Canada Environment

The Planet Is Dying Of Consumption And Only We Can Halt The Process

Doreen Barrie | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Living
Doreen Barrie

If the warming of this planet is to be slowed -- if not halted -- it will not come about by government fiat, nor should it. Governments are reluctant to impose unpopular measures and the corporate sector will resist attempts to curtail our freedom to consume. The impetus must come from citizens.

Nearly 200 Countries Reach Climate Agreement In Paris

CP | Karl Ritter, Seth Borenstein, Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | Posted 12.13.2015 | Canada

The world will have to stop emitting greenhouse gases altogether in the next 50 years.

A Holiday Guide To Giving Greener Gifts

Jillian Doucette | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Living
Jillian Doucette

The holidays are a notoriously wasteful time of year with an estimated 300,000 additional tonnes of garbage created by Canadians between mid November and New Years' Day. With an excess of gift wrap, consumer packaging, and food waste, that's not hard to believe. Here are five ways you can give the gift of green this holiday season.

Healing Humanity's Grief In The Face Of Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The suffering we're witnessing because of loss of land, culture, ways of life and identity may portend what is to come for all of us. Now is the time to come together and decide how we will respond. Let's make sure it's the best humanity has to offer.

Canada's Environment Minister Says Deal Will be Reached in Paris

CP | Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"We've turned the page."

Canada's Climate Inaction Undermines Its Words In Paris

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

I am really confused by my government right now, because when it comes to climate action, it feels like I have two different governments. One government is in Paris, and their words on climate sound like the kind of ambition we need. The other one is in Ottawa, and its actions are looking more and more like the Harper government's on climate change.

Poor Countries Face The Greatest Climate Change Challenges

Development Unplugged | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

It is the people in the poorest countries that are and will be most affected by the consequences of climate change. A recent World Bank report on the subject states that climate change will possibly lead more than 100 million people below the poverty line by 2030, in addition to the one billion individuals already living this harsh reality.

Here's How Municipalities Can Reach Their Sustainability Goals

Stephanie Cairns | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephanie Cairns

On December 4, over a thousand mayors from around the world will meet in Paris to accelerate the work of local governments on climate change. Many Ontario mayors attending this event will arrive with a starting advantage.

Don't Mistake China For The West's Partner On Climate Change

Patricia Adams | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

Curbing fossil fuel use, China's leaders understand, would dampen its already faltering growth and provide an existential threat to their rule. While they may talk a good game at the UN's Paris talks, they will make no binding commitments to reduce C02.

What's So Special About 2 Degrees Celsius?

Blair King | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

We keep hearing about the need to keep global climate change below a target of two degrees Celsius. However, few people know where this comes from. The reason for this is that the target is one of the most deliberately muddied topics in the climate change debate -- not a scientific number, but a political one.

UN Climate Talks Offer Hope For Humanity

David Suzuki | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

With world leaders now meeting in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference, we're seeing signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming. Canadians, especially, have reason to be optimistic about our country's role.

The Ghost Of Maurice Strong In Paris

Wade Rowland | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Wade Rowland

It is a sad coincidence that Maurice Strong has died on the eve of another ambitious attempt, this time in Paris, to come to grips with global environmental crises that have become ever more grave. We can only hope that a reinvigorated diplomatic corps inspired by fresh political leadership will once again do our country proud.

Fossil Fuel Companies Threaten To Undermine Paris Climate Talks

Nick Fillmore | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

Fossil fuel companies have not managed to get a much coveted seat at the actual negotiating table during COP decision-making. But they are lobbying so hard that they hope politicians will come up with pro-industry solutions. A growing number of public interest groups want the fossil fuel lobby barred from the UN process.

Rachel Notley Has Staged A Masterwork Of Political Imagery

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Alberta
Sean Mallen

Rachel Notley's challenge has been to reassure the fiercely skeptical Alberta business elites that were horrified to wake up last May to discover the NDP had risen to power. With the economy already hammered by plummeting oil prices, they feared that the New Democrats would inflict further damage through a climate change plan that would drive up costs and cripple the oil sands. But business leaders in the Alberta can read the financial press as well as the rest of us and now seem to be buying Rachel Notley's view that they better try to be part of the solution.

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.