Green Pieces — a new section on this site
There’s a new section on this site this week. It’s called Green Pieces, and in it I’ll be posting my own environmental writing, both reprints and new items, both substantial features and lectures and also some of my newspaper columns. To view it, just click on the "Green Pieces" tab above.
"Green Pieces" makes its debut with three hefty reprinted pieces, one of which is my major attempt so far to articulate a political and environmental philosophy that would provide a way out of the frightening situation we have created for ourselves.
The first piece, "Water Courses," is about the growing global shortage of fresh water, and Canada’s role in it. Though it dates from 1990, it describes a situation which has not fundamentally changed except by growing worse.
"Recycling by the Sea" is about the astonishing democratic process by which Nova Scotia — rather to its own surprise — became one of the world’s leaders in reycling, composting and reducing its production of solid waste. Nova Scotians are proud of this, as they should be, and the story has important implications for other jurisdictions not only in waste reduction, but also in the process of democratic decision-making.
"Energy, Environment and the Left" is a Vancouver Institute lecture, delivered in 2000, that expresses my alarm about sustainability — about what we are doing to the environment and also to one another. The lecture reviews some of the history of environmental degradation and the factors that cause it, and ends by considering what can be done about it, and how such action might be organized and prosecuted. It’s the most important statement I’ve ever written about the thought and perception that gave rise to this web site.
Take a look. I hope you’ll find this new feature both provocative and valuable.