Government must do more to address First Nations’ water woes

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: February 16, 2017 5:30 am

(Credit: Sam Cox via Flickr) Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. “We’re over 20 years already where our people haven’t been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes,” Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias told CBC News in 2015. Their water issues have yet to …

Understanding climate change means reading beyond headlines

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: February 9, 2017 5:30 am

(Credit: Ana Guzzo via Flickr) Seeing terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and d …

Indigenous people are fighting for us all

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: February 2, 2017 5:30 am

Protesters at Standing Rock (Credit: Joe Brusky via Flickr) In the 1990s, the David Suzuki Foundation embarked on a program to develop community economic projects with coastal First Nations. Between 1998 and 2003, my wife and foundation co-founder, Tara Cullis, established relationships with 11 coastal communities from the tip of Vancouver Island t …

We need to work less to live better

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: January 26, 2017 5:30 am

(Credit: Justin Lynham via Flickr) Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at l …

Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: January 19, 2017 5:30 am

(Credit: Moyan Brenn via Flickr) For decades, scientists have warned that we’re on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but a means. Humans are one spec …

We can learn so much from nature

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: January 12, 2017 5:30 am

(Credit: Argonne National Laboratory via Flickr) If you fly over a forest and look down, you’ll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun’s beneficence! Re …

It’s time to heed warnings about humanity’s collision course

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: January 5, 2017 4:00 am

(Credit: Nattu via Flickr) The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure …

Tread lightly to lift the weight of the world

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 15, 2016 5:30 am

(Credit: Alan Levine via Flickr) How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That’s how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England’s University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all living matter on the p …

Indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 8, 2016 5:30 am

(Credit: Western Arctic National Parklands via Flickr) When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements. This gives them a rough idea of where herds are and where they travel, but it doesn’t tell them much about a caribou population’s history — travel …

Reconciliation requires recognizing rights-based fishing

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 1, 2016 5:30 am

(Photo Credit: Nick Thompsonvia Flickr) Fishing is as emblematic to Canada as ice hockey. It’s also a way of life with a long tradition in coastal Indigenous communities. But since European contact, it’s been all but eliminated as an economic development opportunity for them. As Canada struggles to come to terms with reconciliation, court cases are …