I’m honoured to receive an Amnesty International Media Award for my coverage of the impacts of climate change on Bangladesh. “[Josiah’s] piece details the daily struggle of climate refugees and their pleas for wealthy nations to reduce carbon emissions in order that they may survive,” said Sue Montgomery, one of the judges. Read my feature published in the […]
“At a time when our culture seems increasingly to be fractured along ideological lines—as evidenced by the current American presidential race and the battle over climate change—Mennonites may offer an example of how to disagree.” Read my piece in the The Walrus here.
In the current issue of The Walrus…
Cyclones and survival
Ferryboat driver Abdul Aziz was lucky to survive Cyclone Aila in 2009. Paul Plett and I were on CTV again to talk about Mr. Aziz and rising waters in Bangladesh. Watch our interview here.
Farmers are saving Bangladesh’s endangered soil
Light trickles through thatched walls into Mariam Begum’s seed hut. Painted clay pots and salvaged medicine bottles crowd the bamboo shelves along the walls. Begum unstops a bottle and tips the contents into her palm, careful not to drop a single grain. Her seed vault may be low-tech, but it holds a resource that will […]
Shunning the technology gods: Modern Mennonites embrace old-fashioned skills
Scripture guided their forbears to reject electricity and cars, but these modern Mennonites spurn our tech-obsessed culture for other reasons. Can these neo-Luddites help us with our own smartphone struggles? Read my story in the Ottawa Citizen.
Hell and high water
Ratna Aditto has lived her entire life on the clay banks of the Pasur River in southern Bangladesh. Chances are she’ll die here. The capricious river has eaten her house more times than she can recall. One year she rebuilt it six times. Where was her last house? She points out into the mist that […]
Climate change in Bangladesh
I just returned from a month-long trip to Bangladesh where I spoke to farmers about how flooding, cyclones and soil salinization are affecting their ability to grow crops. CTV Winnipeg sat down with me and Paul Plett to ask us about our trip. More articles to come. Watch the interview here.
Writing the revolution
When the 2011 revolution broke out in Egypt. Alrawi booked a flight to Cairo. “I felt I’d been part of what led up to it,” he says. “It was only right that I should be there.” During the 18 days of protests that brought down President Hosni Mubarak, Alrawi lived in an apartment overlooking Tahrir Square […]
Marilynne Robinson’s abundant grace
I came to church that night, not to hear a sermon per se, but to listen to someone whose writings I treasure almost like sacred texts. Robinson’s novels make me weep. When I reach the last page, I usually turn the book over and start again at the beginning. What touches me so deeply in […]