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About guydauncey

I am a speaker, author, activist and futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future and to translate that vision into action. I am founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of nine books, including the award-winning books Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic and The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming. My latest book is 'Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible' (December 2015). www.journeytothefuture.ca For my sins, I am also an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. My main website is www.earthfuture.com. I live at Yellow Point, near Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

By Rewriting our Past, We can Rewrite our Future

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Once upon a time, there was a revolution. I have never read about it in any history book, yet it was the ancestor of all revolutions, from the earliest slave revolts to the French and Russian revolutions, the gay rights movement and the #Metoo movement.

By not knowing about it, and not understanding its consequences, our interpretation of history is missing a critical dimension as we struggle to free ourselves from the tentacles of neoliberalism and build a new economy that is friendly to humans and nature, not just to bankers and greed. In the light of this revolution, our understanding of thinkers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, Marx, Owen, Kropotkin, Nietzsche, Polanyi, Keynes, Hayek, Rand and Ostrom is changed.

We may never know when it happened, but a quarter million years ago is a good possibility. To understand its origins, however, we have to go back six million years, to when we shared a common ancestor with the chimpanzees and bonobos. Even today, we share 99% of our genes, and the same impulses to mother, to play, to help each other, to use social skills, to hunt together, to form tribes, to fight, to bully and to dominate.

Through it all, the non-alphas resented being dominated

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The Green Diary, July 2018

Green Diary

A Host of Amazing Events to Build a Better World

Patiently Organized by Amazing People

250-924-1445 guydauncey@earthfuture.com

Mission Transition: The Sierra Club BC’s Podcasts bring you stories from innovators across the province who are moving ahead with solutions for housing, transportation and renewable power.Moving beyond fossil fuels to the next economy is an opportunity to think about the ways we work, the ways we live and our values for the future. Your hosts Caitlyn Vernon and Susan Elrington hear from workers, business owners and everyday people, while busting common clean energy myths. https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast/

Metchosin, Naturally! Season Through the Lens. July is a good month to be taking pictures for the photo exhibition and context this fall. Co-sponsored by the Metchosin Foundation and the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association. Pictures must be taken of natural subjects in Metchosin this year. For dates, contest rules and submissions procedures see http://metchosinbiodiversity.com/menu_photocontest.php

WEEK ONE

Sun 1, 2-4pm Canada Day in Goldstream Park!! Family friendly activities. Ice cream by Donation- all proceeds help our local park rider in this year’s tour de rock. RLC Park Services at the Goldstream Nature House Welcome you! Goldstream Nature House 250-478-9414 or nature@rlcparks.ca

Wed 4 Nature Leadership Day! Do you know a youth aged 13 to 18 who wants to make a positive difference for the planet? The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is putting on a day of fun activities, leadership skill building, and more. Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road. To register, email camps@cowichanestuary.ca or call 250 597 2288

Wed 4, 5:30-8:30pm Old-Growth Forests Action Night. Join the Sierra Club BC forest action team for a pub night! We are working hard to send 10,000 messages to Forests Minister Doug Donaldson urging him to take action to protect Vancouver Island’s last remaining old-growth forests. Find out how you can get involved and get to know the team. Appies are on us. Cenote Lounge (768 Yates St.). Contact galen@sierraclub.bc.ca for info. https://www.facebook.com/events/1705528482830130/

Sat 7, 10-4pm PaddleFest at Willows Beach. Come and meet us the Georgia Strait Alliance’s table.

Sat 7, 10am Family Bike Ride. Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. Location TBA. http://gvcc.bc.ca/theme-rides/

Sat 7, 2 – 5 pm Site C Dam Afternoon Tea in Metchosin Country Garden Fund Raiser for the First Nation Legal Challenge. Tickets $50 or what you can afford. All proceeds to Nun Wa Dee Stewardship Society, the fundraising arm for West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations legal challenge. We need to know numbers, so please register! gardenparty@sitecsummit.ca.  3:45pm Live music; Sarah Cox, Author of Breaching the Peace; Silent Auction Art works. 4856 Jelinek Place, Metchosin. Tickets or donations of $100 or more will receive charitable receipts. Jackie Larkin or Glenn Schentag 250-478-7604 or gardenparty@sitecsummit.ca https://www.facebook.com/events/237194153703853/

