Entrepreneurial action to reduce dependency as a key to sustainability in the north
There is considerable research knowledge available to inform governance and policy for many aspects of entrepreneurial sustainable living in the North. The challenge is to find the knowledge that is relevant to us, and to make this knowledge available to community-based researchers and directly applicable to northern communities…David G Malcolm
There are challenges to sustainable living in northern Canada… In a sense, every northerner who wishes to live in a sustainable way must become an entrepreneur, and must seek ways of mastering current dependencies.David G Malcolm
Ever since the early “space race” of the latter part of the 20th Century, space science has often been considered in terms of cost instead of as an investment in new technologies for all aspects of sustainable development on earth. This TED talk illustrates how life is being improved on earth right now, because of space technologies. I am also convinced by the way that the same can be said of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Reducing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, and adapting to the warming that is already very evident in many locations on our planet, especially here the North, requires new technologies that open up whole new areas of investment that lead to wealth generation for everyone.
We would not have the molecular science that we need today for translation into community sustainability if it had not been for Albert Einstein. Of course, it may be argued that he simply won the race to publication. In any event, we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity now early in the 21st century. Here is a video in which Hanoch Gutfreund, former President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Academic Director of the Albert Einstein Archives explains why Einstein is considered one of the greatest minds of all time, and how this legacy shapes physics today: https://youtu.be/GmRQBN6FJYY
At last, there is evidence of real progress in “cutting greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing economic growth.” This is positive development since the efforts of Dr. Stern. Now that Canada has an environmentally-friendly Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, we hope that Canada can at last play a positive role in this endeavour.
Stern’s report in 2006, available through UK government archives, and this update in the Guardian in September 2014 underline the fact that climate change mitigation, and a positive response to community vulnerability and resilience, can be seen as investments in future wealth and good health, rather than just costs to society. The climate change nay-sayers love to trumpet their views that responding to climate warming will have disastrous impacts on the global economy.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published its 2014 report. There is an interesting Summary for Policymakers. That summary includes many observations that relate to community sustainability. The Synthesis Report can be found at:
We owe it to our children and children’s children down through several generations to do our best to cut greenhouse gas (especially CO2) emissions even if we honestly think that it is all natural variation that is causing global warming. And of course warming ocean floors and permafrost emits methane (CH4) in huge amounts, another potent greenhouse gas. It has been -17C or so for the past few days in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. This would be unheard of as recently as 40 years ago. When we moved to Inuvik in 1996, only 18 years ago, temperatures had dropped to -25C by early October.
Kate Raworth is a Senior Visiting Research Associate and lecturer at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (http://www.kateraworth.com/). She provides a stimulating and thought provoking critique of economic growth. This video is well worth watching if we have concerns about turning inequality in our global societies back toward sustainable equality. I look forward to your comments. So please watch and listen.
This is an exciting endeavour supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Membership is not restricted. You can register using the website link given below. The following description is quoted from ArcticInfo:
Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability (Arctic-FROST): Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North is the NSF funded research coordination project that builds an international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic.
Here is a site that tells you a lot about CO2 emissions and what they have to do with climate change. See http://co2now.org/. You will note in the menu on the right hand side that you can find out about climate science, CO2 trapped in ice cores in the Antactica over past ice ages, temperature histories, and what published research is telling us about climate warming. In spite of our cold snap over parts of the planet this winter, 2014 still ranks as a very warm year indeed on the average.
Here is an interesting site that shows how sustainable living was just a way
of life to the Inuit of the eastern Canadian Arctic: http://capekrusenstern.org/ . It is no wonder that the Inuit want to return
to their roots and retain their culture.