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Policy Engagement

POSTnotes (Energy and Environment)

POSTnotes are four-page summaries of public policy issues produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. You can contribute to POSTnotes currently in production by emailing the listed contact for each topic.

Open Parliamentary Committee Calls

Respond to open committee inquiries on the environment with a written submission.

Further information about engaging with Parliament is available on their website

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Databases and Associations

Edge Effects

http://edgeeffects.net/

Edge Effects is a digital magazine produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), a research center within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Edge Effects offers a wide array of content relating to environmental and cultural change across the full sweep of human history. We seek to invite and cultivate a broad readership and authorship that spans a range of political and cultural perspectives. We aim to address the historical and contemporary marginalization and silencing of voices in academic disciplines and the academy more broadly. Our name—about which you can read more in a piece by Bill Cronon—invokes our commitment to publishing across boundaries, at the intersections of the sciences with the humanities, of academe with the public, of narrated pasts with imagined futures. You can learn about how we built Edge Effects in this post.

Literature.green

https://www.literature.green/en/home/

The website Literature.green originated from the urgency to rethink the relation between literature and nature, in an era when human impact on the environment more than ever jeopardizes life on planet Earth. We believe that literature constitutes a vital element in ecological thinking and want to contribute to the examination of its specificity and encourage its dissemination.

Hence, the principal objective of the project can be summarized as follows: we aim to study how contemporary fiction – novels, short stories and other narratives – develops a literary imagination intended to forge new links with nature and the environment. Building on earlier studies in the field of ecopoetics, strongly focused on the analysis of textual complexity, our research team will study the role of literary imagination in the representation of space and place, of the non-human, of the “en-route”, of ecological disasters and scientific knowledge, while taking into account the tension between the global character of these issues and their local dimensions.

Ecopoesia

https://ecopoesia.com/

ecopoesia.com aims at bringing ecologically oriented poetry by distinguished Latin Americans, often scattered across many venues and untranslated, to the attention of both academic and general audiences. As a research and pedagogical tool, this online resource features biographical notes, critical commentaries, bibliographies, and a generous selection of poems, both in the original as well as in translation. We showcase established figures such as Homero Aridjis, Ernesto Cardenal, and José Emilio Pacheco, and lesser known voices, including Astrid Cabral, Leonardo Fróes, and Sérgio Medeiros, highlighting their unique environmental visions.

AESLCE

https://www.easlce.eu/

By promoting research and education in the fields of literary, cultural and environmental studies, EASLCE aims to cultivate a better understanding of the interrelationship between natures and cultures for a more sustainable future.

We recognize that dialogue and cooperation across disciplinary and cultural boundaries is essential to that task, and therefore seek to foster a diverse community of scholars, educators, and artists who share a concern for environmental issues.

In the pursuit of these aims, EASLCE supports:

  • scholarly and creative work in environmental literature, arts, and humanities;
  • activities that promote the dialogue between the academic community and the general public;
  • advocacy for and maintenance of ecologically sustainable practices.

ASLE-UKI

http://asle.org.uk/

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) was founded in 1998. Our aim is to represent and support scholars and writers, in the Atlantic archipelago and beyond, interested in the environment and its expression in the cultural imagination. We provide a forum for ‘environmental criticism’ and ‘ecocriticism’, that is, the study of the intricate relationships between human and nonhuman environments, broadly construed. We are motivated by a commitment to ecologically sound practices and politics, but, above all, we seek to foster a spirit of open dialogue and intellectual curiosity about how ‘nature’ and ‘environment’ exist in our discursive lives.

Publication: Green Letters http://asle.org.uk/green-letters/

ASLE

https://www.asle.org/

ASLE is where slow thinking (scholarly and artistic research and writing) meets swift action (we cannot truly be environmental humanists unless we are willing to become environmental activists). We study, write, compose and create because we care about issues like biodiversity, environmental justice, survival in a time of endemic precarity and global catastrophe, and the effects of climate change on humans and nonhumans alike. These concerns have long histories, and we believe that we can look to the past to imagine alternative futures. We do not have easy solutions to the problems that face us, but we do have faith that widened community is our best way forward.

Publication: ISLE Journal https://academic.oup.com/isle

ALECC

https://alecc.ca/en/

Founded in 2006, ALECC is a Canadian association for the study of environment and culture that brings together artistic, activist, and academic communities. We are an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in cultural, social, ethical, political, historical, and philosophical analysis, community engagement, social and political change, creative writing, storytelling, and visual, sound, and performative arts.

As an association, our approach to the environmental humanities is inclusive, transnational, and multilingual. We engage with interconnected areas such as Indigenous knowledge, decolonization, critical race studies, animal studies, gender, sexuality, disability, and education. We welcome the participation of individuals from any related scholarly, activist, or artistic communities, and we aim to facilitate collaboration across life experiences and career stages.

ALECC supports its members through an array of volunteer-driven initiatives. We organize a biennial conference, publish our journal The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, maintain an active membership and listserv, run our website, and award the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize. We regularly fund member-organized local and regional events, such as poetry readings; and we build and maintain connections with other environmental and cultural organizations. Graduate students play leadership roles in ALECC and are supported with conference travel funding when possible.

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