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.
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.
The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability is saddened by the recent death of one of our founding members and former School Directors, Sally Lerner. During her tenure from 1971 (when the School was named Man-Environment Studies) through retirement in 1996 (when it was named Environment and Resource Studies), Sally established a strong focus on social and environmental justice in the School – a focus that is stronger than ever today.
In a new commentary in Nature, SERS graduate Dr Marie Claire Brisbois highlights the importance of focusing on climate action solutions that are already working.
Building on her success in teaching in SERS, Christine brings a passion for student-centric, field-based, experiential learning to the role. It is exciting to think about how her initiatives will enrich curriculum development and pedagogy on campus.