Greening our Planetary Menu
How to change the way we think about food.
Open Learning Module: Neighbourhood nature
Learn how to observe, identify and record the wildlife around you and build up a picture of a small part of your local environment.
Is decline an inevitable result of socio-ecological crisis?
Through the ages societies have faced major crises. Historian Mahesh Rangarajan reminds us that, historically speaking, environmental and economic crises have resulted not only in societal decline or collapse, but in reform as well as social and political reorganization. Adopting broader historical perspectives of long-term change, he argues, can be one way to avoid the traps of paralyzing despair or naïve optimism in times of socio-ecological crisis.
Opportunities and challenges of human mobility
In 2016 alone, over 24 million people were displaced by unexpected climate-related disasters. It is commonly understood that there is a correlation between climate change and human mobility, however, the lack of evidence-based findings has hindered necessary changes to being made in this regard. It is extremely difficult to track migration caused by climate change; there are numerous other factors that could also contribute to migration, and some may even be in combination with climate change.
What role does agency have in the preservation of indigenous cultural heritage?
Indigenous legal scholar Aimée Craft reflects on the resiliency of indigenous people, in their preservation of language, customs, sacred places, relationships and culture, emphasizing the centrality of human agency and free will in the preservation of cultural heritage.
The making of a conservationist Prime Minister
Read about environmentalist Indira Gandhi, third Prime Minister of India.
Written, directed, and performed by Juilliard violinist and native New Yorker Alice Ivy-Pemberton,
seeks to draw attention to the urgency of our climate crisis and the imperative of our moment through the medium of artistic collaboration.
Mud bricks best for cool, green houses, says study
Simple mud concrete bricks provide the most affordable and sustainable houses in the tropics.
For indigenous communities, fish mean much more than food
Indigenous peoples rely intensively on seafood for their existence as distinct peoples.
Climate Watch Data linkages: NDCs/SDGs
Identify progress being made, and the gaps that remain in meeting SDG targets, actions, and policy measures.
How Cities Are Leading The Way on Climate – Mark Watts of the Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
How our cities are run and designed can have a huge impact on the carbon footprint we have as individuals.
How is food relevant to environmental ethics?
Environmental Humanities scholar Christopher Oscarson reflects on on the nature of food production and consumption and how discussing an activity as basic as eating with his students opens up a range of ethical questions about the nature of food production and human-environmental relations.
Indigenous people to have say in UN climate policy
Indigenous peoples’ role in sharing traditional knowledge to combat climate change.
What historical concepts can help us negotiate the implications of the Anthropocene?
Environmental anthropologist Gísli Pálsson reflects on the ancient Greek concept of
(housekeeping / household economy), from which the modern concepts both of economy and ecology derive, as potentially holding a renewed relevance in the Anthropocene. With human beings searching for solutions to wicked problems in a world in which ‘planetary boundaries’ have become a priority consideration, we may find in this root concept of
a new tool in an ancient sheath as we actively rethink and reexplore our bonds to the earth and to each other.
Climate Litigation Review
The Status of Climate change litigation, a global review (2017)
Driving to an electric future?
Understand the power behind electric vehicles.
Ocean science research is key for a sustainable future
The UN’s recent announcement of a Decade of Ocean Science provides a glimmer of hope, but scientists will need to work closely with decision-makers and society at large to get the ocean back on track.
Cities’ Adaptations to Sea-Level Rise
Berkeley urban designer Kristina Hill stresses that our strategies to sea-level rise must be ready and be adaptive as conditions change.
Kathleen Dean Moore
Read Bifrost’s interview with nature writer and activist Kathleen Dean Moore.
Bhutan’s quest for alternative energy
Shrinking glaciers, a changing economy and environmental worries are forcing the Bhutanese to question whether their dependence on hydropower is the realistic way forward.