Social Imperative

Plastic Waste May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

In the ocean, plastic has become a part of the food chain. According to Plastic Oceans, over 8 million tons are dumped into the ocean every year. We’ve all heard the alarming reports of whales consuming over 30 plastic bags or seen the deeply upsetting photos of turtles and birds caught in plastic beer rings. While certainly necessary, mass ocean cleanups just don’t seem to be enough to tackle this problem. So what can be done?

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

Toronto Farm Reconciles Ecological, Social and Economic Imperatives

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

Pathway to Paris

“Art, I believe, has great potential for changing the way we discuss an issue as important as climate change. It makes something not only comprehensible for the mind but also physically tangible – turning thinking into doing.”

 – Olafur Eliasson

Visualizing Sustainability

 "Real engagement often starts with an interesting and fantastic experience in nature or through art."

 — Tone Bjordam, Norwegian Visual Artist

Gibbons Park Montessori School Food Forest Project

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

Coding Endangered Species

As digital literacy becomes a key skill of the 21st century, more and more classrooms are integrating coding lessons into their curriculum. As a result, many children are now learning how to read and write while practicing HTML and CSS.

Why I got into Community Food Forestry

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

Sustainable Development for Some?

Several years ago, the CRC Research team created a series of HEAD Talks videos featuring interview clips with Ken Lyotier. As the founder of United We Can, a charitable organization creating “economic opportunities for people with multiple barriers living in the Downtown Eastside” in Vancouver, he led the creation of the United We Can Bottle Depot.

Follow the Utopian Fantasy

This episode of CBC Radio’s Ideas, featuring clips from The Enright Files, explores some great ideas on how we can improve “our communities, our countries, and our quality of life”. It opens with an interview with Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian and author, who discusses basic income and how wealthy western societies have become complacent.

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