfish interests and environmental recklessness, but in Khonoma villagers have built […]


Awe is the best medicine (beats anti-inflammatories)

By Cathryn Wellner / March 20, 2015

Awe is exactly what I was feeling when I spotted this egg on Knox Mountain, near my home. It looks like a chicken egg in this photograph, but it was closer to the size of the business end of a teaspoon. Small and perfect, it was momentarily vulnerable, while the chick’s mother went off to […]


#1186 Our love can save the planet

By Cathryn Wellner / January 7, 2015

Shane Koyczan has appeared on this blog before (The people’s poet, The poet who speaks our hearts). His poetry bypasses any resistance to loving poetry and drills right into that heart-open, word-loving part in all of us. Now he has joined David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour with a poem about safeguarding our glorious planet from […]


#1185 Fossil fuels losing out to ethical investors

By Cathryn Wellner / January 5, 2015

Industry and governments are reluctant to curb the fossil-fuel cash cow, in spite of a planet having second thoughts about her experiment with human forms of life. So instead of waiting for environmental wreckage to force us to change directions, an increasing number of institutional investors are shifting their funds. Among the latest are the […]


#1183 “Write for whatever holy thing you believe in”

By Cathryn Wellner / December 31, 2014

Even in book stores with only a shelf or two of poetry books, one author will nearly always be represented. Mary Oliver is the people’s poet. Those touched by her words can quote whole poems or favourite lines. They copy passages into their journals and post them on Web sites, likely to the dismay of […]


#1169 Old people are good for the planet

By Cathryn Wellner / November 26, 2014

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 up to shed cash as quickly as we acquire it, the cost to the planet […]


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

By Cathryn Wellner / November 14, 2014

“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 decision. What we are facing, when we opt for an electric car or choose paper […]

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