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Reconnection with the past, reclaiming the dragons, life is about being in relationship within ourselves, to others, and to other species, connection to our environment, we are a part of, not apart from, love, compassion and ultimately, kindness, maybe regeneration, reconnection come from not more science, not more information, but the time, place and space to be kinder to one another, to the planet and to the invaluable ‘others’ with whom we share our world.
“Because all of our current growth has been at the expense of persistent and continual ecological decline, the bigger we “grow,” the less space we leave for other creatures. Habitats become more fragmented, giving other species less and less freedom. And the bigger we “grow” through industrial globalization with economic systems no longer connected to place, to communities, the more homogenized our societies are becoming.” (p. 46)
– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development
The Current: Anchor Tracey Spicer protests ‘extreme grooming’ and faces cameras ‘au naturel’
The Current (Producer). (2014, December 31). Anchor Tracey Spicer protests ‘extreme grooming’ and faces cameras ‘au naturel’. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent
Anna Maria Tremonti and guests discuss the increasing pressure on women to take up “extreme grooming” in order to succeed in the workforce and whether or not this is empowering or detrimental.
The Current: Sweat-shaming debate has critics questioning ‘shame culture’
The Current (Producer). (2015, October 2). Sweat-shaming debate has critics questioning ‘shame culture’ [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent
Guests discuss sweat-shaming, what it means, and why it is being pushed too far especially for women.
Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer
BBC Earth. (2016). Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer – BBC Earth [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/c8aFcHFu8QM
Trailer for Planet Earth II, featuring stunning and intimate video of wildlife. The trailer includes shots of human spectators, while the animals are captured in unmistakably human postures—perhaps a reminder that we are all in this together.
Conservation International. (2014, October 5). Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest | Conservation International (CI) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/jBqMJzv4Cs8
Tongue-in-cheek video from the series Nature is Speaking, in which Kevin Spacey voices the inner monologue of the rainforest.
CRCResearch RRU. (2012, February 2). Sketching Sustainability [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/57Q9qcaKVoE
A sketch animation designed to convey that we are a part of nature rather than apart from nature.
HumansandNature.org. [2013, March 25). Questions for a resilient future 2012: Nina- Marie Lister [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/v1wiGSa3A0s
Nina-Marie Lister’s talk introduces the ARC project (Animal Road Crossing project). This is a new way of designing road and bridge infrastructures to consider animals and well as humans who need to cross the road.
Kew Gardens. (2016, June 28). The Hive at Kew Gardens [Video file]. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/172555176
Promotional video for a beehive-like sculpture at the Kew Gardens. On the cells of the structure, light and sound react as more than 50,000 honey bees swarm nearby. The structure is meant to call attention to the importance of pollinators.
Trailer for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Paramount Movies Digital. (2014). Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Trailer [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Zjq5j2buEW8
An unknown alien probe is threatening the very existence of planet earth by evaporating its oceans and destroying its atmosphere. After failing to establish communication, Captain Kirk and his crew determine that only the vocalization of humpback whales will stop the probe. Since humans drove them to extinction in a previous century, the crew travels back in time to 1980s San Francisco to retrieve them. They determined the correct period for time travel based on the pollution content in the atmosphere. This film ultimately illuminates how humans must be kinder to the natural world as we are deeply interconnected.
How Wolves Change Rivers
Sustainable Human. (2014). How Wolves Change Rivers [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ysa5OBhXz-Q
When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after an absence of nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this YouTube mashup.
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Stamets, Paul. (2012, January 23). Fantastic Fungi: the Spirit of Good [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/2wzBPSbTGYM
This film by time-lapse photographer Louie Schwartzberg shows various types of mushrooms growing in the woods. The voice-over by mycologist Paul Stamets serves as a plea for us to learn the language of nature.
Stamets, Paul. (2008, March). 6 ways mushrooms can help save the world [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/
A fascinating talk explaining several ways that forests depend on fungi and mycelium, and the commonalities between humans and mushrooms.
Ted2011. (2011, March). The Hidden Beauty of Pollination [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/
This short TED talk shows photography and a speech by time-lapse artist Louie Schwartzberg. The talk promotes the importance of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats.
TedWomen 2016. (2016, October). Sharon Brous: It’s time to reclaim religion [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/
In a time of increased terror attacks, religion is part of the problem. In this talk, Sharon Brous explores whether it can also be part of the solution. In her words, the same raw material that can be used to fuel violence can also fuel compassion, co-existence, and kindness.
Building the World’s Largest Underwater Sculpture
The Creators Project (2014, November 18). Building the World’s Largest Underwater Sculpture. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/k81odhXg2Lw
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor creates underwater sculpture parks that benefit coral reefs around the world.
UNESCO. (2015, October 30). Exploring the World Heritage Convention for High Seas conservation [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/QZA-wE6PRRo
UNESCO makes a case for the oceans to be included as a world heritage conservation site.
WWF International. (2016, October 26). Living Planet Report, 2016 – Marco Lambertini [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/VMsxHaeyzNs
The video references WWF’s 2016 Living Planet Report, which predicts the loss of ⅔ of global wildlife by 2020. As a result, human beings will also lose out on all of the ways we benefit from biodiversity: clean water, pure air, food, and a stable climate. The report outlines ways that we can stop being a destructive society.
Aquariums of the Future
Yamamoto, Michi. (2016). Whale in a Gym [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ujhejY278yU
This short video shows a whale jumping out of a wave, created within the walls of a school gymnasium using augmented reality.
Dale, A., & Newman, L. (2010). All things counter, original, spare, strange: Why are we so bad at difference?. Canadian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(1), 37-43.
Dale, A., & Sparkes, J. (2007). Protecting ecosystems: network structure and social capital mobilization. Community Development Journal, 43(2), 143-156.
Ling, C., & Dale, A. (2011). Nature, place and the creative class: Three Canadian case studies. Landscape and Urban Planning, 99(3), 239-247. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/
Newman, L., Dale, A., & Ling, C. (2011). Meeting on the Edge: Urban Spaces and the Diffusion of the Novel. Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban & Extra Urban Studies, 1(1).
Newman, L., Dale, A., & Nixon, D. (2012). The frog dilemma: urban stream restoration and the nature/culture dialectic. Environments, 38(1), 19. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/
Allen, K. (2017, December 6). The Great Global Species Shakeup. The Toronto Star. Retrieved from http://projects.thestar.com/
Animal Minds. (2015, December 16). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Climate Change: Biodiversity, A Modern Ark. (2015, November 26). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Carrington, D. (2017, July 10). Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com
How did biology begin: Life story. (2015, August 8). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Jungle VIPs: To save orangutans, think of them as money swinging from trees. (2018, February 22). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Leafy Singapore: Move over, Merlion. (2016, August 25). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Making women count: Why governments should introduce gender budgeting. (2017, Februar 23). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Migration in France: Calais migrant camp is cleared, but problems remain. (2016, October 29). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Mortillaro, N. (2018, February 15). Borneo’s orangutans at risk of extinction after population decreases by 148,500 in 16 years. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/
Schaefer, J. (2017, December 12). The urgency of averting extinction, for people’s sake. The Toronto Star. Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com
Slaughterhouses: A jungle no more. (2015, October 10). The Economist. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com
Solomon, Andrew. (2016, September 16). Against the wall: from Mexico to Calais, why the idea of division is taking hold. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com
Star Editorial Board. (2017, September 18). Save our bats, belugas and bobolinks: Editorial. The Star. Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com
Vidal, John. (2017, April 1). Salmon farming in crisis: ‘We are seeing a chemical arms race in the seas’. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com