Natural Jurisdiction: Shifting Boundaries from Exploitation to Connection

Essay for International Public Law Course, 2021. Preprint. Abstract The biodiversity crisis has been compared to a war that we are losing. International environmental laws are meant to protect but the combative language and actions around our relationship with nature remains. The Eurocentric legal grounding of nature as property is problematic as ecological systems do …

A Duty to Care: The Missing Connection between Indigenous Rights and the Rights of Nature in Canada

It is hard to imagine ‘Mother Earth’ being discussed in the board rooms in the heart of oil and gas country in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. But times may be changing.  In 2019 an article discussing rights of nature and the duty to consult was published in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. Laura …

Our relationship with bees – it’s complicated

News of decling numbers of bees has filled the news over the last several years. Researchers quickly starting looking into why but finding the answers hasn't been easy. Speculation includes pesticides, parasites, climate change, poor husbandry, habitat loss  and monoculture farming. Or all of the above. The honey bee population decline was deemed Colony Collapse …

Lessons from EcoGather16 – Truth Hurts

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation has wrapped up a successful first annual Environmental Gathering. It was an amazing opportunity to hear from range of speakers and dive into discussions. Some of the insights are just too good not to share. Stephen Carter, political mastermind and our keynote on Friday,  let's start with you. You were an enigma. No one around …

The problem with delaying the entry of Syrian refugees

It is even more critical now that we the bring in 25,000 refugees by January 1. The Paris attacks (and others this year) need to strengthen our resolve not weaken it. This isn't a business deal, a trade agreement, or a diplomatic exercise. Time is not a luxury they have. Yes there are risks. We …

Don’t take a seat. Let the kids stand up.

"Sit still and quit fidgeting!" How often did we hear that when we were in school? I know my kids heard it plenty but I don't think it ever did much good. Kids need to move. Turns out research has shown that the the "sit still" command is counter productive and possibly even detrimental. Let …