You might have heard that the people of Guelph are known for being environmentally friendly. Given that somewhat foggy reputation, you might imagine that next Saturday’s commemoration of Earth Hour is an occasion here in the Royal City, but you only know the half of it. In 2010, Transition Guelph first held an Earth Hour potluck for the community, a candle-lit communal meal to mark the one hour per year we give up electricity in acknowledgement of how beholden we are to it. And now, in 2016, that one meal has grown into a full-blown festival.
March 17-20 will mark the dates for the 2016 Resilience Festival in Downtown Guelph. Called a celebration of “our wonderful city and everything that makes our community more resilient!” the Resilience Festival brings together various groups and individuals in the city to try and find a way to navigate this crazy world in a much more sustainable manner. Amongst the usual events are the aforementioned pot luck, Seedy Saturday, the Reskilling Fair, and more.
But what does “resilience” mean? Or “sustainability” Or “reskilling”? I put those questions and more to Kelly Smith, a member of Transition Guelph and an organizer of the Resilience Festival. Not only did we talk about the ins and outs of this year’s festival, but we also talked about the challenges of sustainability, the struggle between economic and social pressures, and how we can combat the cynicism that things are getting worse and not better. Is it too late to change? Are we all doomed? We talk about that too with surprising candor.
Here’s this week’s edition of the Guelph Politicast!
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