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Glen Pearson

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When Our Global Food System Becomes Broken

Posted on June 21, 2017

As a scientific model it was intriguing, but the results were more troubling than anyone expected. Designed and developed by a team from the Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute, the model assessed how the world’s food system would look if a business-as-usual approach was taken up until the year 2040. The findings, as presented by institute director Dr. Aled Jones, were almost apocalyptic in scope: “The results show that based on plausible climate trends, and a total failure to change course, the global food supply system would face catastrophic losses, and an unprecedented epidemic of food riots. In this scenario, global society essentially collapses as food production falls permanently short of consumption.” The chief culprit in all this is climate change, and it…

Paris and Avoiding the Human Cost

Posted on December 10, 2015

THOSE MEETING IN THE ONGOING SESSIONS at the climate change summit in Paris have a number of impending tragedies hanging over their heads. They talk in urgent terms about floods, drought, heat, cold, ocean currents, wind directions, and desertification, but the ultimate concern they face in the next few decades is really about people – millions and millions of them. Worst of all, global leaders still don’t know how to handle the coming onslaught. We’d be foolish think this will be a future phenomenon. Already a few million such souls are migrating over the earth in search of sustainability and security. It’s just that their numbers are about to get a whole lot bigger … and troubling. We talked about this before, but it…

After the Voices Are Gone

Posted on July 2, 2015

WE ARE SPENDING THIS WEEK UP in northern Ontario, volunteering at an autism camp for kids, once again learning of our own limitations and the remarkable young lives, with the support of family, that battle autism every day. Yesterday we celebrated Canada Day ensconced in natural wonders – lakes, trees, fish, a riveting lightning storm, and beautiful sunsets. We spent the afternoon at a small town fair, celebrating the holiday. It’s the Canada we envision at its best. But something’s not quite right. Water levels are off. Wildlife is growing confused as it adapts to new patterns. Climate change is not only altering the landscape but also challenging its inhabitants. We all sense it, yet as citizens we can’t just adapt; we must overcome,…

Books

Posted on September 11, 2013

Sometimes falling ill has its own rewards.  My medical complications a year ago meant that I mostly missed out on a relaxing summer and I was determined to make up for it this year.  I have been working hard to finish off a number of books I’ve been writing over the course of the last couple of years and I’m glad to say that they are all completed.  You’ll find a list of them below.  I’m occasionally asked where people can get copies of the books and the links below will help point in the right direction.   From Canada to Brazil, California to China, Catherine O’Hara takes on an odyssey that will change how she views the world of politics. As Minister for…

Even the Queen Gets It

Posted on November 30, 2012

As she looked out over the lands from her Sandringham estate, Queen Elizabeth II came to a conclusion. It was 1995 and she had witnessed enough changes over the past decade to convince her that something was altering the environment, likely climate change. Spring was arriving three weeks earlier than it did when she was first crowned a half-century earlier. No one ever doubted her commitment to the Dominion, especially during times of war and tension, but this represented an entirely new challenge and she felt the responsibility to do something about it. In her weekly meeting with Tony Blair at the time (2004), the monarch raised the issue of global warming and her concern that the American position of George W. Bush at…

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