Vancouver/Montreal/Toronto — The David Suzuki Foundation welcomes the pan-Canadian climate action plan released at today's First Ministers' meeting, but notes that more will be needed to put us on track to meet the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 to 2 C.Continue reading »
The federal government's decision today to move ahead with Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline expansion flies in the face of efforts to prevent a 2 C increase in global average temperature, as Canada committed to in the Paris Agreement.
Giving a green light to the Kinder Morgan project, in particular, doesn't make sense from an environmental or an economic perspective. "This decision, along with the recent approval for Pacific NorthWest's highly polluting LNG project near Prince Rupert, is forcing fossil fuel infrastructure where it's not needed or wanted," David Suzuki Foundation director of science and policy Ian Bruce said. "We should finance a shift to renewable energy projects rather than support large, outdated infrastructure projects that lock us into climate-altering fossil fuel use for years to come."
The controversial decision comes amidst opposition from 59 First Nations and 21 municipalities representing more than two million people. The pipeline expansion would bring bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to B.C. for export.Continue reading »
After nine years of leadership at the David Suzuki Foundation, CEO Peter Robinson is ready to hand over the reins. Robinson, who was previously CEO at Mountain Equipment Co-op and BC Housing, and has worked with BC Parks and the Red Cross, said leading DSF through many significant changes was his "most rewarding position."Continue reading »
TORONTO, NOVEMBER 24, 2016 — This week, more than 60 of Canada's most celebrated authors joined the growing movement to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows, a northern Ontario community. The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have been exposed to mercury in their waterways and fish since a pulp and paper company dumped almost ten tonnes of the potent neurotoxin on their site in the 1960s. In parliament yesterday, Ontario environment minister Glen Murray promised that the province will clean up mercury from the English-Wabigoon River system.Continue reading »
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