Canada Sustainability

Sustainable Fashion Needs A Consumer Revolution

Jenica Chuahiock | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Style
Jenica Chuahiock

Interest in green economies, sustainable products and ethical commitments are undeniably growing. But, while consumer awareness for sustainability is rampant, does the talk translate into action? Have conscious consumers actually changed their buying habits to promote sustainability? Not necessarily, it seems.

Keep Toxic Heavy Fuel Oils Out Of The Arctic

WWF-Canada | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Human health, community well-being and the global climate system can't wait. It's been more than six years since accidental oil spills were identified as the most significant threat to Arctic marine environments, and five years since the IMO first discussed the issue of HFO.

A Sustainability Game For Earth Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

If you missed International Games Day -- held each November to promote fun, camaraderie and learning through the playing of games of all types -- don't despair. Here's a simple way to combine the fun and learning of International Games Day with the sustainability focus of Earth Day.

4 Simple Ways You Can Honour The Planet On Earth Day

Renate Reimann | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Renate Reimann

One-day extravaganzas like Earth Day usually don't attract me. Shouldn't we be caring toward nature at all times? However, it is an opportunity to think more deeply about how we can be less destructive to our environment. Generally, earth mindfulness doesn't require great sacrifices.

Let's Make 2016 The Year Canada Becomes A Climate Leader

Cameron Fenton | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

At 27 years old at the time, I had never lived through a month of below-average global temperatures. The second was the realization that Stephen Harper had been my prime minister for all of my adult life. Taken together, these painted a striking portrait of the challenge ahead -- the pervasive climate crisis.

How Eco-Minded Airports Are Keeping Up With Global Travel

Hillary Marshall | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Travel
Hillary Marshall

The world of global travel is changing. It's becoming more accessible and affordable; some might even say it's a necessity. Experts predict that air travel will double by the mid-2030s. It's boosting our economies, creating access to opportunities in local, national and international markets, and fueling adventure like never before. But it's also impacting our planet.

This Nutritious Neolithic Wild Pea Is Making A Huge Comeback

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

In the Middle Ages, roveja still endured as the staple diet eaten in the form of a "puls," which is an ancient Roman-style of porridge and consumed with a savoury sauce on top. Over time roveja was forgotten. By the 1990s only a few local people remembered roveja, and some found the plants growing in gullies or near streams.

Raven Coal's Defeat Is A Step Toward Sustainability

Torrance Coste | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Torrance Coste

The proponents of Raven Coal failed because of their short-sightedness. A risky, 16-year coal mine project is unsustainable in every sense of the word and Central Vancouver Island rightfully rejected this model of long-term pain for short-term gain. So what does this mean, and where do we go from here?

We Should Be Paying More Attention To Fair Trade In Fashion

The Huffington Post Canada | Philip Mak | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Style

“You are what you wear. Today, it’s becoming more and more important to choose your apparel consciously and to make sustainable fashion choices.”

Two Powerful New Allies Join WWF For A Thriving Arctic

David R. Miller | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The Canadian Arctic is a special place for conservation. Where else in the world do we have the opportunity to safeguard a place that is still, in many ways, pristine, with people and species living in ecosystems that have only been lightly altered by human activities.

New Brunswick's Economic Future Rests On Innovation

Hassan Arif | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business
Hassan Arif

New Brunswick needs innovative thinking, it needs to take advantages of opportunities in green technology and in the 21st century knowledge-economy. There needs to be a place for new voices and new ideas, and an environment where people from a range of backgrounds feel welcome.

Workspaces Of The Future: 5 Points Of Inspiration

Andrea Goertz | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Just like a home is a reflection of its owner, an office is a company's signature on the street. Businesses need to connect with communities by presenting beautiful architectural spaces that not only attract but also engage the public.

