Marja-Leena Rathje
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'ecological footprint' author


I've been poking about the net looking for information on Bowen Island, just off the coast of Vancouver. In all these years that we've lived in the Vancouver area, we've never visited it. Now I'm eager to find out where a certain art gallery is located for I'll be participating in a group show there next month. (More information on that later.) I've long read and occasionally mentioned Bowen Island resident Chris Corrigan's two blogs Parking Lot and Bowen Island Journal.

From the latter, I checked out Chris' blogroll and found James Glave. Exploring his interesting articles, I found an astonishing one called Rees's Thesis. It's an entertaining and eye-opening interview of Bill Rees, the University of British Columbia professor who coined the term "ecological footprint". Now, I didn't know of or had forgotten Bill Rees so what a thrill to learn about this inspiring and creative man who lives in our own community. It's a great story on what makes him tick and how he came up with this term, now the global standard for measuring an individual's impact on the environment. Do go read it, please!

Marja-Leena | 20/08/2009 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Concepts, Environment


5 comments

Got a show here? Great! Can't wait to meet you. Which gallery is it?

Hi Chris, you are quick! I'll do a proper announcement when the info is final but we will be at THE GALLERY at Artisan Square, with the opening on Sept. 11th. I look forward to seeing you there!

I want to be sure to get to the opening of that show. Give us plenty of notice of dates. I'm about to google Bowen Island to find out how to get there.

What a brave man, this Bill Rees. His observation of the ditch we've dug by "thinking of ourselves as divorced from nature rather than part of it" is right on. Wonderfully written article and I thank you, Marja-Leena, for telling us it's there.

Anne, you are planning to come? How exciting, I look forward to meeting you. Yes, I will post the information as soon as I get it. It is an exhibition of works by the group of printmakers that I'm part of.

Rouchswalwe, I'm pleased you agree with me about this man. I wish more people would hear his message.