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. …

We only have one Earth, and we’re overshooting its capacity

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: August 10, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Emil Athanasiou via Flickr [cropped]) August 2 was Earth Overshoot Day. Unlike Earth Day or Canada Day, it’s not a time to celebrate. As the Earth Overshoot Day website explains, it marks the time when “we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.” That is the definition of unsustainable and means w …

Environmental Protection Act review could strengthen human rights

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: August 3, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Márcio Cabral de Moura via Flickr) Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subjec …

Local action needed to resolve world’s biggest problems

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: July 27, 2017 6:00 am

(Photo credit: Hardi Saputra via Flickr) Humans are an astonishing anomaly. As many species teeter on extinction, our populations grow in size and complexity. From exploring space to eradicating diseases and other remarkable achievements, human curiosity has pushed the outer limits of our physical universe. Yet our ability to embrace shared values …

Plastic straws suck

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: July 20, 2017 6:00 am

Credit: Stephen Dyrgas via Flickr) Of all the plastic products we use and take for granted, plastic drinking straws are among the most unnecessary. Designed to be used once and discarded, their only real purpose is to keep your mouth from touching a glass or ice. It made more sense in the days when contaminated vessels were more of an issue. Now, t …

Butterflyways blooming throughout the land

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: July 13, 2017 6:00 am

(Credit: Suzanne Schroeter via Flickr) Pollinator pathway. Bumblebee highway. River of Flowers. Bee Line. These have all described habitat corridors created to help pollinators like bees and butterflies. We can add Butterflyways to the list. Residents of Toronto and Richmond, B.C., recently celebrated official designation of neighbourhood Butterfly …

Orca survival depends on protecting chinook salmon

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: July 6, 2017 6:00 am

(Credit: VIUDeepBay via Flickr) Two of British Columbia’s most iconic species, chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales, are in trouble. The whale depends on the salmon for survival. Is it time to manage chinook fisheries with killer whales in mind? In marine ecosystems, cause and effect is a challenge. It’s almost impossible to claim wit …

Nature offers the best defence against flooding

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: June 29, 2017 6:00 am

(Credit: Kurt Bauschardt via Flickr) Spring flooding in Canada this year upended lives, inundated city streets and swamped houses, prompting calls for sandbags, seawalls and dikes to save communities. Ontario and Quebec’s April rainfall was double the 30-year average. Thousands of homes in 130 Quebec municipalities stretching from the Ontario borde …

Bicycling never gets old!

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: June 22, 2017 6:00 am

(Credit: SDOT Photos via Flickr) Two hundred years ago this month, an environmental and fuel crisis inspired one of our greatest inventions — a device so simple, efficient and useful that it’s turning out to be part of the solution to today’s environmental and fuel crises. As a Treehugger article explains, the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora …

Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: June 15, 2017 6:00 am

(Credit: Matt Johnson via Flickr) In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated monumental ignorance about climate change and the agreement itself. As Vox energy and climate writer David Roberts noted about Trump’s announcement, “It is a remarkable address, in its own way, in that virtually every passage contains …