Great paper on New York’s environmental, watery, marshy past/future

Great paper on New York’s environmental, watery, marshy past/future

The Aquapelago and the Estuarine City: Reflections on Manhattan

This is a great paper on the watery / estuarine pasts (and futures) of Manhatten

Thanks to Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé for the link

By Philip Hayward; School of Communication, University of Technology, Sydney and Division of Research, Southern Cross University, Lismore

It contains these great descriptions of the pre-development landscape and the dynamics of an estuary – Hayward is quoting Sanderson (2009)

If Mannahatta existed today as it did then, it would be a national park – it would be the crowning glory of American national parks. […] Mannahatta had more ecological communities per acre than Yellowstone, more native plant species per acre than Yosemite, and more birds than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mannahatta housed wolves, black bears, mountain lions, beavers, mink, and river otters; whales, porpoises, seals, and the occasional sea turtle visited its harbor. Millions of birds of more than a hundred and fifty different species flew over the island annually on transcontinental migratory pathways; millions of fish – shad, herring, trout, sturgeon and eel – swam past the island up the Hudson River and in its streams during annual rites of spring. […] Oysters, clams and mussels in the billions filtered the local water; the river and sea exchanged their tonics in tidal runs and freshets fueled by a generous climate; and the entire scheme was powered by the moon and the sun, in ecosystems that reused and retained, water, soil, and energy, in cycles established over millions of years.

History, geography, and climate all set Mannahatta up to be a biological success, but what makes Mannahatta wealthy beyond imagination is its crowning position atop an estuary… By definition, estuaries are the places where the land and sea come together, and the result is like currency, both productive and variable. Freshwater rivers, like the Hudson and the numerous streams that are her sources and tributaries, discharge nutrients to fertilize the water, and cut the saltwater with fresh flow. As the seasons turn, the amount of freshwater swells and diminishes, and as the days and nights pass, the tide rises and falls. The competing traffic of freshwater and seawater and the washing of water over land creates a small sea in the glacially evacuated harbor, with layers of warm ocean water lying on top of the cold, fresh stuff. Sea-grass beds take root where the water is shallow enough for light to reach the bottom, beaches and dunes form along the windward shore, and salt marshes thrive in protected corners. The estuary is the motor, the connector, the driver, the great winding way, the central place that gathers all the old neighborhoods together and makes the rest possible (Sanderson, 2009: 143).

Sanderson, E.W. (2009) Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City. New York: Abrams.

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Kim Stanley Robinson on “landscape post-traumatic stress disorder”

Kim Stanley Robinson on BBC Radio 4 programme  Front Row  on his new eco-future novel New York 2140, and on growing up in Orange County, California

“I think I am suffering from what you might call landscape post-traumatic stress disorder”.

Listen here   Approx 22 mins in (might only be accessible from the UK)

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Art led politics anyone?

“Art needs to become political” (Obviously some is already)


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A diary of Env Humanities related upcoming events at BSU

Source: A diary of Env Humanities related upcoming events at BSU

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The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents: “Ecolinguistics & the search for new stories to live” Dr Arran Stibbe Reader in Ecological Linguistics, University of Gloucestershire. ; Weds April 12; 6.15 pm

The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents:

“Ecolinguistics & the search for new stories to live by”

A Free Public Lecture by Dr Arran Stibbe

Reader in Ecological Linguistics, University of Gloucestershire.

NP.CM.G24 lecture theatre; Weds April 12; 6.15 -7:30 pm (drinks, nibbles, and chat to follow)


In this talk, Arran Stibbe will explore the emerging field of ecolinguistics, a form of engaged research which aims to reveal the stories that underpin an unequal and unsustainable society, and contribute to the search for new stories to live by.  He will describe how ecolinguists use discourse analysis to reveal underlying stories, and an ecological philosophy to judge them against, illustrating the theory with a diverse set of examples from advertisements and economics textbooks to British nature writing and Japanese Haiku.

Arran Stibbe is a reader in Ecological Linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire, U.K., author of Ecolinguistics: language, ecology and the stories we live by (Routledge, 2015), Animals Erased: discourse, ecology and reconnection with nature (Wesleyan University Press, 2012) and editor of The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy (Green Books, 2009). He has a background both in linguistics and human ecology, and teaches a range of courses including ecolinguistics, ecocriticism, ethics and language, communication for leadership, discourse analysis and language and identity. Arran is founder and convenor of the Ecolinguistics Association (, a network of 500 ecolinguists from around the world, and is currently working on a free online course in ecolinguistics ( at the end of spring this year.

Book places here Bath Spa Live – Lectures

pdf of event here Stibbe’s poster final 3

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The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents: Getting Closer to the Natural World: The EcoWild Project Emily Malik

The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents:

Getting Closer to the Natural World:

The EcoWild Project

Emily Malik

(Founding Director of EcoWild)

Wednesday April 5, 5.30-6.30

Newton Park Commons 133


Emily Malik has a background in conservation biology and a strong personal interest in deep ecology. She hopscotched between working in environmental and health spheres before realising that she wanted to bring both together to enable the green agenda to permeate our cultural evolution. In this short talk she will discuss her journey from biologist to director of a multidisciplinary, woodland-based community interest company. EcoWild delivers Woodland Mindfulness and Wellbeing courses, Woodland Wildlife Adventures and forest schools, science fairs, toddler groups, parties and respite days, retreats and seasonal celebrations in B&NES.

Emily holds a BSc in Biology from Bristol University, where she has also conducted pilot Research on the development of the Strongyloides sterocalis parasite in relation to host immune function in association with a rural Ugandan HIV clinic. She has worked as director of the Biashara Fair-Trade Cooperative; logistics manager and researcher for a Marine Conservation Research Project in southern Madagascar; project manager for the Tropical Health and Education Trust (London and Africa); and Community Support Services Coordinator for the Terrence Higgins Trust. In 2013, she founded the EcoWild Community Interest Company, of which she remains the director.

All Welcome!

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The Arts Territory Exchange. Looking for artists and writers interested in ecology/territory and the environment to participate in the Arts Territory Exchange residency by correspondence


I like the idea of a “residency by correspondence”

See here for details

The Arts Territory Exchange is a correspondence program which pairs up artists across the world and opens up a space within which to generate new ideas around our personal territories and topographies through a simple postal exchange. The Exchange also hosts a peripatetic series of lectures, exhibitions and events.

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