Sun 8, 11am-1pm Canoe/Kayak Trip at Quennell Lake, Cedar. Join the Yellow Point Ecological Society for a leisurely trip on Quennell Lake. Meet at the boat launch on Ritten Road, off Yellow Point Road. Turn onto Ritten Road by the mailbox just south of the Zuider Zee campground turning, and you’ll find the boat launch at the bend in the road. We’re told it can be muddy. Bring your own boat and be prepared for whatever the weather offers. www.yellowpointecologicalsociety.ca

WEEK TWO

Tue 10, 5-7pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora St, Victoria. Great beer, great company! www.meetup.com/Green-Drinks-Victoria/

Wed 11, 10am-1pm Slash and Savour the Salmonberry. We are looking for hands to help clear a trail at Lohbrunner Woods in Langford. As a sweet bonus, volunteers will have an opportunity to harvest the delicious salmonberries before removing the bushes that have overrun the trail. Nature Conservancy of Canada, Lohbrunner Woods Conservation Area, Langford, Travis Muir bc@conservationvolunteers.ca 250-413-8013

Wed 11, 7-9pm Irrigation Controller Scheduling workshop. Free workshop to learn waterwise scheduling tips, Saanich CRD Environmental Protection Call 250.474.9684 to register.

Thur 12, 10pm Nomadic Tempest: A Sooke Homecoming. Founded in Sooke in 1970, the Caravan Stage Company returns aboard the tall ship Amara Zee to present its “climatopian” rock opera, described by the Vancouver Sun as “an outdoor Cirque du Soleil and IMAX hybrid with a smattering of J.R.R. Tolkien and David Suzuki.” Sponsored by the Sooke Harbour Authority and co-presented by Transition Sooke. Tickets at Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caravan-stage-company-presents-nomadic-tempest-in-sooke-bc-tickets-47235517705

Fri 13, 10pm Nomadic Tempest: A Sooke Homecoming. See Thur 12

Sat 14, 9am-4pm Loot in the Boot garage sale fundraiser for Cowichan Green Community.  Rent a stall in our south parking lot at 360 Duncan Street for $20 and pop your trunk to sell your treasures. Or donate your items to Community Green for us to sell?  All proceeds support the great programs we manage. Email Madelaine@cowichangreencommunity.org or call 250-748-850 for more information. https://cowichangreencommunity.org

Sat 14, 9am-4pm Duncan Station’s 5th birthday. From its beginnings as the Phoenix Motor Inn (built in 1994), the Cowichan Green Community had a vision to revitalize the building. Five years later, The Station is a vibrate part of downtown Duncan, with two main floor commercial tenants, 20 residential tenants and CGC’s offices and commercial kitchen. Stop in for a visit, say “hi”, enjoy some refreshments, and a piece of birthday cake. 250-748-850 https://cowichangreencommunity.org

Sat 14, 10pm Nomadic Tempest: A Sooke Homecoming. See Thur 12

Sat 14, 10:30am-12 noon Tide Pool School at Cattle Point. The lowest tide of the year at -0.1m presents an amazing view of the diversity of low intertidal marine life. Specimens will be presented by experts, and time for you to collect your own using nets and small containers.  Friends of Uplands Park and the Georgia Strait Alliance. Donations welcome. Contact Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP at mlidkea@shaw.ca

Sat 14, 10am-1pm Metchosin Biodiversity Day. The Metchosin Biodiversity Project is linking hands with CRD parks for their annual Metchosin Biodiversity Day. Staff will be at a tent table during the CRD Parks Marine Day event on Saturday, July 14. Bring the family along and enjoy a day at the beach. In addition to the CRD beach seine and scuba-diving organisms, HAT and Metchosin Biodiversity Project naturalists will lead some short, kid-friendly walks to look at beach plants, the estuary environment, and the Witty woods. See the full schedule for the specific times, places, and walk leaders at https://tinyurl.com/ybafx7jl.

Sun 15, 9:45-1pm Colwood Creek Park Restoration Day with the Greater Victoria Green Team. All ages, experience levels welcomed. Tools, gloves, refreshments provided. Join here: https://bit.ly/2tE3tZM

Sun 15, 10am History Tour Bike Ride with John Adams. Meet Centennial Square. Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. http://gvcc.bc.ca/theme-rides/

WEEK THREE

Mon 16, 7-9pm Creating a One Planet Community. Hear from island innovators and organizations with sustainable solutions and actions for becoming a One Planet Region. Join Creatively United and Conversations for a One Planet Region at this uplifting live stream event that will cover a wide range of topics from affordable housing, transportation and energy to food, and meet action integrators making a difference. Sunset Labs, 401 Herald Street (behind Value Village). Presented by Creatively United with the generous assistance of a Stream of Consciousness 20/20 Vision Grant. Free.

