All posts in "Environment"

#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 […]


#1162 Planting miracles in India; one man heals the environment

By Cathryn Wellner / November 10, 2014

I have shared other tree planters with you on this blog. Now add Jadev Payeng to the growing list of people who take on seemingly thankless, impossible tasks. Jadav Payeng has turned a barren wasteland into a forest larger than New York’s Central Park. He has done this in a beautiful but geographically challenged environment, […]


#1159 Print-and-plug solar panels coming soon

By Cathryn Wellner / November 3, 2014

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, and they can power our skyscrapers. The researchers are part of the Victorian Organic Solar […]


#1158 They brought sockeye salmon back to the river

By Cathryn Wellner / October 31, 2014

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 do to kick off a conference. She introduced her grandson, a 9-year-old boy who had […]


#1149 Renewable energy Davids are challenging the Goliaths

By Cathryn Wellner / October 13, 2014

With governments, corporations and fossil-fuel companies still pretending we have time to futz around with business-as-usual energy schemes, innovators are doing an end run and coming up with alternatives. One place to check out some American ideas is on the Center for Social Inclusion’s site, Energy Democracy for All. Instead of ignoring the climate-change train […]


#1144 Mother Nature will survive

By Cathryn Wellner / October 7, 2014

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 a place we humans have decided is the wrong place. Many of them are invaders […]


#1138 My wabi-sabi friend, @TorontoLydia

By Cathryn Wellner / October 2, 2014

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 take notice. On August 18, 2014 she challenged her readers to focus on the “ordinarily […]

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