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

Ageism is the Next Boomer Battle

Baby boomers fought for many rights now taken for granted--access to birth control, being able to wear pants to school, hair below your ears, and gender equity to name only a few of the big and the small changes. The next battle we will have to take on is ageism as more and more of us enter our seventies. This powerful TEDTalks argues that we should ditch the old young binary between the old and the young, how ageism hurts our health, and attitudes towards aging affects personal images. Learn about the World Health Organization's anti-aging campaign.

Our waste, our responsibility

As part of a campaign to engage and educate residents of West Vancouver about how “individual actions impact community sustainability”, the engineering department hosted a student video contest last spring. The 2017 theme was “Our Waste; Our Responsibility” and asked students to focus on four particular topics: ‘illegal dumping’, ‘abandoned waste’, ‘litter’, and ‘how to recycle right’.

Asking the Right Questions

Matthew Hoffman, co-director of the Munk School’s Environmental Governance Lab, argues that we need to transform society and internalize climate change awareness and concern into our day-to-day lives. For example, in the same newspaper this past Saturday there was an article talking about the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and in another, advertising the “best back to school” car, none of which was electric or hybrid.

The Oceans Need Us Now

Normally, I try to blog on the many wonderful social innovations that are happening everywhere, on the assumption that the media frames are so negative. But we cannot ignore what we are doing to our oceans and we must act immediately to keep what we have now. 

Innovations at the Edge

Many innovations can come from reimaging existing systems to capture the ‘waste’, for example, Lucid Energy’s closing the loop by harvesting renewable energy from gravity-fed municipal water pipelines.

Climate Change is a Blessing

The challenge is clear: holding down global warming below the all important two-degree threshold. What is the best path to achieving zero net carbon emissions, and can we still get there?

How to Fix Climate Change

"How can policymakers fight climate change in the face of political headwinds? Gov. Jerry Brown of California addresses that question at ClimateTECH, a conference from The New York Times, in a conversation with Thomas L. Friedman."

The Changing Colours of Our Living Planet

Nasa’s new data visualization proves that pictures are truly worth a thousand words. Over the last 20 years, their satellites have continuously monitored plant life along the surfaces of Earth’s land and ocean. Pictured in a mesmerizing time-lapse with images that capture the ebb and flow of seasonal weather patterns. One Nasa oceanographer likened it to “watching the Earth breathe”.

Two Leaders for Climate Action

"Michael Bloomberg, a UN special envoy on climate change and former mayor of New York City, has funded a $164 million campaign in the US since 2010, during which time more than half the nation’s coal-fired power plants have been closed."

Leaping Forward on Climate Change

The biggest obstacle to acting on climate change lies between your ears. Watch this video to learn why. Learn about the five ‘ds’ kill action and the five ‘Ss’ for meaningful social change. This is a must watch for anyone concerned with communicating and making decisions on climate action—researchers, politicians, decision-makers from all sectors, students and the general public.