“I Want You to Panic” - theHumm August 2019
“I Want You to Panic” - theHumm August 2019
By — Chandler Swain
It’s very clear that if we don’t put a few more Green Party MPs in the House of Commons this fall, to help counter the ruinous policies of the usual old-school parties that keep skirting issues related to the climate crisis, we’re all going to be in big trouble.
Or more precisely, the planet we depend on for our very existence will keep on its current speedy trajectory toward… well… doom. Doom for humans. Not so much for cockroaches.
So, that’s so over the top! Right? So extreme and full of hyperbole!!
Oh boy, I wish it was. Our government must be shown that the citizens of Canada are more reasonable than to vote for a party that counters the dire warnings of thousands of climate scientists and other experts around the world. If we don’t we are really going to be in trouble, and soon. The International Panel on Climate Change has told us we have less than a decade to make fundamental changes to save ourselves from the effects of extreme climate change. Years ago I read the words of a counterculture hero of mine, Paul Hawken, who is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a non-profit that describes how global warming can be reversed. He said that to make the really big changes needed to save the planet, governments must lead the charge. We can see this in other countries where their economies are booming and prosperity is evident: they have strong environmental standards, support innovation for industries that are producing tons of clean energy, and are providing lots of work in building green infrastructure that is smart and effective. Currently Canada seriously lags behind, subsidizing the fossil fuel industry and building pipelines when there are many, many more good jobs in the renewable energy sector. It is dangerous policy to ignore the burgeoning green economy. We don’t have time for this.
We need to vote for representatives who will help implement policies that truly address our climate crisis. One issue that bogs things down is the facile argument that making the big changes needed to address climate change will harm the economy. Nonsense! There is so much inspiring action on the New Green Economy front that it’s hard to know where to start. I have been reading and listening to a lot of remarkable information from the most credible sources I could find and have complied a few to inspire us to act. These productions/publications will charge up your resolve. From the mountains of amazing information that is out there, I am recommending the following: watch, listen and talk about this with everyone you know and above all consider voting Green this October in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. Our candidate Steve Kotze is amazing! Watch for my interview with Steve for the August issue of theHumm.
Resources to Shore Up Your Resolve
Here are a few websites, books and podcaststo delve into before the upcoming election:
Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert: Is It Too Late to Save the World? The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast from May 13, 2019
Alec Baldwin’s terrific podcast Here’s the Thing from NPR: this edition is a doozy! Climate Science Explained: podtail.com/en/podcast/here-s-the-thing/climate-science-explained
On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein (fall 2019)
A Message from the Future with Alexandria Octasio-Cortez youtube.com/watch?v=d9uTH0iprVQ
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
In June, 2005, the title of our featured artist article was “Adrian Baker — Putting the Extra in the Ordinary.” At that time her Artist’s Statement was “My intention is to enable the observer to see beyond the familiar and witness the extraordinary in the ordinary.” She has succeeded admirably.
Since then she has upped the ante. Today she paints because “Art is my protest sign.” Maturity suits her. Her current work is an exploration of humanity’s interdependent relatio......
“You can’t imagine how beautiful it was,” sings Tumnus to Lucy about Narnia before the White Witch turned it into a cold winter wasteland. The musical Narnia was written by Jules Tasca, with music composed by Thomas Tierney and lyrics by Ted Drachman. It is based on C.S. Lewis’s classic story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Together they have all created a unique, enchanted show filled with magical creatures and spirits.
The story is set during World War II and begins with......
By — Jane Stott
It’d be some sin if you missed the Studio Theatre’s production of Salt-Water Moon. There’s gonna be a jolly time when people start talking ’bout this play — like they got a record in them as big as a 45-gallon drum, no mistake! So, if you don’t want to feel like a Friday fish at a Saturday market you’d best come in out of the wet and get on down to the Studio T’eatre, where you’ll be greeted with “Best kind, b’y, and hows’ yerself?”
David French’s touching love story, set in......
Mayors’ Monarch Pledge - theHumm August 2019
Lanark County is taking strides to support and promote restoration of pollinator habitat through several initiatives, including its recent proclamation of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge Day on June 26.
“Lanark County’s goal is to create diverse roadsides with an abundance of pollinator habitat through practices of planting flowers, seeding disturbed soil, improving maintenance practices and by participating in new projects aimed at improving pollinator habita......
