Views from the Edge

Welcome to the CRC blog, where we discuss bleeding edge issues around sustainable community development. The term ‘bleeding edge’ connotes the idea of our failure to somehow or other convince the publics about the urgency of responding to climate change now, and that we need to better communicate the principles and practises of sustainable development to the wider publics. So, yes it takes courage to be 'at the edge', and sometimes one 'bleeds' a lot, but let's start the conversation now. I encourage our students and former students to use this blog and share what they are learning out in the real world.   Ann

Fair winds and following sun in the North Atlantic coast

In January, the U.S. Federal government unveiled its plans for making 90 percent of their total offshore acreage available to gas and oil drilling.

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.

The Good Society

When the small planning team in 1988 was creating the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in our Chair's (David Johnston) office at McGill University, we went around the table and stated what we thought would be the best solution for implementing sustainable development. At that time, I replied nuclear fusion, never thinking it would take so long to develop.

Nature Needs Half

By Jaime Clifton-Ross, Research Curator

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.

Edging Forward

This article from the Toronto Star describes some of the preliminary findings from Ontario’s basic income three-year pilot project. It details stories from some of the recipients and what struck me was the enhanced agency all of them indirectly described.

Divest Us!

The largest university in the UK is going fossil free by selling all their investments in the fossil fuel industry! They are joining the increasing number of more than 60 universities in the UK that are divesting their assets from fossil fuel exploration and production.

A call for innovation

A recent study estimates the amount of natural mercury stored in perennially frozen soils (permafrost) in the Northern Hemisphere to be twice as much mercury -->

Turning garbage into cars

General Motors of Canada (GM) is planning, by mid-2019, to power 32% of its plant in St.

Flying with Hydropower

Despite being among the top ten largest crude and refined oil exporters and ranked as the 3rd natural gas exporter (just above Canada), Norway’s electricity1 is generated almost completely (96%) from hydropower.