This blog was written by guest blogger Michelle Briere. As the weather cools and the seasons change, it is time to think about how you can make better choices for the environment this fall! 1. Shop for local foods My favorite part of autumn is absolutely the harvest. From pumpkins, to onions, to potatoes, most of us here in Canada have a variety of delicious vegetables come into season during the fall. A tip to acquire the most delicious and fresh vegetables around is to buy locally-grown produce. Not only does it help support the local economy, but it reduces the environmental impact associated with long-distance food transportation. Head to your local farmer’s market, and the next time you’re out… read more →
The sustainability of proposed projects (e.g., pipelines, oil sands mines, hydro dams) and policies (e.g., federal budgets) should be assessed by law says Nature Canada. Appearing on behalf of Nature Canada before the Expert Panel on Environmental Assessment Processes on November 1, Stephen Hazell noted that federal environmental assessment laws and policies in place since 1992 have not made a major contribution to reversing the trends toward greater unsustainability in Canada—whether measured in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity, greening the economy, improving the health of communities, or advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people. Hazell said that Nature Canada is confident that a reformed federal impact assessment regime can nonetheless be a critical tool to achieving ecological, economic and… read more →
Nature Canada, with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency and working with BirdLife, proudly supports our partner in Hispaniola, Gupo Jaragua, in their work to improve peoples livelihoods and conserve biodiversity and natural resources. One of the key components of this efforts is the Jaragua Summer Camp, which has been engaging youth on a path to sustainability for 15 years this summer. Join us celebrating Grupo Jaragua’s success!
The time has come for the National Energy Board (NEB) to reject the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).A decision by the NEB on the proposed $16 billion megaproject is expected in the coming weeks. The Joint Review Panel (JRP) that exhaustively reviewed the social and environmental impacts of the proposed project made 176 recommendations for approving the project so that it could provide a foundation for the sustainable development of the North. The Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories, even as they claim to accept the majority of the JRP’s recommendations, are in fact rejecting the JRP’s framework for implementing the project sustainably. In their final response, the Governments’ have only accepted 11 of the 115 recommendations directed to them… read more →
International cooperation over the last 40 years has not quite solved the long list of global environmental problems or made them any less urgent. To put it mildly. Could going back to Rio for another Earth Summit make a difference? Maurice Strong and Felix Dodds think so. Find out why. And what do you think?Share your views with us bellow or at firstname.lastname@example.org
After approximately four years, the Mackenzie Gas Project’s review is finally coming to an end this month. The National Energy Board will hear final argument from April 12th to 24th in Yellowknife and Inuvik, NWT. The NEB is then expected to make a decision this fall on whether or not to grant approval to the project. Nature Canada will not appear at the hearings, but we will be following them closely. In addition to the many specific concerns we have about the proposed project, we are concerned by the National Energy Board’s reaction to the recommendations made by the Joint Review Panel in its December 2009 report. The Panel made 176 recommendations and concluded that the project could be carried… read more →
The Joint Review Panel of the Mackenzie Gas Project spent two years writing a report that optimistically and ambitiously set out the conditions under which the Panel believes the basin-opening project could be the basis for sustainable development in the Mackenzie Valley and Delta. The report tackles the big picture issues and many of its recommendations aim to mitigate negative cumulative impacts and maintain a high standard of care for future developments. If all the 176 report recommendations were to be fully implemented, perhaps the project could be a positive thing. But the chances for that are looking slim. The National Energy Board responded last week to the Joint Review Panel’s recommendations by rejecting the integrated approach to sustainability the… read more →
Last fall, we celebrated the reopening of the only school in Formon, a remote community adjacent to one of Haiti’s forest remnants and biodiversity hotspots. Fortunately, this area was spared the devastation of the January earthquake. However, the school and the community are now facing challenges to integrate people displaced from areas affected by the earthquake. Read more about the achievements of this project so far and about how you can help the school in Formon! And stay tuned for updates on this project.
The community of Formon is in the buffer zone of Macaya National Park. This forest, high in the mountains of the Massif de la Hotte, is one of the very last remnants of forest in Haiti. It is a refuge for migrating birds and many endemic threatened species. Formon is a very remote community and its only school ran out of funding and was closed for several years, leaving the greater part of the children of the community, particularly girls, without the benefit of a formal education. The few families that could afford it, sent their boys to school in another town (the closest being at least 6 hours away). The boy’s mothers went with them and their sisters stayed… read more →
In March 2009, Nature Canada began implementing a 2-year project to support women in 4 rural communities in Paraguay to produce organic vegetables, improve their health and strengthen their awareness of their democratic rights. Last week my colleague Mohamed Niang from our project partner Place aux agricultrices : nourricieres du monde and I were in Paraguay to visit the project. Our local partners in this project are Fortaleser and our BirdLife Partner Guyra Paraguay. The project is funded mainly by the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency. On Tuesday, we visited Isla Pucu and Caaguazu which lie approximately 2 and half hours west of Asuncion. We were greeted by a large group of women who are participating… read more →