by Inga Witt
At the World Press Photo exhibition in Montreal in September 2014, the haunting photographs by Rahul Taludker remind the visitors in a compelling way of the consequences of the fashion industry. The black and white images show the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in April 2013, during which more than 1100 people were killed. The survivors are still waiting for compensation today.
Continue reading Fashion and sustainability: libraries, salmon skin and spiders
by Melissa Frenette
Common sense and economics states that putting all your investments into a company or a product is a very risky affair. Even with help of professional financial advisors and consultants, the Canadian government focused a lot of the Canadian economy in the Alberta Tar Sands. Not only was that a risky environmental decision, but it turned out to be a dangerous economic one as well. Now that the price of oil has plummeted, the stability of Canadian economy is at risk. I believe that the situation wouldn’t be as grim if the government had invested in various energy sectors, not just one; if they hadn’t focused so much on the potential of the Alberta Tar Sands, they would have noticed other possible opportunities. Continue reading Putting All Our Eggs in the Same Basket
We are almost a month into the semester and there is so much to do!
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We want to wish all of you a restful, safe and happy winter break!
We will be open again on January 7th, 2015.
by Melissa Frenette
Acting in a sustainable way is not easy this time of year. Many of the Holiday traditions revolve around consumerism and producing immense amounts of waste but there are many ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment. For those celebrating Christmas, the Christmas tree is one of the most important decorations. It is under which all the gifts are found on Christmas morning. Some people prefer real pine or fir trees; others opt for an artificial kind. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but the question remains about which is better for the environment. I love the smell of a real tree, Christmas isn’t the same without it but I always wondered if I was doing the right thing in buying a real tree for all these years. I had never given serious thought to the effects it might have on the environment until very recently. So I started to look into it and found some interesting facts for both real and fake trees. Continue reading Oh Christmas Tree!
by Melissa Frenette
With the recent elections in the United States, pipelines and oil development has come back to the forefront of discussions, especially the Keystone Pipeline project (Hodson, 2014). The pipeline would be located in both Canada and the United States, making this a multinational project. When speaking of the Keystone pipeline, there is no avoiding the issues of the Alberta tar sands; they are inherently linked. (Hodson, 2014; Genoways, 2014). We, Canadians, need to be involved in and educated about the decisions made by the United States because their decisions will have important repercussions on our environment. The Keystone pipeline project should not be accepted. There are economic, ecological and social components to take into account. Some of them will be discussed below.
Continue reading The Revival of Keystone
By Daniella LoScerbo
When “all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey,” as the Mama’s and the Papa’s put it nicely, it’s hard not to think about California beaches; hot sun, white sand, manicured, lush green lawns, and back yard pools around every corner are tempting compared to Montréal’s impending greyness. It’s difficult to believe that California is currently experiencing an epidemic that could leave the dream state in economic and environmental crisis within the year; as the US Bureau of Reclamation puts it, “the driest 14-year period in the last hundred years.” That is to say, we may be losing California, and everything that we depend on California for, due to an extreme water shortage, and an even more extreme misuse of water.
Continue reading An End to California Dreamin’
Sustainability Education and Engagement (S.E.E.)
Sustainability Education and Engagement (S.E.E.) is at the heart of Sustainable Concordia’s mission to engage the Concordia community to take action on issues of Sustainability. For S.E.E., education is the first step of building an empowered and effective base for the mutual support systems we all require when advocating for more Sustainable practices of individuals, private entities, and public institutions. Through providing resources, popular education workshops, the Sustainable Communities Quiz, the Sustainability Popular Education Blog, and providing space and support for artistic educational endeavors, S.E.E. seeks to fulfill its mandate.
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