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?

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As human being living on the planet now, we are the luckiest to be here in this time – why? Because of our superpower of knowledge. SylviaEarle photo
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My deepest thanks to everyone who has supported @MissionBlue this #GivingTuesday. Your generous commitment to the ocean allows us to continue this work. We’re in this together – for the ocean and for all life on Earth.
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Join us for #GivingTuesday! Your support funds expeditions, campaigns, & projects to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas across our 150 Hope Spots (and counting!).

Photo by Samantha Schwann from the Cocos Island Hope Spot
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My deepest congratulations to Mario Gomez, founder of Beta Diversidad, for becoming the new Champion for the Revillagigedo Archipelago Hope Spot! I had the pleasure of seeing Mario in action as he led the work that ended with the creation of Revillagigedo National Park in 2017.
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Being in the ocean in a little submarine, illustrating the nature of what’s here – it’s not just rocks and water. It’s a living system; the water itself is full of life. SylviaEarle photo
4 weeks ago
Fish have faces, fish are individuals, fish have personality – they have associations that we’re just beginning to get to understand. SylviaEarle photo
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Tomorrow, please join me and a wonderful panel for “Capturing Hope: The Role of Photography in Ocean Conservation”!
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Scientists create recovery roadmap for Sunflower Sea Star

“The Sunflower Sea Star is one of the largest sea stars in the world & suffered a loss of over 5 billion individuals” in 2013 sea star wasting disease outbreak by @roliereports
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The Price of Paper: Coastal communities around the world contend with the toxic legacies of pulp and paper mills

by @lpynn in @hakaimagazine
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The first electric car was built in 1912 ?!


#ClimateEmergency #CleanEnergyNOW
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Stingrays spend most of the day on the seafloor hiding beneath the sand.

It’s hard to breathe when your mouth is buried in sand 😮

Stingrays have “spiracles,” 2 openings behind their eyes, which they use to draw fresh water into their gills. MT @oceanx
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One Great Shot: High Stakes Humpback Rescue by Audun Rikardsen in @hakaimagazine
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This is why I believe these are the most important environmental technologies ever developed. They could be the game-changers that reverse our spiral of collapse.
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“Coke. I love coke. Coking coal will give the whole economy that little bit of whizz.”
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The government: we must reduce the number of workers in public services, for the sake of the economy.
Also the government: we must increase the number of workers in coal mining, for the sake of the economy.
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There is no crime against people and planet so great that it cannot be justified with the promise of jobs.
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Just occasionally, I have to travel to London. The best part is the view from the train. GeorgeMonbiot photo
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The government’s approval of the coal mine in Cumbria testifies to the power of legacy industries over our politics. They are constantly dragging us back into the age we are trying to escape.