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

Three Trolls Under the Bridge

This article details the results of a 2016 poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics that found just 19% of Americans aged 18 to 29 identified themselves as capitalists; only 42% claimed they support the economic system.

EU Leadership on Plastics

The EU is working on a plan to ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

Rapidly Moving Events

What is the cost of inaction? Costly weather disasters have now cost the US a record $306 billion. Although it is difficult to definitively draw cause-effect relationships, “many scientific studies show that some of today’s extremes have climate change fingerprints on them”, according to University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd, and past president of the American Meteorological Society [National Post, January 8, 2018]. For another perspective, read further.

Let's all Breathe Easier

I have previously blogged on Victoria and Nanaimo's leadership on reducing plastic in the waste stream and its urgency for the sake of the lungs of the planet—our oceans. The United Kingdom has just banned the manufacturing of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. Why is this important?

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