Latest Issue of Nature and Culture

Published on 19 July 2013 by in Resources


We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Nature and Culture has
recently been published by Berghahn Journals.

This issue covers a variety of topics. The first article defends the German
energy transition and argues that they have chosen an economically efficient
and forceful approach to securing a sustainable energy supply. Leduc and
Crate’s article is concerned with the way in which indigenous place-based
knowledge and understandings, in a time of climate change, have the
potential to challenge researchers to self-reflexively shift the focus of
their research toward those technological and consumer practices that are
the cultural context of our research. Vicenzotti’s article presents an
approach to mapping multivalent metaphors, that is, metaphors that imply
competing values. Kelly and Rule’sempirical study counters the claim that
Love and Kill are separate constructs in hunting, finding instead that
individual hunters often view their prey through a mixed lens that includes
both Love and Kill. The question posed in the final article is how shifts in
governance ushered in by the sustainability paradigm are reshaping knowledge
governance. The issue concludes with a Review Essay.

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal:

Volume 8, Number 2

Germany’s Energy Transition Under Attack: Is There an Inscrutable German
Erik Gawel; Sebastian Strunz; Paul Lehmann

Reflexive Shifts in Climate Research and Education: Toward Relocalizing Our
Timothy B. Leduc; Susan A. Crate

Mapping Multivalent Metaphors: Analyzing the Wildnis Metaphor in the
Zwischenstadt Discourse in Terms of Political Worldviews
Vera Vicenzotti

The Hunt As Love and Kill: Hunter-Prey Relations in the Discourse of
Contemporary Hunting Magazines
Jennifer Rebecca Kelly; Stacy Rule

Converting Community Knowledge into Catchment Nutrient Limits: A
Constructivist Analysis of a New Zealand Collaborative Approach to Water
Ronlyn Duncan

Capitalism, Socialism, and the Environment
David L. Kelly

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Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
The Golden Sufi Center, 2013

“Our present ecological crisis is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced—its accelerating climate change, species depletion, pollution and acidification of the oceans. A central but rarely addressed aspect of this crisis is our forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation, and how this affects our relationship to the environment. There is a pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis. This is vital and necessary if we are to help bring the world as a living whole back into balance. Contributors include: Chief Oren Lyons, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sandra Ingerman, Joanna Macy, Sister Miriam MacGillis, Satish Kumar, Vandana Shiva, Fr. Richard Rohr, Bill Plotkin, Jules Cashford, Wendell Berry, Winona LaDuke, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme, and others.”

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Special issue of Canadian Journal of Sociology on Fort McMurray, the Oil Sands Zone, and the Question of ‘Community’ is now available online:

There are pieces on mobile and immigrant workers, youth visualicity,
temporary foreign workers, and Aboriginal communities.

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First Peoples Worldwide: Grants

Published on 12 July 2013 by in Resources


Less than .01% of the world’s development funding goes directly to Indigenous communities, including the funding that is intended to benefit them. We believe that donors are failing to recognize the capacity of Indigenous communities to assess and meet the challenges they face. Putting resources in the hands of communities on the local level allows them to address their specific challenges in ways that best suit their people, their culture, and their unique set of assets. Our goal is to ensure that Indigenous communities have access to funds through a channel that values and respects their expertise, their ideas, and their voices.

At the center of First Peoples Worldwide’s Indigenous development work is our Keepers of the Earth Fund, which is designed to provide funding to locally-initiated development projects in Indigenous communities around the world. Our grants range from US$500 to US$20,000, and go to projects that are conceived and implemented by Indigenous communities themselves.

Find out more by visiting their website:

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The lead story in the June issue is about a new initiative to develop a “water ethics charter” over the next 18 months, to be presented at the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea.  If you are interested in getting involved in some way (and we are open to any serious suggestions!), please contact:David Groenfeldt, PhD
Director, Water-Culture Institute
Coordinator, Water Ethics Network
Mobile: +1 505 470 3554
Skype: DGroenfeldt
dgroenfeld[at]waterculture.orgFor background on the Charter concept, see the Water-Culture Institute’s website:

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Planning with Indigenous customary land rights in Canada and Australia: Final report now available. This report
compares the recognition of Indigenous rights and title in urban and environmental planning in Canada and Australia.  This 2-year project was funded by the UK’s ESRC, and involved the participation of two First Nations
in British Columbia, and two traditional owner nations in Victoria.

The report can be downloaded at this link:

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LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE (GA) Training – June 8, 2013 – $200

When: June 8, 2013 – 11:00 AM to 5:00PM

Where: University of Toronto (Galbraith Building – Room 405)

Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED® is at its forefront. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard to certify sustainably designed and constructed buildings.

LeadingGREEN offers the most affordable live LEED Green Associate Training in the world, while still maintaining a 100% pass rate and helping hundreds of students pass their exams. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is a great way to enter any green industry and show employers that you are environmentally conscious and knowledgeable.

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Resistance Is Fertile: Canadian Struggles on the BioCommons

by Wilhelm Peekhaus has been published by the University of British Columbia Press.

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For decades, government, industry, and the mainstream media have extolled the virtues of biotechnology. Their dominant message — that biotechnology can improve everything from our health and diet to our environment and economy — is unmistakably celebratory. We hear about biotechnology’s power to reverse environmental degradation, help medical researchers identify disease genes, and increase industrial efficiency, output, and jobs. Government and industry rarely tell us about biotechnology’s negative side effects. Not only are genetically engineered crops still failing to deliver consistently higher yields; there is also mounting evidence that genetically engineered organisms come with a host of safety and environmental risks.

Focusing on agriculture, Resistance Is Fertile challenges the dominant rhetoric surrounding biotechnology by offering a critical analysis of the role of capital and the state in the development of this technoscience. In particular, Wilhelm Peekhaus analyzes the major issues around which opponents of agricultural biotechnology in Canada are mobilizing — namely, the enclosure of the biological commons and the knowledge commons, which together form the BioCommons. What emerges is an empirically and theoretically informed analysis of topics such as Canada’s regulatory regime, the corporate control of seeds, the intellectual property system, and attempts to construct and control public discussions about agricultural biotechnology.


Resistance Is Fertile is an outstanding contribution to the field of biotechnology. Wilhelm Peekhaus weaves the empirical content brilliantly into an enlightening discussion of both political economy and social resistance.”
— Rodney Loeppky, Department of Political Science, York University

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Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the developing world of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and sustainable a building is, the more points it will earn. These points are earned through meeting credit requirements in LEED including integrated design, energy and water efficiency.
Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED Professionals.LeadingLEED is offering a 2-day crash course for LEED Green Associate Exam Training, the first tier of LEED accreditation.
The cost of the entire course including 12+ hours of in-class training, 4 realistic mock exams and professional study guide is $200 ($150 for students). The actual fee for writing the exam is governed by the GBCI and is $200 ( for more information). The classes are located at the University of Toronto.
Class 1: Saturday MAY 12 10:00AM – 5:00PM – Introduction and In-depth overview of all knowledge required for the LEED GA exam as well as a professional guest lecturer to speak about current LEED projects in the GTA. Study guides and relevant materials will be distributed.

Class 2 – Saturday MAY 26 10:00AM – 4:00PM In-depth Review of 2 completed Practice Tests, followed by an in-class practice test/review and then concluded with an overall wrap-up.
For more information please visit: and download the linked LEED Green Associate Handbook.
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Environmental Humanities is a new journal, launching on November 2012. It is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal will publish outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.

In anticipation for their upcoming launch, they are searching for article submissions. Further information can be found here. 

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