Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are some of the most vulnerable countries on the planet when it comes to the threat of climate change, but they are also thinking big about solutions, actively innovating, and building a prosperous and resilient future.
“How did you get here?” This was a question posed to various creative people in our community last year. They were given a few weeks to think about this, and then created short one-person plays that were presented in various small rooms, offices, and hallways of a local church. As we traveled from presentation to presentation, we were entertained with a range of interpretations. Most were hilarious, a few quite serious. We can take the question quite literally – how did we get here?
One of the biggest challenges of moving the BSc ES program and BSc EM residency online, in response to COVID-19, was creating a plan for the labs. Luckily, both groups had completed the majority of their labs earlier in the program during the Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry courses.
Canada’s environmental job market has experienced an increase in job opportunities. Last year, 24,500 jobs were posted online, reflecting an 8% growth since 2017. Overall, environmental job ads increased by 17% from 2016 to 2018, compared to only 7% for the universe of scraped job ads.
Factors which may be contributing to the upturn include:
A basic moral virtue that makes wide-ranging moral change possible is gratitude. It is deceptively simple: the action of expressing heartfelt thanks for gifts received. Evidence of ecological gratitude extends from present day to the earliest known oral traditions for gifts like food, water, sunshine, and the dust from we are shaped. Gratitude maintains and fortifies the personal connection between the land and its peoples.