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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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
"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.Continue reading »
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.)Continue reading »