Canada Environmentalists

Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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?

Why Environmentalists Are Optimists, Not Haters

Keith Brooks | Posted 06.03.2014 | 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.

Rocking for Climate Change and Ocean Sustainability

Mindil Beach Markets | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Mindil Beach Markets

Our days on tour are long and can be gruelling, but we are fuelled by the mutual satisfaction that we are engaged in extremely important work and that our message is being heard. Personally, I feel excited and energized and have just come off of what I would describe as one of the best summers of my life.

Pipeline Battles Harm Everyone

Diane Francis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The Pipeline Bogeyman is the New Baby Seal Hunt -- a cause celebre for environmentalists and their fellow travelers as varied as meddling movie stars or Middle Eastern oil sheikhdoms that finance anti-development, anti-fracking, anti-oil sands efforts.My favourite example of the hidden and cynical geopolitical forces aimed at stifling Canada's economic development was the cinematic flop against natural gas fracking called "Promised Land" starring Matt Damon and financed by Abu Dhabi, the world's third biggest oil exporter.

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.

Climate Change Narratives Must Speak to the Public

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Politics
Sangita Iyer

Unfortunately, extreme weather events are becoming all too common, as they turn out to be more frequent and furious than ever before. Environmental advocates are quick to point out the "teachable moments" by linking the drastic weather patterns to climate change. However, they need to walk the fine line to ensure that they don't come across as overzealous or self-righteous in their attempts to spur public engagement, as this could turn people off and thwart even their most sincere and genuine efforts.

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.

BAPE Independence As Advantagious To Quebec As Shale Gas

Michael Binnion | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

The decision of the past Government of Quebec to reverse course and order a BAPE review was a financial disaster for Questerre and others. Having lost much of our stock value due to well delays, we lost most of the balance, when the BAPE stunned us with its recommendations.

'Promised Land' Portrays Farmers as Dupes

Michael Binnion | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

Farmers are good stewards of the land and portraying them like cartoons in Hollywood films without evidence is not respectful.

Why We Treat Animals Better Than the Poor

Marko Sijan | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Marko Sijan

And where's the "humanity" in defending animal rights? Like me, devout animal lovers and environmentalists (often one and the same) betray an underlying misanthropy, a profound disgust and disillusion with humanity. We can love animals because they aren't our competitors; they're dumb and easily used to serve our ends.

Did U.S. Partisan Warfare Kill Keystone?

Christopher Sands | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada
Christopher Sands

Open partisan warfare between Democrats and Republicans, between the Obama administration and Congress, is underway and the latest clash is the Battle of Keystone, the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline.

Mulcair's Environmental Gambit

Andrew Reeves | Posted 03.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Reeves

Say what you will, but Mulcair has bonafides in the environmental field and as Canada abandons international climate accords like Kyoto, any opposition leader -- let alone Prime Minister -- needs to understand the environment file deeply, and the role our environment plays in our economic future.

Kyoto Is Dead -- But Don't Blame Peter Kent

John Brian Shannon | Posted 03.02.2012 | Canada Politics
John Brian Shannon

It would have been better by light years if Canada had ended its Kyoto agreement responsibilities with a new and better environmental agreement already in hand -- instead of slinking away like the juvenile delinquent who missed so much school that catching up with the other students became completely out of the question.

Keystone Kops Will Ruin America's Economy

Diane Francis | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Obama's decision to postpone Canada's Keystone pipeline strands the oil sands indefinitely and shuts it out of the U.S. market for years, if not forever. It's being billed as a temporary setback, but it's a major and devastating development.

Oil Sands Opposition Comes From Unexpected Places

Diane Francis | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada
Diane Francis

Getting involved in opposition against the oil sands is simply a dirty trick against a competitor. But it's also more. The oil sands can supply the world with lots more oil, thus keeping prices lower than otherwise.

How to Become an Environmentalist

David Suzuki | Posted 08.21.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

Reports about floods and droughts and sea ice and climate change get sandwiched between clips about scandals and celebrities, and so we view them as isolated events. An environmental perspective would consider the possibility that many of the events are connected to an underlying cause.