Views from the Edge

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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.

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Environmental advocates attending this year's COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, issued a release Wednesday calling out Canada's competing policy priorities.

"It is a serious concern when we see the international community not honouring their commitments and we are concerned Canada is still pursuing their fossil fuel projects," Benson Ireri of Christian Aid Africa said in the release. "Developed countries have a moral obligation to honour the Paris Agreement."

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Where are the Giants of Your Past
    
    Oh America!  America!
    You who listen and applaud
    The Man Who Would Be King.
    
    Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?
    Where is the one who sang
    "My Captain, My Captain"?
    Where is the man who freed the slaves?
    Where is the man who told
    that fear itself was all there was?
    And what of he who asked

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I just finished teaching the leadership for sustainability class at my university and am always amazed at the wonderful diversity of students I am privileged to meet. One of them, Shawn Laidlaw just sent me his beautiful blog, and there is one in particular that I wanted to share with you, The art of motocycle camping. Wonderful integrated writing with splashes of humour, worth the read.

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Several interesting articles reveal how climate change adaptation and mitigation is really a super wicked problem in terms of the scale of the challenges and the nature of some of the innovations. This article by the Guardian argues that the logic of economic growth at all costs must be addressed with an interesting analysis of the main driver of growth is debt.

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A new research project led by Carleton University will allow scientists to measure the emissions from flare stacks, which are used by production sites to burn off unusable natural gas. Flaring releases black carbon and is a major contributor to pollution, but since there was no way of measuring the emissions – until now – we could neither regulate nor work to reduce their impact.

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