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A Telling Tale

“We have severed our connection to the very source of life, and as a result we are possessed by an ever-growing hunger that we try to fill by consuming more and more, in the process destroying the very fabric of life that sustains us” ~Larry Robinson Recently, I started to re-read the wonderful anthology, Ecotherapy: Healing Read more about A Telling Tale[…]

The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis

If we will have the wisdom to survive/to stand like slow growing trees/on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it/then a long time after we are dead/the lives our lives prepare/will live here. ~Wendell Berry It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the shear scope of our environmental crisis. It seems that daily I am bombarded Read more about The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis[…]

(Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption

The holidays season is in full swing! And for the most part, it has been a nice change of pace for my family and I. Over the past week or so, we (my wife, two young children, and I) have had the opportunity to spend extra time together and have made many meaningful family memories. There Read more about (Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption[…]

Straight through the Heart

Few would disagree that the last couple of weeks have been significant ones in the environmental world. First, on November 12, the United States and China came to an agreement that would see both nations commit to taking action against climate change. Obama announced that the U.S. has set a target to reduce carbon pollution by Read more about Straight through the Heart[…]

Our Natural Homes

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of interviewing undergraduate students at McMaster University (in Hamilton, ON, Canada) about their relationship with their favourite natural places. One theme that seems to come up again and again during interviews is a strong desire held by students to escape from society (at least periodically–and, often, not frequently Read more about Our Natural Homes[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 3

This is the third installment of a 3-part series on the topic of ecopsychology. In the first post, I introduced the idea of ecopsychology and explained what it entails. In the second post, I illustrated why it is important for environmentalists to draw on ecopsychological ideas in their work. In this third and final post, I Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 3[…]

Globalization and the Human Soul

  In many ways, thanks to globalization, the world is a lot smaller than it was 50 years ago. And, it continues to shrink. As noted by Norton (2014):  “Today we can move our goods and ourselves from one place to another much more rapidly than ever before, while ideas and capital can travel anywhere Read more about Globalization and the Human Soul[…]

Religion: Conflict or Compassion?

This coming fall semester, I am excited to be teaching my first university-level course: Introduction to Cultural Geography, at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. As I go about preparing my lectures for the course, I am finding one particular chapter from the textbook, Geographies of Identity and Difference, to be engaging, yet, at the same time, quite limiting (and, Read more about Religion: Conflict or Compassion?[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 2

That millions of people share in the same forms of mental pathology does not make those people sane ~ Erich Fromm In the first post of this series, I suggested that two primary assumptions underlie the concept of ecopsychology: psychology needs ecology and ecology needs psychology. The focus of this post is on the ‘second’ Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 2[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is, and Why it Matters – Part 1

Set aside the learned ways of perceiving the world as dead matter for your use and see if you can recover again your actual perception of the world as a community of beings to whom you are meaningfully related – Erazim Kohák Some of my most meaningful childhood memories stem from experiences that I had while Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is, and Why it Matters – Part 1[…]