A balancing act – renewable energy generation in the Lower Severn Vale

A balancing act – renewable energy generation in the Lower Severn Vale

A recent field trip along the Lower Severn Vale with a group of Landscape and Applied Ecology MSc students highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges associated with weaning ourselves off large-scale and centralised electricity generating systems. The area of interest is part of the Severn estuary between Gloucester and the old suspension bridge carrying the M48 from Aust to Chepstow.

An invitation to visit the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

An invitation to visit the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

One of the great things about IASC conferences is the opportunity to explore local issues, and the recent global commons conference in Alberta has been no exception.  Due to the close working relationships developed between the IASC Conference Organising Committee and the First Nations we were given the opportunity to visit the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation at their reserve, around 72 Km north-west of Edmonton, Alberta, on the shore of the sacred Lake Wakamne (also known as Lake St Anne).

Indigenous rights in Canada – the 19th century Treaties

Indigenous rights in Canada – the 19th century Treaties

“We lived here, we were a nation, we were sovereign. We still believe we are a nation, that this land we live on is ours. But if we don’t continue to move forward as a people, then I foresee more problems. We need to remind this country we are here to stay. We are not immigrants – we have nowhere else to go.” Rose C. Laboucan, Driftpile Cree Nation (speaking at the IASC International Conference, May 2015).

A First Nations welcome in Canada

Opening Ceremony of the 15th IASC Global Conference on Commons, Alberta, Canada There are two overarching benefits to being a member of the IASC; first are the people you get to know from other countries, other disciplines, and those involved in other aspects of commons activity – whether it is defending their own commons, working for an NGO in some remote corner of the globe, or fighting private interests.