Canada Pollution

Canada Must Put a Price on Carbon Emissions

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Whenever I meet a Hummer, tension rises in my chest, unkind thoughts develop in my head and my hands tighten and tremble, as if they want to signal something. I've long wondered why that happens, and I think I've finally figured it out. It has something to do with a song, economics and the courteous way to walk your dog.

Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy

David Suzuki | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step further by envisioning a fossil fuel-free future. Moving toward zero carbon emissions -- in a much shorter timeline than agreed upon by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States -- is absolutely necessary, and not just for the climate.

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Osborne

You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.

Your Values Affect the Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Across cultures and regardless of age and gender, people whose values centre on social position and accumulation of money and possessions actually face a greater risk of unhappiness, including anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. People who are materialistic also tend to be less interested in ecological issues, have negative attitudes toward the environment and demonstrate fewer instances of sustainable behaviour. That's a tragedy for humanity and the rest of life on Earth.

Good Things Are Growing in Ontario's Greenbelt

David Suzuki | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

More than half the planet's people now live in urban areas. The need to supply food, shelter, fresh water and energy to billions of urban residents is resulting in loss of farmland, forests, wetlands and other ecosystems, as well as the critical ecological services they support, like providing food, clean air and drinking water. growing number of jurisdictions have responded by enacting strong land-use policies to protect farmland and green space through sound urban planning

Environmental Racism Remains a Reality in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

Turning a blind eye to the links between race, socio-economic status, and environmental risks doesn't make the issue any less real. The fact is, environmentally harmful activities take place in some communities more than others. The proposed Act to Address Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia is a powerful step in that direction.

WATCH: Sign The Earth Day Flag, Change The World

Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada

What's one thing you can do to help change the world for the better. Well on Earth Day, it might be something as simple as joining friends to carpool,...

Your White Teeth and Smooth Skin Are Damaging the Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the water and fish in the Great Lakes? If you use the myriad other creatures the seas support? If you use personal care products such as exfoliators, body scrubs and toothpastes containing microbeads, those are the costs you could be paying.

Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

When former federal cabinet minister David Dingwall was questioned about a generous buyout package he received in 2006, his oft-quoted reply was, "I am entitled to my entitlements." It caused much outrage. But as the biblical expression goes, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone, because perhaps we're all a bit guilty of entitlement.

China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

David Suzuki | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The global atmosphere is being loaded with the sum of all nations' activities. And while Canada's air quality is better than many places, half of us live in areas where we are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. We can and should do more to curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Fighting Climate Change to Strengthen Ontario's Economy

Keith Brooks | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Climate change is a critically important issue for the economy. The Clean Economy Alliance, which launched Wednesday, has united under some common principles to support Ontario's commitment to climate action and to make some suggestions for how the province should proceed. We've come together because addressing climate change can benefit our economy, and failing to address climate change would be very costly. Climate change has been called the single largest threat to the global economy, which is why the World Bank says a four-degree world must be avoided.

The Oil Industry Doesn't Want You to Have Better Transportation Options

David Suzuki | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

American and Canadian transit opponents paint themselves as populist supporters of the common people, a tactic also used against carbon pricing. They fail to note that poor and middle class families will benefit most from public transit and other sustainable transportation options. To reduce pollution and address global warming, we must do everything we can, from conserving energy to shifting to cleaner energy sources. Improving transportation and transit infrastructure is one of the easiest ways to do so while providing more options for people to get around.

A Better World Is Not Impossible

David Suzuki | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Despite a long history of the impossible becoming possible, often very quickly, we hear the "can't be done" refrain repeated over and over -- especially in the only debate over global warming that matters: What can we do about it? Climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry apologists often argue that replacing oil, coal and gas with clean energy is beyond our reach. The claim is both facile and false.

Transit Funding Will Drive Canadian Cities into the Future

David Suzuki | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Changing the way we move through cities is a critical step in reducing carbon emissions. The most direct way to accomplish this is to provide urbanites with reliable alternatives to automobile travel. A two-car household that replaces one vehicle with alternative transportation can cut its annual emissions by 10 per cent.

We Have to Stop Filling and Killing the Oceans With Plastic

David Suzuki | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Eight million tonnes. That's how much plastic we're tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it's enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.

We Must Start Digging Our Way Out of Canada's Mining Dilemma

David Suzuki | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Mining is important to human well-being, but the current economic system means it's often aimed at maximizing profit with little regard for people or the environment. It's one area where Canadians can make a difference. Canadian mining companies haven't always had a great record for environmental and social responsibility in communities where they operate -- but public scrutiny and pressure may be helping to change that.

The Huge B.C. Pollution Threat You Haven't Heard Of

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Once home to a buoyant fish processing industry, the abandoned coastal town of Namu, B.C. is now a ticking time bomb of pollution, according to an env...

Conditions in First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities are Canada's National Shame

David Suzuki | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

While Winnipeg residents enjoy clean water, the people of Shoal Lake 40 suffer from substandard water. It's an abrogation of the basic right of all Canadians to have access to clean, safe drinking water. The fact that such deplorable conditions persist in places like Shoal Lake, and in hundreds of other First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada, is a national shame and must be resolved immediately.

Could This Be Payback Time For Big Polluters?

Andrew Gage | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Gage

Society as a whole saw jobs created, collected tax dollars and bore at least some of the blame, for the harm caused by both tobacco and asbestos. And yet this did not absolve the manufacturers of responsibility for the damage caused by their product. So yes, we are all responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, but fossil fuel companies are much more responsible.

Are We Repeating Old Mistakes With the Oil Sands?

Dianne Saxe | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Dianne Saxe

The approved EA measures are very complex, and will include freezing in place the huge underground dumps of arsenic trioxide which pose the greatest health risk. It is likely to take 25 years to freeze it all. The freezing system will have to be actively operated, forever. The arsenic will stay poisonous -- it does not improve with time.

Canada Has to Join the Environmental Rights Movement

David Suzuki | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada's highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced "An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights" in Parliament. If it's passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect Canadians' right to live in a healthy environment.

Blue Dot Movement Rolls Across Canada

David Suzuki | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

So how do we ensure that all Canadians have the right to enjoy clean air and water and healthy food? We could follow the lead of more than half the world's nations and enshrine the right to a healthy environment in our Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That's one of the goals of the Blue Dot Tour

Prescription For Human Health: Fight Global Warming

David Suzuki | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Reducing the threat of global warming and finding ways to adapt to unavoidable change will also help people around the world "deal with the impact of heat, extreme weather, infectious disease and food insecurity." Climate change affects human health in multiple ways.

A Wake-up Call for Canada's Mining Industry

David Suzuki | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
David Suzuki

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 "dangerous or unusual occurrences" that B.C's chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites.

Yes, Climate Change Will Hurt Your Bottom Line

David Suzuki | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Those who don't outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can't or shouldn't do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, "No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country." But in failing to act on global warming, many leaders are putting jobs and economic prosperity at risk, according to recent studies.