5 ways Whistler is helping change the way we travel

It took me well into my twenties before planning my first trip to Whistler, a world class ski resort off the coast of British Columbia. Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler is Canada’s favorite ski destination. With a 1500m vertical drop and a world renowned nightlife, Whistler is the place to go if you’re…

From Waverley to Whistler- What’s the Situation?

Location Waverley Waverley Municipal Council is a Local Government Area in the eastern suburbs of Sydney located approximately 7km east of the city’s Central Business District, in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. View Waverley Council’s website via the following link: http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/   Interactive maps can be accessed via the following link: http://mapping.waverley.nsw.gov.au/Exponare/PublicApplication.aspx…

Blog 8 – Pope Francis and the environment.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/22/the-top-five-things-pope-francis-gets-totally-right-about-climate-change/ Even the pope understands the concepts surrounding environmental feedback loops and thresholds. To conclude my blogs on environmental issues and decision-making, I want to establish that the two important aspects of the environment that I’ve learned will make or break our efforts to save the world is feedback loops and thresholds. As scientists, we…

Blog 7 – “What if those scientists are right?”

Naomi Klein’s TED talk on RISK Naomi Klein’s TED talk on our addiction to risk needs to be watched by everyone with a conscious mind. Her lengthily description of what she saw on the Gulf of Mexico a short time after the BP oil spill brought me to tears. “But even more striking than the…

Blog 5 – The politics against Adaptive Management

Adaptive management is the only way to protect our environment. My 8 years studying the environment have lead me to one single conclusion about how to save earth’s ecosystems: manage them correctly, study then, learn from the study, adapt management strategies to research findings and indigenous knowledge, repeat. In this weeks lecture, we looked at…

Blog 4 – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure- this may never have been so true than in the 21st century. We literally sell our garbage to developing countries that use it as a vital resource for survival. The inconvenient truth about waste is that we are producing too much of it. Couple this with the fact…

Blog 3 – The Problem of ‘Data’

Every so often, I come across an article that has me questioning the science behind everything I believe about climate change. Although not a peer reviewed scientific journal, ‘Watts Up With That’ recently published an interesting piece arguing that 92% of the data used by the U.S. Historical Climatological Network (USHCN) to graph global warming consisted…

Blog 2 b – The issue of Stakeholders

This week I tackle the important question of stakeholder management. Having worked in resource management in the past, I know the challenges that are met when dealing with conflicting stakeholder views. An important thing I took out of these readings was the challenge of weighing out stakeholder issues, priorities, and assess different ways to reach consensus….

Blog 2 a – The Paradox of environmentally destructive climate change solutions.

As an environmental activist, I sometimes question the problems behind our inability to grasp sustainability. Sustainable Development has over one hundred definitions. A quick look into a few of them helps me understand why people have a hard time adhering to it, and accepting it as the only available form of development if we are looking to not destroy…

Blog 1 – Taking decision making more seriously.

I’ve been studying Environmental sciences for almost a decade now and other than in EIA, this is the first time I tackle the notion of Environmental Decision Making. In researching past issues regarding environmental management, the challenge has always been in the decision-making process. How do you satisfy everyone’s wishes? Because the science, economics, and…