Views from the Edge

Conversations 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.

We need to go exponential when it comes to tackling climate change.

The moment for total disruption

Christiana Figueres, former United Nations climate chief and a central architect behind COP 21,…
Using art to inspire action and behavioural change, MELTDOWN is the latest museum exhibit tackling climate change.

MELTDOWN: A Visualization of Climate Change

Using art “as a positive touch-point” to inspire action and behavioural change, MELTDOWN…
New York just passed the strongest emissions reduction target in the US

New York just passed the strongest emissions reduction target in the US

The state of New York just passed the most progressive climate bill in the US and one of the most…
Wondering how to shop, cook, and eat in a warming world?

A Climate-Friendly Diet

Wondering how to shop, cook, and eat in a warming world? The New York Times published this great…
Characteristics of place become lost in the hordes tourists shuffling through beautiful places of worship, art and architecture.

Place, Scale, Limits and Diversity

When I first won my Canada Research Chair (CRC) in 2004, I began to explore how the notions of…
What will it take for Canada to meet its international commitments?

The Climate Challenge

With a goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, what will it…
A new study revealed that we are consuming between 70,000 and 121,000 particles of microplastics per year.

Bring Your Own Bottle

A new University of Victoria study on the consumption of microplastics revealed that humans consume…
The building sector has a great opportunity to affect change

Effecting Change in the Building Sector

According to Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, buildings are…
Finland and Norway are leading the way when it comes to transitioning towards to more sustainable societies

Finland and Norway: Tempting the world to invest in the future

After an unprecedented five-party coalition formed between centrist, leftist, and green parties,…
A new report by the David Suzuki Foundation reveals how Canada can zero out our emissions by the middle of this century

Meeting the Zero Emission Challenge

​A new report by the David Suzuki Foundation reveals how Canada can zero out our emissions by the…
The Canadian Federal Government announced a nation-wide ban on single-use plastics to take effect as early as 2021!

Life in Plastic is Not Fantastic

For years, China accepted a variety of recycling products with little to no restrictions. However,…
National Inuit Climate Change Strategy sets out coordinated actions to shape climate policy

Why didn't we listen?

The Inuit of Canada just released a wide-ranging strategy document on climate change adaptation and…