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Let's not sacrifice freedom out of fear

March 5, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada and the world. But the RCMP has a different take. A secret report by the national police force, obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global warming and conjures a spectre of threats posed by people who rightly call for sanity in dealing with problems caused by burning fossil fuels.

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We have to stop filling and killing the oceans with plastic

February 26, 2015 | 7 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Eight million tonnes. That's how much plastic we're tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it's enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.

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Speaking truth gives youth great power

February 19, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Public Engagement Specialist Kyle Empringham

When she was just 12 years old, my daughter Severn gave a speech at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. She spoke with such conviction that delegates were moved to tears. It was one of my proudest moments as a father. More than 20 years later, Severn is the mother of two young children, and the video of her speech is still making the rounds, inspiring people around the world. Its popularity speaks to the power the young have to affect the world's most pressing issues.

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Bees matter, so restricting neonics is the right thing to do

February 12, 2015 | 1 comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Ontario and Northern Canada Director-General Faisal Moola

No matter how you feel about Ontario's proposal to restrict use of neonicotinoid insecticides on corn and soybean crops, we can all agree: bees matter. But as important as bees are, there's more at stake. Neonics are poisoning our soil and water. This problematic class of pesticides needs to be phased out globally to protect Earth's ecosystems. By implementing restrictions now (the first in North America), Ontario will have a head start in the transition to safer alternatives.

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Testing your home for radon could be a lifesaver

February 5, 2015 | 2 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Researcher and Analyst Lisa Gue

In late January, the BC Lung Association released results of Canada's largest-ever community-wide home radon testing project, conducted in Castlegar and Prince George, two of B.C.'s radon hot spots. In more than half the Castlegar homes tested, and one-third in Prince George, radon concentrations exceeded Health Canada's exposure guideline.

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