Nature’s Past Episode 64: Environment and Alibi

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Episode 64: Environment and Alibi

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The way Canadian provinces have represented their relationships with nature don’t always match up with the way they use nature. Canada is settler-colonial nation-state that has long exploited natural resources for inequitable economic gain. That extractive relationship has led to numerous adverse environmental consequences. This is especially true for our relationship with energy resources.

In the latest paper for Papers in Canadian History and Environment, Claire Campbell from Bucknell University explores imagery and representations of the province of Nova Scotia over time, revealing the ways in which tall-ship sailing has come to represent the province. This imagery of renewable energy stands in contrast to the province’s long history of extractive non-renewable energy development, including recent efforts at off-shore oil drilling.

Claire Campbell discusses this new paper on this episode of the podcast.


Claire Campbell

Works Cited:

Campbell, Claire. ““Rising with the Tide of History”: The Age of Sail as Industrial Alibi” Papers in Canadian History and Environment, no. 2 (May 2019) 1-37.

Music Credits:

“Inspiring Rock (2016)” by Easytonica

“Playful Relief Ukulele Pop (2014)” by Auditone Music Library

Photo Credit:

“Schooner Bluenose crossing the finish line, 1921” Source: Library and Archives Canada, 39503.


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 64: Environment and Alibi” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 22 May 2019.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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