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Archives for February, 2009

“The [Environmental Justice (EJ)] movement,” writes Gwen Ottinger, “was galvanized in the early 1980s by the observation that toxic chemicals and other environmental hazards are concentrated in communities of color. EJ activists, many of them veterans of the civil rights movement, began to argue that social equality demanded an end to this ‘environmental racism.’ Currently,…

A freakin’ amazing see-through fish!

Hat tip to Dave at Terry.

The industrialization of agriculture, egg version. An egg factory in China. Click on image for link to original site, credited to AP Photo/Andy Wong as posted at the Globe by Alan Taylor.

Memory, History, and Landscape

I had the chance to see a talk by William Cronon last week here at U.Va. He’s a professor at the University of Wisconsin and a recognized world leader in environmental history and environmental studies. His work, while helping define the field of environmental history as it became one in recent decades, also transcends it;…

A few months back I had a chance to be involved with Dawkins’ visit to Vancouver, and here we had a chance to record his speech. Not a bad way to spend an hour on this particular day. Actually, Richard’s presentation is very good (quite humourous at times) and definitely worth checking out. Click on…

Ways Darwin Could Jump the Shark

I’ve got a humour piece at McSweeney’s today in celebration of Darwin’s 200th. Here’s a snippet: Joins the Ice Capades: Darwin is hired for small part in a Lion King-themed ice show. Takes skating lessons and practices hard. Soon nails both the triple axel and the triple lutz. Is fired from the show when he…

(Given it being a big week for Darwin and all, I thought it would be kind of cool to repost this post from 07) Not counting Shouts and Murmurs email queries, I’ve sent pieces to the New Yorker proper on three occasions, the last of which just a few months ago. What I’ve noticed is…

(Earlier the video had server issues, so just reposting – this video is really worth checking out) If you haven’t heard of the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (or UAEM), then put it on your to do list right now. Better yet, sit yourself down and watch Mike Gretes in this video for 20 minutes.…

If you recall, a while back we held a TED talk like event but with students front and centre. We called it Terry talks in concert with another project I’m involved with at UBC. In any event, all the student talks are now available for viewing (a la me figuring out how to use Final…

A hopeful poem

Just finished producing the last of the Terry talks videos, and will hopefully have all 9 up by the end of today. Having the chance to view all of them lately has really hit home for me that there are some amazing students out there. Anyway, kind of reminded me of this poem by Mary…