Oil spills pose unacceptable threats to marine life

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 19, 2017 5:00 am

(Photo credit: Ria Tan via Flickr) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says oil pipelines have no place in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest. Opponents of the approved Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to the West Coast and the cancelled Energy East pipeline to the East Coast argue pipelines and tankers don’t belong in any coastal areas. Research led by the Ra …

It’s time to nix neonics

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 12, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Mark Dodd via Flickr) The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they’re polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we mov …

Bye-bye, bug splatter: Is this the new silent spring?

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 5, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Peter Miller via Flickr) Masses of monarch butterflies fluttering across Toronto’s waterfront. Painted ladies (often mistaken for monarchs) descending on Montreal. Combined with the hottest September ever recorded in the Great Lakes region, it’s been a strange time in Eastern Canada. We should savour the joys of these captivating cri …

Environmentalism is a way of being, not a discipline

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 28, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo Credit: www.protectpeel.ca via Flickr) I’m often introduced as an environmentalist. I prefer to be called a father, grandfather, scientist or author, as these terms provide insight into my motivation. Environmentalism isn’t a discipline or specialty like law, medicine, plumbing, music or art. It’s a way of seeing our place in the world and r …

CO2 and food: We can’t sacrifice quality for quantity

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 21, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Tom Shockey via Flickr) Bigger isn’t always better. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Many anti-environmentalists throw these simple truths to the wind, along with caution. You can see it in the deceitful realm of climate change denial. It’s difficult to keep up with the constantly shifting — and debunked — denier arguments, but …

Can emissions shrink while the economy grows?

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 14, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Walter via Flickr) What does climate change have to do with economic growth? Canada’s prime minister and premiers signed a deal in December to “grow our economy, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate.” The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change outlines pla …

Nature offers solutions to water woes and flood risks

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: September 7, 2017 5:18 am

(Photo Credit: Jill Carlson (jillcarlson.org) via Flickr) When the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlán in 1325, they built it on a large island on Lake Texcoco. Its eventual 200,000-plus inhabitants relied on canals, levees, dikes, floating gardens, aqueducts and bridges for defence, transportation, flood control, drinking water and food. After the …

Study finds Exxon misled the public by withholding climate knowledge

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: August 31, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Mike Mozart via Flickr) Coal, oil and gas are tremendous resources: solar energy absorbed by plants and super-concentrated over millions of years. They’re potent fuels and provide ingredients for valuable products. But the oil boom, spurred by improved drilling technology, came at the wrong time. Profits were (and still are) the prio …

When times get dark, we must shine brighter

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: August 24, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Mark Dixon via Flickr) Are we entering a new Dark Age? Lately it seems so. News reports are enough to make anyone want to crawl into bed and hide under the covers. But it’s time to rise and shine. To resolve the crises humanity faces, good people must come together. It’s one lesson from Charlottesville, Virginia. It would be easy to …

Wildfires are a climate change wake-up call

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: August 17, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure via Flickr) Wildfires are sweeping B.C. Close to 900 have burned through 600,000 hectares so far this year, blanketing western North America with smoke. Fighting them has cost more than $230 million — and the season is far from over. It’s not just B.C. Thousands of people from B.C. …