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

Breaking News

Minister McKenna has just announced a new task force of leaders from the labour and environmental movements as well as industry to help shape a transition plan for thousands of coal workers who will soon be out of work. The task force is also expected to lay some of the groundwork needed for other tough transitions anticipated for workers in Alberta.

The Shape of Change

Discussions about the pay gap often explore the different social factors at play. However, the emotional toll it takes on those who are most affected, namely women and people of colour, is often overlooked. Given the complexity of the pay gap, it can often be difficult to communicate. That’s why American artist, Val Britton, teamed up with Gallery Wendi Norris and Hired to create an exhibit that materializes this subject.

Sweden Paves the Way, Again

Sweden just opened the world’s first electrified road just outside of Stockholm! Roughly 2km of electrical rails, embedded in a public road, will recharge the batteries of electric vehicles while they drive. And the country is not stopping there.

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.