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Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

By Jim Cooperman There is no doubt we are immersed in a climate crisis, as already we are experiencing the impacts—floods, fires, storms, and rising temperatures. Due to the still rising CO2 levels and the activated feedback loops, including the release of methane, recent predictions are suggesting that there could be 5 to 6 degree […]

Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

By Venta Rutkauskas Falling Home Land from a fall from grace Cradled in moss’ embrace Repose in that belonging Rise up, unclench your fist Drink in the balsam fir mist Digest the medicine, repair Kiss the bark of this Hemlock tree Where the afterbirth is buried deep Mother and child planted The hole is marked […]

2019 New Titles from Caitlin Press

2019 New Titles from Caitlin Press

Escape to the Wild: A Family’s Return to Simplicity By Andrea Hejlskov Published by Caitlin Press Andrea Hejlskov was certain of one thing: life could not continue as it was. She and her husband had become disillusioned with their jobs and the pressures of urban living, their four children were spending too much time alone […]

Nourishing our Children | Winter 2019 | Hair Care Quandaries

Nourishing our Children | Winter 2019 | Hair Care Quandaries

By Barbara Schellenberg – Here is what hair care was like for my family of five: We spent $1,200 a year on shampoo and conditioner. That’s 48 single use plastic bottles to recycle and 24 litres of questionable substances washed down the drain, not to mention time spent each month shopping for products. I wanted […]

Green Business, Quesnel – Slow Fashion: My Own Collection

Green Business, Quesnel – Slow Fashion: My Own Collection

By Terri Smith – By now you must have heard of “slow fashion,” but do you really know what it is? In case you’re not sure, here is a great explanation from www.thesustainableedit.com. “Slow Fashion” means: quality over quantity caring for the environment protecting human rights conscious buying and thoughtful purchases Slow fashion isn’t about […]

Turbidity: An Intimate Portrait of Environmental Disaster

Turbidity: An Intimate Portrait of Environmental Disaster

A Film by Robert E. Moberg – It was August 4, 2014 when the provincial news media called requesting footage of an “incident” at the Mt. Polley mine. I grabbed my camera gear and set out on the short flight via helicopter, my nephew, Kelly, at the controls. From about ten kilometres out we began […]

Creating New Trails and Stories at the End of the Road in Atlin

Creating New Trails and Stories at the End of the Road in Atlin

By Patrick Lucas – “We’ve struck gold!” I hear a voice shout out, and then it is quickly followed by another: “This is it. This is the money spot, boys.” I come out of the trees on a ridge over-looking Atlin Lake in northwestern British Columbia, the lands of the Taku River Tlingit, to find […]

Letting Go with Pluto

Letting Go with Pluto

By Angela Gutzer – I wrote this story for the Swan Song festival, which was held October 26 at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre in Williams Lake, and I read it aloud at the event. It was inspired by “The Moth” podcast (themoth.org), a site that promotes the art and craft of storytelling to honour […]

Book Review: Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to Heal

Book Review: Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to Heal

Author: Carolyn Parks Mintz with Andy Phyllis Chelsea – Article by Sage Birchwater – Andy Chelsea was chief of Esk’etemc First Nation at Alkali Lake when I first came to the Cariboo-Chilcotin in the early 1970s. In 1972 he and his wife Phyllis launched a sobriety movement that would eventually transform their community and send […]

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Examining Our Food Choices

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Examining Our Food Choices

By Terri Smith – A few days ago, on CBC radio, I listened to an interview with a very intelligent man who eats vegan for breakfast and lunch and vegetarian for dinner. He misses meat all the time, he says, but knows that animal agriculture is one of the biggest polluters of our planet. I […]

Message from the Universe: Do it Now, with Urgency

Message from the Universe: Do it Now, with Urgency

By Guy Dauncey – There comes a time in the evolution of every civilization when the Universe sends us a new message. Slowly, it works its way through the multiple layers of a long-established culture. It is buffeted by resistance and repulsed by rulers, but in spite of this, it finds its voice in the […]

The Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Trade Crisis: One More Species Receives Increased International Protection

The Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Trade Crisis: One More Species Receives Increased International Protection

By Dr. Chris R. Shepherd and Jordi Janssen Globally, there are 353 species of tortoises and freshwater turtles, and of these the conservation status of 251 species has been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species (a comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of species). The […]

Art Exhibit “Everything is Shining” Features Anthropocene by James Savage

Art Exhibit “Everything is Shining” Features Anthropocene by James Savage

Human disconnection from and reconnection to nature is the main theme of “Everything is Shining,” artist Jim Savage’s recent exhibition in Wells and Williams Lake. The painting Anthropocene (after Alex Colville’s Horse and Train) is one of the most compelling pieces. The term Anthropocene is increasingly used to describe the current geologic era given the […]

Publisher’s Letter – It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Publisher’s Letter – It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Green Gazette – Dear Readers, The winds of change have shaken the golden leaves from the branches of the trees, and we are steadily moving into the darkness of winter. With the changing season comes the sense of creating order and gathering resources to sustain us as we get ready […]

