I have a question to the Canadians on the list.
From autumn 2002 I will give a seminar on ecology in Canada in the
framework of the Canadian Studies Programme of the School for English and
American Studies of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.
This may sound very serious, but I have to admit that my knowledge of the
Canadian side of ecology is limited and fragmentary. I am just starting to
build the content of the course. My primary interests are
environment-friendly transport modes (this is why I am on this list), but
obviously the scope of the course will have to be much wider.
As until now the Canadian Studies Programme has been mostly oriented to
culture (literature in first place), I am planning to do a parallel survey
of the scientific/social/legislative context and of the ecologically
conscious literature (fiction and poetry).
I would like to ask your advice on what themes and what authors could be
What country-specific ecological issues are there in Canada? (E.g.
preservation of Arctic nature, Inuits and ecology, multiculturalism and
ecology, relations with the US)
Who are the main "ecological thinkers" in Canada? (E.g. David Suzuki)
Which pieces of Canadian literature are ecologically conscious? (E.g.
Aritha Van Herk's The Tent Peg, Margaret Atwood's The Survival, Gabrielle
Roy's The Cashier)
By "ecologically conscious", of course I do not mean direct nature
protection only, but the wider human well-being related concept.
Both English and French (Quebec) references would be welcome.
If you know a more appropriate list to which my message could be forwarded
(Canadian green forums), or a web page with a lot of interesting
references, please also indicate them to me.
Thank you in advance for your help.