About the Podcast
The Ecopolitics Podcast is a 16-episode audio series offering core content for university students studying environmental politics in Canada. The show is created and co-hosted by Dr. Ryan Katz-Rosene (University of Ottawa) and Dr. Peter Andrée (Carleton University), and funded by the Shared Online Projects Initiative. All episodes are freely available for use under a Creative Commons Licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND). Instructors and students of environmental politics everywhere are invited to use the podcasts in their own teaching and learning. Episodes cover a range of themes central to the study of environmental politics in a Canadian context, from environmental justice to federalism to climate action and more! Enjoy the show, and let us know what you think.
Peter Andrée is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. He is cross-appointed in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and in the Institute of Political Economy. Prof Andrée’s research focuses on the politics of food and the environment. His most recent project examines how the dairy sector in Aotearoa/New Zealand is responding to the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, considering this issue in the light of colonialism and agricultural adaptation on those islands over the last eight centuries. He practices, and teaches, community-based participatory research methods. Prof. Andrée’s latest book is Civil Society and Social Movements in Food System Governance (Routledge, 2019).
Prof. Andrée is a first generation immigrant to Canada from the Netherlands, and lives with his wife, Chris, and son, Nicolas, on unceded Algonquin territory alongside the Gatineau river in Québec. When not teaching or in research meetings, you can find him in a garden, on a bike, or in a canoe.
Ryan Katz-Rosene is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies (with affiliation to the Institute of Environment). His research examines a range of domestic and international climate policy debates through the lenses of ‘environmental political economy’. Whether it's oil pipelines, high-speed trains, nuclear power, livestock rearing, recycling, biofuels, renewables, public transit, economic growth, plant-based proteins, or various proposed low-carbon technologies - Ryan is interested in delving into the environmental arguments and counter-arguments made about them, inasmuch as their social, political economic and ecological consequences. Off campus, Ryan serves as the President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and as an editor for the journal Studies in Political Economy. His most recent book is a co-edited collection called Green Meat? Sustaining Eaters, Animals, and the Planet (with Dr. Sarah Martin; published by McGill-Queen’s University Press). He lives on a family farm near Wakefield, Quebec.
Technical Producer, The EcoPolitics Podcast
Nicole Bedford is a documentarian and media artist who uses media to explore textures of humanity in ways that inspire hope, justice, and introspection. Her work often follows ordinary people, and touches on themes of identity, power, and interconnectedness. Nicole’s ultimate goal with any project is to foster compassion and community building by reconnecting viewers with their inner selves and with each other. When not creating, Nicole spends her time exploring nature, discussing complex topics over beers with friends, and performing bizarre and grotesque creatures with a Dungeons and Dragons improv troupe.
Adam Ashby Gibbard
Web Designer & Art Director, The EcoPolitics Podcast
Ecopolitics is complex, and the mere idea of it led me down a rabbit hole that created this image. In trying to encapsulate all that is ecopolitics, which co-host Peter Andrée put forward as the mix of the environment + people + technology, I found so much that represented this podcast that I felt it all needed illustration. Consider it a Where’s Waldo, but for your own perspective, which I hope becomes challenged.
All images used as part of this podcast are pre-1970 and sourced from the National Archives. This is partly due to those images now being available in the public domain, but they also represented a time when the environment was seen and understood from a very different perspective. The mainly white settlers of Canada, who controlled the political and economic structures (and still do), saw Canada for its bounty, vastness and resource potential. The imagery of the fisherman mastering nature, the farmer growing their bounty, the wood collected and, the consumerism dependent on Canada’s (let alone global) resources are all there to illustrate the bare reality of what the environment in Canada represents: something to “take”.
The first place I wanted to start was in the greater societal understanding of what the environment is. The movement, starting in the 1960s, of a collective shift towards a greater ecological understanding, was a turning point for everyone. As such, I wanted to illustrate three key points within this image:
- Most of the success that is Canada has been at the expense of the BIPOC community, but primarily indigenous people who continue to struggle against Canada’s resource-centric existence and who have, even through repression, represented a symbiotic relationship.
- Colonialism created the resource-centric country that is Canada. The Queen lording over her land is both the beginning, but also the continuation, of what Canada represents.
- We have progressed, but are far from where we need to be to ensure our collective survival.
I wanted to provide this podcast with an artistic challenge from the beginning. You may not agree with my perspective, or the images used, but ecopolitics should be a moment of self-reflection and of understanding your own position in the balance of nature and humanity.
Funding for this podcast series was provided by Carleton University and the University of Ottawa through the Shared Online Projects Initiative.