Canada Nature

Connecting With Nature Has Real Health Benefits

David Suzuki Foundation | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
David Suzuki Foundation

Microbes in the air and soils of natural environments can be unique. Microbial differences on the skin of those living in close proximity to more diverse vegetation may directly influence immune function throughout the body and may even influence mood.

Canada's Parks Are The Country's Gift To The World

Dan Kraus | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dan Kraus

Canada's greatest contribution to sustaining our planet's biodiversity and ecological services may very well be our abundance. From some of the world's largest intact forests and wetlands, to wild northern rivers, to spectacles of bird and mammal migrations, Canada is one of only a handful of countries with true wilderness and wild spaces remaining.

Nature Calms The Brain And Heals The Body

David Suzuki | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

For the most part, our brains didn't evolve in cities. But in a few decades, almost 70 per cent of the world's people will live in urban environments. Despite the prosperity we associate with cities, urbanization presents a major health challenge. Cities, with their accelerated pace of life, can be stressful. The results are seen in the brains and behaviour of those raised in cities or currently living in one.

Cross-Border Conservation Partnership Benefits All Provinces

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

There has been a lot of attention and coverage in recent days about close relations between Canada and the United States and meetings between our respective political leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest. Among these many common issues, one area where there has been friendship and considerable goodwill for more than 30 years is the shared pursuit of conservation.

Trump Turned 'Scotland's Amazon' Into A Golf Course

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Business
Capt. Trevor Greene

In March 2013, the Scottish government gave the green light to its most controversial wind project proposal. It wasn't controversial because it was near an environmentally sensitive area so unique that it has been called "Scotland's Amazon," but for its proximity to Trump International Golf Links.

8 Ways To Simplify Your Child's Life (And Yours)

Tracy Gillett | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

Simplifying is vital not only for our kid's health, but also for our own. Simplicity is a rare gift in modern life. It's an obvious message, and when we hear it, we can't help but shout YES. Slowing down feeds our souls and nurtures our families. No matter what parenting style we practice, this topic unites us.

This St. Patrick's Day, Try Celebrating Snake Patrick's Day

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

To this day, the grassy landscapes of Ireland remain free of any snake species. And despite the popular tale of Saint Patrick banishing them all, they always have. According to scientists, there has never been any fossil evidence of snakes found on the island; proving no snake has ever slithered on Irish soil. It is believed snakes were unable to reach these lands due to the Ice Age, which kept Irish territory too cold for snakes to survive.

Where To Go In B.C. To Bring Inspiration To Your Next Business Retreat

Aaron Winston Smith | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Aaron Winston Smith

Looking to bring some inspiration and creativity to your next meeting? Perhaps it's time to take a hike. Research points to both the mind-clearing and brain-boosting benefits of spending time outdoors. Encounters with nature are proven to help alleviate mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind.

2015 Marked A Turning Point For Canadian Nature Conservation

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

After years of steady, but slow, steps in nature conservation, our collective stride seems to have lengthened in 2015. We still need to act on commitments to create more terrestrial and marine protected areas. We still have Canadian species that are at risk of disappearing. We still have parks and protected areas that need to be buffered and better connected.

The One Way We Can All Make 2016 A Year Of Hope

David Suzuki | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

Those who fear and reject change have always been and always will be with us. They've argued ending slavery would destroy the economy; they've claimed putting people on the moon would be impossible; they've rejected ending South Africa's apartheid system; they've said the Berlin wall wouldn't come down. We can and must speak louder than those who would keep us on a destructive path despite the overwhelming evidence that it's past time to shift course.

Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.

Canada Should Be A Global Leader In Natural Habitat Conservation

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Canada has a rare opportunity, indeed an obligation, to be a world leader in the conservation of natural habitat and by doing so to contribute directly to the fight against climate change. Conservation of our natural ecosystems is integral to any effective Canadian strategy to slow climate change and to mitigate its effects. Significant scientific evidence shows that the destruction and clearing of forests, grasslands and wetlands, in addition to the burning of fossil fuels, has resulted in a substantial increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere.

Misusing Biodiversity Offsets Creates The Illusion Of Sustainability

Dan Kraus | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Under no net loss, the loss of one acre of habitat displaced by development is replaced with one acre of the same habitat. In theory, we should end up with the same features and functions as we had before, and have no loss. Unfortunately, no net loss rarely works this way.

Local Isn't Better When It Comes To How Your Food Is Grown

Blair King | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Modern agricultural practices are the only reason the earth can feed more than seven billion souls while still leaving any room for nature. By returning to our pastoral roots we risk setting back environmental progress while negatively affecting human and ecological health.

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?

The Many Marvels Of The Mysterious Mushroom

David Suzuki | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
David Suzuki

Until 1969, biologists thought mushrooms and other fungi were plants. They're actually more closely related to animals, but with enough differences that they inhabit their own distinct classification. This and more recent findings about these mysterious organisms illustrate how much we have yet to learn about the complexities of the natural world.

15 Moments Where Mother Nature Took Your Breath Away

Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living

The best part of getting off the beaten path and driving somewhere you’ve never been before is the good chance of seeing something absolutely new. N...

Hard, Soft and Slow: Mountain Adventure Tourism

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Travel
Tamara Griffiths

Generally slow adventures are offered in remote or fragile environments, like mountains. There is an ecological aspect to it, to preserve and conserve the beauty of the environment. This links to Baby Boomers' reported need for beautiful and unspoilt.

Why Canada's Forests Matter

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.

Canada's Old-Growth Forests an Environmental Treasure

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

It's often said that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. But what about the grandparents of the natural world? Old-growth forests come to mind. They are structurally and ecologically diverse and often remain very stable for centuries, feature multi-layered canopies with various tree species at different stages of their life cycle.

We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?

Will Generation Z Give Us Superheroes for the Planet?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Parents
David Suzuki

A growing body of research confirms the health benefits of getting outside. Kids who spend time in nature every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don't. As parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators, it's our responsibility to raise kids with healthy nature habits.

Here's Where You Can Go for a Hike This Fall

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

If you haven't hiked before, you may be wondering where to start -- literally, as in where to start your hike. For the urbanites among us, hiking may seem like something that is done far, far away. But I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to hear how many trails you can find in the city.

British Columbia's North Coast Needs Our Protection

WWF-Canada | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Canada is a treasure trove of rivers, lakes and wetlands supporting countless communities, economies and species. With freshwater species experiencing the greatest rate of decline in what is being referred to as the sixth great extinction, Canada must step up efforts to improve watershed health for people and animals. For a prime example of our freshwater health and wealth, we need to look no further than the Skeena watershed on the northwest coast of British Columbia.

Healthy Environment Nurtures Healthy People

David Suzuki | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

If we disconnect from the natural world, we become disconnected from who we are -- to the detriment of our health and the health of the ecosystems on which our well-being and survival depend. Understanding that we're part of nature and acting on that understanding makes us healthier and happier, and encourages us to care for the natural systems around us.