Conserving energy and finding cleaner sources of energy are two ways to reduce the threat of climate change and other effects of rampant fossil fuel use. Joining the clean energy revolution can also provide jobs and economic opportunities. The problems with our reliance on fossil fuels are well-known: air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and rising prices as easily accessible sources dwindle, to name a few. With our work on clean energy, advocacy, and communications, the David Suzuki Foundation is committed to finding climate solutions that can improve the health of our citizens, our environment, and our economy.
Canadians call for ambitious agreement at UN Climate Summit
Our campaign leading up to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 showed that Canadians care about climate change and are willing to let politicians know how they feel. More than 14,300 Canadians joined us in making telephone calls, sending letters and handwritten cards, and posting videos online to demand that our federal government take real action on climate change.
While Canada's prime minister and world leaders failed to deliver the fair, ambitious, and binding agreement we need to fight global warming, the movement for solutions in Canada and around the world has never been as strong or as alive. This includes calls for action by faith leaders, athletes, health professionals, students, and many more, as well as progress by Canadian provinces and cities.
Guide to green business wins international readership
It's a first for the David Suzuki Foundation. Our how-to guide, Doing Business in a New Climate, was such a hit that international publisher Earthscan released it as a book. The book's subtitle, A guide to measuring, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, offers an indication of what you'll find between its covers.
Study shows economy can grow by decreasing emissions
Contrary to what some politicians argue, Canada can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the level that leading scientists say is necessary to avoid runaway climate change — and can do so without harming our economy. That's the conclusion of a report by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute that was supported by TD Bank. The analysis, Climate leadership, economic prosperity, by economist Mark Jaccard, showed that Canada's GDP can continue to grow while Canada works to meet science- based greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Research begins for Trottier Energy Futures Project
Canada is one of the only developed nations without a coordinated energy plan. We've teamed up with the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Trottier Family Foundation to embark on a five-year project to research the best renewable energy options for Canada. We will engage Canadians, from energy experts to citizens, to analyze our current and potential energy sources, systems, and needs, and develop a sustainable energy plan.
Foundation pushes 2010 Winter Olympics in carbon neutral direction
In February 2010, Vancouver and Canada hosted the world for the Winter Olympics. The Foundation did its part by helping the organizing committee (VANOC) prepare a carbon-neutral strategy for the event. We also assessed how well the Games did in reducing overall climate impact, and awarded the Games a "bronze" with the hope that future Olympic and other major events will do even more to curb emissions.