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Natural capital innovation at the municipal level

February 9, 2016 | Leave a comment
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Cities and towns, like Gibsons, B.C., are putting a value on nature and placing it at the heart of their decision-making. (Credit: Bob Cotter via Flickr)

A growing number of municipal governments in Canada are becoming leaders in environmental innovation. One of those innovations involves a natural capital management approach where municipalities are making financial and risk management cases for preserving their natural capital assets. This is how cities and towns, like Gibsons, B.C., are putting a value on nature and placing it at the heart of their decision-making.

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Ontario — one foot forward into the future, one foot back to settler days

January 12, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By Rachel Plotkin, Ontario Science Projects Manager

The world's current contradictions are at once exhilarating and heartbreaking. I'm gladdened by the Paris climate conference outcomes, but deeply concerned as, globally, species at risk continue to drastically decline. I'm proud of Canada's warm welcome of Syrian refugees, but horrified by populist racist politics unspooling in the United States. I'm thrilled that MacDonald's is moving away from factory farm chicken eggs, but sad about the unchallenged institution of factory farm pigs.

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I remember Doug Tompkins

December 11, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki

Doug Tompkins recognized that genuine sustainability requires protection of large tracts of land, not small reserves that allow people to press in on wildlife. He has left a lasting legacy in the land he bought and dedicated to remain forever wild.

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Remembering Maurice Strong

December 2, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Internationally recognized environmentalist Maurice Strong, who served as the founding executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, died on November 27, 2015 at the age of 86.

Born in Oak Lake, Manitoba, Strong grew up during the Depression and later held a number of posts with the UN, including secretary general of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 and secretary general of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, which resulted in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Join the Blue Dot movement

November 3, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Amy Juschka

The Blue Dot movement is a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to support the groundswell of Canadians who want meaningful action to protect the people and places they love.

We have a plan to create lasting change for generations. Here's how:

Across the country, Canadians believe in our inherent right to a healthy environment — clean water, fresh air, safe food and a say in decisions that affect our health and wellbeing. One by one, people like you stand up to say this right should be recognized.

This growing movement of Canadians calls upon their local communities to pass municipal declarations respecting people's right to live in a healthy environment.

Community by community, this movement will inspire decision-makers across our provinces and territories to take notice.

With so many communities calling for action from all levels of government, the next step is to have our provincial and federal governments follow suit and pass environmental bills of rights.

Recognition in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — the highest law in our country — is the final step toward protecting the right to clean air, fresh water and safe food for all Canadians. This ensures that we all benefit from a healthy environment, world-class standards and a say in the decisions that affect our health.

To learn more about the Blue Dot movement, visit bluedot.ca.

Blue Dot is backed by the David Suzuki Foundation, one of the most trusted environmental organizations in Canada. Together we are building a movement of millions of ordinary people taking extraordinary action to protect our right to a healthy environment and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.