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Who says a better world is impossible?

March 26, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Cars, air travel, space exploration, television, nuclear power, high-speed computers, telephones, organ transplants, prosthetic body parts... At various times these were all deemed impossible. I've been around long enough to have witnessed many technological feats that were once unimaginable. Even 10 or 20 years ago, I would never have guessed people would carry supercomputers in their pockets — your smart phone is more powerful than all the computers NASA used to put astronauts on the moon in 1969 combined!

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Transit funding will drive Canadian cities into the future

March 19, 2015 | 3 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Climate and Clean Energy Communications and Research Specialist Steve Kux

Many people think of Canada as a landscape of forests, mountains, water and ice, but the Canadian experience is fast becoming focused on glass and concrete. Our 2011 census revealed that 81 per cent of us now live in cities. And despite taking up less land space, our environmental impact continues to grow. As the UN notes, cities cover only two per cent of the world's land area but produce 60 per cent of CO2 emissions — including a significant proportion from urban transportation, as people commute to school and work on increasingly crowded roads and transit networks.

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It's time to end the grisly trophy hunt

March 12, 2015 | 10 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Watching grizzly bears catch and eat salmon as they swim upstream to spawn is an unforgettable experience. Many people love to view the wild drama. Some record it with photos or video. But a few want to kill the iconic animals — not to eat, just to put their heads on a wall or coats on a floor.

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Let's not sacrifice freedom out of fear

March 5, 2015 | 8 comments
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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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