Category Archives: Sustainable Living

Gilgamesh, and Climate Change

4,000 years ago, a poet wrote the epic of Gligamesh. At one point Gilgamesh, the king, the symbol of human civilisation, enters the great cedar forest and kills the demon there (the demon being nature). Gilgamesh then cuts down all the trees. The poet makes a point of inferring that this is bad, that humans know it’s bad, perhaps because they did it before 4,000 years ago and witnessed what happens when you destroy nature. That was 4,000 years ago, remember, we knew then that we must respect nature, not…

The Toronto Academy

I was talking about John Pilger being the only journalist worth anything in the world, with perhaps George Monibot as a distant second, and how there’s really nobody of any substance writing in the USA right now and hadn’t been for some years, all the time looking in on myself and disagreeing – one of the lessons that long distance running teaches one is to recognise the self as made up of several opposing points of view. My body is always telling me to stop, my mind is always urging…

The Veils of Babel

Flowing shards of fake silk damask trapping insulating, alternating layers of ignorance and fear, enveloping the human world almost entirely. The Veils of Babel, as told of in The Book of Sand, a fluid, shape shifting book without end. A façade of prosperity and righteousness that can be lifted with only the most dedicated effort at intense thought and paradigm shifting (temporary, ever temporary) conclusions. Lush Cosmetics, the company I work for, has an admirable practice of financially supporting community groups and of sending us employees off on paid days…

The High Park Race

I woke early, sleep hadn’t been fulfilling and I was still tired. I sleep on a mattress on the floor and today, as on every other day, there were ants on my face, body, and mattress. I could of course just squash them and disinfect the room but when I look at them I see that spark of wonderful life that we all share and I see that for them climbing over my body must be a great endeavour, such an adventure; I am loath to end anything for them….

‘Lost Rivers’ – LUSH Charity Pot Outing

Lush, who I work for, donate a hefty amount of money each year to a variety of small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights (read a little more about the Lush Charity Pot program here). And 4 times a year Lush employees are offered the opportunity to spend the day with one or more of these organizations to see what they’re doing with the money, and to learn more about the community we live among. Yesterday was one such day in Toronto so…

1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity

This statement was signed by over 1,500 of the world’s leading scientists, including over 100 Nobel Prize winners, Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan. Yet it has been routinely ignored by the media. I thought it especially powerful and wanted to share it with you. Here’s a small section of it, and a link to the rest that I hope you will take a little time to read (it’s quite short and written in everyday language so if you’re worried that you might not be able to understand scientific terms, don’t…

The Microbiome

A Nigerian, a Filipino, an Indian and an Englishman are sat around eating with their fingers out of the same bowl. This isn’t the start of a joke, it’s what happened yesterday when I shared my lunch with my mates. In times past I might have been unnerved by the thought of people from a different culture than mine sticking their fingers into my food (“do they wash their hands as well as I do…?”), but now I’m a little more educated I think it’s positively brilliant. The average western…

The Flow

This scene is about reconnecting in the midst of chaos, and in this instance, in my opinion it uses the analogy of the sun and the moon, if I might use such symbols for ties, flow and connections I find hard to otherwise describe. The east were of the moon, the west worshiped the sun, and when this incident happened in real life it was the time of the full moon, which was when most of the Japanese killings in prisoner of war camps occurred. So this scene, I think,…

A couple of great articles about food

I’m studying a variety of subjects at the moment and one of them is nutrition, and part of the initial course reading has been several articles. I wanted to share these two as they are so good, so well written, and if somebody reads these thoroughly and implement what they learn from them, I think they’ll improve their health. They’re full of common sense. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/magazine/28nutritionism.t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2& and http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=4&

Isa and the Word

IT IS related by the Master Jalaludin Rumi and others that one day Isa, the son of Miryam, was walking in the desert near Jerusalem with a number of people, in whom covetousness was still strong. They begged Isa to tell them the Secret Name by which Isa re¬stored the dead to life. He said: ‘If I tell you, you will abuse it.’ They said: ‘We are ready and fitted for such knowledge; besides, it will reinforce our faith.’ ‘You do not know what you ask,’ he said, but he…