Bill Hulet has spent a great deal of his life working on environmental and social justice issues. These have included organizing a rent strike, bioregional conferences, a local currency system, a slate of candidates for local municipal elections, organizing for the Green Parties of Ontario and Canada, suing Walmart, and many other projects.
At the same time, Bill has also pursued a spiritual path. He has studied under a wide range of religious teachers including Jesuits, Buddhist monks and Daoist priests. He also has a Master's degree in Western philosophy. He has also been initiated into a Daoist lineage.
As a writer, he published a weekly column on various issues in "The Guelph Mercury" and various free lance op-eds in various newspapers such as the Kitchener Waterloo Record and the Elmira Independent.
At the same time he pursued all these interests he also worked at the University of Guelph Library as a porter in the Facilities Services Department of the Chief Information Officer. He lives in a 100 year old house that has been gutted and retrofitted into a modern, energy efficient building, much of which he did himself. He is married to Michelle Harrison, who lives in St. Louis Missouri.
What are you working on next?
I'm developing a workshop for journalists to explain how science works. The hope is that this will help some of them understand how the journalistic ideals of "balance" and "objectivity" distort their perception of important social issues, such as climate change.
Who are your favorite authors?
Gandhi, Orwell and Tolstoy. I find their wide ranging honesty and clear writing style worth emulating. All three wrestled with their own private demons and the demons that dominated their world. And none of them allowed their writing style to create a barrier between themselves and their readers.
W.B.Yeats' line that "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity" could have been written to describe the public attitude towards climate change. _Walking the Talk_ argues that the traditional motivators of "faith" and "duty" have become debased coins, which limits public engagement. In exchange the author offers the ideal of "practical philosophy".