David Suzuki: The movement for environmental rights is building

More than half the world’s nations already recognize environmental rights. It’s time for Canada to live up to its values and join this growing global movement.

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Critical issues deserve a higher standard

The environment is the very air, water, land and diversity of plant and animal life we cannot live without. Why not work to build a healthy, prosperous economy that protects those things?

Muzzling scientists is an assault on democracy

Countries where governments hold a tight rein on information, shut down or stifle research that runs counter to their priorities, and demonize and attack opponents are never good places to live. We have to make sure Canada doesn’t become one.

Connecting the dots from Ontario to Rio

Ontario’s endangered wildlife dodged a bullet (and a bulldozer) recently, when the provincial government reversed its decision to gut the province’s world-class Endangered Species Act

Another day, another pipeline spill

The goal of our government and industry leaders appears to be to dig up as much oil as possible, as quickly as possible, and sell it overseas, and damn the economic and environmental consequences.

A video primer on overfishing – Ending Overfishing

Ocean2012 – Despite an increased awareness of overfishing, the majority of people still know very little about the scale of the destruction being wrought on the oceans. This film presents an unquestionable case for why overfishing needs to end and shows that there is still an opportunity for change. Through reform of the EU‘s Common Fisheries…

Protests shine spotlight on skewed priorities

When I heard about the student protests in Montreal, I swallowed the line that Quebec’s pampered youth pay lower fees than those in other parts of Canada but aren’t aware…

Environmental rules should be better, not easier

Changes announced in the recent federal budget make it easier for the federal government and industry to push through projects, and limit the ability of ordinary Canadian citizens to have a say in matters of national importance.

They say radical; we say rational

We’re not about to quit oil cold turkey. Does that mean we should continue with business as usual? In Canada, "business as usual" means rapidly increasing oil sands exploitation and…

What are governments for? – Science Matters

What purpose do governments serve? Some people think we could do without them, but that’s absurd. Even libertarians agree that some kind of police force and legal system are necessary…

Canada’s National Statement at COP17

Shared by environmentcan on Dec 7, 2011 DURBAN, South Africa — December 7, 2011 — Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today issued the following national statement at the COP17. Related articles COP17: Waves of despair, tides of change (rabble.ca) In A Year Of Big Environmental Stories, COP17 Rises Above Them All (treehugger.com) Environment Minister Peter Kent…

Occupy movement demands fresh thinking — for our grandchildren – Science Matters

The laws of physics tell us we can’t build a rocket that will travel faster than the speed of light, that gravity governs objects on Earth, and that perpetual motion…Globalization does not encourage the highest standards for workers, communities, or ecosystems. Instead, corporations often go for the lowest standards of medical care, wages, and environmental regulations because it’s all about maximizing profit.