Medium Short: Composting Colonialism

A week of voicing and holding the troubles

B. Lorraine Smith
5 min readAug 18, 2023
There is a lot of construction underway in Montreal. Pictured here, the city is working to improve an intersection of car and bike lanes. It’s likely going to improve matters somewhat, but nothing like we might imagine once we’ve understood Colonial Urbanism. Helmet optional. (Photo by me last week.)

Welcome to the latest Medium Short, a weekly accountability practice highlighting what I’m up to along the unmarked trail to #IndustrialHealing.

To sum up the week, I’ll begin with the most accessible form of peaceful anarchy I can muster. Then I’ll share a new podcast adventure, and an update from Medium Day. I’ll round out this week’s update with a grateful nod to the composting and voicing of Colonial Urbanism.

If in doubt, compost

I have been worm composting for a long time. I was first exposed to it by the mighty Sarah Climenhaga in 1996 and it’s been important to me ever since.

When the week started to feel a bit much, I decided to shove everything aside and do the most useful thing I could think of: share knowledge on worm composting.

I published Love in a time of worm composting.

This is one way to deal with my shit, so to speak. Curiously, so far it’s the least read piece that…



B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact.