My background includes graduate work in Political Science at York University’s former Centre for International and Security Studies, a one-year travel-study tour around the world focused on issues of peace and conflict resolution, and almost 20 years of teaching subjects from Global Environmental Politics to International Development to Canadian government. I have researched and published on topics like ecological modernization, global environmental governance issues, protected areas governance in North America, environmental discourses, and environment and trade in Canadian foreign policy. One of my research lenses is that of transformation, as my past work has touched on the theoretical basis of ecopolitical change in relation to ecological modernization theory.  One key purpose of my work is to identify and analyze patterns in law, policy, and civil society practice that have moved international actors toward recognition of non-human entities as part of the human ethical community, particularly the role of indigenous knowledge.  This paper builds on some of my previous work produced in the context of the formation and establishments of parks in North American and colonial Africa.  I have had a long interest in the theoretical and practical implications of environmental discourses, ethical values, and the history of environmental politics and policies, globally and locally. I also plan to develop work on the effectiveness of the Sustainable Development Goals as mechanisms for environmental communication, as well as continue work on Canadian ecopolitics. I blog at rozwarner.com, tweet @Rwarner23