Tue 17, 5-7pm Reay Creek Clean-up of plastic and debris from Reay Creek Park. Peninsula Streams Society. Meet at the gate at the end of Frost Ave, Reay Creek Park, Sidney. peninsulastreams@gmail.comor 778.350.0510

Sat 21, 9am-12pm Pat Bay Beach Clean-up of plastic and debris along Pat Bay Beach. Food and beverage provided. Peninsula Streams Society. Meet at washrooms at Pat Bay Park – peninsulastreams@gmail.com or 778.350.0510

Sat 21, 9:45-1pm Murray Pond Park in Colwood Restoration Day with the Greater Victoria Green Team. All ages, experience levels welcomed. Tools, gloves, refreshments provided. Join here: https://bit.ly/2IoBenu

Sat 21, 10am-1pm Fairfield Repair Café. Have something needing repair?  Bring it and we will fix it for free – and you can learn how to fix. Save money, save your favourite items, save our landfills, save the world! We can typically repair most things including furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc. Sometimes, we have specialized expertise to fix computers and help you work your cell phone. 1330 Fairfield Road (next to Moss Street Market and Sir James Douglas School). Free; donations welcome to cover our costs. www.facebook.com/repaircafefairfield  www.fairfieldcommunity.ca/repair-cafe  repaircafefairfield@gmail.com

Sat 21, 2-4pm Parks Day in Goldstream Park!! Celebrate local natural and cultural history on parks day. Family friendly activities. Ice cream by Donation- all proceeds help our local park rider in this year’s tour de rock. RLC Park Services at the Goldstream Nature House Welcome you! Goldstream Nature House 250-478-9414 or nature@rlcparks.ca

WEEK FOUR

Mon 23-Sat 28, 2:30pm Tour de Goldstream. Let’s match the number of kilometres Tour de Rock Rider, Allison Roberts will be riding in September. Cycle and donate to help Allison raise funds for kids with cancer and support the Tour de Rock. Daily activities at 2:30pm at the Goldstream Campground amphitheatre.

Tue 24, 5:30-8:30pm Old-Growth Forests Action Night. Join the Sierra Club BC forest action team for a pub night! We are working hard to send 10,000 messages to Forests Minister Doug Donaldson urging him to take action to protect Vancouver Island’s last remaining old-growth forests. Find out how you can get involved and get to know the team. Appies are on us. Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St). Contact galen@sierraclub.bc.ca for info. https://facebook.com/events/1694577770596862/

Thur 26, 10am-1pm Purple Loosestrife Pull. Take part in the battle against the pesky purple loosestrife, an invasive plant that takes over wetlands and drives out native plants and animals. Volunteers will also learn how to use the iNaturalist app, a simple but powerful tool that can be readily used for citizen science. Greenways Land Trust and Nature Conservancy of Canada, Campbell River Estuary, Travis Muir bc@conservationvolunteers.ca 250-413-8013
Sat 28, 10am Climb a Rock for the Tour de Rock. Meet us on the peak of Mt. Finlayson for a special celebration and help the donations for kids with cancer climb to new heights! Contact the Goldstream Nature House 250-478-9414 or nature@rlcparks.ca

Sat 28, 12:30pm to Sun 29th Walbran Convergence in the unprotected heart of Kaxi:ks (Walbran Valley) in unceded Pacheedaht territory. A celebration of forest activism and the ongoing fight to protect the Walbran and all threatened ancient forests on the west coast. To build unity for the protection of endangered rainforests and a just transition to sustainable second-growth forestry that prioritizes Indigenous rights and title and local communities. Hosted by the Friends of Carmanah-Walbran and the Wilderness Committee. Speakers, opening of the new Emerald Pool Boardwalk loop trail, community meals, guided hikes, workshops, an evening performance by west coast folk singer Luke Wallace, members of the Pacheedaht Nation, grassroots environmental justice groups, elected officials, business and labour leaders. https://www.facebook.com/events/616617858718997

Sat 28, 6-11pm TLC’s first Mad Hatter Tea Party at Abkhazi Garden. Tickets for purchase online at conservancy.bc.ca or by calling TLC at 250-479-8053. $125.

