The call and support for the environment seems to have been forgotten among the demands of the occupiers. In fact it has been noted that those who are part of the Occupy Movement are unaware of the technological gadgets they use while simultaneously waging war on the very corporations who produce them. The irony is certainly palpable. These two clips are to inspire us to remember what it is we risk losing in nature. Financial greed doesn’t only take a toll on people; the environment suffers too. I received this second [Read More]

 
Traditional Ecological Knowledge – Using Traditional Food Production Methods to Minimize our Impact.

            Modern Western agricultural processes are generally not considered to be sustainable in the long run.  It’s only a matter of time before we exhaust the Earth’s finite resources and can no longer supply our population with the food it needs to survive.  There are many problems associated with modern Western methods, which include its reliance of fossil fuels, its inefficiency, its environmentally damaging nature, and many more.  On the other hand, traditional ecological knowledge is both locally specific, and holistic (Menzies et. al. 2006).  It [Read More]

 

The following is taken from a class discussion that was held by our Ecological Anthropology 360 class (the creators of this blog). We thought it important to have a group discussion about the Occupy Movement to get a sense of people’s thoughts, and share our ideas with each other. We had previously spent weeks researching what others thought and said about the movement and hadn’t had a chance to find out what our own thoughts were as a class.   We opened with a very general question:   Do you [Read More]

 

Farmers’ markets have emerged out of the food movement as people look for alternative food sources. Anyone looking for more information about farmers’ markets in Canada should visit the farmers’ markets of Canada site.  Furthermore, many provinces or cities have their own websites listing the farmers’ markets of the area.  The National Farmers’ Market Impact Study 2009 Report which can be found on this website lists many facts and statistics about farmers’ markets in Canada. The farmers’ market trend is continually growing and has real benefits for the local people.  The [Read More]

 
Reflection on Ronald Wright’s talk and Occupy Movement

Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress, spoke at UBC on Monday December 5th, 2011 (Homo sapiens: Repeat Offender).  There is no online video of the lecture, but a summary can be found here: http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/blog/ronald-wright-lecture-recap . The lecture talked about how economics and our lifestyle choices are having increasingly irreversible impacts on the environment and biodiversity.  Mass extinctions follow human migration throughout time, but now that we are all over the world it seems that all species are at risk.  In the closing remarks and question period, the [Read More]

 
Occupy Vancouver Photo Timeline

This photo timeline of the Occupy Vancouver movement attempts to portray the constancy of the media and technology, but also technology’s effect on perception. Each picture represents almost every day of the movement within the months of October and November, the copyright limitations of the search causing one or two days to seem undocumented. General search engines reveal otherwise; however, photos, videos, and artwork portraying various aspects of the movement. The type of technology used for each photo is documented to show the scope of technology at present, from Nikon [Read More]