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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: A healthy environment nurtures healthy people

Acting on the understanding that we’re part of nature, and caring for the environment, makes people healthier and happier, argues world-renowned Canadian scientist, broadcaster, activist and author, David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: B.C. must heed Mount Polley disaster’s lessons

“We need stronger environmental assessments,” says award-winning Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, reflecting on last year’s Mount Polley disaster in British Columbia.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Cecil the lion’s killing shines spotlight on barbaric trophy hunting

The killing of famous Zimbabwe lion Cecil highlights an ongoing and worldwide practice that also takes place in Canada, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki urges us to resist the “fossil fuel industry’s massive PR machine”, enlighten climate deniers, and continue to defend the climate.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Welcome to an extreme, warming world

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki explains why extreme weather is being experienced more frequently around the world now than in the past.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: The values of hope and happiness

David Suzuki on how our tendency to seek solace in material things as a reaction to threats such as terrorism and climate change causes more insecurity.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Signs of change are sweeping the nation

The NDP’s historic triumph in Alberta shows that ordinary people can overcome corporate power and effect democratic change, argues environmentalist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: Digging science: Citizens amplify knowledge about the natural world

David Suzuki on how affordable technologies are facilitating the growth of citizen science, environmental activism and “meaningful scientific pursuits”.

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The Canadian Progressive: Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

David Suzuki explains how the Koch Brothers, the largest U.S. leaseholder in the Alberta tar sands, use their vast wealth to fund climate change denial.

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Noah Smith writes that the renewable energy revolution is further along than was projected just a few years ago: Each of these trends — cheaper batteries and cheaper solar electricity — is good on its own, and on the margin will help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, with all the geopolitical drawbacks and climate harm they entail. But together, the two cost trends will add up to nothing less than a revolution in the way humankind interacts with the planet and powers civilization.

You see, the two trends reinforce each other. (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Water is life; we can’t afford to waste it

Water is life, and its management and conservation is about global social justice, argues renowned environmentalist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to end the grisly trophy hunt

As the spring grizzly hunt approaches, environmentalist David Suzuki outlines the perils of grizzly bear trophy hunting in British Columbia and Canada.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

Harper government can’t silence activists by labeling them “extremists”, creating police-state legislation such as Bill C-51, argues renowned scientist David Suzuki.

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Doug Saunders observes that Syriza’s strong election victory may signal a sea change as to whether austerity is inevitable, while Adnan Al-Daini notes that the financial sector can no longer take for granted that its profits will be placed above the interests of actual people. Which means that Joe Oliver may get even more lonely lecturing Canada’s provinces that the economic beatings will continue until morale improves.

- Speaking of whom, Canadians for Tax Fairness highlights how Oliver has long known that the Cons’ income splitting plans represent nothing more than a (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Digging out of Canada’s mining dilemma

World-renowned environmentalist David Suzuki wonders whether Canadian mining and fossil fuel profiteers and their government promoters believe in the future.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Energy shift requires shift in conversation

The infrastructure already developed to accommodate cheap fossil fuels creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues, says David Suzuki.

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The Disaffected Lib: No, It’s the Environment, Stupid.

David Suzuki once observed that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment.  It shouldn’t require a PhD to grasp that yet it’s astonishing how so many well-educated people, including our political leadership, simply don’t get it.

In his year-end column, Gwynne Dyer concludes that climate change isn’t a major problem.  It’s the problem, the threat that supercedes all the rest.  It’s the Alpha and Omega, the Big Enchilada, the Sword of Damocles. …imagine that we are a panel of high-priced medicos reviewing the health status of our most important client, the human race. The first thing to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: The Movement For Environmental Rights Is Building

In Canada, the idea of citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment is getting traction at both the grassroots and highest political levels, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

The lack of access to clean drinking water for hundreds of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada, is a national shame, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

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Politics and its Discontents: Citizenship That Speaks Loudly

Although we live during a time when the term ‘citizen’ has been largely supplanted by corporate misnomers like ‘stakeholders’ and ‘customers’ and ‘taxpayers,’ the concept of citizenship still lives in the hearts of many. And while we hear all the time about the ‘rights’ of stakeholders, not often are we reminded of the ‘responsibilities’ of citizenship.

A recent post of a speech given by Tamo Campos, the grandson of David Suzuki, was one such reminder, as is this one by Simon Fraser University molecular biologist Lynne Quarmby, arrested at the same place as was Camos, Burnaby Mountain, for exercising her (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki “Won’t Be Intimidated” By TransCanada’s Dirty War Against Climate Justice Activists

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki won’t be intimidated by TransCanada’s dirty war against climate justice activists and Energy East pipeline opponents.

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Cowichan Conversations: SUZUKI-It Makes No Sense To Elevate Economics Above The Biosphere

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Clearly Liberalism is Not Dead Though Conservatism May be On Life Support

When Stephen Harper was with the Reformers, promoting an American style conservative movement, he mocked Canada’s historic Conservative Party, because they boasted to be descended from Sir John A. MacDonald. “So what!” he said.

Recently the Harper government conducted a poll to determine the top ten Canadians who inspired us. From top to bottom:

1. Pierre Trudeau2. Terry Fox3. Tommy Douglas4. Lester B. Pearson5. Chris Hadfield6. David Suzuki7. Sir. John A. MacDonald 8. Wayne Gretzky9. Jack Layton10. Romeo Dallaire

What first struck me about the list was that no women were (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Climate Change – Bill Moyers and David Suzuki

 

 

Why is it that we bow down before the market? It is not a fundamental force of nature, yet we in society are instructed to think of it as such.

 

Filed under: Politics, Science Tagged: Bill Moyers, Climate Change, David Suzuki, Economics

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Definitely Not Democracy

That’s the conclusion fundraising expert Harvey McKinnon draws in this interview during which he discusses the Harper regime’s targeting of groups that oppose the Tory policy of environmental despoliation, about which I wrote previously.

McKinnon also offers this startling information: Statistically, one in 100 charities are audited each year. This Revenue Canada has gone after seven out of 12 charities this year. According to a statistician on his staff, the odds of this happening randomly are one chance in a billion.

Draw what inference you will from that.

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