Volume 2 | 2012

Who Will Speak for the Earth?

Speaking for the Earth is more than a choice it is a responsibility. Through the lens of dialogue and conversation, this issue of Earth Common Journal explores our relationship to the Earth and how that relationship transforms into a voice.


Preface | October 2012

Speaking for the Earth. The voice of a single student can grow to become the voice of the Earth, through the simple act of conversation.

By Dr. Lucille Mazo, Managing Editor

Acknowledgement | October 2012

Designs of Diana Duzbayeva. The designer of the 2012 print issue’s cover art discusses how organic design and social media collide to illustrate environmental advocacy.

By Tracey L. Anderson


Economic Sustainability | October 2012

Water Use and Abuse. Examining how we consume and regulate the over-consumption of water during droughts can help keep us from sending our future down the drain.

By Maria Teresa Dela Cruz & J. Michael E. Gray

International | October 2012

Discovering The Future Canadians Want. We Canada and the Canadian Earth Summit Coalition connected people and organizations across the country in a vision for sustainable development and created opportunities for influencing political actors.

By Aleksandra Nasteska & Victoria Wee


Community | October 2012

Dwelling together. Step inside an immersive, sensory ethnographic community and experience the social landscape of life within an ecovillage.

By Jonathan Taggart

Sustainability | October 2012

Food Sustainability. Edmonton’s food sustainability scene is the star in this multimedia presentation promoting food activism and awareness.

By Melissa Cloutier

Identity | October 2012

Getting Back to the Garden. While both men and women can be found in home gardens, gender analysis is key to understanding differences in gardening methods and the role of women in food production.

By Karen Zypchyn

Communication | October 2012

Communication Breakdown. How environmental issues are presented has an affect on how we react to them. An understanding of how media outlets distort environmental messaging is key to the Ecuadorian environmental perspective.

By Sean da Silva


Industry | October 2012

A Discounted Threat. Livestock have a significant impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, water, land use, and biodiversity. The solution to this liability? Look no further than your shopping cart or dinner plate.

By Leanne Bourgeois

Industry | October 2012

Building Pressure. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline project may be nearing completion, but the environment is only beginning to prepare for the pipeline’s consequences. This study explores the Northern Gateway Pipeline’s proposed benefits and potential consequences on Alberta and British Columbia’s environment and local communities.

By Derek Neil Pluim

Urbanization | October 2012

Chasing Rabbits. The voice of the Earth can be described by some as poetic. A colony of rabbits facing the threat of urbanization are the focus of this visual, poetic analysis.

By Melissa Cloutier

Feature | October 2012

A Man of Conservation. This feature highlights the life and work of Dr. David Suzuki, and how the David Suzuki Foundation’s (DSF) Nature Challenge provides a realistic set of goals that can help guide us towards a better world.

By Samantha Sperber

Conservation | October 2012

Ethical Primate Conservation. Human or Primate: Who is at the centre of our conservation priorities? The balance between human and primate community needs is a delicate one that requires time to understand and achieve.

By Emma Cancelliere

Preservation | October 2012

Preserving Natural Beauty. Nature and art have lived in harmony for centuries. This analysis of Alyssa Ellis’s painting The Shadows showcases the connect between art and nature, and how art can be used to inspire conservation.

By Melissa Cloutier

Sustainability | October 2012

Striving for Sustainability. Paul Johnston, the lead scientist with Greenpeace International, combines scientific knowledge with public debate and awareness campaigns to work towards environmental change and sustainability.

By Lynn Squires

Perspective | October 2012

The Harmony of Nature. Jeremy West’s, Earth’s Lonely Heart audibly embodies our symbiotic relationship with the Earth. Listen and learn about how Earth Science and song came together to create an award-winning composition.

By Kay Del Rio & Jeremy West

Climate Change | October 2012

The Potential for an Impending Sea-Level Rise. Over the centuries the world has experienced a temperature rise of 0.8°C. This created the potential for the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to melt, increasing the risk of sea level rise to coastal countries.

By Sarah McLeod


Review | October 2012

Dune: Desert Planet. Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel Dune explores the relationship between humanity and nature, and what happens when that relationship is exploited by those in power.

By Kay Del Rio

Review | October 2012

To the Arctic, For the Arctic. Greg MacGillivray’s film, To the Arctic (2012), offers a visually stunning IMAX experience of the affects of global warming on landscape and wildlife in the Arctic.

By Tracey L. Anderson

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