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?

3 days ago
Everyone does have power, we do have a choice. This is a time like never before where we can have a magnified impact before we get to that point where no matter what we do nothing will alter the runaway path of climate change. SylviaEarle photo
1 week ago
If you can’t protect the Galápagos Islands, what part of the planet can you protect? The Galápagos was one of the first choices as a Hope Spot. I had the opportunity to go there myself in 1966. The land, of course, was magical, but underwater it was too. #HopeSpots SylviaEarle photo
2 weeks ago
We are the beneficiaries of our collective learning and what we know today is unprecedented. It gives us an edge with plenty of reason for hope that we can figure things out from where we are to some better place in the future. SylviaEarle photo
3 weeks ago
I’m pleased to salute the new Champions for the Ross Sea Hope Spot – Claire Christian with @AntarcticaSouth and John Weller with @onlyone! #HopeSpots
4 weeks ago
The observations that have developed over the years have given us perspective about where we fit in. We are newcomers, really recent arrivals on a planet that is four and a half billion years old. SylviaEarle photo
1 month ago
It is my deepest wish that we would embrace the natural world and that we would treat it like our lives depend on it – because they do. SylviaEarle photo
7 hours ago
Crab deaths on UK coast may be caused by unknown, possibly new disease:

by @ajmurugesu in @newscientist
9 hours ago
#Climate #OceanCarbon

Carbon, Soot, & Particles from Combustion End Up in Deep Sea Trenches

“researchers cannot say with certainty where the deep-sea trenches’ content of deposited carbon comes from; this work is still going on.” via @ecoMagNews
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Check your home / property’s climate risk on this excellent online tool:
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Weekend #OceanRead
#ICYMI #MarineProtectedAreas

Small island, big ocean: Niue made its entire EEZ a marine park in Pacific Ocean
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A rare glimpse inside Britain’s secret vault of whale skeletons 😮 via @guardianeco
2 hours ago
Why was Zahawi able to hang on so long? Why are Braverman and Raab still there? How did Shapps get past his, ahem, interesting business career?
Because they are protected, not only by the Prime Minister but also by the media barons, rentiers and disaster capitalists they serve.
6 hours ago
How carelessly we treat the soil, the fragile, irreplaceable ecosystem on which our survival depends. GeorgeMonbiot photo
2 days ago
I had a lovely extra birthday present today. A clear PSA test, which means 5 years without cancer.
Thank you for so much love and support, today and across the years.
3 days ago
To my astonishment, I’m 60 today. I didn’t expect to make 30: it was nearly curtains so many times. I owe my life to remarkable luck, friends, family, the NHS and, on one occasion, a total stranger on the road.
3 days ago
It was exactly situations like this that the Chief Executive of @vodafone promised me he had resolved. Yet on it goes. I’d like to hear, in replies, from anyone else who has had such experiences with Vodafone. Thank you.