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From Problems to Solutions

Environmental challenges can seem overwhelming. We’re constantly bombarded with news and information about air and water pollution, climate change, habitat and species loss, food shortages and other problems that threaten humanity. In the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS), we understand the seriousness of these challenges – but we are focused on solutions that will allow us to navigate towards a sustainable future.

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Nothing could stop the intrepid researchers in the Society, Environment and Emotions Lab! New babies, sleepless nights, a plague, mutant cells, one author’s inability to function in Google docs, multiple time zones, and thousands of kilometers didn’t deter Lauren Smith (SERS, PhD Candidate) from fearlessly leading Sarah Wolfe, Hanna Ross (MES 2017), and Stephanie Shouldice (MES 2015) toward completion of a long overdue SSHRC deliverable.

What is social equity and why is it important in marine conservation?

Recently, I was part of a paper by the Blue Nature Alliance involving co-authors from different countries and different organisations, with diverse knowledge and experiences including academics, practitioners and PhD students like myself. We attempted to put into words how and why equity is central for successful marine conservation research, policy and practice.

How does climate change make you feel?

After experiencing the mental health impacts of climate change firsthand during her university degree, recent ERS grad Beth Grant decided to pose this question to her peers through her undergraduate thesis project which she recently presented at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada’s annual research conference.

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