U.S. crisis shows need to speak truth to power

U.S. crisis shows need to speak truth to powerBy David Suzuki As was demonstrated in the U.S. last week, many who are motivated by fear and ignorance are feeling emboldened — and desperate. It’s not just in the United States. Irrational, authoritarian, anti-science rhetoric and action has been heating up from Brazil to India to Hungary and is fully entrenched in places like…

Rediscovering our place in nature 

Rediscovering our place in nature By David Suzuki The following is adapted from The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature (Greystone Books), a book I wrote with Amanda McConnell in 1997 and updated in 2007. It seems as relevant today as when we wrote it, if not more so. I hope you enjoy it and that the year ahead brings new…

We have the power to create a brighter future

We have the power to create a brighter future By David Suzuki This is our last column for 2020. What a year it’s been! As if things weren’t bad enough on the environmental front — record-breaking global temperature increases, the U.S. backtracking on ecological protections and policies and pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, a worsening biodiversity crisis and more — the world…

It’s time for Canada to address environmental racism

It’s time for Canada to address environmental racismBy David Suzuki In Canada, we’re quick to favourably compare ourselves to our southern neighbours. COVID-19 caseloads may be at an all-time high here, but the U.S. situation is even more dire. Canada hasn’t managed to curb carbon emissions, but the U.S. abandoned emission reduction targets when it pulled out of the Paris Agreement. We…

Blame game hurts wildlife

Blame game hurts wildlifeBy David Suzuki Most of us can remember a time in childhood when we were caught doing something wrong and pointed a finger at someone else for the misdeed. We might even still feel guilty about it. Research shows blaming others doesn’t only harm the wrongfully accused; it can also harm those who blame, especially…

Carbon pricing is like hand washing in a pandemic

Carbon pricing is like hand washing in a pandemic  By David Suzuki Sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have repeated clear messages about hand washing, physical distancing and mask-wearing. These are relatively simple preventative measures to limit the virus’s spread. Responding to climate change isn’t so simple, yet it’s every bit as urgent.…

Our children shouldn’t have to pay for our excesses 

Our children shouldn’t have to pay for our excesses By David Suzuki This year, “Earth Overshoot Day” came later than it has in 15 years — on August 22. That’s a mixed blessing. Increasing per capita consumption, population growth and rising greenhouse gas emissions had been moving the date earlier almost every year since the 1970s. It’s fallen in late July or early August…

Old oil and gas wells find new life with renewable energy 

Old oil and gas wells find new life with renewable energy By David Suzuki As part of its COVID-19 response, Canada’s government is spending $1.7 billion to clean up “orphan” and inactive oil and gas wells in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Industry should be footing the bill, but the work is critical and will keep people employed and, in some cases, help them upgrade skills.…

We are living in a plastic world

We are living in a plastic worldBy David Suzuki Almost every product and material we refer to as “plastic” is made from fossil fuels. Most of it hasn’t been around for long — a little over 70 years for the most common products. North American grocery stores didn’t start offering plastic bags until the late 1970s. Over that short time, plastics…

Green recovery gains momentum as world confronts multiple crises

Green recovery gains momentum as world confronts multiple crisesBy David Suzuki After the 2008 stock and housing market crash plunged the U.S. and world into economic upheaval, governments came to the rescue, with trillions of dollars in corporate bailouts. Executives at the insurance firm AIG were so happy with their US$152-billion package (more than U.S. and European countries spent in total on developmental…