Contextual Resources

“The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World” – a new book (2016) co-authored by Bob Sandford and Jon O’Riordan, water champions

“What we have not been good at is understanding the ecological effects of changes to the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere with induced warming,” states Bob Sandford. He insists that there needs to be agricultural revolution to retain far more carbon in soil. And he wants Canada to lead that revolution to ‘protect crucial Earth system functions’. “I think we need agriculture that’s not just restorative but regenerative,” declares Bob Sandford.

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YOUTUBE VIDEO: Cathedral Thinking – an idea that takes time to evolve and establish, and ends up benefiting future generations

“Cathedral Thinking has been applied to space exploration, city planning, corporate mandates and other long-range goals that require decades of foresight and preparation so future generations can enjoy their full realization. They all require the same foundation: a far-reaching vision, a well thought-out blueprint, and a shared commitment to long-term implementation,” states Rick Antonson.

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Lower Nicola Indian Band installs largest community-owned solar panel system in B.C.

The system is designed to help power the community’s school and feed electricity back into the local grid. “It’s not just investing in renewable energy. It’s about investing in our children and our grandchildren and our future generations, and it’s about investing in our environment and taking care of our water and lands and our animals. We think it’s a deeper investment than just a financial one,” stated Chief Aaron Sam.

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“Blue Ecology and climate change: interweaving cultural perspectives on water” – by Michael D Blackstock, independent scholar

“Hydrologists are encouraged to embrace the companion Blue Ecology water cycle that is meant to enhance Western science’s hydrological cycle by providing a holistic cultural context. Hydrologists and water managers could also communicate complex climate change impacts to the public, using common sense terms. Hydrologists and water managers can use the hydrological and Blue Ecology cycles to help explain how and why the climate is changing,” wrote Michael D. Blackstock.

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