Environmentalism

Logging Ban Saves The Great Bear Rainforest For Future Generations

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

On the first day of February 2006, a landmark agreement that has been called "one of the most visionary forest conservation plans on Earth" was inked by First Nations elders, the provincial government and environmentalists. Eighty five per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest -- at 3.1 million hectares, an area roughly twice the size of Vancouver Island -- is permanently off limits to logging.

Canada Has Restored Its Tarnished Environmental Reputation

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Capt. Trevor Greene

Canada fell woefully short of 2012 emissions targets and in December 2011 became the only country to pull out of Kyoto, the world's only binding climate treaty. That was in the dark decade of Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Trudeau led a younger, far more optimistic and enlightened entourage to Paris.

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.

Investing In Solar Power Pays Off For Communities

David Dodge | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

While the leaders of the world meet in Paris and craft sweeping policy that affects the entire planet, let's remember that the most important changes usually happen close to home. I've seen the positive things solar and energy efficiency can do for communities. So when we started a big infrastructure refurbishment project at Evansdale Community League, I knew exactly what to push for.

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.

Alberta's Historic Cap On Tar Sands Emissions Is Not The End

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor.

The Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan Will Cut Forestry Jobs

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Without the forest and the economic activity it generates, the North Shore, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and all the other forest regions of Quebec would not have experienced the same level of economic development that has benefited all Quebecers. However, forestry activity could fall sharply in the fairly near future.

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?

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?

Embracing Sustainability Can Pay Off For Your Brand

James Riley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
James Riley

Today we know that the state of the planet affects the way we are doing business. With climate change comes risks and opportunities. We all know the risks. The opportunity for brands starts with marketing leadership, and the reward is an improved brand and reputation.

Ruling Puts Canada's Health And Environment At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

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.

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...

Why Canada Needs Scientists

Tori Slobodzian | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Tori Slobodzian

What the conservative government fails to realize is that scientists are public servants. Which means they work for the people of Canada, not the elected party. They are paid via tax dollars, just as politicians are, to perform a service that betters our country. Canada needs science to exist. It's importance cannot be measured by profit margins or popularity. I get it; that makes it difficult to justify spending. Especially since science is not a cheap pursuit, but I guarantee you, it is the most worthwhile pursuit of our time.

Canada Has Become More Green, No Thanks to Harper

David R. Miller | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The environmental issue of our time is climate change, and Canada's government under the leadership of Stephen Harper has failed at every opportunity to address this issue. Does this failure mean that the last decade has been a failure for the environment? No. Fortunately, there has been leadership elsewhere. Canadians are often doing the right thing to reduce our impact on the planet, without legislation.

UN Climate Change Agreement Must Address Corporate Right to Sue Countries

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

Countries pledging to take serious action on climate change are also party to, or are aggressively negotiating, trade and investment deals that contain a mechanism that gives large corporations the right to challenge any changes to the current rules under which they operate -- be they environmental, health or human rights -- that negatively affect corporations' bottom line. ISDS essentially grants corporations equal status to governments in these negotiations and privatizes the dispute settlement system between nations.

Microbes, Biodiversity and the Benefits of Getting Dirty

David Suzuki | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Just as human activity is harming the diversity of visible life, it's also diminishing microbial diversity. As researchers learn more about the profound ways good microbes keep people healthy, they're also seeing how our urbanized, indoor lifestyles have transformed our microbiomes, increasing the risk of disease.

Bruce Hyer Sees Politics Through Green-Coloured Glasses

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Berkowitz

Bruce Hyer describes himself as an "independent plus." Strong on representing his constituents, he is a loud voice for conservation, sustainable resource development, small business growth and democratic governmental reform. He has pioneered climate change legislation and fought against the huge subsidies to energy companies.

Rejecting Fear and Fighting for a Safe Climate

Cameron Fenton | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Our opponents want to divide us between "good" and "bad" protesters while they refuse to choose between clean and dirty energy. They use terms like "extremist" and "foreign funded radicals" to try and scare people into accepting inaction, but we can make a choice that solidarity and our actions are more powerful than fear.

Why I'm Not At All Frightened of Sharks

Robert Osborne | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada
Robert Osborne

Driven by the taste for shark fin soup, long line fisherman around the world are eliminating some 100 million sharks per year -- a reduction, in some cases of 90 per cent of the species. Sharks, being apex predators, breed very slowly. The inevitable result of all that fishing is a complete extinction of many shark species within the next ten years according to Sharkwater.com.

Helping Our Oceans Gave Me Hope, The Best Birthday Present Of All

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Eoin Finn

Planting coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea for my birthday made my heart felt lighter, life didn't feel so hopeless anymore. I realized humans aren't a horrible heartless species, but hugely resourceful and cooperative when given a chance.

Fort McMurray Strikes Back at Hollywood

Tim Moen | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tim Moen

My team and I will go down to L.A. and make a movie about our campaign to put a stop to the movie industry which is destroying so many lives. We will be armed with pomposity, judgement, condescension and constant looks of horror on our faces. We will also be armed with important environmental technology that I invented, such as a smart car of dog sleds (my lap dog attached to a child sled) and a carbon capture mask for joggers so that they don't have to contribute to global warming with their excess carbon emissions.

Don't Let Oceana Gold Jeopardize El Salvador's Democracy and Drinking Water

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

In El Salvador, people have died or lost their drinking water sources because of gold mining, contributing to a rising tide against mining. In 2008, the El Salvador government introduced a de facto moratorium on large-scale mining maintained by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

The news is filled with Eco-Armageddon as each new study reveals that the polar ice is melting even faster, polar bears are starving, there are garbage gyres in the ocean, and sunblock is destroying coral reef. Is green living a worthwhile pursuit or are we really just wasting our time?

Across Canada Things Are Happening in the Anti-GMO World

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Being in such a beautiful country, filled with diversity makes me want to fight even harder for the health of our planet and all of who live on it. We should honour and protect what Mother Earth has given us, not abuse it and leave a big problem for the next generation.