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

Gibbons Park Montessori School Seed Starting Lesson

By Joanna Chin, Doctoral Student, York University-Environmental Studies
Edited by Jana Keller, M.Sc., Beautiful Edibles

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

Empowering the Future, Facing the Sun

Skidegate (HlGaagilda), one of two Haida communities on the Graham Island, is joining other First Nations in leading the path for a clean and bright future. With a population of 800 people in the Haida Gwaii archipelago, Skidegate’s community decided to install heat pumps in each of their 350 homes. Because heat pumps are designed to move heat directly, rather than generating it, they are more energy efficient than the oil furnaces used by residents.

A Personal Note

When my son was alive, we used to talk a lot about existential loneliness, part of the human condition. But a far greater loneliness is pervading modern human society, as reported in this article by Elizabeth Renzetti, entitled, "Being alone together" in last Saturday's Globe and Mail.

Leaping Forward

Besides its threats to our survival and biodiversity, the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, a Canadian abroad, says firms must acknowledge risks to avoid catastrophic impact.

In my latest book, Edging Forward, I argue about the human imperative to not edge forward, but to leap forward to a carbon neutral economy by 2030. Ambitious, yes, doable, let’s act now.

From Risk to Resilience

The Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg just released the ambitious new Climate Atlas of Canada. Projecting the impact of climate change in major cities across our country, it gives Canadians insight on how our warming climate will impact us locally. To bring issues closer to home, the atlas gives people the necessary tools to understand climate change for themselves.

Edging Forward. The Power of Stories

Do conversations create common ground across generations? Not the old guy on the way out, but a role to play going forward. Giving away stuff now and sharing with friends and family, and maybe even strangers, a ritual about less than dying but opening the door about whatever comes next.

French Ambition to Transition

Last December, for the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the One Planet Summit took place.

Edging Forward: The Biodiversity Imperative

This week the world mourned the death of Sudan, the last of his kind: a male northern white rhino, kept in captivity for his own protection. Now the survival of this subspecies depends upon his daughter and granddaughter, and the development of new reproductive technology.