In the face of climate breakdown, the task of cheerfully planning one’s garden may be filled with sadness, anxiety, or confusion. The snowy picture of my backyard looks lovely and wintry but until yesterday, it was freakishly mild. I know other parts of the world are experiencing much more serious climate chaos. However, the creation of spaces in which people and non-human nature can flourish is more important now than perhaps ever before.
I am a PhD student in Geography, an anti-racist marxist feminist, and passionate practitioner of permaculture. My main research focus is about struggles to create bee-friendly cities.
George Monbiot’s recent article in which he celebrates the rise of lab-based foods and the end of the agrarian age is highly problematic. It ignores social scientific and scientific research about agricultural systems and minimizes the practices and struggles of small-scale, organic farmers.
Sometimes we have to spend time nurturing things even though we don’t know when and if they will flourish. This is true for gardens and it’s also true for social change and social movements. Maybe there are movements that, like my native wildflowers, seem to have died but will grow back stronger and more beautiful than ever. Maybe there are forms of social change that I will nurture for years like my Paw Paws, possibly never getting to eat the fruit myself but creating the conditions so that others can.
Some radical New Year’s Resolutions for 2020!
I have certainty about one thing: it will be better to collectively struggle for freedom against this brutal, life-destroying system than to struggle alone. The most amazing moments of exhilarating joy will be collective.
After announcing the new direction of the podcast, I have been quiet online. This is partly because I did some amazing work on my PhD dissertation (I wrote the full … Continue reading Permaculture for the People update
“Don’t show your cleavage.” I have heard this advice from: A professor leading a required grad course on professionalism in academia (she also told the women when the appropriate time … Continue reading Don’t show your cleavage: A rant
In this special Halloween episode I explore why witches are so threatening to capitalism. I said this episode would be shorter. It wasn’t. I talk a lot. This is the … Continue reading Episode 13: The Power of Witches!
In this episode, I announce the new podcast name, which I will be rolling out over the next month, and I discuss the climate strike and Canadian elections! Resources from … Continue reading Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism
Check out my recent article in The Conversation Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees. If you find it interesting please share! When will the podcast be back? Mid-May. I … Continue reading Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees
In this episode I explore the implications the global insect decline. Why are insects in decline and, more importantly why should you care? What actions can we take in cities … Continue reading Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline
The Permaculture for the People podcast is on a very short hiatus as I write an article, revise an academic paper, and present at two international conferences. The next episodes … Continue reading Podcast update!