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B.C. election 2017: Where the parties stand on key environmental issues

April 27, 2017 | Leave a comment
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To help you make your decision May 9, the David Suzuki Foundation compared party positions on environmental issues we care most about to help educate our supporters and the public.

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Richmond Rangers come together to plough and plot a Butterflyway

April 21, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Forty volunteer Butterflyway Rangers hard at work planning pollinator-friendly habitat for Richmond, B.C.

By Winnie Hwo, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

You know there's work to do when a well-known tech magazine like WIRED publishes a feature titled Beyond honeybees: Now wild bees and butterflies may be in trouble.

What's worse: The article was published in 2014.

"It's not just honeybees that are in trouble. Many wild pollinators — thousands of species of bees and butterflies and moths — are also threatened. Their decline would affect not only our food supply, but our landscapes, too," WIRED's Brandon Keim wrote.

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Grassy Narrows deserves your support

April 13, 2017 | Leave a comment
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By Rachel Plotkin

I recently had the privilege of attending a powwow at Grassy Narrows—a ceremony held to honour the community's long fight to remediate the poisoned English-Wabigoon watershed and celebrate Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's recent commitment of to clean it up.

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What we measure affects what we do

March 7, 2017 | 1 comment
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(Credit: Laura Berman)

By Michelle Molnar, Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst

"What we measure affects what we do. If we have the wrong metrics, we will strive for the wrong things" — a prescient observation made by Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner and former chief economist for the World Bank. What we're measuring got a bit clearer in Canada with the recent release of the Ecosystem Services Toolkit. This toolkit will help assess the benefits that ecosystems provide to people, communities and economies, and encourage factoring the diverse values of ecosystems into decisions. While the toolkit is designed for managers and analysts, the ecosystem services that are assessed provide a plethora of benefits to all people in Canada, regardless of where they live.

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Monarch butterflies still need your love

February 9, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Monarch butterflies in Sierra Chincua butterfly reserve in Michoacan, Mexico.

By Jode Roberts, communications,

A couple of weeks ago, it was raining monarch butterflies. I was visiting a hilltop sanctuary near Mexico City where monarchs from Canada and the U.S. Midwest spend their winters. The tiny critters cling to branches in clusters so dense they bend the bows of massive fir trees. When the sun begins to warm up the forest, they start to flit about, often dropping momentarily to the ground. (I'm not kidding; it really feels like it's raining butterflies! Here's video proof.)

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