Issues Pages: Environment

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A Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet jet escorting a Russian TU-95 Bear heavy bomber out of Canadian airspace in 2007. Image: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo J
Brent Patterson | New warplanes may signal a willingness to extract 90 billion barrels of oil from the Arctic as climate change enables northern extractivism.
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Helen Knott of West Moberly First Nation holds up contrasting images of Peace River, before and after dam construction began, in 2016. Image: Chelsea Nash/Used with permission
Matthew Behrens | The United Nations has repeatedly called Canada on the carpet for environmental racism, especially in British Columbia, where a massive dam on the Peace River has drawn resistance for years.
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Muskrat Falls development in 2015. Image: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador/Flickr
Matthew Behrens | For over four years, Inuit and Innu water and land defenders were delivered a clear message through the barrel of a gun: you will be indefinitely jailed if you protect your traditional territories.
Columnists
Construction of the Keeyask dam. Image: Manitoba Hydro/Twitter
Matthew Behrens | Last summer, Manitoba Hydro began the flooding of 45 square kilometers of Cree lands at the massive Keeyask dam, which the energy utility solemnly acknowledges will result in ecological devastation.
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Elder Bill Jones called a community meeting to address increasing violence at the Fairy Creek blockade. Image: Fairy Creek Blockade/Rainforest Flying Squad/Used with permission
Rita Wong | The value in the forests does not lie only in how much profit the lumber itself turns, but primarily in the everlasting ecological value the old forests provide by nature.
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Tar sands in Fort McMurray. Image: Kris Krüg/DeSmogBlog/Flickr
David Suzuki | Because industry and governments have been yammering about a gradual transition for decades while doing as little as possible to transition at all, we've missed the opportunity for "gradual."
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A 2018 wildfire on B.C.'s Highway 97. Image: B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure/Flickr
Chuka Ejeckam | If strategies like reducing one's carbon footprint, voting for the climate, or persuading profiteers with subsidies aren't working, we shouldn't hold to them nonetheless, but seek more effective ones.
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Harjit Sajjan and Anita Vandenbeld/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | As the U.S. and U.K. look at reducing the number of F-35s they buy because of sustainment costs, the Canadian government appears to be silent on this crucial budget line.
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Single-use plastic straws, which could be banned by the end of 2021. Image: Chemist 4 U/Flickr
Joyce Nelson | In May, Canada added plastic items to the list of toxic substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Within days, the plastics industry filed an application for a lawsuit.
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A Cree person and dog sled team on the Severn River, with the Fort Severn Hudson's Bay Company post in the distance, c. 1953. Image: Archives of Ontario/Flickr.
David Suzuki | Canada was built on resource extraction and its foundations are shaky on many fronts, including dispossession of Indigenous peoples and wilful blindness to natural limits.
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An old-growth forest in Oregon. Image: David Patte/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Joyce Nelson | More than 352 forest defenders have now been arrested at the Fairy Creek blockades in B.C. since mid-May.
Podcast
Image: Dr. Vandana Shiva. Used with Permission
Victoria Fenner, Resh Budhu | Ep. 6 of the Courage My Friends podcast concludes with Dr. Vandana Shiva, internationally renowned eco-feminist, scientist and author.