Canada Environment

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.

Canada Must Take Global Opportunity To End HFC Pollution

Catherine McKenna | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Catherine McKenna

Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

10 Things I Learned During My 25 Years Working In Sustainability

Mel Wilson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada
Mel Wilson

You know, I just realized I have been working in the Sustainability field (first environment, then environment and health & safety and now corporate s...

Trump's Russian Connections Explain His Climate Change Denial

Amy-Rose Lane | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Amy-Rose Lane

Secretary Clinton landed many zingers during the first debate, but perhaps the most memorable exchange came when she raised the omnipresent issue of Trump's refusal to hand over his taxes. There's a clear, insidious answer. Trump has repeatedly cast himself as an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Canada Must Place More Value On Its Urban Forests

Michael Rosen | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

Canada is significantly behind other G7 countries in the value we place on urban forests, especially the U.S., where management of urban forests falls under the responsibility of an individual equivalent to a Canadian deputy minister.

These Alberta Students Want Schools To Become Models Of Sustainability

David Dodge | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

The students did their own research, they invited resource experts to give presentations and then a delegation of 10 students locked themselves in a room for a weekend with some graduate students from the University of Alberta to boil inputs from 3,000 students down into a sophisticated set of recommendations for change.

Praying For Creation

Karri Munn-Venn | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada
Karri Munn-Venn

In a 1989 letter, the late Dimitrios I, the leader of Eastern Orthodox Church, urged the global church to make September 1 a day "when prayers and sup...

GMO Propaganda Has No Place In Your Child's Classroom

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Parent

Informed insight and open minds are key to education, but there are forces in modern society that seek to create narrow, one-dimensional mindsets and thinking. And this affects us all, including educators. For example, extremely well-funded PR machines are working behind the scenes with agritech/chemical companies and food manufacturers to develop effective techniques, educational material and TV advertising to get kids hooked on harmful food and to misrepresent certain issues.

Food Waste Is A Disgrace Canadians Have The Power To Fix

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Genevieve Zingg

In May 2015, the French government did something incredible: the National Assembly unanimously passed a law forcing large supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. That's how the #WhatAWaste campaign -- a grassroots effort to pressure Canada's political leaders to follow France's example -- was born.

Environmentally Sustainable Companies You Should Know About

Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Business

We've partnered with new 2017 Ford Fusion to list five companies that understand that sustainable living and money-making can go hand-in-hand.

How Do We Solve Canada's $31-Billion Food Waste Problem?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Looking at the food system in Canada is a study in contrasts. On one hand, one in eight Canadian families struggle to put food on the table, and over 800,000 people visit a food bank each month. On the other hand, we waste $31 billion in food each year, or a third of what we produce. How can a country with so much abundance also have such great need? As with any problem that is so enormous in scale, the reasons are complex, the impacts are wide-ranging, and the solutions are far from easy.

How To Keep Your Cool With Eco-Offenders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Drought shaming became a popular pastime in California last summer after restrictions, campaigns and written notices failed to curb water usage among residents during a prolonged drought. Here are a few environmentally bad habits we've all observed (perhaps even been guilty of) and tips on how to step in.