Nov 21, 2018: Profit & Poverty

Today, as Public Interest Alberta called for a poverty reduction strategy, given that “one in six children are living in poverty in Alberta”, I spent the day today thinking together about sustainable research and sustainable futures with colleagues and student…

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Nov 16, 2018: Trudeau’s Indigenous Rights Framework ≠ Reconciliation

It’s more than oil. Extraction, beyond being an environmental concern, materially reinforces and deepens colonization. And extraction is a form of production that extends far beyond industrial projects like the oil sands. Extraction, around the globe, is required for the…

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Nov 15, 2018: A New Beginning

I’m back. Last year on November 1, 2017 I started an action-a-day durational practice. It lasted for almost two month.  This November (2018), I’m beginning again: this time, adding another month to this durational practice. So, you’ll be able to catch me…

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December 8, 2017: Hydro & “Power”

Today Canadians across the country are reading about the approval of the Site C Hydroelectric Dam in B.C. “The project will flood over 12,500 hectares of fertile farmland and sacred Indigenous territory in the Peace River valley.” In an article…

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December 4, 2017: Non-Violence

I’ve been thinking a lot about non-violence of late. I’ve been thinking of Gandhi, inspired by a whole history of women and feminists, who took up the mantle of non-violence. I love this quote in a much longer article by…

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December 2, 2017: We Are All Treaty People

Today, I worked with an amazing Indigenous colleague and other fantastic feminist community collaborators to lead a new group through a blanket exercise. These women and I, have not had time to talk through what decolonization has to do with…

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November 27, 2017: Future Imaginings

Where to go from here? I’ve noticed recently and interesting impulse many people have when I ask them about the future. They don’t tell me what they’d like it to look like. They try to guess what it will look…

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November 26, 2017: Turning to Solar in a Time of Crisis

Last week, I played The Newtonian Shift. It is a game that simulates 25 years of energy transition as part of a 6 hour simulation game. In the energy transition, which plays out differently each time, depending on who is…

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November 25, 2017: The Cult of Presentism

This week, I’ve been reflecting on another of the ironies of the current moment. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what the future could look like, if we organize now for other types of social life in…

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November 24, 2017: Wind “Power” & Other Technologies

If I understood correctly, it seems that wind won’t play as major a role in Alberta’s energy future as it might elsewhere. Apparently, unless your trees are growing crooked from the consistent winds in your area, wind is probably not…

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November 22, 2017: Tech for Whom?

So much amazing tech already exists out there. Energy transition is possible. But tech cannot save us if we don’t implement it. Who has energy has power. Who owns the tech? Who can afford to purchase the tech and or…

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November 17, 2017: Dreaming Crises

In a feverish sleep, I dreamt that I kept trying to tell people something and no words would come out. I kept mouthing the words, where there was no sound. This inability to talk was also linked to some form…

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Principal Investigator: Feminist Energy Futures; Future Energy Systems’ Energy Humanities: Speculative Energy Futures and iDoc Projects
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