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The Next 18 Months May Be Critical

By Roy L Hales

The heat wave that toppled European temperature records last month, reduced half of Greenland’s ice sheet to slush. Though wildfires are common in northern regions, there is no record of anything corresponding to what is transpiring today. Close to 5.5 million hectares are ablaze in northern Russia, and another million in Alaska. As a BBC environmental correspondent recently stated, the next 18 months may be critical if we hope to halt the rise of global temperatures at 1.5 degrees.

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Canada’s New Green Deal

By Roy L Hales

The idea was born in the United States. Canada’s Green new deal launched in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal earlier this month. According to a poll of 2,000 Canadians conducted by Abacus Data, as much as 61% of the nation supports the idea of moving to 100% Green energy. There is much more of course. Town hall meetings are being held across the nation. At 6 PM on on June 14, Canada’s New Green Deal comes to Cortes Island.

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Learning To Die – As A Planet, As A person

“Truth-filled meditations about grace in the face of mortality.” @MargaretAtwood

By Francesca Gesualdi

“Learning to Die”: In this powerful little book, two leading intellectuals illuminate the truth about where our environmental crisis is taking us. Writing from an island on Canada’s Northwest coast, Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky weigh in on the death of the planet versus the death of the individual. For Zwicky, awareness and humility are the foundation of the equanimity with which Socrates faced his death: he makes a good model when facing the death of the planet, as well as facing our own mortality. Bringhurst urges readers to tune their minds to the wild. The wild has healed the world before, and it is the only thing that stands any chance of healing the world now – though it is unlikely to save Homo sapiens in the process. 

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