Sun 29, 10am Cultural Bike Tour, leading to Bike Music Festival. Meet Centennial Square. Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. http://gvcc.bc.ca/theme-rides/

All Month

NatureSketch Club programs in Victoria and Duncan. A Robert Bateman Foundation initiative. http://www.naturesketch.org

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: www.crd.bc.ca/about/events

Change the World on Shaw TV, with Guy Dauncey. Interviews with local people who have big bold ideas and positive solutions for the future. Shaw TV Channel 4. www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRSwDpSO92L1Li1FSwQpzy2leOk_8VdFo 

More Local Events (including hikes): http://creativelyunited.org/events/ 

Meet-Ups:

Affinite Wealth Group: http://www.meetup.com/Affinite-Wealth-Victoria/

Victoria Cycling Adventures: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-outdoor-social-club/

Victoria Club Tread: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Club-Tread/

Victoria Nature Explorations: http://www.meetup.com/Nature-Victoria-Explorations/

Victoria Nature Walks: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Nature-Walks/

Victoria Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Outdoor-Club/

Victoria Sea Kayakers: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Sea-Kayakers/

Vegan Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

West Shore Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

Greater Victoria Green Team: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/

Net Squared Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-Outdoor-Club/

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-walking-hiking-group/

EVERY WEEK

Biweekly. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail. info@ourecovillage.org   250-743-3067  www.ourecovillage.org

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days. frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca  250-812-8133  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

Every day, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift!

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or goldstream@naturehouse.ca

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, marycarmack@victoriapublicmarket.com 250 884 8552 www.victoriapublicmarket.com

Every Mon, 4-6:30pm FREE Family Cooking Classes *pre-registration required* – Cowichan Green Community – 360 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC – Jennifer Dorby #250.748.8506 or by email jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org https://cgcf.ca/projects/chow-cooking-classes/

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515

Every Monday, 4-6:30pm Cowichan Green Community Chow Down Family Cooking Classes. Free. Visit https://cgcf.ca/projects/chow-cooking-classes/ for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling Jennifer: jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org/ 250-748-8506

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria www.haliburtonfarm.org

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211

Every Wed 7-8:30pm Oneness Wednesdays Meditation Circle at Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street;  Everyone welcome to drop in.   By Donation   http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/  

Every Thursday, 1-7pm Food Garden Volunteers needed, throughout the summer of 2018. Gain skills in horticulture, permaculture, irrigation and outreach in Banfield Commons and Orchard. 521 Craigflower Road, south of the Vic West Community Association. foodgardens@victoriawest.ca https://vicwestfoodsecurity.org/

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston restoration@swanlake.bc.ca.

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Thurlow St, Fairfield. www.MossStreetMarket.com

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the Friends of Uplands Park to remove English ivy, and help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem, and protect 24 rare plants. Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction provided. Meet at Cattle Point, near the kiosks.

 

 

Tiny Homes Villages

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Artwork by Richard Sheppard,  www.theartistontheroad.com

 

All I want is a village somewhere,

far away from the housing scare,

With friends and family,

Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly?

Little homes where we all can live,

A lovely garden so we all can eat,

Shared hearts, shared love, shared hopes,

Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly.

In May 2018 the average price of a home in BC was $750,000. In Victoria, the average price of a condo was $500,000.

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Canada’s Choice

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by Guy Dauncey

$4.5 Billion Dollars to Subsidize Fossil Fuels? Here’s a Much Better Idea

$4.5 billion of Canada’s money, to buy a bitumen pipeline? Some suggest that it could rise as high as $12 billion, including future construction and legal costs.

So what if the money was invested in solutions to the climate crisis, instead making things worse by being invested in the primary cause, which is our use of fossil fuels? When Canada signed the Paris Climate Agreement most people presumed that it was being signed honestly, not as an act of laugh-behind-your-hand hypocrisy.

Thirty to Fifty Times More Jobs

That much money could leverage enough electricity to replace most of Alberta’s coal and gas-fired electricity, and generate between 30 and 50 times as many jobs. It could also power 18 million electric vehicles for 25 years. Continue reading Canada’s Choice

Farm Villages – The Way of the Future

 

Farm-VillagesSubmission to the Agricultural Land Reserve Minister’s Advisory Committee by Guy Dauncey and Rob Buchan. Deadline for letters and submissions Monday April 30th 2018.

https://engage.gov.bc.ca/agriculturallandreserve/

For an illustrated slideshow on this proposal, see https://www.slideshare.net/GuyDauncey/farm-villages

Introduction

Throughout the world, in every culture, farmers have lived and raised their children in small farm villages.

