Reckoning with the Natural World

The climate crisis kept the environment firmly planted in the headlines

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The Environment

Though worries about the pandemic remained top of mind for many Canadians this year, it’s hard to ignore concerns related to the planet’s well-being. In 2021, our contributors chronicled challenges faced by flora and fauna in the deserts of Mexico, the forests of Nova Scotia, and tributaries of the Fraser River.

The Walrus featured environmental reporting on questions both large and small: What will the climate crisis’s tipping point be? Where does the cactus sitting on your windowsill come from?

These are the conversations we were having this year about the natural world and our impact on it.








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“This week on The Conversation Piece: @carlyziter, an assistant professor in biology from @Concordia, explains how to live better in a city, it’s fundamental to take urban nature into account. ” – @thewalrus






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@WhatAboutWater_ on Twitter
“Did you know there are 60,000 large dams around the world blocking rivers from naturally flowing? @AmericanRivers is working to change that. Our guest on this week’s episode has removed over 100 obsolete dams in her time with the nonprofit. ” – @WhatAboutWater_




What do you think of the state of the environment?



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@sophiaayangg on Twitter
“Catch me representing @ThreadingChange at 4 panels this September. Very thankful for opportunities with @UNFCCC, @WCEF2021, and @thewalrus to represent youth around the world on #sustainablefashion and the #circulareconomy!” – @sophiaayangg


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