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Environmental rights are human rights

Environmental rights are human rights

Feb 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • My grandparents came here from Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Although it would be a one-way trip, the perilous journey across the Pacific was worth the risk. They left behind extreme poverty for a wealth of opportunity. But Canada was different then, a racist country built on policies of colonization,...

The Paris Agreement is a global shift for climate

The Paris Agreement is a global shift for climate

Jan 1, 2016

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • When our children’s children look back to what we did to keep our planet livable, they may see this year’s United Nations climate conference in Paris as a turning point. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) may have been our last chance for a meaningful agreement to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy before...

Natural infrastructure

Natural infrastructure

Dec 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Across Canada, towns and cities face a one-two punch: aging infrastructure and the extreme weather climate change brings. Unless we do something, many of our roads, railways, transit lines, bridges, stormwater pipes and other built structures could become obsolete. Our newly elected federal government took up the...

Democracy for all Canadians

Democracy for all Canadians

Nov 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • I’ve lived through many elections, but I don’t recall many in which emotions ran so high. In the heat of such a campaign, things get said, disagreements arise and tensions increase. Now that we’ve elected a new government, I want to commend Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau on his positive campaign and...

Vote for a better, cleaner Canada

Vote for a better, cleaner Canada

Oct 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • No matter what anyone says during this long federal election campaign, climate change is the biggest threat to Canadians’ health, security and economy. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible – the research wide-ranging and overwhelming. Wastefully burning fossil fuels at such a rapid rate is jeopardizing the...

Cecil’s killing spotlights barbaric hunt

Cecil’s killing spotlights barbaric hunt

Sep 7, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A beloved animal, tagged for tracking by researchers, crosses the invisible boundary between protected and unprotected area and is killed by a hunter who has paid tens of thousands of dollars for the “experience.” That was the fate of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion, whose killing sparked torrents of online and on-air...

A global consciousness shift

A global consciousness shift

Aug 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War. That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It’s often the way. That’s why historians are important; they put events in...

Hope and happiness

Hope and happiness

Jul 2, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki •  Reading the news, it’s hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety and security. To this, we add the looming environmental threats of...

Citizen science a major revolution

Citizen science a major revolution

Jun 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki One of this year’s most popular Sundance Film Festival entries, Tangerine, was shot with an iPhone 5S and edited with an $8 app called Filmic Pro. New technology has also made music easier to produce and distribute, inspiring independent musicians. Science, too, is now in the hands of citizens around the world. From the...

China’s pollution a toxic lesson to all

China’s pollution a toxic lesson to all

May 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki Beijing’s 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for...