Canada Environment

Climate Change Will Be Felt Differently In Canada, Premiers Told

CBC | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics

The meeting comes a week before the start of the UN climate change conference in Paris, known as COP21.

Save The Environment, Chop Down A Real Christmas Tree

Michael Rosen | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Michael Rosen

As the president of Tree Canada, an organization that's helped plant more than 80 million trees over the past 20 years, you might expect an argument against cutting down a "live tree," but make no mistake -- you are helping both the environment and the community you live in when you choose a real tree.

Marching Matters Ahead Of The Paris Climate Talks

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

I'll be honest, when I first heard of plans for a global day of climate marches on November 29, I rolled my eyes. In some ways, I still feel like that might be the case, but after recent events in Paris and Beirut, the global mobilizations matter in a way they never could have before.

No Act Is Too Small In The Fight To End Climate Change

Beverley Golden | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

If you want change; be the change. Remember the power of one. If you don't do anything, nothing will change. So do something. Our future depends on it. No act is too small. How will you contribute?

To Paris, With Hope

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Previous UN climate conferences have started with great optimism and hope but ended with underwhelming success at best, disappointment at worst. However, there are many reasons to hope that, finally, this one will be different.

Rejection Of Keystone XL Is A Leap Forward For The Climate Movement

Ecojustice | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Impact

The U.S. decision on Keystone XL sent a clear message: Tar sands pipeline projects like the ones currently under consideration or subject to litigation in Canada -- TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project -- are not the way of the future.

You Must Remove Your Blinders To Innovate For The Future

Leor Rotchild | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Alberta
Leor Rotchild

Blinders are often used to keep horses racing in a straight line and free from distraction. However, some horse race experts argue that true competitors want to see what's coming. They say expanding the field of vision expands possibilities. Blinders are fine if you're doing the same thing over and over like going around a track but adapting to a new set of circumstances requires you to see the whole context.

True Climate Leadership Means Stepping Away From LNG

Eoin Madden | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

90 per cent of all new wells drilled in B.C. that would supply the province's proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will be fracked. Fracking demands massive amounts of freshwater, industrializes large areas of northeast B.C. and has major impacts on the climate. So, how is the B.C. government getting away with touting this industry as a "clean" energy resource?

Ruling Puts Canada's Health And Environment At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact

If allowed to stand, the decision will further constrain the ability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) to ensure that most serious environmental and human health impacts associated with major industrial projects, including mines, dams and tar sands operations, are addressed.

Companies Are Ripping Off Ontario's Water Resources

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Schreiner

It is bad enough that the government allows multinational companies to privatize a public resource, it is even worse that taxpayers are being hosed by charging so little for it. Several industries get a total free ride when it comes to taking our water. Those who do pay for taking water are charged a paltry $3.71 per million litres used. This is not a typo.

Why We're Giving Justin Trudeau A Climate Welcome

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

Both Trudeau and his new ministers have their work cut out from them when it comes to really getting Canada back on course on climate. That's why today, I'm outside of Trudeau's home with dozens of other people kicking off what could be largest act of civil disobedience on climate change in Canada's history.

Small Steps Toward Sustainability Make A Huge Impact

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

I've never considered myself an environmentalist. Sure, I care about the environment, I sort my garbage and turn off the lights as soon as I leave a r...

Cow's Milk Comes At An Environmental Cost

Élise Desaulniers | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Living
Élise Desaulniers

When we compare the water footprint of soy milk and cow's milk, we find that the water production footprint of one litre of cow's milk is more than three times that of soy milk. Replacing cow's milk with soy milk would not only be a good thing for water preservation, it's also a wise choice to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While Worried About The Election, We Forgot About World Food Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

The fact that it passed entirely without notice reaffirms just how lucky we are to live in this blessed land of plenty. But perhaps it's a good occasion to reflect upon the importance of food in our tumultuous, changing world.

Sustainable Development Goals Offer A Path To Prosperity

David Suzuki | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's possible to extract resources with attention to environmental consequences, but unless it's done in ways that ensure the planet remains healthy enough to support human life, where all people enjoy peace, health and food security, can it really be called sustainable?

Liberals Must Reaffirm Canadians' Right to Clean Water

Ecojustice | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Impact

The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act sets high standards but without the adequate funding, leaves communities without the necessary tools to meet those standards. Despite repeated pledges from the federal government to ensure clean drinking water, there are routinely more than 100 water advisories in effect in First Nation communities, with some living under advisories for up to 20 years.

Oceans - The Need For Strategic Partnerships Between Norway, the U.S. and Canada

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

We depend on the ecosystems of the world for our survival. With this in view it is vital to ensure that the oceans of the world are managed responsibly. We need partnerships, and we need goals. And we all have to do our part.

Anyone But Harper Might Not Be Enough to Tackle Climate Change

Cameron Fenton | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

With the 42nd federal election in the books here in Canada, now the clock starts ticking down the 42 days until the Paris climate talks begin. The good news is that Stephen Harper is no longer the Prime Minister of Canada. After nearly a decade in power, Harper has left a sea of devastation in his wake when it comes to climate change. Here's the bad news: while Stephen Harper's government may have been a supporter of the fossil fuel industry, Justin Trudeau has failed to distinguish himself as a much better option.

Think Climate Action When You Vote

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

Climate change ought to be a major issue this election, but I'm saddened to note that it has received little attention. Perhaps a quick update on both the problem and the solutions would add some helpful perspective in these final days of the campaign.

Comparing the Federal Party Policies on Climate Change

Ecojustice | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact

Climate change is a serious problem that must be taken seriously by our elected officials. We need our federal government to take action and reduce Canada's emissions now. So when you head to the polls on October 19, make sure you know where the candidates in your riding stand on climate change, and vote for someone you can trust to stand up for a healthy environment and low-carbon future that benefits us all.

Vote Against The Tragedy Of The Commons

Sonny Wong | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Sonny Wong

As the federal election moves into its final stretch, it's useful to remind ourselves of one of the major roles of government: stewardship of the commons. It's no coincidence that the institution where our government transacts its business is called the House of Commons.

Why the TPP Doesn't Spell Doom for the Environment

Blair King | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Blair King

From an environmental perspective, trade agreements have both positive and negative aspects. They have the negative effect of slowing down the development of unilateral environmental regulations, but they have a positive effect by forcing environmental laggards to catch up with the pack.

Neil Young Calls Canada's Leadership 'Backwards'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics

"It’s tragic.”

The 10 Best Universities for 'Hippies' and 'Hipsters' | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living

Do you rock skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses on a near-daily basis? Or are you someone who's passionate about the environment and sustainability? If so, you're probably interested in what Canadian universities are doing to foster and support these sub-cultures.

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.