Entries by David Suzuki from 01/2013

Dear Earth, Sorry About the 25 Years of Broken Promises

| Posted 01.02.2013 | Canada Impact

In 1988, the environment was a top public concern, scientists spoke out and politicians said the right things. Global warming was a pressing and present issue. Now, 25 years later, carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, and we're already seeing the consequences -- more extreme weather events, melting glaciers and Arctic ice, rising sea levels, reduced water flows in rivers and climate-related illness and death, among others. The sooner we act, the easier it will be to overcome these difficult challenges. Every year that we stall makes it more costly and challenging, with increasing negative impacts.

Learn From This Activist's Legacy

| Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Impact

Last year ended on a sad note, with the accidental drowning death of Rebecca Tarbotton in Mexico, at 39 years of age. If there's one thing we can learn from Tarbotton, it's that we can change the world if we care, think and act.

Does Nature Belong in Canada's Charter?

| Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Impact

Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives us freedom of expression, equal protection from discrimination and the right to life, liberty and security of the person. But one fundamental right is notably absent -- to live in an environment conducive to health and well-being, with clean air, water and soil and biological diversity.

Outdoor Skating Rinks Are On Thin Ice

| Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada

One benefit of the National Hockey League strike: it gave people time to play outside on real ice! But outdoor skating could face the same difficulties as the NHL -- a drastically shorter season or outright cancellation. Research from Montreal's McGill and Concordia universities shows global warming is already having an effect on outdoor rinks in Canada.

The Baffling Response to Arctic Climate Change Impacts

| Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada

With all we know about climate change and what's happening in the Arctic, you'd think our leaders would be marshalling resources to at least slow it down. Instead, industry and governments are eyeing new opportunities to mine Arctic fossil fuels.