Here are some of my favourite resources to learn more about climate change, the environment, decolonizing research, and more.
- What are land acknowledgements and why do they matter? By Selena Mills.
- Why land acknowledgements are not enough. CBC Baroness Von Sketch Show starring Carolyn Taylor & Aurora Browne.
- Indigenous Canada by the University of Alberta: this free online course teaches about “key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations”.
- Decolonization requires action and new ways of Seeing by the David Suzuki Foundation.
- LANDBACK is an organization based out of the US that organizes to get “Indigenous lands back into Indigenous hands”.
- What is Land Back? Interview with Brooks Arcand-Paul and Nickita Longman by David Gray-Donald.
- What is Land Back? By the David Suzuki Foundation.
- The National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation was established so the “public can examine the residential school system more deeply with the goal of fostering reconciliation and healing”. Learn more about Truth & Reconciliation, as well as the 94 Calls to Action, here.
Mental Health in Academia
- More than one third of graduate students report being depressed. Overview of a Nature article titled “Evidence for a mental health crisis in graduate education”.
- Why discuss mental health in academia? Article by Elenita Makani Nicholas for Stanford University.
- Feeling overwhelmed by academia? You are not alone. Article by Chris Woolston for Nature News.
- Mental health of graduate students sorely overlooked. Article by Nikki Forrester in Nature News.
- PhD Success. An online platform for community, support, and advice during your PhD program.
- Dr Zoë Ayres on Twitter. She’s a mental health advocate for graduate students and co-founder of Voices of Academia, a blog/podcast about mental health in academia.
Climate Change Facts
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The Panel is made up of 195 member nations with thousands of individuals contributing to their reports. Read the latest Synthesis Report for an overview of their work.
- Learn more about The Paris Agreement: a legally binding international treaty on climate change.
- Everything you need to know about climate change can be found on NASA’s Global Climate Change website.
- Skeptical Science is a website aimed at breaking down myths associated with climate change. On the left-hand side, choose which myth you are interested in learning about. Then at the top, choose which level of understanding you want to know.
- The World Health Organization has a site dedicated specifically to the impacts of climate change on human health.
- Read this blog about How and Why to Have Climate Conversations by The David Suzuki Foundation.
What You Can Do About Climate Change
There are many online resources that list ideas for what you can do to help mitigate climate change on an individual scale. But here are some of the top suggestions I give to people:
- Vote for parties that have clear climate change mitigation strategies as key components of their platform, and hold them accountable. Local to federal governments have the power to put policy into place that will help us to limit our carbon emissions on large (industrial-level) scales. This is what is needed to curb emissions as soon as possible. When parties back-track on their mitigation promises, we can then peacefully protest to demand action.
- Talk with your friends and families about climate change. The more people that understand how climate change is impacting our world, the stronger the voice is that demands change on a global scale.
- Limit carbon emissions in your own life. You can do this by reducing your energy usage at home, driving your car less, offsetting your air travel, eating less meat (especially beef), and more.
- Divest your money from companies and banking institutions that fund oil companies and invest in companies that are better for the planet.
- The Narwhal is a Canadian not-for-profit media company that covers environmental issues across the nation.
- Learn about environmental issues unique to Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation.
- The World Wildlife Foundation Canada works toward protecting and restoring Canada’s nature.
- Learn more about British Columbia’s plant and animal species with E-Flora and E-Fauna BC.
- Become a citizen scientist by uploading the species you see on your outdoor adventures with iNaturalist Canada.
- Learn about Canada’s National Park system with Parks Canada.
- One of my favourite blogs with tips on experiencing Alberta’s parks is Go Outside.
- Consider downloading the AllTrails mobile app if you’re going on a hike. Their maps have helped me from getting too lost a few times!
- The Government of Canada’s Climate Kids site has information, activities, and games to help teach kids about climate change.
- NASA’s Climate Kids site is great for teaching children about the climate and climate change. There are even games and activities!
- Earth Rangers is a kids’ conservation organization dedicated to educating children and their families about biodiversity, inspiring them to adopt sustainable behaviours, and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats. Their website has a lot of great resources for parents or educators, and they even have an app and podcast!
This is not an exhaustive list – there are many more sites to learn about these topics! Please feel welcome to email me if you would like to see something added: Thelin@UAlberta.ca