Views from the Edge

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 

Making a Difference

Over the last decade I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve how we communicate our research to diverse publics, and get beyond the same old social bubles and filters. This article by the Guardian discusses which is better—climate hope or climate fear?

Let’s Stand Up for Nature

The Smart Prosperity Leader’s Initiative, a group of respected Canadian leaders from a range of sectors, recently launched their Let’s Stand Up for Nature campaign.

Let the Bells Ring

As the New Year begins, we have some good news, big and small. The city of Victoria has adopted a bylaw banning businesses from offering single-use plastic bags to consumers starting July 1, 2018. Montreal will also ban plastic shopping bags as of 2018. The province has also banned grizzly bear hunting for trophies and meat, although Indigenous practices will continue.

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

The world she is a changin'

South Australia is delivering on their energy plan thanks to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. Manufactured in an impressive 60 days by Tesla, it will revolutionize the way electricity is produced and stored, according to this Guardian article.

Toronto Farm Reconciles Ecological, Social and Economic Imperatives

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

Too much stuff

How many of you have seen George Carlin's video on stuff? This article reminded me of his video and how difficult it is to be healthy when all around you the infrastructure is calling out to you, to buy more, to consume more and often in invidious ways now with internet data collection.

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.

Still-Life with Anthropocene and Climate

“I wish to illuminate the damage, the breakage, the fragmentation. Somehow, if I can make it beautiful, I can make it one again.”

— Anne de Carbuccia