What Graphs Cannot Tell


This week, we’re using art to build relationships with nature. Becca Lawton is a natural scientist and river guide who also writes creatively. Stefan Thompson has made the jump toward environmentally conscious art.

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What Graphs Cannot Tell

Many scientists are uncomfortable speaking about what their work means without sticking to the bounds of their data. But Rebecca Lawton is both a natural scientist and a creative writer. Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke to her in Edmonton, where she served as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts at the University of Alberta.

Eyeopener: “Back to Normal”

From time to time we bring you Eye-Openers, moments when people share a big realisation they’ve had. Today, we’ll bring you a moment with Eric, an engineer in Edmonton. He’s been reflecting on the recent downturn in the price of oil—and how it’s changing—or not changing—his industry.

Stefan Thompson

When you become too familiar with the old, creating something new can be challenging. You have to grapple with the unknown. Change is hard! Canadian artist Stefan Thompson was able to shift his focus towards environmental consciousness, with great results. Stefan works in several mediums, and is starting to explore natural sculpture. Terra Informer Yvette Thompson spoke with Stefan about his art, his inspiration, and what he believes we can learn from his eco experiment.

What’s Happening

The Sierra Club BC is meeting on Wednesday, February 25th at 5pm, at the Heartwood Community Cafe in Vancouver. They are a non-profit environmental organization that works to protect BC’s wilderness and ecosystems. Come out to find out what they’re up to these days, and how you can get involved.

The Living Centre is putting on a weekend course in London, Ontario, on February 28 and March 1. Permaculture is an ecological approach to design that can be applied to creating resilient, stable, and productive communities. The workshop has a mix of theory and hands on exercises. The focuse will be on the creation of a forest garden.

The Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative Bee-Day is on Saturday, February 28th! Come out to the annual daylong workshop to learn about urban beekeeping. They’ll cover topics like equipment, bee friendly gardens, wild bee conservation, and hive management. This is a ticketed event, and your registration includes breakfast and lunch. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a Queen B.

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