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Government must do more to address First Nations' water woes

February 16, 2017 | 3 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. "We're over 20 years already where our people haven't been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes," Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias told CBC News in 2015. Their water issues have yet to be resolved.

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Understanding climate change means reading beyond headlines

February 9, 2017 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Climate Change and Energy Policy Analyst Steve Kux.

Seeing terms like "post-truth" and "alternative facts" gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

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Indigenous people are fighting for us all

February 2, 2017 | 2 comments
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Protesters at Standing Rock (Credit: Joe Brusky via Flickr)

By David Suzuki

In the 1990s, the David Suzuki Foundation embarked on a program to develop community economic projects with coastal First Nations. Between 1998 and 2003, my wife and foundation co-founder, Tara Cullis, established relationships with 11 coastal communities from the tip of Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii and Alaska, visiting each several times.

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We need to work less to live better

January 26, 2017 | 1 comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities, conditions and pay. A lot of our work is unnecessary and often destructive — depleting resources, destroying ecosystems, polluting air, water and soil, and fuelling climate change.

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Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections

January 19, 2017 | 2 comments
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By David Suzuki

For decades, scientists have warned that we're on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but a means.

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