Media Literacy Week in Canada

In a world where we’re all ensconced in bubbles of comfort, faith and certainty, how do we boldly seek out honest information? How can we balance between “credible/respected” sources, vs. radical new approaches?

How can we distinguish positive, creative solutions from pseudoscience, fake news and quackery? In a world where often there’s no concrete answer, how do we deal with complexity and uncertainty, yet still move forward?

In the face of so much bad news, how can we avoid the temptation of sticking our heads in the sand — cynicism, avoidance and apathy? How can we not only get good info, but go beyond that and do the right thing in our homes, communities and world?

Event in Ottawa: Join CBC Ottawa for a night of conversation, debate and analysis, Tuesday November 6 at the NAC in Ottawa.

“People are, generally speaking, either dead certain or totally indifferent. Be neither…” — Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

Media Literacy | Active Citizenship | Fake NewsConfidence tricks Criticism of journalismDeceptionDisinformationFake newsInternet cultureInternet hoaxesJournalistic hoaxesNews media  manipulationPropaganda techniquesSocial engineering (computer security)Communication of falsehoods | Alternative Media | Information Literacy#MediaLitWk #MediaLiteracy #CriticalThinking #OttawaEvents #ClimateChangeDenial | @CBC Ottawa 

Welcome neighbours!

“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbour” — sign on a front lawn in a wealthy neighborhood. Available here or print your own:

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Mother Earth

“She goes by many names: ‘Pachamama’ for South American Indians, ‘Gaia’ in Greek mythology, ‘Terra Mater’ in Roman myth, ‘Mahimata’ in Hinduism’s Rig-Veda, ‘Eorban Modor’ for the Germanic and Northern peoples, and ‘Mother Earth’ as named and celebrated by North America’s First Nations. She is universal and transcends nationalities and the ages, from the Paleolithic to today. She is the basis for everything: living beings, plant life, minerals, textiles, technology, food. Taking its cues from Native American Aboriginal culture, Mother Earth was inspired by a speech reportedly delivered in 1854 by Chief Seattle during his meeting with the President of the United States Franklin Pierce on the occasion of the sale of Native land to white settlers. His words capture the essence of the privileged relationship our continent’s first inhabitants maintain with nature.” — | Wikipedia | Chief Dan Seatle’s speech

About Peter

Be the lightPeter Blanchard is the founder of GoodWork environmental jobs, as well as FoodWork  sustainable food and agriculture jobs and PlanetVolunteer environmental volunteer opportunities.

Peter is also the founder of, Canada’s eco-friendly real estate listings; the Planet-friendly green events calendar; and Green Ottawa, Ottawa green directory & guide.

Peter is available to speak about green jobs, volunteering, and healthy employment in the food sector.

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