Bleaching of the Coral Triangle – What Does this Mean for the Philippines?

By Bérénice Collignon Located in the western Pacific Ocean is a 6 million square kilometer coral area referred to as the Coral Triangle. This economic cornerstone is currently under threat, with grave implications for both the global community and the six countries it borders: the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste. Corals have a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae algae; … Continue reading Bleaching of the Coral Triangle – What Does this Mean for the Philippines?

Giving Rivers Rights: A Novel Approach to Protecting the Environment

By Maeve Williams In the current wave of environmentalism, it is difficult to distinguish between radical and moderate movement in the direction of environmental protection. Climate marches, once a radical rebellion, have become an  almost mundane occurrence as their frequency grows globally. This reveals a deep rooted issue of grassroot protests: they can become so widespread that they disappear into the daily political discourse. Thus, … Continue reading Giving Rivers Rights: A Novel Approach to Protecting the Environment

The McGill Food Coalition Kick-Off Event – Community and Food Go Hand-in-Hand

By Enkhuun Byambadorj Food and community were the dominant themes at McGill Food Coalition’s (MFC) kick-off event on November 15th. Attendees were welcomed with warm coffee, MFC pins, and an honest discussion about the state of McGill University’s food system.  The main event of the kick-off was a panel discussion, featuring four prominent members of McGill’s and Montreal’s food communities: Graham Calder – founder of … Continue reading The McGill Food Coalition Kick-Off Event – Community and Food Go Hand-in-Hand

Mongolia’s Raw Coal Ban Promises Results… But What Kind of Results?

By Enkhuun Byambadorj This is a story of development – the aid-dependent economy, the deep public mistrust in the government, rapid urban migration, and a silent plague that blankets the sky in the cold winter months. For the 1.5 million people living in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, the -40°C winters bring with them air pollution levels comparable to, and sometimes surpassing, much larger cities such … Continue reading Mongolia’s Raw Coal Ban Promises Results… But What Kind of Results?

Interview with Weeam Ben Rejeb

By The Catalyst Editorial Board. Last week, our team met with Weeam Ben Rejeb to talk about her upcoming article “Disasters as Opportunities: The Disaster Capitalism Pitfall” in the new edition of Chrysalis. Her article explores the ways in which disaster relief has become characterized by capitalist ventures. If you are interested in her article, you can watch her thesis video, where she explains it … Continue reading Interview with Weeam Ben Rejeb

McGill’s Sustainability Soirée: A Reminder of the Potential for Communities to Generate Change

By Delphine Polidori. At a time when we have only 11 years to slow down the effects of climate change in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, as outlined in the most recent IPCC report, the need for research in the field of sustainability and community-based initiatives has never been more vital. As discussed extensively in international development literature, among others, and … Continue reading McGill’s Sustainability Soirée: A Reminder of the Potential for Communities to Generate Change

Breaking Up With Growth: What Mainstream Development Organizations Are Still Getting Wrong

By Jessie Green. Like any good desperate and enterprising undergrad in International Development, I spent most of January scouring the internet for summer internship opportunities at various NGOs and nonprofits. I was disheartened to find so many websites that reflected outdated and problematic ideas prioritizing economic growth as a development approach. The assumption that growth is the solution is not only incorrect but actively harmful … Continue reading Breaking Up With Growth: What Mainstream Development Organizations Are Still Getting Wrong