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.

We need to develop a closed loop system and learn from the birds—no bird fouls its own nest.

Let’s Just Refuse

Plastics continue to pollute the earth and its oceans. As well, there are social justice issues…
Photograph: Stephen Voss, Anna Schori/The Guardian

Hope is Contagious

As you know by now, Greta Thunberg is one of my heroes, her courage, her leadership and her…
Environmental groups are arguing for further protections for right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

If only we could beam them up

This article by Andrew Nikiforuk in the Tyee outlines the crisis now facing the right whale. It is…
The highly-anticipated exhibit, Deep Time, illuminates how “Earth’s distant past is connected to the present and informs our future”.

Deep Time

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History just reopened their newly renovated 31,000…
When you think of solar panels, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably not sheep.

Sunny Pastures

When you think of solar panels, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably not sheep.
Blame and shame are often used to polarize voters and keep us from acting on climate pollution.

Blame and Shame

Blame and shame are often used to polarize voters and keep us from acting on climate…
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…