Posts Tagged ‘Environmental Studies’

loveheartSign the petition for your right to a healthy environment!

“Unlike the constitutions of over 100 countries, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms mentions nothing about our right to a healthy environment. The David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice are working together to change this.

If you believe that all Canadians should have the constitutional right to a healthy environment, please add your voice to this petition. We’ll keep you informed about how you can help as we work toward using the country’s highest law to protect the water, air and land we all depend on. Your signature will strengthen our request to our national leaders.”

Source: David Suzuki Foundation


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An Ontario university’s research that involves recruiting outdoor rinks to help track climate change has now signed up hundreds of volunteers, in a citizen science-driven project that is far surpassing its creators’ expectations.

A group of geographers and environmental studies researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario created the RinkWatch website (rinkwatch.org) to draft participants for the project launched only a few weeks ago. They want outdoor rink lovers across North American and elsewhere to report on their rinks in order to observe changing climate patterns and help understand the importance of human activities and the environment.

Since CBC News.ca first reported on RinkWatch last Friday, the number of frozen puddles, ponds and backyard rinks involved has increased to 425 as of 2 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Source: CBC News and Scientific American articles

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EcoArts Artists

The May/June issue of Alternatives Journal will explore the theme of media and culture, aided by great contributions from these eight visual artists (and more).

  • Janice Wright Cheney
  • Robert Bateman
  • Cory Trepanier
  •  Gregory Euclide
  • Edward Schleimer
  • Lin Snelling
  • Michael Reinhart
  • Iain Baxter

Source: Alternatives Journal home page

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The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies presents:

Responsible Investing: How Investors Are Raising Environmental, Social and Governance Standards Around the World
Tessa Hebb, Director, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation
Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.
A220 Loeb

All Welcome
More information www.carleton.ca/geography

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As Dr. Suzuki turns 75 today, the cities of Ottawa and Vancouver are both declaring March 24, 2011 David Suzuki Day.

In their appreciative prononucements both Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson recognized David’s contributions as a science educator and broadcaster, the 52 books he’s written, and the important work done by the David Suzuki Foundation which David co-founded.

Here are links to some of his most famous books and videos that can be found in the library’s collection:

 The Big Picture; reflections on science, humanity and a quickly changing planet

From Naked Ape to Superspecies; humanity and the global eco-crisis

The Sacred Balance; rediscovering our place in nature

Arctic Mission

Lost in the Suburbs

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The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to invite you to submit a paper or poster proposal for its annual conference, held in conjunction with the 2011 Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, Canada, taking place from May 30th-31st.

This year’s theme is “People, Places and Sustainability: Exploring Ideas Across Communities”, and will focus on creating a broadening understanding of what is meant by the term ‘sustainability’ and the factors that contribute to its realization.

The deadline to submit abstracts is February 15th, 2011.

Abstract submissions should be sent to Conference Chair Tara Goetze, at tcgoetze@mac.com. Abstracts on a range of topics relating to sustainability including:

  • Politics of Environmental Knowledge (traditional, local, scientific)
  • Sustainable Development (urban, rural, energy, resource use, food systems)
  • Climate Change
  • Community Resilience
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Ecosystem Goods and Services
  • Indigenous Peoples and Environment
  • Policy and Sustainability (international, national, municipal)
  • Gender and Environment
  • Environmental Education
  • Resource Management / Conservation
  • Economics of Sustainability (consumption, production, marketing)
  • Social Movements (deliberate simplicity, intentional communities)
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Human Security and Conflict

For more information, visit the ESAC website.

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With the BP oil spill on our minds it’s important to note that Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born a hundred years ago this month.

“Captain Cousteau,” became synonymous with the ocean. “The sea is everything,” he said. French inventor, engineer, explorer, naturalist, poet, and ultimately prophet, Jacques Cousteau died in 1997, but, as his son Jean-Michel Cousteau writes in the tribute below, he remains a champion of the oceans.

Read more about his amazing life and the documentaries that many of us remember watching as kids on the National Geographic web site.

Source: National Geographic

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