Category Archives: Environmentalism

Meat is Murder

Filed under Activism, Animal Rights, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Feminism   ·   September 29th, 2015   ·   1 comment

There is no existence more complicated, convoluted and rewarding than being a human being. We live within our own inventions: insulated homes, organized municipal communities, restaurants, the internet, language – so who would want to be anything else? Now, across cultures relationships with land and animals vary, and since I cannot personally speak on the […]

Angélica Choc at UBC: “We come carrying more than 500 years of resistance”

Filed under Capitalism & Class, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Feminism, Global Politics   ·   September 23rd, 2015   ·   0 comments

Angélica Choc is a Mayan Q’eqchi’ woman from the community of La Union, in the Guatemalan municipality of El Estor. Adolfo Ich Chamán, her husband and an outspoken critic of the Canadian-owned nickel mine operating in the area, was brutally murdered on the 27th of September, 2009. The security manager of the mine was arrested […]

Introducing the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2015

Filed under Culture, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Global Politics   ·   September 2nd, 2015   ·   0 comments

The Talon – UBC’s alternative student press – is back from our summer hiatus!  This year brings in a fresh start, with new ideas, exciting content, and a set of amazing incoming editors! We will be publishing again in a couple of days. We’re proud to kick the year off by announcing our media partnership […]

The Lift to Lima: A UBC Student’s Experiences at the UN Climate Talks

Filed under Environmentalism, Global Politics   ·   December 11th, 2014   ·   0 comments

It seems counter intuitive to fly to South America to sit in a military installation to negotiate climate change action, but so it goes in the world of the United Nations Climate Change negotiation process. As a delegate of the Youth Arctic Coalition and Polar Bears International I am following the 198 parties into negotiations […]

#ReasonsToResist at UBC: Fossil Fuel and Mining Investments

Filed under Activism, Capitalism & Class, Environmentalism   ·   December 10th, 2014   ·   0 comments

When mining companies like Goldcorp use the auspices of “Responsible Mining” to invest millions into our Mineral Research Deposit Unit, our Earth Systems Science Building, or a Women in Engineering initiative, the University and its students become indebted to companies and industries wholly designed to profit from the continued destruction of our environment. SFU doesn’t have a Goldcorp Centre for the Arts out of the generosity of a mine manager’s heart. UBC’s Goldcorp Inc. Teaching and Learning Wing isn’t an investment in students’ futures as much as it’s an investment in Goldcorp’s future. These are institutional investments to secure the field-specific knowledge base and specialized labour necessary to expand resource extraction.

violence on the land, violence on our (student) bodies

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Feminism   ·   December 2nd, 2014   ·   5 comments

this redwood tree is wearing a protective covering because it was literally beaten to a pulp. on our campus. by ubc students. the tree, which stands on the north side of the first nations longhouse, is long known to some students as “the punching tree”. one blogger even advised the world wide web that, “you […]

Defenders and Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain: We Stand with You

Filed under Activism, Decolonization, Environmentalism, Vancouver Politics   ·   November 21st, 2014   ·   0 comments

Note: The Talon editorial collective would like to apologize for not having consulted Elders regarding place names on Burnaby Mountain. We understand that Lheklhukxate is one name belonging to the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people and as such do not want to erase place names known to and belonging to other nations. The Talon editorial collective would like to express solidarity […]

Meet the Editors: Evelyn Cranston

Filed under Activism, Campus, Environmentalism, Feminism   ·   November 4th, 2014   ·   0 comments

Evelyn Cranston was an editor and collective member for The Talon UBC‘s first year, from 2014 to 2015. She designed The Talon‘s print edition, which is available to view online here.

UBC, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Divestment Update

Filed under Activism, Campus, Environmentalism   ·   October 18th, 2014   ·   0 comments

Isn’t it a shame when your perceptions of something end up being ill-founded? I suppose that’s just a reality of growing up—things are not always as they seem, and UBC’s commitment to sustainability is no exception to this truth. One of the driving forces behind my choice to attend UBC was its progressive environmental approach, […]

Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein is Coming to UBC on October 26th!

Filed under Campus, Capitalism & Class, Environmentalism   ·   October 17th, 2014   ·   0 comments

This is cross-posted from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternative’s website. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia. Naomi Klein is the author of […]