Alternatives Journal (A\J - Canada's Environmental Voice) of Canada

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Alternatives Journal Issue 41:5

Alternatives Journal provides critical and well-researched analysis of environmental issues in the clear, comprehensible style of a magazine. Issues are thematically focused, presenting in-depth exploration of specific topics like water conservation, climate change, green energy, sustainability, waste reduction and much more.<br><br>Back issues cover the history of the environmental movement.

Alternatives Journal (A\J - Canada's Environmental Voice) of Canada
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The Science of Poetry She’s a poet, she’s a philosopher and she was writer-in-residence at RARE Charitable Research Reserve. What Karen Houle did most (and best) at RARE was explore how sciencewithart can help us more thoroughly understand and love our planet. The magic happened at that hidden ecosystem gem in Waterloo Whales, greening renos & BC bees Whales and Climate ChangeWhales seem to be adapting to climate change faster than Eco-efficient RenovationHere’s how green Trudeau could make the 24 Sussex Vancouver is BuzzingHives for Humanity is enhancing communities in A\J Takes COP21 WHAT IS SO MONUMENTAL about December’s 21st Conference of the Parties Climate Change summit in Paris?A\J spent weeks preparing Canadians with background information on the science and politics of climate change. Post-COP21, we bring you a diversity of voices –…

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how to get out

THINKING outside of the box is fun. It’s challenging, creative, sometimes comical and – surprisingly often – useful. It can help you understand things in unexpected ways. And out-of-the-box thinking can lead to innovative approaches to environmental opportunities and creative solutions to persistent problems. There are scads of guides and lists online to help you turn around your own thinking processes. Here’s a quick list adapted from my favourite pointers at 1. Write a poem. Haiku is a favourite because you must distill your idea into so few syllables. 2. Draw a picture. This more deeply exercises the right side of your brain, which was just toned by writing the poem. 3. Work backward from a desirable objective. “Backcasting” is the term used by the sustainability people. 4. Learn about an unfamiliar religion.…

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a\j creators

Aaron Carapella grew up in California – far away from his Oklahoma Native American roots. In his youth, stories of the Ani’yunwi’yah (Cherokee) people and many other tribes intrigued him. He became involved with the Tongva and Ajachamen Nations of Orange County, California, learning of their struggles as “unrecognized” Peoples. At 19, Carapella started mapping the Indigenous Nations of the United States, using traditional names and including even the smallest and most obscure of tribes, to remember and honour their pre-contact “America” perspective. Carapella now resides in Oklahoma and is raising his young son Sequoyah Nighthawk in the Cherokee language. What’s the most surprising thing that’s ever happened to you? Developing Tribal maps that were so well-received by the public has been very interesting. I had imagined that just a select…

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optimistic for a change

“What is it about activists that they can’t even be optimistic for one day after a whole decade?” The disgust and disappointment on my 16-year-old’s face is somewhat heartbreaking as he pours cereal the morning after the Canadian election and surfs the comments on my Facebook page. I can only shake my head sadly and agree with him. My sons have never known a Canada that was not under Stephen Harper’s thumb. For the last decade they have listened to their parents’ shock and outrage over the weakening of our environmental laws, the lack of transparency, the erosion of democracy, the muzzling of scientists, the attack on environmental groups, and the disregard for Canada’s constitution. Along the way we tried to keep hope alive. We painted a picture for them of…

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california ’ s dry advice

DROUGHT CAN BE SCARY, and there’s no doubt that recent headlines about the potentially cataclysmic drought in California has us all a little uneasy. Groundwater has long been California’s “safety net” in times of drought, but so much groundwater has been taken that land is sinking under people’s feet, and aquifers are at serious risk of being depleted (if they aren’t already). It’s difficult to believe that up until last year, when and where wells were drilled, and how much could be pumped from them was basically unregulated in most of California. Prior to last year, British Columbia also did not regulate its groundwater. In fact, it was the only province in Canada without any groundwater regulations. In 2014, however, both BC and California passed legislation to address this problem: the Water…

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research digest

Where Eagles Soar NORTH AMERICA In the United States, golden eagles are federally protected under the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1962. Their numbers are still declining, leading to rising concern over the species’ conservation. Approximately 100 golden eagles are killed in wind turbine-related accidents annually. However, a study conducted by University of Waterloo Environment Professor Bradley Fedy and Colorado State University PhD student Jason Tack, reveals that eagles and wind turbines can coexist. The researchers compared golden eagle nesting data in Wyoming to areas with high wind energy potential. The results are “sweet spots” – areas with the lowest risk to nesting eagles and high wind energy development potential. Read the full study Eat, Poo, Biodegrade UNITED STATES Out of the average 33 million tonnes of plastic waste generated annually by…