Views from the Edge

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.

The Next Big Imperative

On our front page this week, we feature our video on spatial justice, justice that takes into account place integrated into social justice, that we can’t have spaces of inequality alongside gated communities. The rising income inequality revealed by the recent Oxfam study that the top 1% now possess 48% of the world’s wealth is further exacerbating a world of haves and have nots.

Jobs versus the environment finally dead

A new report from the Columbia Institute says the country would create nearly four million non-residential construction jobs over the next 33 years if we shifted towards a net zero-emissions economy by 2050.

Museums at a Crossroads

One thing is constant in today’s modern world—change. One institution that is changing are museums as they open up to the web and digital media.

Communitas

Co-housing is a win-win situation with many co-benefits. As the baby boomers age, and lose their partners, co-housing is a viable alternative to retirement homes and nursing homes. As Anil Gawande points out in his thoughtful book, Being Mortal, “our most cruel failure is how we treat the sick and the aged. .

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.

Climate Leaders Everywhere

A local energy company in Vermont, Green Mountain Energy, is leading the transformation of an electric system that depends on power sent along big transmission lines to a community-, home- and business-based energy system for both economic and environmental reasons. As a practical matter, the less electricity the utility pulls from the regional transmission system, especially at times of peak demand, the less it has to pay in fees, producing savings it can pass on to customers.

Continuing the Climate Conversation

Following up on my last blog, a new study has been released that talks about two narratives about climate change that appeals to a broad cross-section of the political spectrum and more importantly reduced skepticism among the centre-right. What’s the secret, focusing on avoiding waste as a critical part of saving energy, and appealing to patriotic support for the UKs flourishing low-carbon energy technologies.

Climate Innovations

I have been having a discussion with a dear friend and colleague, Susan Tanner, former president of Friends of the Earth and a fearless environmentalist. She feels, and she is right, that we are in dire straits when it comes to climate change impacts, and although I agree with her, we don't agree on the best way to stimulate greater action.