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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Sustainability status

Physical and Socio-Economic Sustainability Status of the World

Building on the work of Rockstrom et al, 2009 [1], Dearing et al. [2] and Raworth [3], researchers at UOIT are proposing a new framework for sustainability that integrate physical and socio-economic indicators to demonstrate the physical limits of sustainability for the world’s largest cities.

The physical science indicators adapted from the boundaries proposed by Rockstrom et al [1] are demonstrated in Figure 1 and Table 1.

Status Figure 1

Figure 1: Physical Science Indicators for Cities in a Global Context; Adapted from the Boundaries proposed by Rockstrom et al [1]

The socio-economic indicators are demonstrated in Figure 2 and Table 2, which provides approximate global social boundaries (i.e. socio-economic) estimated in relation to existing targets and global limits.

Status Figure 2

Figure 2: Socio-Economic Limits: Global Situation Compared to Targets


[1] Johan Rockstrom, Will Steffen, Kevin Noone, Asa Persson, F. Stuart Chapin, Eric F. Lambin, Timothy M. Lenton, Marten Scheffer, Carl Folke, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Bjorn Nykvist, Cynthia A. de Wit, Terry Hughes, Sander van der Leeuw, Henning Rodhe, Sverker Sorlin, Peter K. Snyder, Robert Costanza, Uno Svedin, Malin Falkenmark, Louise Karlberg, Robert W. Corell, Victoria J. Fabry, James Hansen, Brian Walker, Diana Liverman, Katherine Richardson, Paul Crutzen, and Jonathan A. Foley, 2009, "A Safe Operating Space for Humanity," Nature, 461, pp. 472-475.

[2] John A. Dearing, Rong Wang, Ke Zhang, James G. Dyke, Helmut Haberl, Md Sarwar Hossain, Peter G. Langdon, Timothy M. Lenton, Kate Raworth, Sally Brown, Jacob Carstensen, Megan J. Cole, Sarah E. Cornell, Terence P. Dawson, C. Patrick Doncaster, Felix Eigenbrod, Martina Flörke, Elizabeth Jeffers, Anson W. Mackay, Björn Nykvist, and Guy M. Poppy, 2014, "Safe and Just Operating Spaces for Regional Social-Ecological Systems," Global Environmental Change, 28, pp. 227-238.

[3] Kate Raworth, 2012, A Safe and Just Space  for Humanity, Oxfam International, Oxford.

Please note this is a draft version. For development purposes only.