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Economic Opportunity + Education

I recently wrote about the need to provide options for children and families living in communities impacted by poverty.

Sometimes it can be frustrating as an educator to talk about poverty, because there’s a tone in the sector that this is something we shouldn’t talk about. 184 more words

Social Networks

The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. 403 more words


Report on Lacombe County's Sylvan Lake Wastewater Proposal

Dozens of property owners from the Kuusamo Krest, Yuill, Palm Cove and Blissfull Beach communities on Sylvan Lake who would be affected by the Lacombe County Sanitary Servicing Project… 405 more words


Putting a price tag on nature

Our Elder-in-chief, David Suzuki, is well-known for his strong views on modern economics. His statements through the popular media that conventional economics is a form of brain damage have ruffled many a feather and elicited vitriolic retorts from the financial media. 1,142 more words


Do you consider yourself to be part of or separate from the natural environment?

My own perspective on the external/internal dichotomy is thus:

Fundamentally, humans share the same chemical building blocks as all non-human matter. Thermodynamic principles state this matter is neither created nor destroyed, but merely transformed. 741 more words

Module 1

Can “Natural Capital Accounting” Come of Age in Africa?

By Patrick Bond

In early June, a University of Pretoria conference at the Governance Innovation Centre, keynoted by Indian eco-feminist Vandana Shiva, contemplated how to go “beyond GDP.” The current system of economic bean-counting is terribly inappropriate for a continent “rising” in rhetoric but, in reality, being looted at a breakneck pace. 84 more words

Retire GDP

How a Lack of Natural Resources Can Affect a Child's Education

An interesting article in the New Yorker, “Spare the Rod, School the Child” by Michelle Nijhuis, gives us urgent lessons with implications not only to our swiftly changing ecological environments, but also may bear lessons for our educational environments as well. 452 more words

Education Reform