Autumn 2016

Your Letters

Climate Change Reaction

We received a number of comments on our cover story about climate change (“Move, Adapt or Die,” Spring 2016). Here is a sampling of the feedback.

It was with dismay that I read the latest issue of New Trail. I can only assume that your magazine has accepted some kind of money to publish such biased and dishonest articles. Shame on you.

Leigh Schubert, ’68 BSc(MechEng), Calgary

Congratulations on a most exciting and informative issue. “Move, Adapt or Die” was cover to cover for me.

Jamie Wallin, ’57 BEd, ’62 MEd, Thailand

I just read the Spring 2016 issue of New Trail and was disappointed that the cover story on climate change omitted humanities and First Nations perspectives. While predicting change and preparing humans to adapt to it are indeed important, even more important is discussion of why it is happening and what we need to do differently to prevent it in the first place. As even biologist David Hik states, “Reversing climate change is much more difficult than trying to stay on the right side [of it].” Looking to technology for a solution seems insufficient; we need large-scale cultural change and a shift away from the industrial model toward a new system that is truly sustainable, where human actions respect natural processes. As historical and global cultural perspectives have shown, such a feat is not impossible. This article missed an opportunity to generate an important, bigger-picture discussion.

Kristine Kowalchuk, ’97 BA, ’12 PhD, Edmonton

@KarenLockridge: Great to see the challenge of climate change on the front cover of my @UAlberta

Alumni magazine!

Karen Lockridge, ’90 BSc(Hons)

@pro_editor: I was going to have a nap. Then my #NewTrail mag from @UAlberta Alumni showed up! Looks like a good read once again.

Rhonda Kronyk, ’04 BA(Hons), ’07 MA

@JohnGGeiger: @NewTrail_Lisa @UAlbertaAlumni @UAlberta New Trail nominated for another [National Magazine Award]! I’m one of the lucky readers of this great magazine!

John Geiger, ’81 BA(Spec)

@LDelday: Congrats @blindmanbrewery on features in @UAlbertaAlumni magazine! #beer #ale #hops #lacombe

–Lenore Delday