consumption

Revisiting The Less-than-fabulous Footprint of Fashion

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This week on Terra Informa, we revisit a timely episode from this past summer’s coverage of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Listen as Terra Informer Dylan Hall interviews fashionista and not-for-profit educator Jess Montgomery of Think The World Differently. Montgomery holds an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she wrote her thesis on the role that fashion can play in perpetuating or challenging over-consumption. She is also a contributor to Not Just A Label, a designer platform for new and contemporary and artists.

We wanted to revisit this story over the holiday season because a central theme of the interview is the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry. 

This time of year we are bombarded with messages to “buy this” and “consume more”. While there is a growing trend in zero-waste and gift-free practices, we still have a long and complicated system to unravel if we want to mitigate the negative impacts of over-consumption. Another reason to re-air the interview is the pressure to dress ‘fashionably’ at holiday parties and social events. As Montgomery explains, this doesn’t mean you have to mean buy something new. There are many ways to be an ethical and sustainable consumer while still getting your fashion fix.

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Sharing is Caring: Urban planning, entrepreneurship, and collaborative consumption

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Photo by: Matt Harrop

This week on Terra Informa, sharing is caring. We’ll be discussing what sustainability means to urban planning, getting recent planning graduate, Sonak Patel’s thoughts on shared economies, and then talking toolsharing with Graham Hansen, an entrepreneur interested in collaborative consumption. 

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Sustainability and Urban Planning

Terra Informer Elizabeth Dowdell speaks with Sonak Patel, a recent graduate of the school of urban and regional planning at the University of Alberta. How do city planners incorporate sustainability into the function and layout of the communities we live in? Does sustainability mean new bike lanes and green spaces, or does it go deeper? Get the answers to those questions, and some other questions about planning you might not even know you had.

For more, check out the Resilient Cities website.

Toolsharing and Collaborative Consumption

Next up, Terra Informer Sydney Karbonik interviews entrepreneur and CEO Graham Hansen. Graham’s interests in collaborative consumption and shared economies inspired him to start ToolShare, a website that connects people who have tools to people who need tools. 

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Avocado Toast and Environmentalism

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Photo Cred: Wendy Wei, Pexels

This week on Terra Informa, we examine the social ways we construct environmentalism, who gets left out of the discussion, and what this means for actually ‘going green’.

When you think of an environmentalist, what kind of person do you imagine? Does gender, race, or income influence this image? Is it all about eating organic avocado toast?

Terra Informer Dylan Hall had the chance to investigate the complex and social ways we understand environmentalism and environmental practices by interviewing Dr. Emily Huddart Kennedy, sociology professor at the University of British Columbia. We hear a snippet of a talk given by Dr. Kennedy in February, at the University of Alberta’s International Week, followed by a deeper investigation and interview with Dylan.

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Climate Strike!

This Friday, March 15, 2019, join the Global Day of Action and march for climate change. Young people in dozens of countries, on every continent, will be striking together to bring attention to the climate crisis and the millions of young people who will suffer the consequences of increased global temperatures, rising seas, and extreme weather.

Here in Edmonton, the Youth Climate Strike will be held at the Alberta Legislature from 12-2pm. You can email yegstudentstrike@gmail.com to add your school to the list.

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