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

Take A Moment

This stunning time-lapse photography makes time suspend for a moment. Let the gratefulness flow into appreciating the blessings of nature, perhaps an antidote to loneliness.

Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development

In Buddhist myths, it is within the void that we find new fertility. And according to the Biblical myth, God made the world ex nihilo. It is from the same nothingness that a new self emerges after the disintegration of an old personality. And many of us face a void during our life trajectory, through loss, tragedy and separation, and in my first book At the edge, I wrote about the void I faced at the loss of my beloved son, Danny James Frazer.

Plastic Waste May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

In the ocean, plastic has become a part of the food chain. According to Plastic Oceans, over 8 million tons are dumped into the ocean every year. We’ve all heard the alarming reports of whales consuming over 30 plastic bags or seen the deeply upsetting photos of turtles and birds caught in plastic beer rings. While certainly necessary, mass ocean cleanups just don’t seem to be enough to tackle this problem. So what can be done?

Sustainability is a Growing Business

I read a lot of newsletters and one I find most interesting is Fast Company. This latest article talks about how four of our biggest global problems—inequality, consumption, climate change and clean oceans—represent big business opportunities.

Going Down the Wrong Rabbit Hole

This poignant article describes the life and death fight of BC's trades deadly fight against asbestos. In a chapter in my new book, I talk about the failure of governments to get out of evidence-based a priori decisions, such as asbestos, and banning cigarettes. We go down the rabbit hole and it is impossible to get out of it.

Symphonic Homage to Nature

“How happy I am to be able to walk among the shrubs, the trees, the woods, the grass, and the rocks — no one can love the countryside more than I do — for the woods, the trees, and the rocks give a man the inspiration he needs”.

—Ludwig van Beethoven

Edging Forward

My next book, Edging Forward will be released next week. A critical issue many identify for the implementation of sustainable development now is governance and this article is a prime example of why we need bold, innovative government leadership that changes some of the schrophrenic pathologies in our current system.

A Fair Tax System?

In 2015/16—the most recent statistics available—Canadians paid $145 billion in income tax, while corporations paid $41 billion. This article in the Toronto Star has some very interesting graphs showing the changes in our tax system from 65 years ago. Food for thought.

Keep Calm and Save Our Biodiversity

Invasive species are one of the key threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. Moving species beyond their historical geographic ranges, whether intentionally or unintentionally, can have dire consequences. Biological invasions are transforming the ranges of many habitats, which consequently helps accelerate climate change. One example of an invasive species that has had catastrophic effects is the Latin American water hyacinth. It was introduced in Africa, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand and now clogs rivers, starves fish of oxygen, and creates breeding grounds for mosquitos.

A Lonely Saturday Night