Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Growth” and “Prosperity”- Reconsidering

  Understandings of “growth” and “prosperity” in North American society have been commonly approached from a Gross Domestic Product (GDP)-based perspective. While GDP-based measurements and evaluations of “growth” and “prosperity” are important for driving North America’s economic future, GDP as a metric alone does not sufficiently account for the many quality of life and happiness […]

Categories: sustainable development

Solar Power and Steller Sea Lions- The Link

March 27, 2012 (part II) All their electric meters run backwards. With the counter-clockwise whizzing of their B.C. Hydro meters, 360 degrees of residential solar hot water systems, and the 75kW of clean energy whizzing from the photovoltaic solar panels on the administration building and the canoe shed, I’m investigating what it means to be […]

Categories: interdisciplinary research, sustainable development

First Nations Lead Way Back to Sustainability

March 27, 2012 Sustainability is defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland Commission). The T’Sou-ke First Nation’s understanding of sustainability, as described in the Great Laws of the Iroquois Confederacy, is that “In our every deliberation we must […]

Categories: interdisciplinary research, sustainable development


March 23, 2012 Consider the following graph on fuel exports and GDP: Around 2000, when Alberta’s crude oil became profitable and there was a rapid expansion of the Alberta Oil Sands, Canada became the second leading exporter of oil (next to Saudi Arabia) to the US. As a nation Canada ranks third for world […]

Categories: sustainable development

Waste Free: A Ferrytale

March 21, 2012 Hypothetically, what if every government introduced a policy of virtually no waste, for say, 5 years? This possibility was something I was thinking about yesterday, standing on the top deck of the Queen of Oak Bay, one of the British Columbia ferries crossing the 30 nautical miles in the Strait of Georgia, […]

Categories: sustainable development

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