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David R. Miller

David Miller is the President and CEO of WWF-Canada

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

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 was hard fought and much celebrated, it wasn't the end of our work. It was just the start for governments, businesses and organizations. And now we've come to the next step: signing the agreement.
04/22/2016 03:10 EDT
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The Fight For The Great Bear Region Is Halfway Done

The Great Bear Region along British Columbia's coast holds one of the largest unspoiled temperate rainforests left on the planet. There was a time when much of the rainforest was slated to be clear cut. But this week, environmentalists, forestry companies, and the 26 First Nations that call the rainforest home reached a final agreement that permanently protects the wilderness and benefits us all.
02/05/2016 01:02 EST
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This Is How We Can Protect B.C.'s North Coast

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. We refer to this region as the Great Bear Sea.
11/25/2015 03:19 EST
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Canada Has Become More Green, No Thanks to Harper

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 issue. Does this failure mean that the last decade has been a failure for the environment? No. Fortunately, there has been leadership elsewhere. Canadians are often doing the right thing to reduce our impact on the planet, without legislation.
10/09/2015 05:27 EDT
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We Must Keep Our Oceans Healthy and Thriving

We don't need to look any further than the collapse of Newfoundland's northern cod fishery to be reminded of how communities are impacted when resources are overexploited. For centuries, the cod stocks in this region seemed inexhaustible. But when the fishery collapsed in 1992, over 40,000 people lost their jobs.
09/17/2015 08:19 EDT
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Heat Is On For Climate Change Talks After Hottest Summer On Record

Now is surely the time to say "enough is enough." We need to tally all the impacts we've seen, think about how many more are yet to come and decide it's time to take action on climate change. Canadians need to look at the other countries who are leading on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and realize that we're being left behind. Our leaders must implement new climate policies now and prepare for the UN Climate negotiations that are happening in Paris this December.
09/15/2015 05:22 EDT
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5 Things Our Next Government Should Do to Combat Climate Change

Five clear and simple things the next parliament could do. Each is free to the government, or any cost is paid back. All of them will produce strong gains in reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, and taken together, will restore our international position of leadership. The only obstacle is making the decision to act. And that will be up to who is elected on Oct. 19.
09/14/2015 07:44 EDT
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The Pope Reminded Us That Climate Change Is a Moral Issue

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis addressed the 1.3 billion Catholics of the world -- and all people of good will -- with the first encyclical in history focused on climate change action. This is important not only because of the direct influence of the Pontiff, but because of his powerful argument. The Pope reminds us that we as humans have a stewardship obligation to the planet, and that we must exercise that obligation in a way that is socially just and equitable. Climate change from that perspective is not just an economic or technical issue -- how do we burn less carbon and how do we pay for it -- it's actually a moral issue.
06/19/2015 04:33 EDT
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Striving for Healthy Oceans on World Oceans Day 2015

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been widely recognized as an important part of keeping our oceans healthy. Although there are many different definitions of what an MPA is, one of the best explanations is an ocean area where human activities are restricted or managed in some way. Designation of such areas are known to contribute to the improved health, integrity and productivity of marine ecosystems and can help address biodiversity losses and conserve ecologically significant areas.
06/08/2015 12:38 EDT
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We Must Protect Our Beloved Beluga Whales

The beluga is primarily known as an Arctic species, where it spends most of its time among the sea ice. As with many Arctic sea ice dependent species, beluga whales are affected by the loss of sea ice caused by climate change. They are being forced to adapt to the changing ecological system.
06/05/2015 12:24 EDT

A Resounding Vote for Nature-Based Economies

This decision to reject over $1-billion, which was offered to gain consent for the proposed Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on Lelu Island in the Great Bear Sea, sends a clear message of opposition to a project that threatens this ecologically and culturally rich region and its salmon-based economy.
05/15/2015 05:21 EDT
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Three Misconceptions About Adopting Renewable Energy

In the face of current and future threats facing our environment, our economy and infrastructure, our society and healthcare we often hear from loud detractors. But we must be bold, we must have faith in our abilities, and we must dream of a better future for all. We must act now to build a renewable future or be left behind.
04/23/2015 05:38 EDT