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BC Studies #142/143 (Summer/Autumn 2004)
On the Environment
Guest edited by Graeme Wynn, a geographer from the University of British Columbia and a leading figure in the field of environmental studies in Canada, this interdisciplinary issue includes essays on the origins of Greenpeace (Frank Zelko); the social response to modernity among people dislocated by the damming of the Arrow Lakes (Tina Loo); response to the depletion of the halibut fishery (John Thistle); water pollution and environmental politics in the city of Vancouver (Arn Keeling); the bird con-servation movement in British Columbia (Jeremy Wilson); and a photo-essay that explores attitudes toward development and nature in interwar BC through the photographs of J.W. Clark (James Murton). An introductory essay by Graeme Wynn reflects on the burgeoning field of environmental studies and the importance of British Columbia as a site for exploring large questions about the environment within the context of a particular region.
"Lost in Translation, or Adrift in Interdisciplinary Space" by Graeme Wynn (pgs: 287-95)
- The Atlas of U.S. and Canadian Environmental History by Char Millar
- Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River by Matthew Evenden
—Reviewed by Joseph E. Taylor (pgs: 297-9)
- Plants of Haida Gwaii by Nancy J. Turner
—Reviewed by Douglas Deur (pgs: 299-301)
- Greenpeace by Rex Weyler
—Reviewed by Michael M'Gonigle (pgs: 301-3)
- Your Land and Mine: Evolution of a Conservationist by Allison Alsup, Edgar Wayburn
—Reviewed by Mark Harvey (pgs: 303-4)
- Wildfire Wars: Frontline Stories of BC's Worst Forest Fires by Keith Keller
- Fire: A Brief History by Stephen J. Pyne
—Reviewed by Carla M. Burton and (pgs: 304-8)
- The Greenpeace to Amchitka: An Environmental Odyssey by Robert Hunter
- Making Waves: The Origins and Future of Greenpeace by Jim Bohlen
- Shadow Warrior: The Autobiography of David McTaggart, Founder of Greenpeace International by David McTaggart
- Seal Wars: Twenty-five Years on the Front Lines with Harp Seals by Paul Watson
—Reviewed by Arn Keeling (pgs: 309-12)
—Reviewed by James Murton (pgs: 312-3)
- Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy by David R. Boyd
—Reviewed by Jeremy Rayner (pgs: 313-5)
- Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities by Maureen G. Reed
—Reviewed by Karena Shaw (pgs: 315-7)
- Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest by Russell Link
—Reviewed by Lillian Ford (pgs: 317-8)
- Game in the Garden: A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940 by George Colpitts
- A Passion for Wildlife: The History of the Canadian Wildlife Service by J. Alexander Burnett
—Reviewed by Darcy Ingram (pgs: 318-21)
- From a Victorian Garden: Creating the Romance of a Bygone Age Right in Your Own Backyard by Michael Weishan, Christina Roig
—Reviewed by Brenda Peterson (pgs: 321-2)
- Natural Light: Visions of British Columbia by David Nunuk
—Reviewed by Mollie Ralston (pgs: 322)
Arn Keeling is a SSHRCC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in geography at the University of British Columbia. He studies B.C. and Western Canadian environmental history and historical geography.
Jeremy Wilson is a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria. His research and teaching interests include environmental policy and politics, and the Canadian policy-making process. Recent publications have appeared in the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Canadian-American Public Policy.
John Thistle is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.
Frank Zelko completed his Ph.D. in environmental history at the University of Kansas in 2003. He is currently a research fellow in environmental history at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC and a lecturer in U.S. history at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is completing a book about the history of Greenpeace, based on his doctoral dissertation, which will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2005.
James Murton is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at UBC. His article in this issue is drawn from his Ph.D. dissertation, which he is currently preparing for publication.
Tina Loo is a Canada Research Chair in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches environmental history. She is currently completing a manuscript dealing with wildlife conservation in twentieth century Canada and researching the social and environmental impact of hydroelectric dams as well as other high modernist projects.
Tracy Summerville is an assistant professor in Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Heather Myers is an associate professor in International Studies and Coordinator of Northern Studies at UNBC at the University of Northern British Columbia.