Environmentalism

Why Environmentalists Are Optimists, Not Haters

Keith Brooks | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada
Keith Brooks

It's the belief that we'll respond to risks that inspires people like me to speak out about environmental concerns. We sound the alarm to educate the public and encourage change. Far from being pessimistic, we speak out because we're optimistic. We believe that change is not only needed, but that it is possible.

Why My Next Car Will Be Electric and Yours Should Too

Jessi Cruickshank | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Jessi Cruickshank

I've always been passionate about the environment. In Grade 6, I started an anti-litter campaign in my elementary school called "Clean Up Your Act" -- I was that kid. When I was 11 years old and telling kids to clean up their trash, I never would have believed that I would drive an electric car in my lifetime. But now the technology exists, it works, and it's more popular than ever.

When It Comes to the Environment, We're All Hypocrites

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

We live in a society where it is impossible to live a functional lifestyle and not consume products made from petro-chemicals every single day. As such, the notion that environmentalists -- such as Neil Young for example -- have no right to criticize oil sands developments, pipelines or fracking because they "choose" to heat their homes and drive cars is downright nonsensical.

Can a Book Have a Bucket List? This One Does

Beverley Golden | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

It's probably not too far a stretch to say that most of us are familiar with the concept of a bucket list. Places we long to visit, dreams yet to com...

Nothing To Hide: Pipelines, Spies and Animal Print Underpants

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

More and more often, we are reading in the news about the federal government and various intelligence and law enforcement agencies allegedly "spying" on aboriginals and pipeline opponents. I am both of those things. I have no idea whether strangers are picking up shards of information from my emails and text messages. I have no idea what kind of beautiful stained-glass mosaics their imaginations might create.

How I Was Uplifted By World Visionaries Fighting Against GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Recently I had an awesome opportunity to go to Australia and speak about GMOs for the Uplift Festival. After our 23-hour flight, it finally hit me. We're really here. My life may be changed forever. It was so refreshing to be around other like-minded youth who believe you are never too young to change the world!

We Are Quickly Turning the Ocean into a "Dead Zone"

Alex Mifflin | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg Across the world, vast areas of oceans and lakes are running out of oxygen, making it nearly impossible for marine life to survive. In the 1960s, there were 49 dead zones throughout the ocean; today there are more than 400 and the number is still growing. When water becomes too low in oxygen, or "hypoxic," marine life flees and everything that is too slow or cannot move will die, creating a dead zone. This will not go away on its own.

Biking to Save the Arctic With Greenpeace

Farrah Khan | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Farrah Khan

This time last year, the world watched as the Arctic melt hit a record low and more ice disappeared than ever before. On September 15 Greenpeace has called for an international day of action to bring together the millions of people who have spoken up to protect the Arctic. Large-scale, family friendly bike rides -- we call them Ice Rides -- are being organized across the globe.

That Magical Place Where No One Gets Hurt

Lacey Haynes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Lacey Haynes

I'm in the forest in my salvaged ragtag bed sheet skirt. A basket filled with foraged mushrooms hangs in the crook of my arm as I walk flanked by ...

Has Your Child Seen This Propaganda Film in School?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Kenneth P. Green

Recently, a concerned parent pointed me to a film being shown to his child's sixth grade class, called The Story of Stuff. The movie, created in 2007, depicts a world in which big corporations, in cahoots with big government, pretty much destroy the entire planet and maliciously poison the environment for their own filthy ends. This is merely one example of how The Story of Stuff misleads.

The Journey Of The Jellyfish Project

Mindil Beach Markets | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Mindil Beach Markets

It's a beautiful day in Saskatoon. After an appearance on Global TV this morning, I'm spending the afternoon on a sunny patio reflecting on what has b...

Canada's Surveillance State Equates Protest to Terrorism

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The idea of a stranger listening to our phone calls, monitoring our Internet searches, reading our emails, trawling our social media accounts. These things are not only possible, but thanks to government fear mongering feeding our increased tolerance for supervision in a post-9/11 world, they're also entirely legal. Welcome to modern Canada.

Can We Save Clayoquot Sound?

