Latest posts in Notes from the Panther Lounge
Renowned activist and global statesman Nelson Mandela died December 5 at the age of 95. Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa for 27 years for his role in the struggle "for a democratic and free society, in which all persons will live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities," as he said at his trial. After his release in 1990, he became leader of the African National Congress and helped negotiate an end to apartheid, a system of brutally enforced racial segregation. He served as South Africa's president from 1994 to 1999.Continue reading »
David Suzuki's 30th book, The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering our Place in Nature, called for no less than a complete rethinking of our relationship with the world and each other. Renowned biologist and author E.O. Wilson called it "the most complete expression to date of an environmental ethic from one of the world's leading conservation writers, combining science, theology, poetry and philosophy to express a world view towards which the human species must shift in the 21st century."
When we began the Homegrown National Park Project in the spring of 2013, we weren't sure what to expect. We had grand plans to create a green corridor along the former path of Garrison Creek, in the heart of Toronto. We partnered with 14 community groups that were active in the area. We recruited 21 eager volunteers from the area to be our Neighbourhood Park Rangers. And we put the Park Rangers through a training session that instilled in them knowledge and inspiration.
What happened next was extraordinary...
Scientists from Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation recently published a peer-reviewed scientific article in the international journal PLOS ONE warning that people are killing grizzly bears at rates far exceeding government limits in British Columbia, and that the province's controversial trophy hunt is partly to blame. "Confronting uncertainty in wildlife management: performance of grizzly bear management", which was partly funded by the David Suzuki Foundation, is the latest in a series of analyses, including some by former B.C. government biologists, that cast serious doubt on the government's claim that grizzly bear hunting is well-managed and science-based.Continue reading »
By John Werring, Senior Science and Policy Adviser
It's a familiar script, with familiar players. Taseko Mines Ltd.'s proposed New Prosperity gold-copper mine for the Fish Lake watershed 150 kilometres southwest of WiIliams Lake, B.C., just received a damning report from a review panel — yet again.Continue reading »