You know him for books like The 100-Mile Diet—the bestseller widely-regarded as a catalyst of the local foods movement worldwide—and for award-winning productions like NFB Interactive’s Bear 71.

Vancouver-based author J.B. MacKinnon will be coming to Capilano University on January 20 to speak on “rewilding”—the theme of his latest book, The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be—as the kick-off event in the Spring EarthWorks lecture series.

How can we create spaces for nature in our urban environments? Is it possible to in fact go backwards in time and revisit a “richer and more awe-filled world” in which wilderness was close to us and part of our daily experience? Why is rewilding important? J.B. will address these and other questions during his free, 7 p.m. lecture at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts on January 20.

Starting at 4 p.m. prior to the talk, the Mobilizing Resources networking event brings local environmental stewardship groups to the Birch Cafeteria. Come learn more about local community initiatives, including: Nature Vancouver, NorthShore Streamkeepers, CPAWS, North Shore Black Bear Society, Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, Forage Fish B.C. and others.

In addition to J.B. MacKinnon, the Earthworks series boasts an impressive line-up of speakers and events. Be sure to check back to the EarthWorks page for new event listings and updates:

  • January 27 — Author and Environmental Educator, Mitchell Thomashow
  • January 14 — ChatLive Bridging Gaps: The Environment as a Global Justice Issuepresented by CSU’s Environmental Justice Collective
    Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 pm at the
BlueShore Financial Centre

    Dr. Mitchell Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking and organizational excellence. His two books have significantly influenced environmental studies education. Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist offers an approach to teaching environmental education based on reflective practice. Bringing the Biosphere Home is a guide for learning how to perceive global environmental change.
  • February 2016 — Capilano University Building Challenge
    Starting in February, six Capilano University buildings (Cedar, Bosa, Birch, Fir, Arbutus and the Library building) compete to be the most sustainable building on campus.
  • February 4 — Sustainability Initiative: National Sweater Day 2016
    National Sweater Day is a grassroots movement and World Wildlife Fund Canada campaign to encourage energy use awareness and energy savings.
    At Capilano University, Sweater Day is a student-led initiative that involves turning down the heat by two degrees in our buildings and putting on our pullovers to keep comfy for the day. Get ready to put on your funkiest sweater and show how you can save energy!
  • February 22 — Tree Planting Day with the Bee Club—check Earthworks for time and location
  • March 4 — Garden Clean up—check Earthworks for time and location
  • March 10 — Tug out the Tyrants! Invasive Species Pull
    Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (drop into help)
    Join Capilano University’s groundskeeper and earth mother, Jo-Ann Cook, to remove invasive plant species from our campus grounds. The first pull of the day will start at 11:30 a.m., with lunch to follow and precede another pull starting up at 1:00 pm. Please RSVP to to ensure enough food for all! If you are not able to meet for lunch, come and pull these non-native aliens anyway!
  • March 10 — “The Society of Crows—A Glimpse into Corvid Culture”— Biologist Dr. Rob Butler
    Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Bosa Centre Theatre
    Rob Butler is a former Senior Research Scientist and biologist with Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service. Society of Crows delves into the clever minds of crows, a decade of research of the northwestern crow, and the city habits of large flocks that now reside in Vancouver. The talk explores the brains of birds and their problem solving ways, and moves to a coastal island in British Columbia where Rob and colleagues and explored how crows master choice of food, defend nests, and raise their young. Society of Crows tackles topics such as evolution of crow and human interactions, how parents receive help raising young, thievery, and a loose confederacy between neighbours that unites the group when a nest is threatened.