Canada Environment

Canadian Companies Can't Keep Up On Sustainability

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Business

Lax government policy may be to blame.

Saving Our Planet: 10 Good News Conservation Stories From 2016

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

These 10 stories from Canada and around the world show how communities, governments and organizations are providing solutions that are reversing the loss of biodiversity and the ecological services that nature provides.

Smarter Buildings Can Help Canada Hit Its Climate Goals

Toon Dreessen | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Business
Toon Dreessen

When we talk about climate change, it's easy to point to obvious "sinners" - cars and smoke stacks. But another one is right in front of us: buildings. Commercial and residential buildings account for 17 per cent of the GhG emissions in Ontario.

The Meaning Of Living Lightly On This Earth

Peter Bevan-Baker | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Peter Bevan-Baker

Continuous expansion on a finite planet is not the answer to our challenges: Like our built environment, bigger is not necessarily better. Rather, we need better integration and a recognition of our proper place in the bigger scheme of things.

Let's Work Towards A Zero-Waste Future By Creating A Culture Of Reuse

Fatima Zaidi | Posted 12.23.2016 | Canada Living
Fatima Zaidi

In light of the massive amount of waste produced annually, we as a global community need to rethink our approach to consumption and increasingly shift our mindset from a linear "take, make, and dispose" school of thought to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," thus creating a circular, self-perpetuating economy.

The F-Waste Problem And How Companies Can Solve It

Trevor Langdon | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Trevor Langdon

In the U.S. alone, over 17 billion pounds of office furniture and equipment is sent to landfill every year. This waste is typically a result of necessary changes like moving, branch closures or revitalization projects. The furniture needs to be removed or replaced but it is what's being done with the furniture or, "F", waste that is the problem.

How The World Can Do Better In 2017

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Years ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu counselled us not to get discouraged by disheartening news headlines. Instead, think of them as a to-do list for changing the world, he said. As we look to 2017, we're taking that advice, focusing on positive outcomes and galvanized communities instead of lamenting past events.

Passive House Building Boom Brings Us Closer To A Low Carbon Future

Karen Tam Wu | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Karen Tam Wu

The number of Passive House units in North America has quadrupled in the last year, from 500 to over 2,000 units, and a quarter of these are in Vancouver alone. Once the projects on the books are completed, North America will boast nearly 2 million square feet of certified Passive House buildings, three times more than in 2015.

You Can Love Wood And Still Be A Forest Hugger

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

You have probably bought forest products like lumber for a home reno or notepaper for school supplies and wondered how your purchase affects the forest it came from. You may feel guilty, but you shouldn't if the forest products you buy are harvested sustainably and certified to internationally recognized standards.

What Knowledge Of How Trees Communicate Means For Forest Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

A forest is an intricately linked ecosystem and Suzanne Simard, professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia's Department, goes one step further. She says forests represent an intelligence that is able to behave as though it's a single organism.

Let's Meet Donald Trump's Presidential Team

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I think Americans have a lot to be concerned about unless, among other things, they don't care about their freedom to choose and their basic human rights. Have you been paying attention to Donald Trump's nominees? Do you know what they believe in and stand for? I have been keeping up with his picks and their platforms. And let me tell you, unless I was an affluent, white, heterosexual, conservative Christian man, I'd be more than a little nervous.

I Listened To The Stories Of Those Impacted By Monsanto's Greed

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

It was a chance to hear from some of the many victims of Monsanto and how that company has affected every level of our lives: from the food we put into our bodies and the issues associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, to the adverse impacts its corporate greed has on poverty and food security.

The Sumatra Wildlife Sanctuary

Jessie Golem | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada
Jessie Golem

Photo by Danielle Da Silva. Anybody should be lucky enough to encounter a situation that causes enough conviction to actively change life's course of...

The Arts Make A Surprising Ally In Raising Climate Awareness

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

When it comes to climate change, the math and science are clear -- but not to everyone. The arts can be powerful allies in helping us all understand the severity of the challenge and the urgency for action.

Trudeau And Premiers, Be Bold On Clean Growth And Climate Action Plan

Stewart Elgie | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Stewart Elgie

Building a high performance, low carbon economy is a major economic opportunity and a vital environmental responsibility for Canada. As a diverse group of leaders from different sectors and regions across the country, we applaud your initiative in developing the Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change.

How To Be A Wealthy Environmentalist

Mel Wilson | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Business
Mel Wilson

You don't need a high paying job with a high profile company, nor do you need to invent the next big revolutionary green technology. In fact, you can make a very decent living and achieve a comfortable degree of wealth while working in the environmental area and living a low impact lifestyle. I know because... well, I know people who have done it.

Better Discourse For A Kinder World

David Suzuki | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn't bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science. If those vying to be president of the most powerful country in the world couldn't do it, what hope is there?

Approving Kinder Morgan Would Make A Coal Phase-Out Irrelevant

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

According to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, phasing out coal will reduce emissions in Canada by five megatonnes. That's great news, but it's soured when you remember that the government just approved the Pacific Northwest LNG project, which is expected to add 11.5 to 14.0 megatonnes worth of emissions each year.

Scientists Urge Trudeau To Stop Relying On Crappy Environmental Assessments

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Over 1,300 researchers have signed an open letter addressed to the prime minister.

Big Is Good, But We Have An Obligation To Go Bigger

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Now is the time for us to take the big step. Conservation is no longer about creating one on one partnerships. Instead, we need to work together to advance the social bottom line, and make a significant difference towards our domestic and global contributions.

Extinction Crisis Signals That It's Time To Change Course

David Suzuki | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Clean air, water and soil to grow food are necessities of life. So are diverse plant and animal populations. But as the human population continues to increase, animal numbers are falling. Habitat degradation and destruction, hunting and overfishing, the illegal wildlife trade, invasive species, disease, pollution and climate change are causing an extinction crisis unlike any since dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago.

No Packages, Boxes Or Bags: Welcome To Zero-Waste Grocery Shopping

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canadians send more than nine million tonnes of garbage to landfills every year -- an estimated 35 per cent of that waste is packaging from food and consumer goods. And not all packaging waste makes it to the dump. Scientists have sounded the alarm about pop can holders and grocery bags polluting our waterways and oceans

Give Yourself A Healthy Dose Of Mother Nature

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Engaging all of your senses to commune with nature sounds a bit hokey. But it is part of a growing movement that recognizes green space is more than just lungs for the Earth. Nature is also vital to the well-being of people -- not just hippies -- and hard science shows it can help address real health concerns.

City Leaders Need The Courage To Build Sustainable Urban Centres

Tobi Nussbaum | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Tobi Nussbaum

The first is coping with the inexorable trend towards urbanization. By 2036, over 60 per cent of the world's population will reside in cities. The burgeoning number of urban dwellers worldwide will put pressure on city governments in areas ranging from housing to services, infrastructure to transportation.

Canadians Must Rethink 'Normal' To Tackle Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Maybe the lifestyle we've come to know as "normal" really isn't normal -- or sustainable -- after all. It may feel normal because it's all we've known, but, examined rationally in a larger context, it seems more like the fast lane to resource depletion and environmental ruin.