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Caribou Science Denial Cripples Conservation Efforts

Caribou Science Denial Cripples Conservation Efforts

To its credit, the Forest Products Association of Canada recognizes climate change is a serious threat to forests and habitat, and has vowed the sector it represents “is doing its part to fight climate change through work in our forests, at our mills and through the products we make.” But it appears the association has […]

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    Renewable Communities Produce Energy, Jobs and Hope

    Renewable Communities Produce Energy, Jobs and Hope

    Anishinaabe economist and writer Winona LaDuke identifies two types of economies, grounded in different ways of seeing. Speaking in Vancouver recently, she characterized one as an “extreme extractive economy” fed by exploitation of people and nature. The second is a “regenerative economy” based on an understanding of the land and our relationship to it. We […]

    We Can’t Close Our Eyes to Climate Change

    We Can’t Close Our Eyes to Climate Change

    Contrary to a common perception, ignoring climate change won’t make it disappear. Global research going back to 1824 in fields ranging through physics, oceanography, biology and geology have confirmed human activity—mainly burning fossil fuels, raising livestock and destroying carbon sinks like forests and wetlands—is increasing greenhouse gas emissions and causing global temperatures to rise rapidly, […]

    More Action Needed to Ensure Safe Water for First Nations

    More Action Needed to Ensure Safe Water for First Nations

    All nine community water systems on Lytton First Nation land in BC have been under boil water advisories at one time or another. Now the First Nation is taking an innovative approach to resolving its drinking water problems. It’s working with public and private organizations and universities in a “circle of trust” to identify challenges […]

    Emergency Order Aims to Protect Resident Orcas

    Emergency Order Aims to Protect Resident Orcas

    Canada is losing a lot of its wildlife. The World Wildlife Fund’s 2017 Living Planet Report Canada found half the monitored mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish species declined from 1970 to 2014. Threatened and endangered species continue to disappear despite federal legislation designed to protect them and help their populations recover. What’s going wrong? […]

    Large Dams Fail on Climate Change and Indigenous Rights

    Large Dams Fail on Climate Change and Indigenous Rights

    Brazil has flooded large swaths of the Amazon for hydro dams, despite opposition from Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists and others. The country gets 70 percent of its electricity from hydropower. Brazil’s government had plans to expand development, opening half the Amazon basin to hydro. But a surprising announcement could halt that. In an interview with O […]

    Consumer Society No Longer Serves Our Needs

    Consumer Society No Longer Serves Our Needs

    My parents were born in Vancouver—dad in 1909, mom in 1911—and married during the Great Depression. It was a difficult time that shaped their values and outlook, which they drummed into my sisters and me. “Save some for tomorrow,” they often scolded. “Share; don’t be greedy.” “Help others when they need it because one day […]

    We Ignore Urgent Global Warnings at Our Peril

    We Ignore Urgent Global Warnings at Our Peril

    A year ago, we revisited the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” Signed by a majority of Nobel laureates in sciences at the time and more than 1,700 leading scientists worldwide, the document warned, “Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.” It called for a new ethic that encompasses our responsibility […]

    Don’t Blame God or Nature. We’re the Culprits

    Don’t Blame God or Nature. We’re the Culprits

    Traditionally, we’ve labeled events over which we have no influence or control “acts of God” or “natural disasters.” But what’s “natural” about climate-induced disasters today? Scientists call the interval since the Industrial Revolution the “Anthropocene,” a period when our species has become the major factor altering the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet […]