The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the […]
Canada has been destroying it’s own environment (and trashing international environmental policy) for way too long. As a result of this ignorant neglect a bunch of prominent Canadians have produced the Leap Manifesto.
And it’s good. Really good.
Here’s just a snippet of the Leap Manifesto:
A leap to a non-polluting economy creates countless openings for similar multiple “wins.” We want a universal program to build energy efficient homes, and retrofit existing housing, ensuring that the lowest income communities and neighbourhoods will benefit first and receive job training and opportunities that reduce poverty over the long term. We want (Read more…)
We’ve already seen climate refugees and climate wars, yet the business world has been rather slow to react. Many businesses operate with the denial of the economic effects of climate change. Today the head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned the financial world that climate change is the biggest challenge we will collectively face. And we have to do so now!
It’s really good to finally see bankers, economists, and corporate entities catch up to the knowledge put forth by hundreds of organizations from the last millennium.
The U.K. central bank’s Governor Mark Carney, who also (Read more…)
For a while now Shell has been trying to suck oil in the arctic. Arctic drilling is extremely dangerous and Shell’s efforts in the north have been ridiculed by Greenpeace. Greenpeace’s efforts have been matched by a ton of organizations (mostly on the west coast) also trying to stop Shell’s folly.
The sane eco-conscious people have won against Shell. Even Bloomberg acknowledges that a reason Shell pulled out of the north is due to activist pressure.
The old-economy company based on hydrocarbon extraction has announced they’ll end their arctic drilling efforts. This means that the company wasted $7 billion dollars!
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Before we get to this message’s main event, I’ll throw another brief shoutout to Pope Francis. Sure, he leads one of the world’s socially most regressive organizations, but he seems to be pulling in the right direction, and ultimately, he’s not in fact that powerful — his level of authority is more Barack Obama than Stephen Harper, let alone Kim Jong-Il.
While there’s general awareness of the doctrine of Papal infallibility, it was only formalized in the 19th century, and has only ever been invoked twice. So it’s one of many late-arriving concepts we (Read more…)
Suzuki and Trudeau are both plain spoken people. They both strike me as straightforward. The difference is that Suzuki is much older and doesn’t appear to cater to anyone, while Trudeau obviously looks to his Liberal back-room advisers to tell him what way the wind is blowing. If the smoke is blowing at the young leader from his backside, and the Liberal string pullers want it that way, they aren’t about to save Trudeau.
Pick a debate, any debate, and Thomas Mulcair will find a way to bring up the “fact” that he reduced GHG emissions every year that he was the environment minister in Quebec, and that he was responsible for putting a clean environment as a right into Quebec’s charter.
Of course, he will also say that he did not promote the sale of bulk water, despite video evidence. That video got the most re-tweets during last night’s French language leaders debate.
However, that lie is pretty tame, compared to his other whoppers. Let’s compare:
Did GHG Emissions really go Down (Read more…)
The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence […]
Canadian environmentalists are demanding a complete overhaul of the National Energy Board, the federal board tasked with approving major energy and tar sands pipeline energy projects. They accuse the NEB of conflict of interest and deliberate suppression free speech.
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This blog is focused on autism disorders, very closely related conditions including intellectual disability and epilepsy. It is about my son and the joy he brings me each day despite his serious disorders and challenges. Occasionally it is just a celebration via pictures of the pleasure I experience each day that I live in Canada’s Green City …. Fredericton. Fredericton has been called the Green City, not because of any political party dominance under the green banner although Mr David Coon shook ‘the traditional voting patterns one year ago when he was elected as an MLA in Fredericton , but because (Read more…)
The tiny nation of Nauru (which has one of my favourite flags) has changed its laws thanks to the work of Greenpeace. The environmental organization found that fishing trawlers were catching fish at sea then offloading them to essentially a larger factory boat. This practice has been banned in many places because of the severe damage it causes to the fish populations.
The NFMRA, which credited Greenpeace’s exposure of an “illegal operation” for prompting the Nauru government ban, said it regularly observed “longliners in the high seas acting suspiciously and intruding on our borders”.
“These seas act like a safe (Read more…)
David Suzuki sees climate change as the biggest threat to Canadians’ health and security, urges voters to elect MPs who will be part of the solution when the go to the polls on October 19.
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Steelhead LNG and the Malahat First Nation have scheduled another public meeting to try to convince local south Cowichan residents of the incredible benefits of operating a floating liquid natural gas processing
Many have wished that we would have a political voice of relevance and have cast eyes south to Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.
Bernie does not beat around the bush and would have
We’ve all seen sad, depressing, and otherwise disturbing photos of animals or people suffering after a human made disaster. You know, like the ducks dying in the tar sands or photos from the Bhopal disaster. Photographers have long thought that by showing these disturbing and truth-capturing photos people will start to care about the damage we are doing to the environment. Years of neglect and a lack of change has proven this point wrong.
So what do we do?
Artist Chris Jordan examined this very question and has found new ways to use art to get people to acknowledge the (Read more…)
There’s an article floating around sub-titled “The Year Humans Got Serious about Saving Themselves from Themselves” by Jonathan Chait. It starts with a litany of climate change-driven bad news with the conclusion that,
“The drama has taken on an air of inevitability, of a tragedy at the outset of its final scene — the tension so unbearable, and the weight of looming catastrophe so soul-crushing, that some people seek the release of final defeat rather than endless struggle in the face of hopeless odds. Working for change, or even hoping for it, has felt like a sucker’s game. (Read more…)
It’s been known for years that urban centres have a lower carbon footprint than the lands of urban sprawl. This is a for a variety of reasons and it’s rather complex, sure most of it comes down to density, but the exact know how is still being figure out.
Over at Alternatives Journal they looked at how building sustainable cities makes better cities overall. This is how and why people make resilient cities.
FOR EXAMPLE, existing low-density suburban developments “actually increase the damage on the environment while also making that damage harder to see and to address,” wrote Green Metropolis (Read more…)
Goodbye, old friends
In the 10 years I’ve lived in Mississauga, I’ve always been impressed with Peel Region’s recycling and trash management. Now that I live in an apartment, I’m seeing another side of those services, and it’s not pretty.
First, there’s no “green bin” – organics – recycling. I’ve grown so accustomed to throwing all food waste, coffee grinds, tea bags, tissues, wet paper, dog fur, and other organics into the green bin, it feels very strange and wasteful to toss these in the trash. I realize it can’t be easy to institute an organics recycling program for apartment (Read more…)
We’ve polluted so much that there are now companies that think there is profit to be made by sucking CO2 from the air. How they make money is by reselling the CO2 to make carbonation for soft drinks, or strangely, to make diesel fuel.
What a world!
German company Sunfire produced its first batches of so-called e-diesel in April. Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, put a few litres in her car, to celebrate. And the Canadian company Carbon Engineering has just built a pilot plant to suck one to two tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air (Read more…)
by Don Maroc
Thanks to Adam Olsen, of the Tsarslip Nation and the BC Green Party for his preceptive chronicling of the proposed partnership between the Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG to
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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