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Countdown on for REaDY Summit 2014

April 17, 2014

Only one week left to register

Richmond, BC — Richmond's youth will lead the way at the third annual Richmond Earth Day Youth (REaDY) Summit on Saturday, April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at R.A. McMath Secondary School, 4251 Garry Street. High school students from the City of Richmond and the Richmond School District's Green Ambassadors program have organized a morning full of fun, educational and engaging free workshops that everyone can participate in.

"The City is dedicated to being a leader in sustainability," said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. "Our youth are an important piece of that equation. We are proud of the work they are doing to engage Richmond residents and other interested parties from across the region to bring awareness to the importance and well-being of the Fraser River."

"The Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit unites our city," said Jamie Ng, 2014 REaDY Summit co-chair. "It aims to eco-stimulate the community to share and exchange ideas and initiatives about environmental sustainability. Richmond's youth and the Green Ambassadors aspire to show how we are all one with nature, like the Fraser River network."

This year's summit theme is We are the Fraser, nə́c̓aʔmat ct, We are One, to celebrate the Fraser River, its estuary and traditional First Nations knowledge. Fifteen workshops are being offered to Summit attendees, broken down by age categories: kindergarten to Grade 7, Grade 8 and up, and all ages.

Workshop topics are wide-ranging. Participants can choose to discover the hidden life of the Fraser River estuary and find out what kinds of critters are lurking in the area. They can learn about the cedar tree and its importance for First Nations and Aboriginal people, as well as learn how to twine an inner cedar bark bracelet. Participants can also take in a documentary film about a carbon-neutral vegetable oil-powered bus as it travels through B.C. and Alberta on a mission to understand Canadian resource extraction projects and their effects on surrounding communities.

While the summit is youth-led with a youth focus, all Metro Vancouver residents — no matter what age — are encouraged to register and participate in the workshops. Please register at www.readysummit.ca.

Before the workshops begin, the event will start with a keynote speech by David Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, author and broadcaster, who is also a long-time volunteer and environmental activist.

"By putting our environment first, I can't wait to share how we can ensure our precious Fraser River will continue to sustain us for generations," David Suzuki said.

To accommodate the maximum number of participants of all ages from cities across the region, the first part of the day's program, which includes the keynote speech and a Musqueam ceremonial opening, will be standing-room only.

Remote sites have been set up across the province for students and families to join the REaDY Summit via weblink. Students and families in Smithers, Prince Rupert and Nakusp have already signed up. Surrey residents can also join the first part of the event at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Surrey campus. Kwantlen will provide a live webcast of David Suzuki's keynote speech and his dialogue with the summit participants.

This year's REaDY Summit aims to be a low-impact event by trying to achieve a 76 per cent waste diversion rate with plastic and organic waste recycling. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and take public transit or bike to the summit. TransLink will provide extra bus service to and from Brighouse station on event day.

The David Suzuki Foundation's Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter, is also inviting participants to help tackle waste by bringing unwanted small household appliances and burnt-out light bulbs of all varieties to the summit. LightRecycle and ElectroRecycle will be on-site and will collect and keep e-waste out of our landfills and waterways. For a list of accepted products, please visit www.lightrecycle.ca/consumers/accepted-products and www.electrorecycle.ca.

The third annual REaDY Summit was created through a partnership between the City of Richmond, Richmond School District, David Suzuki Foundation and, new for 2014, Musqueam First Nation. The event is sponsored by Harvest Power, Nature's Path Foods and Vancity. Media sponsors are the Richmond Review, Fairchild Radio (AM 1460 and FM 96.1), Fairchild Television, Fairchild Talentvision and 24 Hours. Audio/visual support is provided by Cisco.

For more information on the 2014 REaDY Summit, please visit http://www.readysummit.ca, www.facebook.com/readysummit or follow @REaDYSummit on Twitter.

Media Contacts:

Ted Townsend
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Richmond
Tel: 604-276-4399 Cell: 604-516-9585
Email: ttownsend@richmond.ca

Winnie Hwo
Public Engagement & Communications Specialist
David Suzuki Foundation
Tel: 604-734-4228 ext.1255
Email: winnie@davidsuzuki.org

Latest UN Climate Report shows energy revolution coming

April 13, 2014

Canada's choice is to become a clean energy superpower or be left behind

VANCOUVER - Global action on climate change is set to kick off a clean energy revolution that could rewrite Canada's economy, according to the third installment of the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released today from Berlin, Germany. The report focuses on global changes that need to be made to protect human security, economic prosperity and food production from the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. It shows massive opportunities in the rapidly growing clean energy economy can be realized if the world triples or quadruples renewable energy production over the next 36 years, as is required to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions to safe levels.

"As large economies around the world focus on effective responses to climate change, we're seeing a clean energy revolution taking shape," said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy manager Ian Bruce. "The job-creation and innovation opportunities for Canada to develop solutions to climate change are enormous, but only if we choose to work with and join leaders from the international community in prioritizing clean energy solutions and knowledge."

The report shows how rapidly developing countries will be major drivers in solving climate change. As these economies grow, investments in their energy systems, public transit and building techniques present significant investment opportunities. As renewable energy technologies mature, the report notes, traditional carbon-intensive fossil fuel economies will suffer. Those that rely heavily on coal and unconventional oil such as oil sands will become less competitive and represent greater risks for investors unless they adopt large-scale cleaner production technologies and diversify towards renewable energy.

"More and more, the world is going to need cutting-edge technologies and services as it grapples with reducing the impacts of climate change," Bruce said. "This report shows that the severity of the impacts of climate change is not a matter of chance. Our future will be determined by the choices we make now to co-operate with world leaders in prioritizing clean energy."

The David Suzuki Foundation is calling on all levels of government to take responsible action to reduce carbon pollution by prioritizing clean energy production, phasing out Canada's approximately $1.3 billion per year in fossil fuel subsidies, and modernizing and expanding public transit networks.

"The choice we have is to stick with the economy of yesterday or embrace the economy of tomorrow," Bruce said. "Canadians are depending on leaders from all levels of government to make the right decision."

The report shows the best insurance to keep our communities and economies safe and avert the worst impacts will require efforts to nearly eliminate fossil fuel carbon emissions from our energy systems within a generation. This level of effort will keep average global temperatures from increasing above 2 C, a threshold world governments, including Canada, have deemed too dangerous to surpass.

Several international reports released this year show Canada is lagging behind OECD (industrialized) countries when it comes to action to reduce global warming emissions.

Background on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

The IPCC produces the most comprehensive scientific reports about climate change globally, based on the greatest consensus of international scientists, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. These reports collate current understanding of how the world's natural systems that support human life are changing and will continue to change as a result of the unprecedented amounts of carbon pollution being released into the atmosphere. The previous assessment, the Fourth Assessment Report, was released in 2007 and sparked serious global debate on climate change action. In September 2013, the first of four installments of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report was released from Stockholm. It was about the physical science of climate change. The second installment of the Fifth Report, on impacts and required adaptation to climate change, was release from Yokohama, Japan, in March. Today's third installment assesses mitigation strategies and solutions. The fourth will be a synthesis bringing together the first three reports.

The climate change mitigation and solutions report was released today from Berlin, Germany.

For IPCC media release and report:
http://www.ipcc.ch/

Contact: Alvin Singh
(604) 250-2651
asingh@davidsuzuki.org

Hello two new open-net salmon farms and a 100% increase in production by 2025? Goodbye public process and transparency.

April 2, 2014

(Vancouver, B.C.) The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association recently announced their intent to increase open-net farmed salmon production in B.C. waters by 43% (to 100,000 metric tonnes) by 2020 with a further increase to 150,000 metric tonnes by 2025. That's a 100% increase over today's current production levels.

This expansion process has already begun. Government decisions are now pending for two completely new open-net salmon farms. If approved, these two farms would be on the migration route of the Fraser River Sockeye and many other wild salmon stocks (near Hope Island, north of Port Hardy).

(Vancouver, B.C.) The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association recently announced their intent to increase open-net farmed salmon production in B.C. waters by 43% (to 100,000 metric tonnes) by 2020 with a further increase to 150,000 metric tonnes by 2025. That's a 100% increase over today's current production levels.

This expansion process has already begun. Government decisions are now pending for two completely new open-net salmon farms. If approved, these two farms would be on the migration route of the Fraser River Sockeye and many other wild salmon stocks (near Hope Island, north of Port Hardy).

Got milkweed? Help grow a monarch butterfly corridor through Toronto

April 1, 2014

David Suzuki Foundation's #gotmilkweed campaign brings milkweed to the city this spring.

David Suzuki Foundation's #gotmilkweed campaign brings milkweed to the city this spring.