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Good things are growing in Ontario's greenbelt

May 21, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Ontario Nature via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Ontario and Northern Canada Director-General Faisal Moola

More than half the planet's people now live in urban areas. The need to supply food, shelter, fresh water and energy to billions of urban residents is resulting in loss of farmland, forests, wetlands and other ecosystems, as well as the critical ecological services they support, like providing food, clean air and drinking water.

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Signs of change are sweeping the nation

May 14, 2015 | 2 comments
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In my home province, after a long struggle by elders and families of the Tahltan Klabona Keepers, the B.C. government bought 61 coal licences from Fortune Minerals and Posco Canada in the Klappan and Sacred Headwaters, putting a halt to controversial development in an ecologically and culturally significant area that is home to the Tahltan people and forms the headwaters of the Skeena, Stikine and Nass rivers. (Credit: Bruce McKay via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put before their own.

When plummeting oil prices late last year threw Alberta into financial crisis, people rightly asked, "Where's the money?" They could see that an oil producer like Norway was able to weather the price drop thanks to forward planning, higher costs to industry to exploit resources and an oil fund worth close to $1 trillion! Leading up to the election, the government that ran Alberta for 44 years refused to consider raising industry taxes or reviewing royalty rates, instead offering a budget with new taxes, fees and levies for citizens, along with service cuts.

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Digging science: Citizens amplify knowledge about the natural world

May 7, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Mount Rainier National Park via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Research Scientist Scott Wallace.

One of this year's most popular Sundance Film Festival entries, Tangerine, was shot with an iPhone 5S and edited with an $8 app called Filmic Pro. New technology has also made music easier to produce and distribute, inspiring independent musicians. Science, too, is now in the hands of citizens around the world. From the ocean depths to the outer reaches of distant galaxies, and from projects run out of home garages to research platforms with over a million volunteer contributors, science has never been more accessible to the average person. Citizen science can link people to an established project or encourage those working on their own.

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Milkweed is a monarch's best defence

April 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Photo: Milkweed is a monarch's best defence

(Credit: Ina Warren, Make Way for Monarchs)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Strategist Jode Roberts.

The monarch butterfly is a wonderful creature with an amazing story. In late summer, monarchs in southern Canada and the U.S. northeast take flight, travelling over 5,000 kilometres to alpine forests in central Mexico. The overwintering butterflies cling to fir trees there in masses so dense that branches bow under their weight.

The monarch's multigenerational journey northward is every bit as remarkable as the epic southern migration. Three or four successive generations fly to breeding grounds, lay eggs and perish. The resulting caterpillars transform into butterflies and then take on the next leg of the trip. Monarchs arriving in Canada in late summer are often fourth or fifth generation descendants of butterflies that flew south the previous year.

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Microbeads are a sign of our plastic consumer madness

April 23, 2015 | 5 comments
Photo: Microbeads are a sign of our plastic consumer madness

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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the water and fish in the Great Lakes? The cormorants that nest along the shore? The coral reefs that provide refuge and habitat for so much ocean life? Are they worth the oceans that give us half the oxygen we breathe, or the myriad other creatures the seas support?

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