Here on Vancouver Island, 95% of our food is imported every day on the ferries. At the same time, good farmland sits empty or grows hay, while younger people who want to get onto the land to grow food are unable to do so because of the incredibly high price of land.

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Let’s Make Every Business a Social Purpose Business

 

Social-PurposeBy Guy Dauncey, March 2018

If we are to live in a fair, just, ecologically sustainable world, many things in our economy will need to change, from the way banks create money to the way environmental losses and gains are accounted for and measured.

Let’s start with the businesses that grow the food, manufacture the products and provide the services we all depend on and enjoy.

It’s almost impossible to imagine a successful economy without its businesses. The Soviet Union tried, and Cuba is still trying, but neither has had much success. It’s hard to have success when the spirit of enterprise is not allowed to flourish. Continue reading Let’s Make Every Business a Social Purpose Business

The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy

They say we are self-interested, we’re always out to win.
Always individualistic, though it used to be a sin.
They say we need free markets, the better to compete,
and the economy will flourish if we only think of greed.

This is Economics 101, the way it’s taught today. Not a word about nature, community, caring, sharing, or cooperation.

During the mid 19th century, advances in science, democracy, education, literacy, public healthcare, labour unions, technological breakthroughs, banking, and the power of fossil fuels to generate rapid economic growth certainly made it seem that after ten thousand years of economic stagnation the competitive pursuit of profit was improving life for all. In the 1760s it took eighteen hours of human labour to transform a pound of cotton into cloth. By the 1860s it took one and a half hours. Today, it probably takes five seconds.

Continue reading The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy

Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

by Guy Dauncey, February 2nd, 2018

If you want to see what this EcoRenaissance looks like on the ground, click HERE.

Until a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist

I can feel this future. I have written a novel about it. I love its colour and vibrancy, its harmony with Nature. But what is its name?

One of the realities of the spoken language is that until a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist. When we want to create something, we name it.

The feeling that comes to mind is one of Renaissance – the birth of a new vision, the promise of a new future. The Renaissance that was seeded in the 13th century and blossomed into glory in the 15th and sixteenth centuries filled people’s hearts, souls and minds with art, imagination and ideas. It took inspiration from the rediscovered science, art and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. It made souls take flight, washing away the dull dogmatism and cruel muddy feudalism of a world where nothing much changed except by disease, disorder and death.

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To Dam, or Not to Dam? An Ode to the Peace River

Peace

To dam, or not to dam: that is the question,

whether tis nobler to suffer

the loss of farmland and First Nations rights by powerful flooding,

or, by solar, wind and conservation, geothermal too,

to craft another path to the energy we’ll need

and save the land for growing food and flowing water,

under the peaceful sky.

 – Guy Dauncey, January 2018

Mammoths on East Hastings Street: A Vision from the Future

Mammoths Sculpture

Mammoths on Hastings Street, by Hae Jin An, Emily Carr School of Art

This is an extract from Chapter 12 ‘The Heart of Poverty’ in Guy Dauncey’s ecotopian novel Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible, set in Vancouver in June 2032.

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‘The Land that Ugly Forgot’

Back on the trail, I passed a sign that told me that Fourth Avenue was closed to cars every Sunday, and open only to cyclists, rollerbladers, runners and strollers.[1] I rode north over the Cambie Street Bridge, crossing the waters of Vancouver’s False Creek. To see the banners of colored silk fluttering from the streetlights and the central median ablaze with rhododendrons and flowers set my soul ablaze. A banner at the end of the bridge proclaimed ‘The Land that Ugly Forgot’ and welcomed me to the downtown.

I cycled to Wei-Ping’s office on Water Street in Gastown and found a space to park Carl’s bike in a bike-rack designed like a red dragon. I had a while before my meeting, so I walked to the Waterfront station and turned up Seymour, enjoying the wide sidewalks, ample bike-lanes and colorful food carts. Several buildings were covered with ferns and flowering plants tumbled down their walls, as if a rainforest had taken up residence in the city. [2] At a crosswalk, instead of saying WALK it said DANCE, and there was music that made it impossible not to—not just me but others too, laughing and smiling at each other. [3]

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