Our Future Depends On Building Smart, Sustainable Cities

Rupert Potter | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Rupert Potter

Currently 54 per cent of the world's population live in cities -- over 3.5 billion. Cities account for about 70 per cent of energy related greenhouse gas emissions (more per capita than rural areas). And in 2014, global CO2 emissions, which account for approximately 65 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, were nearly 36 giga-tonnes.

Can This Radically Sustainable Home Survive A Cold, Canadian Winter?

David Dodge | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

An earthship is an off-grid home that produces its own energy, captures its own water, treats its own wastewater, grows its own food and passively collects the sun's energy for heat. That's the idea, anyways. But ever since the Kinney Earthship was built in the summer of 2014, Duncan Kinney has received many emails about one particular subject: how does it hold up so far north?

Adapting To Climate Change Means Investing In The Right Infrastructure

Mike Harcourt | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Harcourt

We know that climate change will continue to have major impacts on Canadian infrastructure, which is already aging and in need of re-investment. Moreover, we will soon see a wave of new, renewable energy infrastructure being put into place across the country, and it is essential that these innovative developments be implemented with resilience to climate change impacts in mind.

Norway & Canada: An Important And Long-Standing Economic Relationship

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway and Canada have a strong trade and investment relationship built on complementary resource endowments, similar levels of development, and shared interests and values. Norway's investment in Canada supports Canadian GDP and jobs, and Norwegian investments supply Canada's economy with much-needed capital.

We Must Help Vulnerable Countries Adapt To Climate Change

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Craig visited Dadaab, Kenya, four years ago and met Ali, he witnessed hundreds of families lined along the road to the world's largest refugee camp. Most weren't fleeing violence, they were fleeing the weather. As climate change advances, disasters like the drought that ravaged East Africa in 2011 are becoming more frequent and severe.

Vitoria-Gasteiz: Spain's Green Capital Is Made For Walking

Dylan Thompson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Dylan Thompson

Vitoria Gasteiz is a very compact city of 250,000 people and because of its geographical density you are never more than three kilometres from downtown, no matter where you live. But in spite of its compact form, Vitoria-Gasteiz used to have a twelve-lane roadway that ran right through its heart. Then planners did something other cities only talk about.

The End Of Fossil Fuels Is Near - Let's Speed Its Coming

Mike Hudema | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

As the dust settles on COP21 we know that while historic steps have been taken, the demands of justice are still unfulfilled. Together we are challenging the fossil fuel system, we are ushering in the era of solutions, and we are moving the political yardsticks of what it possible. While our political leaders walk, our movements run.

The Planet Is Dying Of Consumption And Only We Can Halt The Process

Doreen Barrie | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Living
Doreen Barrie

If the warming of this planet is to be slowed -- if not halted -- it will not come about by government fiat, nor should it. Governments are reluctant to impose unpopular measures and the corporate sector will resist attempts to curtail our freedom to consume. The impetus must come from citizens.

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.

We Are Entering The Sustainable Energy Age

Development Unplugged | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have such a grand, evocative ring, and they include a goal on energy, a huge concern for everyone's future. So what does the goal ask for -- and can we meet it?

Climate Justice As A Matter Of Faith

Karri Munn-Venn | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Karri Munn-Venn

The engagement of faith communities in the work of climate justice is important as it brings added dimension -- both moral and spiritual -- to an issue once considered the purview of environmental science alone. As institutions of faith, churches have significant resources at their disposal.

Agreements Made In Paris Will Guide Our Climate Future

Rupert Potter | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Rupert Potter

The meeting is a key opportunity for international leaders to reach agreement on next steps: an agreement that should be ambitious, pushing us further along the path of emissions reductions; an agreement that is legally binding; and one which is supported by regular defined reviews to help tie us to our commitments.

Here's How Municipalities Can Reach Their Sustainability Goals

Stephanie Cairns | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephanie Cairns

On December 4, over a thousand mayors from around the world will meet in Paris to accelerate the work of local governments on climate change. Many Ontario mayors attending this event will arrive with a starting advantage.