Government support for electric vehicles drives down emissions

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: May 9, 2019 5:15 pm

Norwegian EV owners enjoy incentives such as reduced tolls, bus-lane access and free parking and ferry rides. (Photo: Norsk Elbilforening via Flickr) Electric vehicles won’t save us from runaway climate change, but they’re part of the solution, along with support for public transit and active transport like waking and cycling. The transportation se …

Stop fiddling while the planet burns

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: May 1, 2019 5:11 pm

With climate change, some argue it’s too late, that we’re already over the edge, about to fall. Is that an argument for doing nothing? (Photo: Leio McLaren via Unsplash) Will someone please tell me what the hell is going on? Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report indicating that global emissions are st …

What do we do when the cathedral burns?

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: April 25, 2019 5:04 pm

Young people are calling on adults for real action to preserve their future. (Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program via Flickr) When Paris’s Notre Dame caught fire on April 15, the flames threatened more than eight centuries of culture and history. The fire evoked shock, horror and grief worldwide. While the cathedral burned, French President Emmanuel Macr …

When does plant and animal species loss become a societal crisis?

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: April 17, 2019 4:53 pm

Throughout Canada, industrial activities continue to degrade caribou habitat in the absence of sufficient protection regimes. It’s heartening, in the midst of the human-caused sixth mass extinction, to find good wildlife recovery news. As plant and animal species disappear faster than they have for millions of years, Russia’s Siberian, or Amur, tig …

Rapid warming deserves more than a lukewarm response

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: April 11, 2019 4:46 pm

Canada’s climate is warming at roughly twice the global average rate largely due to Arctic ice melt. Arctic ice is what keeps Earth’s temperatures cool enough for human life to thrive and survive. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr) Another week, another dramatic warning from scientists — met with shrugs all around. This time, a re …

As fracking booms, report finds we know little about impacts

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: April 3, 2019 4:37 pm

(Photo: Qyd via Wikimedia Commons) Earthquakes, methane emissions, scarred landscapes, water depletion and contamination are just a few known effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. There’s also a lot we don’t know — but that hasn’t stopped governments and industry from throwing caution to the wind and fracking as if there’s no tomorrow. Frac …

Children are fighting for their future. We must support them

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: March 28, 2019 4:33 pm

Swedish student Greta Thunberg, 16, has galvanized a movement, inspiring students worldwide to tell adults their future is at stake. (Photo: Anders Hellberg via Wikimedia Commons) “And a little child shall lead them.” – Isaiah 11:6 At 16, Greta Thunberg may not be a little child, but she’s showing tremendous leadership. The Swedish student has galv …

Cities hold the key to reversing bee decline

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: March 22, 2019 4:31 pm

Research shows many insect populations are plummeting, which affects everything up the food chain, from birds to people. (Photo: Thomas Stephan via Unsplash) If there’s one thing bees and many city dwellers have in common, it’s a love of gardens. That’s good news for both because it means there’s hope for reversing the decline of bee populations wo …

Government should heed Unist’ot’en message

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: March 14, 2019 4:26 pm

Chief Freda Huson, who leads the people at the Unist’ot’en camp near Kitimat, B.C., shares their message of fighting to protect the land and water and to exert traditional values and priorities. (Photo: No One Is Illegal Vancouver via Flickr) I visited the Unist’ot’en camp near Kitimat, B.C., a year ago. The people, led by Chief Freda Huson, are tr …

Carbon, climate and corruption coalesce in concrete

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: March 8, 2019 3:22 pm

Reducing dependence on private automobiles could help curtail construction of the widespread infrastructure required to support them. (Photo: Arizona Department of Transportation via Flickr) Most of us rarely think about concrete, but it’s the foundation of modern society — from roads, buildings and bridges to the economy, political power and crime …