Here’s some strange water. Do you see it there, between the wet clouds and the wet lake? It’s within the force that’s drawing Okanagan Lake into the sky. Here again, on a […]
Race and Apples 3: Health, Fruit-Growing and Poison
Apples aren’t as healthy as they used to be. Race has a role in that. A big role, actually. Poor Joseph. Now he’s a hydroelectric dam. Spanning the Columbia right next to […]
Rebuilding the Grasslands 5: Deer, Coyotes and Fire
Over the previous 4 days, I have shown you how some changes to civic land-use legislation can help rebuild the grasslands around our houses, while protecting us from climate change in the […]
Rebuilding Sustainability 4: The Sagebrush Catalyst
With a few changes in environmental legislation in the current weed desert in which we plant houses in the catastrophically failing Okanagan grasslands, we can live in a land of plenty instead […]
When is Climate Change Not?
So, here’s a change that’s been ongoing for some twenty years now: aspen leaves getting hollowed out by leaf miners, which aren’t getting killed off by cold winters. One sees a lot […]
Murdering Geese for Tourists. It’s What We Do.
These geese. Come June, they will be herded with kayaks, put on a truck, killed, and dumped in the landfill. These geese: On a beach that has silted in with road sand […]
Is it a Healthy Environment? Why Words Matter to the World.
A very good question was asked about my neighbourhood: Priest Valley from the Bella Vista Hills My house is hidden by the slope on the right. Or, if not a question, […]
Sustaining the Okanagan 19: Humans, Class and Environment
This is one of a series of posts about how to maintain a local landscape in the face of technological pressure. In this case, both the primary observation (all land and landscape […]
Sustaining the Okanagan 16: Let’s Get Syrian
This is one of a series of posts on creating sustainability in the Okanagan/Okanogan, a valley between the Monashee, Okanagan and Pasayten Ranges in north western North America. This valley, and the […]
Sustaining the Okanagan 14: Plant Tech
We exceeded the valley’s population carrying capacity 25 years ago. Our issue is water. You’d think it would limit human population expansion, but humans are socially clever and limit social access to […]