Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Believe This

Magazine article Alternatives Journal

Believe This

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST issue of 2016, our 45th anniversary year. This issue, Faith, was conceived early in 2015 with an eye towards helping environmentally minded Canadians sustain their own hope and faith despite the myriad of challenges that we face as we tackle the impacts of climate change.

Much has changed since we started developing this issue with our wonderful theme editor, Professor Stephen Scharper. The "sunny ways" that powered Justin Trudeau to the Prime Minister's office are clearly evocative of the power of hope to enable and empower positive change. Additionally the Paris Agreement, flowing out of the emotional roller-coaster that was COP21, demonstrates that our faith in finding positive solutions is the most important first-step in actually engendering these new solutions and innovations.

The world is now awake to the existential threat that our species is facing from causes that stem from actions (and inactions) of our own making. But with realization of an existential threat can also come an even-worse existential dread that paralyzes us from fostering the ideas and taking the actions needed to mitigate the problem. We need to move beyond the fear and dread and move towards hope (and faith) that our future will get better.

That was A\J's founding ethos--and we still believe this is so today.

And speaking of A\J, you might have noticed a few changes as you picked up this issue--it carries more weight. We are evolving our model to create more opportunities for supporting the Canadian environmental community and to allow us to serve the needs of our readers in a changing media environment. …

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