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Tanya Tagaq's powerful rallying cry to defend a hurting planet

Video for the song "Sulfur" from the album Retribution, released October 21, 2016 by Six Shooter Records. Retribution was produced by Jesse Zubot.

"Enough of hurting the planet. People ask why I chose to be an activist. It's not a choice."

~ Tanya Tagaq

The David Suzuki Foundation is proud to announce the launch of "Sulfur," the newest video from Inuit throat singer, environmental activist and Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq.

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Reconciliation requires recognizing rights-based fishing

Science Matters | December 1, 2016 | Leave a comment
Photo: Reconciliation requires recognizing rights-based fishing

(Photo Credit: Nick Thompsonvia Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation senior communications specialist Theresa Beer.

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.

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When it comes to engaging diverse audiences, the messenger matters

Photo: When it comes to engaging diverse audiences, the messenger matters

(Photo Credits: Winnie Hwo)

By Winnie Hwo, Senior public engagement specialist

A year ago, the David Suzuki Foundation published a Sustainable Diversity Report based on our work to reach "beyond the choir." After that, 45 people from all walks of life came together to discuss the report's key findings and to strategize about next steps.

As a result of this initial gathering, 11 people came together to form the Sustainable Diversity Network. Its mandate was described as follows:

Our goal is to mix cultural inclusiveness with environmental stewardship. We aim to advance our understanding of sustainability and expand the environmental movement by celebrating voices and stories that are often unheard or unacknowledged.

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The delicious benefits of edible perennial plants

Queen of Green | November 29, 2016 | Leave a comment
Photo: The delicious benefits of edible perennial plants

Oca is from the Andes and the bulb can be harvested after frost, once the above-ground greens die back. (Credit: Fluffymuppet via Flickr)

I aspire to eat more local foods — out of my own garden, if possible.

So I took a perennial vegetables workshop by Solara of Hatchet and Seed @hatchetnseed. She introduced me to a new term, "edimentals" — edible, ornamental plants — and supplied a list.

Perennial vegetables are great because they:

  • Keep coming back!
  • Withstand pests better than annuals
  • Build and improve soil quality
  • Don't need tilling, leaving mycelial culture (mushrooms and other fungi) and soil structure intact
  • Increase aeration and water absorption
  • Create compost, add to topsoil and bring up nutrients from deep down when dropped leaves die back each year
  • Are edimentals — delicious AND beautiful!

Artichokes

Need a warm, protected spot. Varieties include globe and cardoon (wild). Blanch stalks and eat them cooked, too! Warning: sunchokes or Jerusalem artichoke spread.

Asparagus

Buy crowns or start from seed. From seed to shoot takes three years! Before prepping your bed, think long-term (they live up to 40 years) and keep soil mounded.

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What Canada's coal phase-out means

Climate & Clean Energy | November 28, 2016 | Leave a comment
Photo: What Canada's coal phase-out means

By Steve Kux, Climate Change & Energy Policy Analyst

On November 21, 2016 the federal government announced a plan to speed up the shift off coal, Canada's dirtiest power source. Under the new regulations, Canada will be free of conventional coal-fired electricity by 2030.
This is a major win for public health, the environment and the economy. The David Suzuki Foundation's climate team has been working on this issue for more than a decade.
This success would not have been possible without the tens of thousands of people who sent letters to the government through our "Say no to coal in Canada" online action. Thank you! We delivered an anti-coal letter to Parliament Hill, representing almost 35,000 people in Canada, on the day of the government's announcement.

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Better discourse for a kinder world

Science Matters | November 24, 2016 | 1 comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn't bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science.

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D-Day for Indigenous rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

Photo: D-Day for Indigenous rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

(Credit: Greenpeace)

By Faisal Moola, Director General Ontario and Northern Canada, with contributions from Communications and Public Affairs Specialist Diego Creimer

On November 30 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two cases regarding destructive activities carried out by the National Energy Board and oil companies in or around the traditional territories of Clyde River Inuit and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. These cases have many aspects in common, hence the decision to hear them at the same time.

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