Check out this cute and funny video with a serious message… The video is part of the BBC’s ‘Breathing Places’ project, which includes a practical and easy-to-navigate website designed to help people help some of the UK’s most beautiful environments and their inhabitants.
From one of our favourite photo contributors in Nature Canada’s online community, Jim Dubois. Striking resemblance, no? Dilbert’s boss… Dilbert’s boss’s twin? Jim’s got his own web site, you should check it out. Thanks Jim!
Raise your holiday spirits while lowering your carbon footprint. From christmas trees to gift wrap to lighting, try these eco-tips for celebrating a green Christmas. Looking for a Christmas tree? Get real! Many artificial trees contain contaminants and all are made from petroleum products. Fake trees also travel long distances to reach your local store, which means each one leaves a hefty carbon footprint. A real tree is a better alternative, but often even real trees come from a significant distance, creating a bigger carbon footprint than the ecologically minded person would like. You can try to buy from a local tree farmer, but there is a third option, one that is becoming more and more popular every year: live… read more →
The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re looking for a gift for the nature lover in your life (or maybe for yourself!) may I humbly suggest you buy from one of these small businesses? Not only do they offer some cool merchandise but portions of their proceeds go to Nature Canada’s conservation work. Click on either of the links below each image, check out the products and poke around on their web sites to learn their stories (note that only proceeds from the sale of items pictured below — the bird t-shirt and the nature bags — support our conservation efforts.) Eco-Gear (t-shirt): http://www.eco-gear.ca/cgi-bin/apluspro/scripts/affiliate.cgi?af=8882031&pg=eco-gear-shop/EcoWear-NatureCanada-GT05.html Avani Creations (nature bags): http://www.avanicreations.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7_25
Our friends at the Boreal Songbird Initiative pointed us to this good news piece — unlikely as it sounds, politicians are actually listening to scientists for a change: Politicians persuaded to save Canada boreal forest By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment CorrespondentWASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Politicians actually listened when experts told them to protect Canada’s boreal forest, a potent weapon against global warming, and the plan for this vast green area could work on some of the world’s other vital places, scientists told Reuters. Bigger than the Amazon and better than almost anywhere else on the planet at keeping climate-warming carbon out of the atmosphere, the boreal forest stretches across 1.4 billion acres (566.6 million hectares) from Newfoundland to Alaska. More… read more →
More than 71 million Americans — that’s one in 3 people over the age of 16 — participated in wildlife watching in 2006. That’s more than four times the total attendance of all National Football League games that year. I found this, and many other interesting stats, in a recent US Fish and Wildlife Service report that describes the importance of wildlife watching to the US economy. Here are some more: Expenditures for wildlife watching are equivalent to the revenues generated from all spectator sports, amusement parks and arcades, non-hotel casinos, bowling centers and skiing facilities combined. In 2006, the direct expenditures of wildlife watchers generated $122.6 billion in total industrial output. Wildlife watchers spent their bucks on items… read more →
A young girl — and budding environmentalist! — on my daughter’s soccer team sent me this thoughtful letter about the need for environmental education in our schools. Iwanted to share this message from Jenn Rogers: School is in session once again. Many students, like the ones at my school, Carleton Place High School, are taking important classes such as english, math, and science. But one thing that really surprised me is that I haven’t heard a lot about any environmental courses being taken. So I decided to look into this, maybe it’s possible I just hadn’t heard about the courses because I’m only in grade 9? I talked to my school’s Environmental teacher Mr. Kerr-Wilson and found out there is… read more →
I have been frustrated recently by the fact that the recent global economic situation has put many critical environmental issues on the back burner. It seems like decision-makers believe that the environment and the economy are disconnected from one another, and that dealing with environmental concerns will come at a cost to human economic well being. This trade off is often presented as fact, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. So, I was thrilled to read the recently released Living Planet Report 2008 from World Wildlife Fund. The opening paragraph really caught my attention. The recent downturn in the global economy is a stark reminder of the consequences of living beyond our means. But the possibility of financial recession pales… read more →
Some of my Nature Canada colleagues have returned from the BirdLife International conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and packed into Ruth’s bag was a magnificent — and heavy — book called Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey. It’s a BirdLife publication, one of those massive coffee table books where every photograph is the length of my arm and takes my breath away. I just wanted to share part of what appears on the inside jacket of this book, because I think it beautifully captures the enduring relationship between people and birds and helps explain our endless fascination with these creatures: “In equal measure birds have given us lore and legend, inspiration and imagery, logos and leitmotivs, money and… read more →
You’ve heard or read it here and elsewhere: the environment is the number one voting issue for Canadians this year (or should be, yes, even more than the economy). The “environment” encompasses alot of ground though – from water issues to endangered species to air quality to urban growth. And overarching everything: climate change. Global warming is the single biggest challenge facing humanity today. For Canada, leadership on climate change will require changing the way we produce and use energy. As a northern country, Canada is particularly vulnerable to global warming. Canada’s Arctic landscape and people are already being severely affected by rising temperatures. Arctic sea ice, once considered permanent, is melting. The animals that depend on Arctic ecosystems, such… read more →