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Living on Earth as if we want to stay is a speaking tour drawing attention to the challenge of the day. Lanark, ON residents, Mike Nickerson and Donna Dillman are facilitating discussions around the theme of Nickerson's latest book, "Life, Money and Illusion; Living on Earth as if we want to stay" They have traveled across Canada and in the USA and continue to reach out to audiences wherever possible. Their unfolding tour schedule is available here.

"Cures do not result from treating symptoms. The cause must be addressed. While Climate Change has captured public attention, it is a symptom of a greater challenge. That challenge is that the human species has grown to fill its planet," says Nickerson from his home in rural Lanark, ON.

"It is odd," he continues, "at a time when our biggest problems are the result of our size, that our leaders maintain that more growth is the solution. Like adolescents approaching adulthood, our society clings to its carefree past. Since most adults have been able to make that transformation successfully, there is good reason to believe that our society will also accept its maturity."

Nickerson's latest book, "Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay," details the differing views on how to be successful in our changing times. One, the "Life" perspective, says we need to preserve and enhance ecosystems and communities, the other, the "Money" perspective, says we need to continuously expand production and consumption. These two approaches differ significantly on how they would deal with today's most serious problems.

Life, Money & Illusion suggests a way forward, offering up new ways of organizing mutual provision (the economy) and a change in priorities that can lead to a long and joyous future.

During their discussions, while Nickerson looks at the big picture, Dillman, the Lanark area grandmother who recently went 68 days without eating to protest uranium exploration and mining in eastern Ontario, speaks to an 'on the ground' example of what needs changing. We cannot continue releasing toxic substances into the environment from which all forms of life draw the substance of their physical forms. "Toilet train we mustif we are to assure an un-soiled world for our grandchildren."

For more information, see the "Tour" link at:
sustain5 [at] web.ca