David R. Miller
David Miller is the President and CEO of WWF-Canada. He is a well-known advocate for environmental and economic sustainability. He was the Mayor of Toronto, Canada from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the prestigious C40 Cities from 2008 to 2010.

Entries by David R. Miller

What's Next After The Historic Signing Of The Paris Climate Agreement?

(57) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 3:10 PM

We are witnesses to history as we watch countries come together this Earth Day to formally sign on to the Paris climate agreement.

In December, we cheered as 195 countries agreed to keep global warming beneath a 2C threshold, and aim for just 1.5C from pre-industrial levels. While that agreement...

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Two Powerful New Allies Join WWF For A Thriving Arctic

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 4:28 PM

The Arctic is 40 per cent of Canada's landmass, two-thirds of our coastline and a large part of our national identity. But it's not ours alone. We share it with the United States and six other nations, so it's vital that our efforts to balance environmental sustainability with community benefits...

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The Fight For The Great Bear Region Is Halfway Done

(17) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:02 PM

The Great Bear Region along British Columbia's coast holds one of the largest unspoiled temperate rainforests left on the planet. It's the only place in the world to find the rare white-coated Kermode -- better known as the spirit bear -- and home to some of the oldest and largest...

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This Is How We Can Protect B.C.'s North Coast

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:19 PM

During my first visit to British Columbia's north coast, I was immediately struck by the area's extraordinary natural wealth. It's a place renowned for its rich ocean habitats, temperate rain forests as well as humpback whales, bears, salmon and orca. It's also very important for people, and provides

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Climate Change Is Threatening These Vulnerable Species

(10) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Last year, the World Wildlife Fund released a sobering report. Our report demonstrated that wildlife populations worldwide have declined by 52 per cent over the past 40 years, in large part driven by the habitat changes caused by human economic activity, including increasing global greenhouse gas emissions.


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Canada Has Become More Green, No Thanks to Harper

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 5:27 PM

There are many in the environmental movement who see the past 10 years in Canada as a disaster. From one perspective, they are right.

The environmental issue of our time is climate change, and Canada's government under the leadership of Stephen Harper has failed at every opportunity to address this...

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We Must Keep Our Oceans Healthy and Thriving

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 8:30 AM

For most Canadians, our oceans are sweeping saltwater vistas filled with humpback whales, wild salmon, sharks and orca, among others. From our northern coasts, down the Pacific and across the Atlantic, Canada's oceans are thought of as inexhaustible sources of beauty, food, and opportunities for people to earn a living...

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Heat Is On For Climate Change Talks After Hottest Summer On Record

(8) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:22 PM

This week we learned that this summer was the hottest on record and that summer sea ice in the Arctic was at least the fourth lowest level on record. While these announcements are further proof of how our climate change is changing our planet, we'd like...

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5 Things Our Next Government Should Do to Combat Climate Change

(39) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 7:44 AM

This campaign season, HuffPost Canada is going past the sales pitch, away from the attacks and beyond the ballot.

Our Beyond the Ballot series is deep diving into three major problems facing Canadians: climate change, housing insecurity, and elder care. This election is our opportunity to join forces and figure...

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Why Do We Use Toxic Materials to Clean up Toxic Oil Spills?

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:02 PM

WWF-Canada recently sent a letter to Minister Leona Aglukkaq in response to Environment Canada's request for submissions on whether to add new products, such as the dispersant Corexit 9500A, to an approved list for use in oil spill clean-up operations.

Dispersants are products which are meant to break up slicks...

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The Pope Reminded Us That Climate Change Is a Moral Issue

(25) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:33 PM

Last September I joined a historic 400,000 people on the streets of New York marching for action on climate change. The message of the day was simple: To change everything, we need everyone.

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis addressed the 1.3 billion Catholics of the world -- and all...

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Canada's Oceans Need More Protected Areas

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Although we rarely have the time or opportunity to notice from shore, the ocean is a busy place. On a daily basis, the sheer volume of activities that happen on or under the water are countless, ranging from long-distance migrations of whales, to corals slowly propagating -- and even distinct...

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We Must Protect Our Beloved Beluga Whales

(12) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Why we need to take care of the "little white whale on the go."

Over the past few months, I've discovered that the beluga is the favourite whale of many WWF staff.

And why is that? It's not because of their celebrated songs that have earned them the nickname "

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A Resounding Vote for Nature-Based Economies

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:20 PM

WWF-Canada applauds the Lax Kw'alaams decision to reject offer in favour of healthy Skeena Estuary.

In a third and final vote, members of Lax Kw'alaams First Nation expressed definitive opposition to the Pacific Northwest LNG export terminal.

This decision to reject over $1-billion, which was offered to...

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MaPP Represents Big Plan for the Great Bear Sea

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 10:03 PM

On April 27, the province of British Columbia signed an agreement with 18 coastal First Nations, whose traditional marine territories cover 102,000km2 of B.C.'s ocean environment -- an area about the same size as Iceland. Many of us know this part of Canada as the Great Bear Sea:...

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Three Misconceptions About Adopting Renewable Energy

(14) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:37 PM

WWF aims to help Canada reach 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050

"To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

When confronted with the current and future threats facing our environment, our economy...

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When I Go Wild, People and Nature Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:43 PM

I'm an urban guy. I live and work downtown in Canada's most populated city and worked at the crossroad of cities and sustainability for nearly two decades as a city councillor and mayor.

But I'm also a nature guy. I'm a regular rambler of High Park and the Humber Valley...

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March 16-22 Is Canada Water Week - Let's Celebrate!

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Someone recently asked me if I knew what watershed I lived in. I live in the Humber River watershed. My wish for Canada Water Week is that every Canadian across the country knows which watershed they live in.

Every Canadian is connected to a river through its watershed...

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Evading Action on Climate Change Is No Longer an Option

(7) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Yesterday, another domino tile fell, adding momentum toward meaningful action on climate change. And that falling tile has already brought new impetus to countries around the world -- but how will Canada respond?

The announcement, of a secretly negotiated bilateral commitment to new emissions reduction targets between the world's...

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If Everyone Lived Like Canadians, We'd Need 3.7 Planets

(10) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 9:25 AM

WWF's new Living Planet Report is issuing a wake-up call: our unsustainable demands on the planet are contributing to a dramatic decline -- 52 per cent -- in wildlife populations in the last 40 years. This is the cost of our way of life.

As Canadians, we are incredibly lucky...

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