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Alternatives Journal Issue 42:1 Faith in Earth

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.

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a whale of a tale

Intense and unregulated hunting eradicated the grey whale from the Atlantic Ocean 200 years ago. The only ones left are on Canada’s West Coast – at least that was the case until one was spotted in the Mediterranean in 2010. Additional gray whales have yet to be seen in the Atlantic, so where did this one come from and what does it mean for the species? See the full story at ASIAN CARP, FRACKING, CUTTING MEAT, AND LIFE AFTER COP21 Governing after COP21 Why Canada must include both climate change mitigation and adaptation when we implement our Paris Agreement actions. Carp Fear Asian Carp continue to invade North American waterways. Andrew Reeves explores the latest study on the species’ potential impact on the Great Lakes. Fracking Quakes Hydraulic fracking was proven to be the…

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gotta have faith

“Without a vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18“Unless we paint a picture of the future that is attractive, people will not want to go there.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. IN RECENT YEARS, there’s been a re-emergence of the need for joy, connection and spiritual energy that has permeated environmental movements. While the data of climate change, species loss and ecological destruction are sometimes numbing, the role of faith and faith communities in engendering activism and hope have become key ingredients in environmental discourse. This issue explores faith and how spirituality, religious engagement and a passion for the Earth are translating into transformative action, both personally and ecologically. With the landmark publication last May of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, we are seeing the head of the world’s largest Christian community articulate an…

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a\j creators

Julie Oakes came of age with a BFA during the hippy years. Environmental protectionism, women’s rights, spiritualism, artistic activism and the benefits of cultural diversity have been threads throughout her work. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? I would rather host a dinner party than have a tete-a-tete for conversation could then be amongst many. My table can seat 40. The guest list would include these, whose work has been both an influence and nourishment: Seneca, Titian, Bosch, Proust, D.H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald (with Zelda for spark), Ernest Hemmingway, Georgia Okeefe. Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Anselm Keefer, Lou Reed, Lhasa and David Bowie. I would add my partner Richard Fogarty, my children and grandchildren for fun and help. Also: Chris Offili, Patti Smith, Leonard…

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believe this

WELCOME TO THE FIRST issue of 2016, our 45th anniversary year. This issue, Faith, was conceived early in 2015 with an eye towards helping environmentally minded Canadians sustain their own hope and faith despite the myriad of challenges that we face as we tackle the impacts of climate change. Much has changed since we started developing this issue with our wonderful theme editor, Professor Stephen Scharper. The “sunny ways” that powered Justin Trudeau to the Prime Minister’s office are clearly evocative of the power of hope to enable and empower positive change. Additionally the Paris Agreement, flowing out of the emotional roller-coaster that was COP21, demonstrates that our faith in finding positive solutions is the most important first-step in actually engendering these new solutions and innovations. The world is now awake to…

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letters to the editor

More to the Story There was an article in the Fashion issue [41:3, 2015] regarding PET plastic bottles being spun into material for clothing. The graphics are well done and take the reader from waste plastic bottles to the latest fashion clothing. I’m sure the intent is to make us comfortable in thinking that we are reducing the plastic plague through effective recycling. I feel anything but comfortable. Perhaps it would have been appropriate to have a few more graphics in the flow chart as making and buying the clothing is not the end of the story. It should continue with the garment shedding fibres through laundering and wear (as noted in the pros and cons) – it should show the fibres entering the waste water and turning the oceans into a toxic…

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a\j at 45 moments, memories & impacts

1 We were founded by a young professor Bob Paehlke in 1971 at Trent University. 2 Huge argument arises in 1989 among deep and social ecologists in Letters to Editor. 3 In November 2015, we stopped updating “Crimes Against Ecology.” #StopHarper 4 Back in 1999 we started publishing Canada’s Environmental Education Guide. 5 Our latest education guide includes 1076 programs at 116 colleges and universities. 6 Tzeporah Berman worked on our 1993 Ecofeminism issue – in part from jail. #Clayoquot 7 A 2015 A\J blog on the superiority of Brazil’s Food Guide got nearly 150,000 unique hits. 8 Our 1979-80 Soft Energy Path trilogy rocked energy thought – it’s still relevant today. 9 Sarah Harmer rocks the cover in our first ever Music & Environment issue (2011). 10 In 2015, we try on our first Fashion issue. The skeptics…