A Flight Where Wild Things Are

A Flight Where Wild Things Are

By Sage Birchwater – On August 10, 2019, I hired Mike King of White Saddle Air to take my family on a helicopter ride down the West Branch Valley of the Homathko River. I wanted to show my grandkids where their dads were born and grew up on our trapline in the shadow of Mount […]

Have a Merry, Global Christmas

Have a Merry, Global Christmas

By Jessica Kirby – Ten Thousand Villages has been a Christmas market presence in Williams Lake for the past 10 years. After a short hiatus, Bethel Cariboo Church is bringing the market back to Williams Lake November 21-23. A sustainable, eco-friendly Christmas is coming to Williams Lake, thanks in part to the revival of the […]

Reconsider Consumerism: Choose Sustainability Over Stuff

Reconsider Consumerism: Choose Sustainability Over Stuff

By Erin Hitchcock – As the Christmas season approaches, many increasingly catch the consumerism bug. We hustle from store to store or browse online looking for something to give to our friends and family members, so we make them feel special and appreciated, or even because we feel obligated to do so. Every year on […]

Lighting the World: One Re-purposed Candle at a Time

Lighting the World: One Re-purposed Candle at a Time

By LeRae Haynes – Bringing light and warmth to the world by re-purposing items headed for landfill is only one of the many projects taken on by Williams Lake volunteers for Canadian Food for Children. Local volunteer D.J. is one of those volunteers. At her home in Williams Lake she re-purposes tuna cans and discarded […]

The Election’s Over: Now Let’s Get to Work!

The Election’s Over: Now Let’s Get to Work!

By David Suzuki – The election may be over, but there’s no time to be complacent. Canadians voters—and many people too young to vote—demanded that politicians take climate disruption seriously. The parties and candidates listened, and, for the first time, climate became a top election issue. Now we must make sure they all come together […]

How to Save Our Planet: Where to Start

How to Save Our Planet: Where to Start

By LeRae Haynes – Turning concern into discussion and fear into action is at the heart of a Williams Lake Facebook page called How to Save Our Planet—Where to Start. Administered by registered clinical therapist and concerned citizen Kathy Lauriente-Bonner, the page opens discussions about daily-life steps people can take to make a difference. “There […]

How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – This winter, instead of reaching for the easy option or quickest option, take a pause and give this idea a try: don’t make excuses; make plans. Plans are what allow us to commit to ideas and follow them through. In the world of low-waste living, plans are essential, however annoying […]

Going Green with Your Cuppa Joe

Going Green with Your Cuppa Joe

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Many of us know the rich, aromatic beckoning of a hot pot of coffee—how it tickles the senses and carefully lures you to its dark, deliciousness in the wee hours. Like all things decadent, not all coffee is created equal, at least not from economic or ethical […]

Conservation Conversation: Dinner Out or a Safer Future?

Conservation Conversation: Dinner Out or a Safer Future?

By Jenny Howell – By the time you read this, an election will have come and gone. One thing that stands out this time around is that citizens are ranking climate change as one of the top three election issues. In 2008, Stephan Dion tried to make this an election issue with his ‘green shift’, […]

Using Permaculture Principles to Reduce Food Waste

Using Permaculture Principles to Reduce Food Waste

By Amy Quarry Owner, Long Table Grocery – Here at Long Table we base much of our business model on the 12 Permaculture Principles. Originally and most commonly applied to gardening and agriculture, they have immense value in the creation and design of all kinds of systems whether they be agricultural, social, economic, or business […]

No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

By Oliver Berger Well, usually during my “No Time Left to Waste” articles you all read my venting about the serious garbage issues that plague our society. I want to say, thank you for listening. In this article, leading up to the holidays where we should be most aware of our consumption and reduction, I […]

Cariboo Made: Crafters’ Market and Indoor Farmers’ Market in 100 Mile House

Cariboo Made: Crafters’ Market and Indoor Farmers’ Market in 100 Mile House

By Maureen Pinkney – Now well into its second year, the Crafters’ Market is a destination shopping store. Not only can you get an amazing variety of hand-crafted gifts and everyday items sold by the very individuals that made them, but there is also the ability to buy home grown products. Step into the quaint store […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Winter 2019

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Winter 2019

One of the simplest astronomical observations you can make is that the stars, planets,moon, and sun all rise in the east and sink into the west. At the observatory, then, the four directions are different. Due to earth’s rotation, the stars move 15 degrees an hour. That is about the length of the handle on […]

Waste Wise | What’s in Our Waste?

Waste Wise | What’s in Our Waste?

By Tera Grady Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) commissioned a “waste audit” in June of 2019 that focused on typical household waste, not demolition or construction waste, at the Quesnel, Williams Lake, and 100 Mile House landfills. A waste audit includes collecting […]

Welcome to the 2019 Medieval Market in Williams Lake

Welcome to the 2019 Medieval Market in Williams Lake

By Melinda McKinnon – As the commoners assemble outside the gates, eagerly anticipating the start of the annual market, the voice of the Town Crier can be heard soaring above the assembled crowd. As the doors to the 2019 market swing open, the Crier unfurls his scroll to announce, “Hear ye, hear ye… come one, […]