It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment

Publication, November 2016

This is a counter-history assembled out of the aspirations, alternative stories and contradictions behind the dominant notion of progress that has captivated our imagination and defined our relationship with the environment. In an age on unprecedented human impact on the planet, we urgently need to reflect on the fundamental assumptions and prejudices that we use to justify our action.

Through visual essays, texts and interviews, this book assembles fifteen accounts of the unexpected consequences of human manipulation of the human environment, especially linking daily life and the extraction of natural resources. Occurring at different moments over more than half a century and across an immense territory, these stories and points of view together expose some of the multifaceted and contradictory relationships that modern society has developed with the world.

The case of Canada is just one example of the striking contradiction between an idealized vision of nature and a troubling, more complex reality. We need new narratives that develop our critical awareness of these contradictions and tensions in our lives.

Edited by Lev Bratishenko and Mirko Zardini
Essay by Mirko Zardini
Texts by Brian Brennan, David Cayley and Dean Bavington, Douglas Coupland, Caroline Desbiens, Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Emily Eaton, David Gray-Donald, Andrew Nikiforuk, Margo Pfeiff, Christopher Pollon, Edward Struzik, Martha Troian, Charles Wilkins, and Chris Windeyer
Interviews with Bill Darnell and Elisa Birnbaum, Marianne Nicholson and Taiaiake Alfred, John Ralston Saul, David Suzuki and Graeme Wynn, and Terry-Lynn Williams-Davidson and David Boyd by Lev Bratishenko and Mirko Zardini
Graphic design by Christian Lange and Ibrahim Öztaş

Published in French as Le temps presse : Une contre-histoire environnementale du Canada moderne
Co-published with Jap Sam Books
Softcover, 368 pages

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