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The NKG self-identify as a group that “focuses on the popular restorative use of urban lands based on indigenous principles, knowledge and practices”. From their ABOUT page:

All our activities are mutually supportive.  Everything we do is connected.

  • Eco-Restoration
    • We return disturbed lands and waters in Toronto to a healthy balance, in ways that restore, maintain, protect and develop historical indigenous ecosystems for future generations.
  • Plant Nurseries
    • Our nursery sites include outdoor church gardens and greenhouse spaces, serving as places to learn and grow new plants.
  • Indigenous Cultural Regeneration
    • Our activities support urban indigenous people to learn and practice our cultural traditions, as the basis for reconnecting with our communities and the natural world around us.
  • Learning Opportunities
    • We provide places to teach indigenous values and ways of life and link with certification for our stewards through accredited learning agencies wherever possible.
  • Educational Ecotourism
    • We engage with diverse local communities, tourists and other visitors.  We welcome our friends in the surrounding community to the land.
  • Landscapes for All our Relations
    • We grow edible and medicinal landscapes for the next seven generations of humans, and for all life.

Came across a book I found really, really useful and rewarding to read. Especially the legal side of things–very detailed and clear. The promises and dangers of biotechnologies unavoidably echo those of human industrial “progress” in the context of the climate change “problem.” So working on a review:

Revised: Dec 27, 2011 Again: Jan 7, 2012

Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies, Systems, Technologies.
By Neil Gerlach, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Rebecca Sullivan, and Priscilla L. Walton.

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. 216 pp.
ISBN: 9780802099839 (bound); ISBN: 9780802096838 (pbk.).

Co-authored by four versatile scholars, Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies, Systems, Technologies makes a delightfully fluid read, which is as gratifying as it is analytically demanding … The analysis expressly foregrounds the Canadian context, but also situates the processes under investigation internationally.

In reviewing key aspects of the book’s discursive terrain this essay in addition opens up venues for its participatory reading. The analysis is theoretically contextualized within the McLuhan tradition and an analogy is projected between the challenges of biotechnology’s ambivalent repercussions and the similarly consequential and controversial tangle of climate change issues…

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Note that climate scientist Mike Hulme‘s book is a view from the University of East Anglia. Chronologically preceding the CRU (apologies for quoting the monikin) “climategate”, just before the Copenhagen Summit in December of that year, 2009.

Why We Disagree About Climate Change:

Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity

Publisher’s description:

Climate change is not ‘a problem’ waiting for ‘a solution’. It is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon which is re-shaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. Drawing upon twenty-five years of professional work as an international climate change scientist and public commentator, Mike Hulme provides a unique insider’s account of the emergence of this phenomenon and the diverse ways in which it is understood. He uses different standpoints from science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development to explain why we disagree about climate change. In this way he shows that climate change, far from being simply an ‘issue’ or a ‘threat’, can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Why We Disagree About Climate Change is an important contribution to the ongoing debate over climate change and its likely impact on our lives.

10 pages excerpted from Chapter 1 (grace a U of Cambridge Press “look inside”)

The Social Meanings of Climate Change

CC sociology articles by him:

Cosmopolitan Climates: hybridity, foresight and meaning


Disciplines, geography and gender in the framing of climate change

(2010, collaboration between 2 U East Anglia and 2 U of Melbourne scientists)

Climate Change: what do we know about the IPCC?

(2010, with Martin Mahony)

AND another UCP book, edited by Bjørn Lomborg, Copenhagen Business School

Smart Solutions to Climate Change:

Comparing Costs and Benefits

Publisher’s description:

The failure of the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009 revealed major flaws in the way the world’s policy makers have attempted to prevent dangerous levels of increases in global temperatures. The expert authors in this specially commissioned collection focus on the likely costs and benefits of a very wide range of policy options, including geo-engineering, mitigation of CO2, methane and ‘black carbon’, expanding forest, research and development of low-carbon energy and encouraging green technology transfer. For each policy, authors outline all of the costs, benefits and likely outcomes, in fully referenced, clearly presented chapters accompanied by shorter, critical alternative perspectives. To further stimulate debate, a panel of economists, including three Nobel laureates, evaluate and rank the attractiveness of the policies. This authoritative and thought-provoking book will challenge readers to form their own conclusions about the best ways to respond to global warming.

1) Principles of Planetary Climate (Cambridge University Press–January 31, 2011)
Description: “Provides a unified treatment of the basic physical principles of planetary climate phenomena on the present and past Earth and other planets. An invaluable textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and a reference text for researchers. Lavishly supported by hundreds of creative and stimulating exercises, software, datasets and algorithms.”

2) co-edited with David Archer The Warming Papers (Wiley-Blackwell–January 25, 2011)
From the Amazon product description: “The Warming Papers is a compendium of the classic scientific papers that constitute the foundation of the global warming forecast.  The paper trail ranges from Fourier and Arrhenius in the 19th Century to Manabe and Hansen in modern times. Archer and Pierrehumbert provide introductions and commentary which places the papers in their context and provide students with tools to develop and extend their understanding of the subject.”


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