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Saying mainstream environmentalism now reflects the interests and concerns of the rich is like coming upon a river of spawning salmon and noting the colour red. There are naturally many shades of difference. Not all of the mainstream, everywhere, has to the same extent come to embrace markets, corporations, and technologies as solutions. Nor does […]

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My supervisors have been encouraging me to switch thesis topics. I find myself resisting because the proposed alternative topic has very little to do with the intersection between environmental and indigenous politics, which I judge to be the most important ongoing change in the contemporary politics of the United States and Canada. At the same […]

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A paper by Pearce, Brown, Nerlich, Koteyko (“Communicating climate change: conduits, content, and consensus“, 2015) contains some interesting ideas about effective communication about climate change. They cite one “best practice guide” which explains that: in order for climate science information to be fully absorbed by audiences, it must be actively communicated with appropriate language, metaphor, […]

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This slam poem has been acutely and importantly confrontational for ten years or more, and it’s worth re-considering in light of Friday’s inauguration in Washington D.C.: “Homeland” by Marty McConnell

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My family in Vermont sent me Bill McKibben’s 2005 book (updated in 2014) as a Christmas gift. In it, he recounts a meandering trek through the Lake Champlain region of the Adirondacks. It’s part nature writing, partly an account of the history of the region and the ways his neighbours are tying to earn a […]

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A five page Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles has been released for the forthcoming Women’s March on Washington. It takes an inclusive “everything is connected” point of view, of the sort you often see in environmental declarations.

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Trumpery

2017-01-08

in Writing

trump·er·y — ARCHAIC n. (pl. -er·ies) attractive articles of little value or use. <SPECIAL USAGE> practices or beliefs that are superficially or visually appealing but have little real value or worth. adj. showy but worthless: trumpery jewelry. <SPECIAL USAGE> delusive or shallow: that trumpery hope which lets us dupe ourselves. <ORIGIN> late Middle English (denoting […]

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I told the UN chief about my recent conversations with disgruntled tribesmen, and their complaints about the Afghan police behaving like robbers. “Yes, this is a case of bad governance,” Mr. Masadykov replied. “I can say now, when we’re talking about Taliban, maybe half of these so-called anti-government elements acting here in this area of […]

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In a recent briefing on Canada, The Economist discusses my committee member Peter Russell’s forthcoming book: After Britain wrested control of Quebec from France in 1763 its new French-speaking subjects resisted assimilation. So did Canada’s indigenous groupings: Inuit, First Nations and mixed-race Métis. Such resistance was sometimes met with oppression and cruelty, and Canada’s treatment […]

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The Atlantic recently published a 17,000 word essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Obama presidency: “My President Was Black“. It’s told in light of the Trump victory, and with an eye to what is going to follow.

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