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Monday, December 18, 2006

Warming Up the World

I’ve been teaching my students about global warming for the past few weeks as part of my environmental awareness unit in Social Studies, and our weather here has served as a wonderful example as we have swung from lows of -41C to +5C in the span of a day or two here in Edmonton, not to mention the extreme weather out on Vancouver Island. This week we are alternating both sides of zero, but, overall, the forecast is quite tepid for this time of year. In any case, we have a fair amount of snow down, so it will be a slick, white Xmas.

It seems crazy that we are a week away from Xmas; where has 2006 gone?! Reflecting on the year past, it doesn’t seem as though the world has learned much from another year of evolution as we continue to plod our way through war, greed and famine – lives usurped by artificial economies and paying our local Big Brother to shelter us from the tyranny of those who seek to do our way of life harm. I’m still amazed at the state of the world – I mean honestly! Where do they find the time to create such havoc? I know that after a day in front of my students, I want to relax, not push for religious, racial or nationalistic superiority over my neighbours. Why can’t men like George W. Bush and whoever else just sit down with a nice cup of tea and a good book? We must really develop a more utilitarian way of looking at the world. Let’s face it, if you rule the world then you are responsible for its upkeep. I know running a home with a wife, offspring and pets is enough work, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to be responsible for more. Just think, if we take care of our own little corner of the planet – being environmentally responsible and peaceful – and everyone would live in a better world!

Perhaps we should take over Xmas from the Christians (after all, they took it from the pagans), keep all the well wishes and giving sentiments, but eliminate the sectarian nature of the season. I was listening to CBC radio this morning over breakfast and they had the children of immigrant families talking about how their parents attempted to adopt the Xmas tradition upon arriving in Canada. One of my favourites was of an Indian family who decorated their tree with sari’s and had Ganeesh on top! Fabulous!

So, let’s get together on the peace on earth and goodwill to all people this holiday season and see if we can’t get a few more folks to “get it” in 2007!



  • At 12:03 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    before i forget and forge a head with udder gards, sucking tax-base milch dry, merry krism as and an hap for gnu ear in owe 7, frum over-hill under pressure max and mini gards, some still searching for contraband, some searching their conscience, not much finding. glad you are teaching the young and inline with al gore, not traitors to humanity, gee wubbleya, offalson bladderin, sodom insane and/or all dose guise. keep teaching and learn as you go; you might receive more than you give. tried to read novel and felll asleep, but, you know how my attention span is. peace, not a price, love for free and owl, joy to surprise you, light from within, as ever, arch cockroach nodroggout bin snorrin' auf wiener zen, ohm/watt/erg.


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