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

Keep Calm and Save Our Biodiversity

Invasive species are one of the key threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. Moving species beyond their historical geographic ranges, whether intentionally or unintentionally, can have dire consequences. Biological invasions are transforming the ranges of many habitats, which consequently helps accelerate climate change. One example of an invasive species that has had catastrophic effects is the Latin American water hyacinth. It was introduced in Africa, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand and now clogs rivers, starves fish of oxygen, and creates breeding grounds for mosquitos.

Gibbons Park Montessori School Food Forest Project

Blog by Joanna Chin, Doctoral Student, York University-Environmental Studies

One Group’s Effort to Keep Nature from Getting Bogged Down

The site of Tidmarsh Farms was a commercial cranberry bog until 2010. It produced 1% of Ocean Spray’s harvest. New, more efficient ways of farming have made farms like Tidmarsh inessential, and so the owners decided to ‘rewild’ the bog by slowly turning it back into the coastal wetland it once was. Through careful planning and construction, the site now has a stream that connects to the ocean. Herring can now swim through this stream in order to spawn. As well, previously scarce white cedars are now growing once again in their native habitat.

The Companies Running Circles Around the Traditional Business Model

The Conference Board released a report showing what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to big companies and the circular economy. The traditional linear model of ‘take, make, waste’ results in a huge amount of consumption and waste (85 billion tons of global natural resource use annually as of 2015, a number which is expected to double by 2050). This approach is not sustainable - neither for the companies nor for the planet.

Fantastic Fungi

“Mushroom mycelium represents rebirth, rejuvenation, regeneration.”

             - Paul Stamets, Mycologist, Author, and Advocate

Brave New Voices

I have struggled in my own research to integrate the arts into communicating our research outcomes, in the belief that if you engage both the heart and the mind, people will move more to action.

Paying Back Double

This new study is really cool, showing again that by doing right by the environment is doing right for yourself. Did you know that people who live on a street with 10 more trees on average (both on the street and in their backyards) makes you feel as healthy as if you were seven years younger or making $10,000 more a year?

Redesign of the Built Environment

Another note from New York City: Vision42Design is a cool competition that challenges designers and architects to put forth a hugely ambitious and wildly interesting conceptual plan that dares to imagine 42nd street with no cars in sight.

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