Restoring our relationship with nature from lake beds to treetops
Indigenous peoples have all around the world have principles and values that we can learn from, that will help us to understand what our responsibility is here. (9:33)
What’s emerging is a consciousness amongst society in general, is the necessity for working for the continuation of life. […]
That complicated expertise is the ability to engage multiple perspectives, multiple knowledge systems to be a knowledge facilitator that can engage and collaborate and to create real meaning. (48:00)
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The topic for the 2018 summit was “Restoring our Relationship with the Natural World.Listen to the full episode and previous ones >>
GUESTS IN THE PROGRAM
Meg Lowman climbs trees for a living. Over the past three decades, “Canopy Meg” has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s first arbornauts, pioneering the field of forest canopy science. National Geographic dubbed her “the Real-life Lorax” and the Wall Street Journal labelled her “the Einstein of the treetops.” She has devised innovative methods – including walkways, ropes and slingshots, and hot air balloons – to explore this “eighth continent,” home to about half of life on earth. Equipped with degrees in biology, ecology, executive management, and botany, Meg transformed her childhood passion of trees and building tree forts into mapping canopy biodiversity worldwide and spearheading the construction of the world’s first canopy walkway. Throughout her career, she has passionately linked girls to science in the many developing countries where she works: Ethiopia, Mozambique, India, and most recently, Malaysia.
Dr. Smol’s key research topics include climate change, nutrient enrichment, contaminant transport and the environmental legacies of acid rain. A large part of his research program is centered on Arctic and alpine ecosystems. Professor Smol’s work has been informing policy discussions and decisions nationally and internationally for many years. His research has enabled policy makers to make knowledgeable, proactive decisions in areas such as agricultural runoff, clear cutting, protection of fish habitats, and air pollution control.
We have the power of our actions. If anything needs to be changed, it’s our complacency.– John Smol
Dr. Dan Longboat – Roronhiakewen (“He Clears the Sky”) – is an Associate Professor in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Founding Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program (IESS) and the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Institute (IEI) at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont. The IESS program is the first and only accredited university level program for Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences in North America. The Program is founded upon Indigenous Knowledge(s), which serves to support research and development of culturally based courses and integrated environmental science programs.
Dr. Scharper’s research and teaching are in the areas of environmental ethics, world views and ecology, liberation theology, as well as nature and the city. His most recent book, For Earth’s Sake: Toward a Compassionate Ecology, explores the notion of how we are being called to develop an affective relationship with the natural world in light of contemporary ecological challenges. His other books include The Natural City: Re-envisioning Human Settlements, The Green Bible — co-written with his spouse, Hilary Cunningham — and Redeeming the Time: A Political Theology of the Environment.
There are obviously different perspectives. But we must have a common vision, and that vision must be to work for the continuation of life.”– Dan Longboat
James Gordon has had a remarkably diverse 30-year career in the Canadian entertainment business. As a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, he has released over 35 albums and has toured extensively around the world. Gordon has written for symphony orchestras, musical theatre and dance works, film scores — and for more than 10 years — was heard on CBC radio as songwriter-in-residence for the Basic Black and Ontario Morning programs. He is well known for his songs about social justice, heritage and environmental issues. In 2014, he was elected a member of Guelph City Council.
Dr. Chapin is an ecosystem ecologist whose research addresses the sustainability of ecosystems and human communities in a rapidly changing planet. His work emphasizes the impacts of climate change on Alaskan ecology, subsistence resources, and Indigenous communities as a basis for developing climate change adaptation plans. The central focus of his research is the study of the resilience of regional systems in the face of directional changes in climate, economics and culture.
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- Books on tribal culture and related resources
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- “Is tribal identity relevant in today’s world?” Inaugural Speech for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference 2017) – New Delhi