In these strange times, engagement with the natural environment has been highlighted as a precious part of our ability to survive, make sense of the world around and within us, and mediate our health at all levels of being. The importance of the natural environment’s place has been foregrounded, as has our impact on it. So too, has our ability to redress the balance when – motivated to do so.

For institutions whose business is engagement with this environment, it may be an opportune moment to ask questions of critical reflexivity. 

How are NTNU’s discourses shaping the way in which it engages with the natural environment? Do these discourses affect the way in which its stakeholders are perceived? What are the limits of NTNU’s episteme, and how might these be identified, to illuminate the ways in which stakeholders are ‘produced’ by discourse?

How might we apply the imaginary, as a sensory modality, to enliven and enchant knowledge-making, rather than aim simply at explanation? Could the inclusion of a fuller range of voices – not only from other disciplines and external stakeholders but from within our non-professional selves – add a lyrical dimension to saltwater worlds, or renew our reverence for the natural environment? Could these enchantments leak into our disciplinary philosophies, daily working habits, informal opinions or formal communications to improve research outputs in some way?

How do different research centres, departments or individuals at NTNU reinforce language use? How dimensional are their vocabularies? Do these practices change with context, audience, or over time? Are they static? How might we make ourselves more sensitive to the contours, textures and patterns in our language? How may we enrich the ways in which we use language, by widening the semantic net beyond our own disciplines? From morphemes to gestalt verbal units, what changes can be affected? How can we develop individual or collective practices for magnifying and demagnifying our field of attention, with respect to our dialects?

4 days ago
I salute Trin Custodio, Angelique Songco and their partners for doing what is in their power to push for increased protection for the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. #HopeSpots
2 weeks ago
I salute Chloe and Jon for standing up for protecting the ocean! #HopeSpots

@ProtectOurFutr, Plastic Free Cayman, National Trust,
National Museum, @reefresearch
2 weeks ago
We are the most important people who have ever lived on Earth, because technology is now giving us all the power to know and to demand change. SylviaEarle photo
3 weeks ago
I am pleased to share @MissionBlue‘s newest Hope Spot, Hong Kong South! Now, more than ever, it’s time to safeguard these waters that are home to wildlife like the critically endangered giant yellow croaker. #HopeSpots
4 weeks ago
More important than innovative technologies is innovative thinking. All of us are part of the problem and all of us can be part of the solution. SylviaEarle photo
1 month ago
I want to give my strongest support to the Champions of the Palmahim Slide in Israel. #HopeSpots
9 hours ago
Achoo! Sea sponges sneeze to clear their pores, marine experts say

MT @clydebestsboots
1 day ago
At first glance, a filter feeder may seem like a loafing creature that would rather let food come to them rather than seeking out specific prey.

However, there’s a LOT more to it than you might expect! 🐋 RT @OurOcean
1 day ago

Horseshoe crab blood saves lives.

Can we protect these animals from ourselves?

MT @AwareOceans via @NatGeo
2 days ago
The plans for giant seaweed farms in European waters RT @55Sun5
2 days ago
Your weekend ocean streaming treat 🌊

The Incredible Oyster Reef, a fantastic film by @chesapeakebay
3 days ago
#ClimateEmergency #OceanEmergency

The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet
1 day ago
The farmers are dead right about this: it’s outrageous that @AnglianWater are refusing to implement a hosepipe ban. And why should it be up to the water companies? This should be a strategic national decision about a strategic national resource.
1 day ago
I’m loving how all these Tories are saying the problem with the water industry is lack of competition.
A. That’s exactly what critics of privatisation warned about, back in 1989.
B. How’s it meant to work? Different companies building their own water mains in the same street?
2 days ago
Remind me which party has defunded, hobbled and all but destroyed the state regulators.
2 days ago
This evening, just as the climate emergency really hits home, a long rally of massive bikes goes past, all, to judge by the noise, with tampered pipes. It’s as if we are willing it.
2 days ago
I’m seeing this a lot now: the claim that if you criticise capitalism, you must be … a fascist. This is from an article by @TrooperSnooks, seeking to associate me and other greens with the Nazis. It’s hard to imagine how ignorant of politics and history you need to be … GeorgeMonbiot photo
3 days ago
First they take credit for the topography: “we made this landscape”.
Now they take credit for the distribution of rainfall.
Are there any godlike powers sheep farmers don’t possess?
GeorgeMonbiot photo
Thomas Lloyd @CharmoiseLloyd
I see the sheepwrecked bits are all green… 😉