By — Bob Sneyd
At 7pm on Friday, August 16, the internationally-renowned organist Lance Luce will play the inaugural concert of Eastern Ontario’s newest theatre organ. This 40 rank, 3 manual digital instrument is located in Perth’s Creative Community Hub at St. Paul’s United Church (25 Gore St. W.), which is now air-conditioned and fully accessible.
The repertoire will include music to “tap the toes” of all generations, with sounds and effects along musical roads less travelled, including ......
Calling All Wild Children! Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust’s Annual Festival of the Wild Child - theHumm August 2019
The third annual Festival of the Wild Child, a two-day event at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills, takes place on August 24 and 25. Open to the public from 10am to 4pm, this festival is offered by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) and provides a variety of stations along wooded trails and by ponds to learn, explore and engage with the natural world.
Knowledgeable volunteers will be at each station to help open windows into the many wonders of nature. A......
This Labour Day Weekend, get ready for forty artists to converge in Maberly and create the annual Sundance Artisan Show!
Celebrating their 13th year on the Fall River Restaurant festival grounds (21980 Hwy 7 in Maberly), Sundance artists are preparing to show off their latest creations. The outdoor setting is a picturesque backdrop of open field lined by a forest and a lush riverbank with the stone ruins of an old mill. Under a string of white-canopied tents, artists display their wares f......
Taking the Show on the Road Or, What Starts with “f”, Ends with “uck”, and Makes Delicious Food? - theHumm August 2019
By Sebastian Weetabix
There are many unanswered questions, and even more that are unasked, but there are seldom unanswerable questions. A diligent quest by Weetabix was triggered by the question: “What starts with the letter ‘f’ and ends with ‘uck’?” Herewith some words on a local seasonal phenomenon, the out-door restaurant or Food Truck.
In the beginning was the Chip Wagon — and it was good. Evolution drives the basic phenotype (a deep-fryer on wheels) towards more specialized and sophisti......
On Saturday, August 10, Paddle for Almonte General Hospital will again bring the community together for a fun, family-friendly affair featuring raft races at the Almonte Beach in support of quali......
Singers of all stripes and abilities are invited to SING! For SchoolBOX on Wednesday, August 14 from 7–9pm at Equator Coffee (451 Ottawa St. in Almonte). No experience is necessary. Singers will ......
The Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards will be returning for their fifth concert at St. Paul’s United Church (aka the “Creative Community Hub”) in Perth, on Labour Day Sunday, ......
Once upon a time a young reader entered the book industry. She learned to sell, serve, market, write, design and do data entry until the cows came home. She loved it all. She moved to Almonte and......
For those who remember the 1960s and 1970s, there were certain spine-tingling bedside table titles that were always kept away from the kids. Among the most popular of them was Ira Levin’s Rose......
By — Maureen Korp is a writer, historian and lecturer who reads theHumm faithfully.
More than a hundred years ago, German artist Käthe Kollwitz’s lithographs, etchings and sculpture had people talking on both sides of the Atlantic. Her subject? Working people, their life-long cr......
By — Angie Arendt is the Director of Big Stone House: a Center for Courageous Living in Almonte <bigstonehouse.ca>
The middle drawer of my office desk is only a couple of inches deep and a bit over a foot wide. In it belong some simple necessities: a couple of pens and some scratch paper, extra staples, a pai......
By — Lucie Perrier is a Councillor in Greater Madawaska
The Calabogie Summer Market has become a great Saturday draw this year! It attracts vendors from Renfrew, Dunrobin, Almonte and Carleton Place (to name a few), and is free to vendors who wish to ......
A new two-day festival brimming with live music, dance, cirque, drumming, art, nature, inspiration, conversation and storytelling will help us focus on enjoying life. JoyFest will be bringing a h......
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Jul 1 - 31 Exhibition: Jeweller Anne-Marie Chagnon
Jul 1 - Aug 25 Canadian Local: paintings, handweaving, jewellery
Jul 4 - Aug 31 Head Over Heels
Jul 6 - 27 Nolan Hubbard
Jul 21 - Aug 2 Bloomfest Garden Art Show & Sale
Jul 24 Brock Zeman
Jul 24 Rick Fines
Jul 26 Steve Stacey & Pat Robillard
Jul 29 - 30 Miss Emily w/opener Frank Ryan
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