Creativity

Gibbons Park Montessori School Seed Starting Lesson

By Joanna Chin, Doctoral Student, York University-Environmental Studies
Edited by Jana Keller, M.Sc., Beautiful Edibles

Edging Forward

In my introduction and my last chapter of my new book, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development, I talk about the loss of the dragons and the importance of reconnecting with their magic for so many reasons.

A Sense of Wonder

By Joanna Chin, Doctoral Student, York University-Environmental Studies
Edited by Jana Keller, M.Sc., Beautiful Edibles

The Battle Against Plastic Pollution Continues

Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some positive news on different initiatives tackling the massive amount of plastic pollution that is clogging our oceans. And while there are plenty of positive stories about progress, two alarming studies just cannot be ignored.

Keep the North Cold

Askov Finlayson is a Minneapolis-based clothing brand that specializes in hats and outdoor wear. As a brand that celebrates the North, cold winters, and the traditions of the snowy season, they are spreading a #KeepTheNorthCold message. Encouraging the year-round enjoyment of nature, they’ve reimagined their business model to support leading-edge climate solutions.

A New Plastics Economy

As discussed in a previous blog post, plastic has become a part of the ocean food chain. If nothing is done to curb the dumping of 8 million tons of plastic each year, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Just 14% of global plastic packaging is recycled while the rest, worth $80 billion-$120 billion, is thrown out after just one short use according to this video. However, many are working hard to find solutions.

Symphonic Homage to Nature

“How happy I am to be able to walk among the shrubs, the trees, the woods, the grass, and the rocks — no one can love the countryside more than I do — for the woods, the trees, and the rocks give a man the inspiration he needs”.

—Ludwig van Beethoven

Drawing Climate Change

By Jaime Clifton-Ross, Research Curator, from What is a 21st Century Curator series

 “My drawings celebrate the beauty we all stand to lose.”
— Zaria Forman 

Re-Enchanting the Natural World

"Little astronaut, where have you gone, and how is your song still torrenting on?"

—Robert McFarlane, Lark Spell, The Lost Words

The Lost Words Book Cover

Blurring the Boundaries of Nature

Norwegian visual artist, Andreas Lie, blurs the boundaries of nature. Through double exposure photography, he blends landscape scenes with the wildlife that call it home. He transforms the texture of their fur and feathers into misty forests and snowy mountain peaks. Each portrait is contained within the stark silhouette of the subject with negative space occupying the backdrop. This effect reminds viewers that animals are inherently connected with their habitat.

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