What Can We Do?

Tapajós River in the Amazon © Todd Southgate / Greenpeace

At the University of Minnesota Dr. Nate Hagens teaches an honours course called “Reality 101: A Survey of the Human Predicament.” Hagens operated his own hedge fund on Wall Street until he glimpsed, “a serious disconnect between capitalism, growth, and the natural world. Money did not appear to bring wealthy clients more well being.

”Reality 101 addresses humanity’s toughest challenges: economic decline, inequality, pollution, biodiversity loss, and war. Students learn about systems ecology, neuroscience, and economics. “We ask hard questions,” says Hagens. “What is wealth? What are the limits to growth? We attempt to face our crises head on.”

Some students feel inspired to action, and some report finding the material “depressing.” One student shared the course material with a family member, who asked, “So what can I do?” The student struggled to answer this question, and the listener chastised her: “why did you explain all this to me, if you can’t tell me what to do?!”

A fair question. One that, as environmentalists, we often get asked. At the request of Dr Hagens, here is my list: Read What Can We Do? by Rex Weyler at Greenpeace.

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December 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

Board Games Night Returns

December 14, 5:00  Simply Jennifer, 377 11th Street, Come join Patrick and I as we keep our doors open until pm for some board game fun. We bring our own games from home but if you have one you wish to bring , please do.Open to everyone, we have literature on hand, some cozy spots if you wish to just enjoy the space and menu. See you then.

December 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Alone Christmas Day?

December 25, 12-2 Agora Hall (Nativity Hall) 301 McConnell St. Join us for our 5th Annaul Christmas dinner NO CHARGE but donations gladly accepted for next year. Need transportation? For pick up call Alison 613-662-4719 two weeks prior. Elevator accessible. Volunteer work call Marlene 613-662-9477.

December 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

Bats in Your Backyard

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 7:00 pm Schnitzels European Flavours, 158 Pitt St. Cornwall Dr. Brian Hickey, Bats in your backyard
Dr. Hickey is Eastern Ontario’s foremost expert on bats. For the past several years, he has developed a large-scale habitat restoration project for Little Brown bats that has engaged citizens and students in monitoring and restoration work. In this presentation, you will learn about the importance of bats in the ecosystem, the impacts of their decline, and the progress and results of his work to install bat houses and monitor populations in our region.
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November 30, 2018 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Avonmore Christmas Art, Crafts, and Bake Sale

Saturday & Sunday December 1 & 2, 10:00 – 4:00 Tagwi Secondary School Gymnasium (West Parking Lot) Admission is free with a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon both days at noon. Donations of food for the Community Food Share accepted. Info Linda at 613-346-5981. On the Saturday, the Show is a stop on the Avonmore & District House Tour, for information on the House tour call 346-5493.

November 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Annual Christmas Market

November 17, 9-2 Canadian Legion 167 Queen Street, Chesterville,

Annual Christmas Market hosted by Chesterville Farmer’s Market.

November 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

SONGS AND MUSIC OF THE WW1 ERA

Sunday November 18,  2-4pm in the Cornwall Public Library, SONGS & MUSIC OF THE WORLD WAR I ERA offered by Genealogy and Archives Saint-Laurent and Duo-Clarpian. No charge. Please reserved your seat at 613-932-4796.

November 9, 2018 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

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