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…

Reimagining streets could lead to healthier cities

Reimagining streets could lead to healthier citiesBy David Suzuki During the COVID-19 pandemic, cities worldwide have been repurposing streets to create more room for walking and cycling. In some, temporary measures to help people maintain physical distancing, like lower speed limits and limited car access, are providing impetus for permanent changes that prioritize healthy mobility choices over cars. Cities are being…

Do “murder hornets” pose a serious buzzkill?

Do “murder hornets” pose a serious buzzkill?  By David Suzuki As if we didn’t have enough to contend with, now we’re facing a “murder hornet” invasion — but it’s more an invasion of newsfeeds than an actual descending plague of killer insects. Numerous media outlets have carried ominous stories about whether the giant hornets will pillage honeybee hives. It’s not an…

It’s our choice: turn down the heat or cook the planet

It’s our choice: turn down the heat or cook the planetBy David Suzuki No amount of evidence is ever enough to convince climate science deniers — including the politicians among them. But new studies and observations should at least persuade those who profess to understand global heating but appear not to grasp its severity that it’s time to start deploying the many available solutions. We’ve…