Views from the Edge

Pathway to Paris

“Art, I believe, has great potential for changing the way we discuss an issue as important as climate change. It makes something not only comprehensible for the mind but also physically tangible – turning thinking into doing.”

 – Olafur Eliasson

Building a Better World

We just discovered GAPFRAME, a new data visualization tool developed by the Sustainability Thought Leaders group. As a national and global normative framework, it is designed to help businesses and other stakeholders “work towards a better world in a concrete and measurable way”. It does so by translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) into relevant and measurable indicators for business.

Equality vs Equity

Equality vs. Equity

Image via Medium

Visualizing Sustainability

 "Real engagement often starts with an interesting and fantastic experience in nature or through art."

 — Tone Bjordam, Norwegian Visual Artist

The Good Society

Urban Bio Loop wants the construction industry to adopt the circular economy model and drop the "take, make, waste" model.

Texas a US Leader in Wind Energy

The frames the media put on any issue determines our agency--that is, the will or intent to act. With all the doom and gloom stories about the end of COP 21, this article sheds light on what is actually happening on the ground in the United States in spite of Trump's administration.

Indigenous Leadership

A new national survey shows nearly one fifth of the country's power is provided by facilities fully or partly owned and run by Indigenous communities. The author of the report, Chris Henderson, says the real surprise for him is the amount of employment that clean power is creating — 15,300 direct jobs for Indigenous workers who have earned $842 million in employment income in the last eight years. There are now 152 medium to large renewable energy projects with Indigenous involvement. That's up from approximately 20 projects in 2008.

Six trends shaping city life

70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, what the former premier of British Columbia, Mike Harcourt, refers to as the urban tsunami. Clearly, the design and re-design of our cities for greater sustainability is critically important. Key questions like what is the optimal density, can we re-introduce biodiversity and food hubs integrally into our daily lives, and many others will determine our collective liveability?

Gibbons Park Montessori School Food Forest Project

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