You may wonder after the year we have just experienced why I would pick that title? The pandemic has given the world a pause, and ideally, a pause in which we have learned what is truly important to us and our communities—love and compassion not just for our own species but for all the creatures with whom we share this earth. There has been an explosion of innovations throughout this year as we adapted to a new global reality.
COVID-19 cases and deaths have been concentrated in nursing homes, homeless shelters, and other overcrowded housing situations. Just as we crowd and encroach on wildlife habitats, a major cause of the current global pandemic, our species also needs space for well-being.
Dr. Rob Newell and I will be presenting at a conference in the United Kingdom, November 30 to December 3, 2020. Rob is a former graduate of MEM, my former post-doc and Banting Fellow and is now the Associate Director, Food and Agriculture Institute, University of the Fraser Valley.
Community planning is a complicated process that requires understanding the relationships between, and implications for, human and ecological systems. Systems models can support community planning and used to examine the implications of different scenarios, meaning they illuminate a range of potential conditions that could result from implementing particular policies and plans, and/or developing local land in different ways (e.g.