Bass and Birdsong: Noise in Urban Green Spaces

Since COVID-19 became a tangible issue in Europe and North America, there have been many news stories and social media posts about the respite that nature is experiencing. As the story goes, when people stay home, the earth has space to breathe again, and what a relief that is. I don’t mean to discount that…

We Grieve: Images of the Amazon Forest Fires

*Images in this post not mine. Header image PC Reuters. With the fires currently devastating the rainforest in Brazil I’ve been thinking a lot about ecological grief. Millennials such as myself have grown up in a world where ecological spaces unmarred by some human-caused destruction are rare. All around us we witness the natural world…

The Accidental Marketer: An Anthropologist at the DVBA

Of all the summer jobs I saw myself taking, marketing is not one I would have expected. I’ve worked in communications before this and I knew that marketing is suggested to anthropology students who don’t want to follow academic and research paths. Still, working hand in glove with the business community was never my aspiration.…

For the Love of Green and Growing: Exploring Butchart Gardens

Although a permanent resident of Victoria, I have been remiss in my explorations of some of our 'must see' attractions here on the island. Because my personal inclination is to photograph in 'wild' and 'natural' settings I haven't had much of an eye for some of the more manicured gardens and parks. However, I was…

Environmental Guilt: What does a cup say about you?

Until you have had a frazzled morning, forgotten your reusable cup, and bought a tea in a paper cup, have run to class, and received looks of askance from your fellow altruists, you may not fully understand the weight of superficial environmental guilt. Of course, my fellow students and I care deeply about our impact…