Geo Takach to present "A Scary Home Companion" at ESAC conference

Founding IECA member Geo Takach will present his satirical radio revue "A Scary Home Companion" at the annual conference of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC).

From the description:

Every wonder how some of history’s great visionaries might address the divide between proponents of rampant extractive capitalism and what others view as environmental reality?

This question animates the performance of this fictitious radio revue, a satirical and high-octane eco-homage to Garrison Keillor’s venerable program, A Prairie Home Companion.

Hosted by made-up Canuck media maven Garrison Mentaliti, the satirical revue features:

  1. British philosopher Adam Smith (1723 – 1790)
  2. Russian empress Catherine the Great (1729 – 1896)
  3. French conjuror Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805 – 1871)
  4. American industrialist Henry Ford (1863 – 1047)
  5. Japanese Haiku master Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694)
  6. Canadian communications theorist Harold Innis (1894 – 1951)

Grounded in current scholarly literature and accented by a postmodernist wink, the half-hour performance and ensuring discussion explore social, economic, cultural and ultimately moral issues around living in a petroculture, and communicating about the environment in the massive shadow of the world’s third largest source of oil and perhaps its largest industrial project, Alberta’s bituminous sands.

The diverse perspectives shared by our time-travelling guests leave us to ponder the mighty challenges and absurdities of life and ecological discourse in ‘Canada’s Energy Province‘ late in the petroleum age.