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In This April 2021 Newsletter:

Message from GIER Director for Earth Day • Arts-based Knowledge Mobilization Project • Imagining Climates Launch • New Partner: EchoNetwork • GIER on Twitter • New Governance Committee Members •  Diverse Perspectives on Knowledge Mobilization: Webinar Recording • Affiliates in the News • Save the Date • Contact Us •


Message from GIER Director for Earth Day

With “Earth Day” (or “International Mother Earth Day”) approaching this month (April 22; the theme for 2021 is “Restore our Earth”), I find it useful to re-read the short United Nations Resolution and reflect on “the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”

It’s the verbs emphasized in this resolution that seem to best reflect the work of GIER in its first year: reaffirm, recall, acknowledge, recognize, note, decide, invite, and request.

Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, I hope you have been able to experience a sense of the strong and diverse community of environmental researchers at GIER. As always, I would love to hear your ideas on how GIER can help better foster interdisciplinary connections on campus and beyond. 

Madhur Anand


Arts-based Knowledge Mobilization Project

GIER, through the Food from Thought Knowledge Mobilization Fund, supported interdisciplinary teams (artist+researcher+end user) in the creation of unique arts-based knowledge mobilization pieces that disseminate environmental research. Take a peek... 


Four images. Top left shows painting of a tree. Top right shows illustrations of flowers and bees. Bottom left shows a clay piece that represents a watershed. Bottom right shows colourful school material on solitary bees.


Top left: by Liane Miedema Brown, Milena Rosenfield, and Jon MacMull (Credit Valley Conservation), paintings that show the many ecosystem services and inherent values of forested landscapes.

Top right: by Suzanne Matheson, Janean Sharkey, and Jenna Quinn (rare Charitable Research Reserve), illustrations on the importance of native flora and pollinators.

Bottom left: by Andrea Piller, Hannah May, and Nina Sampson (Ausable Bayfield Conservation), a clay piece on watershed science and the connections between water and people.

Bottom right: by Kira Vermond, Clayton Hanmer, Sage Handler, and Allan Woodhouse (WRDSB outdoor and environmental education), engaging material for schools on solitary bees and citizen science.


Imagining Climates Launch

Image shows a logo of a tree with arrows around it, with a background painting in green, blue, and yellow. and a canopy that looks like a brain. The background is a green, blue, and yellow painting.

We are thrilled to launch Imagining Climates, a new multidisciplinary collaborative and creative response to the climate crisis. Check out our inaugural Micro-Climate stories and submit your own! You can follow Imagining Climates on Facebook and Instagram

Save the date, Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm, and register here.


New Partner: The EchoNetwork 

GIER has partnered with the EchoNetwork, a new interdisciplinary platform that aims to change how science is embedded in society. The EchoNetwork tackles real-world problems in human and environmental ecosystems in India and across the world. GIER and Echo will be co-producing a series of "virtual field trips" this summer. More info soon!

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