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?

5 days ago
No one lives far from the ocean. Every breath you take, every drop of water you drink is from there, even if you’ve never set foot in it. SylviaEarle photo
2 weeks ago
Champions Didier Laplace, founder of Coral Restoration Saint Barthélemy and Annelisa Gee, community member and business owner are working together to enhance protection for Saint Barthélemy. It’s a small place – it’s only 22 km² – small in size, but large in impact.
2 weeks ago
Being able to breathe underwater is unbelievable. Every time I leap into the ocean, I still feel the same sense of wonder and joy that I did when I completed my first dive in my late teens. SylviaEarle photo
3 weeks ago
Consider the ocean as Earth’s life support system. It holds 97% of Earth’s water & is home for most of life on Earth. The living ocean generates most of the oxygen in the atmosphere, shapes climate, weather & planetary chemistry. In short, the ocean makes life on Earth possible. SylviaEarle photo
3 weeks ago
If you look at the stars at night, they are beautiful, but they’re terrifyingly inhospitable. Imagine trying to live on the sun. Earth is a miracle. Our existence is a miracle. SylviaEarle photo
4 weeks ago
No individual or organization can do everything, but together, we are making big waves. SylviaEarle photo
4 hours ago
Board games for #ClimateAction?

Marae-opoly is a Māori-created board game w/the explicit goal of helping the community decide how to manage real-life flood risks together: MT @hakaimagazine

6 hours ago
“The ocean is alive! It is the cornerstone of Earth’s life support system, and the cornerstone of the ocean’s life support system is life in the ocean.” ~ @SylviaEarle 💙🐠

📸 Marteyne van Well at Laamu Atoll Hope Spot
RT @MissionBlue
Oceanwire photo
1 day ago
USA – Atlantic herring industry gets $11M to cope with losses RT @CoastalNews365

1 day ago
Electric eels inspired the 1st battery two centuries ago and now point a way to future battery technologies RT @55Sun5

We live on a #RemarkableOceanPlanet

Protect it every day in every way you can
2 days ago
Fisher groups are the marine militia in Indonesia’s war on illegal fishing RT @AwareOceans via @mongabay
9 hours ago
One after another, they line up to hand responsibility for solving poverty to the victims of poverty.
That’s what neoliberalism does: it transfers blame for systemic failings onto the individual.
GeorgeMonbiot photo
12 hours ago
With 10 days till publication, the Regenesis tour begins tomorrow.
First stop Bath, with the wonderful @maxjohnporter:
Other events in this 🧵
Hope to see you along the way.
13 hours ago
Great to meet you too David, and thank you for your work.
23 hours ago
As the Police Bill and the Public Order Bill show, Boris Johnson and his government are dinos: democrats in name only. Let’s make the next election an extinction event
1 day ago
For a while, the government’s failure to investigate properly could have been ascribed to incompetence. But with every week that passes, it looks more like a cover-up.
1 day ago
Never forget
The government wrote off £8.7bn in unusable PPE, much of which was procured through corrupt back channels, often involving Tory donors.
That’s roughly *six times* the national budget for rebuilding schools in England.