Jens Wieting | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

Clayoquot Sound has become known around the world as a test area for conservation and for economic activities that don't undermine the environment. Yet little progress has been made in securing legislated protection for Clayoquot's ancient forests and in advancing the title, rights and community aspirations of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of the area.

It's World Environment Day and Canada's Not Doing so Hot

Rick J. Smith | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Rick J. Smith

Today is World Environment Day, an appropriate moment to reflect on the state of our nation's journey towards sustainability. In a nutshell, we're not doing so hot. Measured against other OECD nations, Canada continues to rank near the bottom of the barrel for environmental protection.

B.C. Election Means More Environmental Strife

David McLaughlin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
David McLaughlin

British Columbia had all the makings of Canada's "environmental election." Pipelines and tankers, forests and coastlines, oil and gas, dominated much of the political debate and news coverage. But in the end, pro-development Christy Clark won. So, should pro-growth advocates be celebrating the end of the road for environmentalism as a political force? Not so fast.

Ontario's Wildlife Needs Continued Protection

David Suzuki | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

The protection of at-risk species, once maintained so well by our government, has taken a backseat to business development. Now when habitat needs to be protected to ensure the survival of a species, government and industry often balk and backpedal. This signals a failure to understand that we depend on nature for our well-being and survival.

What Are You Doing to Stop Climate Deniers?

Nick Fillmore | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nick Fillmore

The global warming deniers are at it again, and it is high time that the environmental movement launched a campaign to expose them. We may not see effective action concerning climate change until many more business executives are convinced the changes are hurting both business and society.

Talking Sustainable Tourism With Jacques Cousteau's Granddaughter

Lisa Jackson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

For Céline Cousteau, adventure is in her blood. She is, after all, a third generation explorer. She's also the granddaughter of legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and started exploring the world in childhood. Since then, there's been no stopping her.

Where Is The Love In Social Struggle?

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jarrah Hodge

When B.C. filmmaker Velcrow Ripper started making Occupy Love in 2009, some of his activist friends weren't sure what to make of his questions. How can the crises we're facing socially, economically and environmentally become - of all things - a love story? But as he continued to film social movements from the Arab Spring to the European Summer, Occupy Wall Street and environmental movements, he started seeing a shift, with more and more people responding: "Of course it's a love story."

For Earth Day, Six Places We Should All Visit

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 06.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

In today's world, humans are consuming more than ever, but many consequences of the way we live are far from the average person's eyes and thoughts. So here are six places we'd all do well to visit, for a reality check, some imprinting and some reflection.

I Prefer to Be Green Than to Make Green

Sofi Papamarko | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Sofi Papamarko

Would you take a 50 per cent pay cut to work on something you believed in? Two months ago, I did exactly that when I began working for Earth Day Canada. Coincidentally, I also started sleeping better at night. Because I'd rather be green than have it.

The Blessing of (Energy) Density

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kenneth P. Green

When I talk about energy density, I tend to use cups as a comparison: how much energy is in a cup of wood chips, compared to a cup of ground up coal, compared to a cup of gasoline, or napalm. How much energy is there in a cup of wind, or a cup of sunlight?

What Non-Indigenous People Can Learn From Chiefs' Anti-Oil Sands Efforts

Ben West | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

I feel strongly that as non-indigenous people living here in what we now call North America that we all have a lot to learn from those that were here long before we were. Working together, we need to find ways to heal from the history of colonialism and find new ways to work together to make healthy alternatives to dangerous tar sands oil, a reality. There are very real energy, housing and transportation solutions already readily available.

Eight Energy-Saving Tips for the Holiday Season

Cottage Life | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living
Cottage Life

For all we do during the summer months to try to be more "green," hosting dinner for the holidays can really have the opposite effect, not to mention hike up your hydro bill. In case you're hoping to save on energy and be a little better to the environment this holiday season, we've compiled a list of a few easy tips on how to do so.

Is it Better to Use Cloth or Disposable Diapers?

Andrea Traynor | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Ultimately, you have to decide why one diapering method works better for your family, your child and your wallet. There are pros and cons to each, and whatever your reason for using cloth or disposables -- you shouldn't feel guilty about a choice that works for you.