Author Archive for Jenni
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WOW I JUST HAD AN AMAZING EPIPHANY! I AM AN EXPLOSION OF GREATNESS!
Context: Right now I am currently a student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Right now (for May and June) I am a student in the Semester in Dialogue Program and we are focused on Sustainable Food Systems. In short…
The Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue addresses what we believe is the principal challenge for contemporary education: to inspire students with a sense of civic responsibility, encourage their passion to improve Canadian society, and develop innovative intellectual tools for effective problem solving. Each semester we develop an original and intensive learning experience that uses dialogue to focus student education on public issues. (via)
Today we had local Zero Waste Leaders Art Bomke and Helen Spiegelman in our dialogue.
My inspiration come from people like you.
- ART BOMKE
The following is a slam poem of my thoughts. Maybe i’ll make a video tonight (I literally couldn’t wait to post this and my heart is beating like crazy right now).
I made a pretty concise list of the things that I hold dear, and I realized that those things make up what I’ve got to share. Fun. + education + celebration + value(s) … + listening, laughter, love, creativity, hugs + criticism. Criticism is treasure and gold: I want to celebrate a different thought and climb up from the old. Everything in the wold universe has led up to this day. And all the people I’ve ever met have have influenced what I’m about to say. We are all hero’s in our own way. We all have a thing to learn and a thing to give away. Keep on moving forward because we are inherently – inheartantly – ants – for everything we do builds the hill up from the grass. How are others saying NO a strength, an opportunity, to evolve the status quo. What makes your life great? What’s on your list that you hold dear? What are you learning? What have you got to fear? And how will that inform my list and what I choose to hear?
Sidenote: I am literally clicking like a typewriter I am making so many connections right now! Let’s do this! Bam!
Thanks Elise! Yay for happy plants!
BINNER (BIN – NER): Someone who works scavenging through the garbage bins with the prospect of finding reusable and recyclable items that can be exchanged for cash.
Through pure chance (and possibly magic) I have had the pleasure of listening to inspiring Vancouverite Ken Lyotier, founder of United We Care speak twice in the past week! The first time I heard him talk I literally cried. This man has such a big heart. He compels me to love more, to reach further, and to go bigger.
A minister at a local United Church secured the two $1,500 from a trust fund. With the money Lyotier and his friend organized a one-day bottle depot at Victory Square and paid people who turned in bottles and cans.
“It was a really good event, but it was a total loser as a business because they were non-refundable,” Lyotier said. “The thing was, it did bring a pile of people together that were kind of like us, close to the street and scratching to try to make any little nickel or dime.”
They formed United We Can, which officially set up shop in 1995 in a 2,700-square-foot space. It employed the “hardest to hire” and even chased after its workers to convince them to come to work. In the early days, the bottle depot reimbursed 150 binners on a busy day.
There is an even more awesome video about Ken and what they do on the United We Care homepage. From their website:
We all know the value of recycling, but what if your recyclables helped alleviate poverty?
Green (sustainable) economic development is a path out of poverty. United We Can has been a pioneer in what is now being called the “Third Green Wave,” a combination of environmentalism and social equity. For fifteen years United We Can has been an advocate for marginalized people and the environment. United We Can provides people with support, training, and “green collar jobs.” These jobs help lift people out of debilitating poverty and help create community opportunities in a place commonly referred to as “Canada’s poorest postal code.”
I love how this idea for binning has been so revolutionary that it has swept the globe. Binners are in every city I have visited. It astounds me to think that there was a time before binning was common practice… before recycling was common! What if we gave all trash the value we gave recyclables and created new exciting projects instead of landfills? Gee whiz, the future excites me!
I had the pleasure of hearing this amazing slam poet Johnny Macrae live recently. I cried. No lie. He speaks for the trees. WOW. He has a bunch more nature poems here. Please listen to them if you like : )
I was so inspired that since I heard him speak, I have called and met and written about 10 people and told them this message, that I would now like to tell you:
I love you like a fish loves a bicycle. By that I mean that there is a long and poetic explanation (see the video above) for our connection but basically, even before I knew you, you were making my life great. Everything you do makes the world better. The impacts of your actions and your being are so far reaching that they improve the world in ways I will never fully grasp. I am so blessed that you are here. Thank you.
My awesome friend Evan sent me this lovely link!
A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
What a great use of permaculture! The article goes on to say:
What started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a textbook example of community outreach gone right.
Also, I found this movie through their website! Yay plants! Plant power!
Recently I have been pondering the merits and short comings of the society I live in. I live roughly in a suburb of a city. Most of my food is imported from other places. I am lucky to have access to clean, running, water. There is a lot of waste and garbage. Some of this is created to protect people and keep everyone healthy (see my recent experience with FoodSafe). Some (if not all) of this is unnecessary. This is far from the life Jackson recently wrote about…
So go on craigslist and start looking at land. You will have to leave the major cities. Major cities are not currently set up to support the number of humans dwelling within them. They could be, but they currently are not. Leave the cities, go back to the country. Google permaculture and take some lessons. Buy some used books, or better yet, trade for them. Steal them.
Several people recommended I watch this little e-documentary called The Century of the Self which you can view online for free.
The film comes in four parts and the synopsis reads as follows:
To many in both business and government, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power is truly moved into the hands of the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How is the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interest?
The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund’s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud. Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society’s belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man’s ultimate goal.
I had never really pondered the origins of the mass, consumerist culture I have been raised in.
I think my currently living arrangement has a number of side effects which are hurting the Earth, however I do not think the intentions are bad. I think somewhere along the line, people just wanted to help people. And help themselves. And protect people. And protect themselves. And I can see why you would want to do that.
How can we get creative and turn these problems into celebrations?
Lets do this! Go team!
At an event recently I met a great guy who created Garbage for Lent! This year, for the first time, he has signed on several churches to participate in giving up garbage for 40 days! Wow!
What is Lent? Well! According to Wikipedia:
Lent is a time for sacrifice for Christians. You must sacrfice something dear to you, and some believe you may take pleasure in it on Sunday, however most believe that you cannot for the entire forty days. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There are so many traditions in the world and I think they all have a message of compassion. I think it’s great when we can use that compassion to extend to the Earth as well!