Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Casting Peaceful Protestors as Terrorists is the Key to Trump's Authoritarian Gamble

The U.S. has seen months of sustained protests against racism and police brutality, in response Trump is using militarized police dressed in camouflage combat fatigues to intimidate people in Portland. He is also threatening to do the same in many other Democrat run cities. Trump justifies his brazen political theater by casting peaceful protestors--American citizens--as terrorists and enemy combatants.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Trump Uses the Pandemic to Help his Family, Friends and the Fossil Fuel Industry

U.S. President Donald Trump is infamous for his corruption and nepotism and his COVID-19 relief package is no exception. As reported by ProPublica, a venture backed by Trump’s son and Kushner companies, all received tax dollars as part of the federal government's relief package. Businesses tied to Trump’s family and associates stand to receive as much as $21 million in government loans. Trump donors were also major beneficiaries. According to the Associated Press as much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major Trump donors.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Virtual Event - Sustainable Communities Conference: Bringing Projects to Life

FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference (SSC): Bringing projects to life will take place online on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – Thursday, October 22, 2020. This is Canada’s leading sustainability event for municipal leaders and practitioners. The theme of this year’s conference is Bringing projects to life. Delegates will explore the issues that are fundamental to building sustainable communities. And they’ll get exclusive tools and resources to help bring their municipal projects to life.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Are Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency Enough?

Buildings are a leading source of climate change causing greenhouse gas, and as such they are an essential part of carbon reduction efforts. Driven by lower costs and carbon abatement, green buildings offer tremendous benefits. New technologies like smart systems that access data in real time make it easy to identify savings opportunities. Buildings are becoming more efficient and their energy demand is expected to keep declining. This may be why the building sector and energy efficiency have outpaced most official projections.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Nationalism is Antithetical to Environmentalism

Nationalism is a disaster for the environment. Nationalistic regimes fixation on deregulation undermines human health and destroys biodiversity. Nationalist leaders have a tendency to eradicate climate action, abandon multilateral deals and sell off protected lands. According to ecological economist Clive L. Spash environmentalism is not faring well in the age of nationalism. His analysis reveals that nationalism justifies the exploitation of others,

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Sources of Disinformation and the Cognitive Biases that Fuel Climate Denial

We are on the cusp of the collapse of civilization and yet a dogmatic minority of climate deniers continue to be a salient political constituency that resists climate action. The polls show that although most Americans support climate action, there is still a significant number of people who resist the facts. The US is the world's leading climate denying nation and this has serious real-world implications. As reported by The Guardian,Australian researcher Rebecca Huntley has found that science based arguments are not getting through to some people. These are the people who vote for climate denying governments in places like the United States, Australia and Brazil.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Online Green Economics Conference: Crises Survival Solutions (Climate, Economy & Biodiversity Loss)

This free online event will take place on July 24th-26th, 2020. The the 15th annual Green Economics Conference is titled "Survival Solutions for the Crises: Climate, Economy and Biodiversity Loss" will take place on the zoom platform. This three day interactive, virtual conference will bring a diverse group of people together on Zoom for a global day sharing thoughts, solutions, campaigns, analysis and debate.  Topics include the green economic recovery, no more business as usual, global reset, build back better, a just transition, diversity, holism, sustainability, and  SDGs.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Its Now or Never for Climate Action: How We can Save Biodiversity and Ourselves

We are on the cusp of the collapse of civilization. Time is growing perilously short but key events in the coming year could put us on track to deal with the multiple interconnected crises we face. To all but the willfully ignorant there is more than ample scientific evidence to indicate that we are facing a biodiversity crisis and a climate emergency. It is still possible to reverse this trend but we must act quickly.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 has Uncovered the Fault Lines of a Broken Civilization

The coronavirus has laid bare systemic racism, rampant inequality and environmental degradation. This virus has brought to light the inhumanity of economic disparity and it has revealed the insanity of our genocide against nature. It has unmasked incompetent leaderships and exposed the glaring weaknesses of a system that myopically pursues short term profits at the expense of the biosphere on which all life depends.

Monday, July 13, 2020

We are on the Cusp of the Collapse of Civilization

We have known the situation on Earth is dire for many years. In 2019 reports surfaced that predicted the end of civilization. While these scientists were criticized for their overly pessimistic assessments, more recent research suggests the situation may be even more perilous than they predicted. According to recent research published by the AGU, we may have underestimated CO2 emissions from thawing permafrost by as much as 14 percent.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Virtual Event - Sustainability Week 2020 Disruption as a Catalyst for Action

Sustainability Week 2020 Disruption as a Catalyst for Action will take place on October 5th - 9th 2020 1pm - 3pm BST (8am - 10am EDT) . This virtual event will feature 10 hours of curated content over 5 days. Some of the topics that will be covered during Sustainability Week 2020 include: Scaling action on sustainability amid covid-19 / Can bold policies save the world? / Are you suffering from eco-anxiety?

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hope in the Midst of Despair - A Collection of Environmental Success Stories

This is a time of hope, it is also a time of great despair. The United States is ruled by a dangerous man who has declared war on nature. He is an unapologetic racist who is fanning the flames of a deadly pandemic. His actions have directly contributed to the 3,097,538 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and the 133,991 Americans who have died from the disease.  Worse still, his multiple failings are expected to contribute to the deaths of tens of thousands of additional souls in the coming months.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Trump's Support is Collapsing Because He is on the Wrong Side of History

Trump is swimming against the tide of history and he is hemorrhaging support. The polls indicate that Trump is on the wrong side of almost all of the key issues of the day. The combination of racism, mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, environmental rollbacks, tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and overt corruption are causing this presidency to implode. Trump has removed those with expertise from all levels of government. In their place he has given foxes the run of the hen house hiring fossil fuel industry advocates rather than qualified individuals. He has fought with allies like Canada while praising the dictators in Russia, North Korea and Brazil.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Webinar - The Post-Covid Sustainability Agenda: Revolution, Retreat or Return to Normal?

The Economist presents a Sustainability Week Insight Hour webinar titled "The post-covid sustainability agenda: revolution, retreat or return to normal?" will take place on July 7th 2020, 6am PST | 2pm BST | 3pm CET | 9am EDT. This webinar features a conversation with Axel Weber, Chairman, UBS Group.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Rascism, Hate and Police Brutality are Alive and Well in Canada

Canadians often see the systemic racism of their southern neighbors as a uniquely American phenomenon. However, the evidence suggests that racism and is alive and well in Canada. There are hundreds of hate groups in Canada and Canadians are involved thousands online channels that espouse rascism, misogyny and other extreme right-wing views.. Canada is a bastions of the white supremacy movement. As reported by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network there are over 300 active right-wing extremist groups in Canada.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Canada's Climate Action in the Era of COVID-19

Canada's federal Liberal government has put forth the most progressive climate action plans the country has ever seen, but they also support fossil fuels. The federal government has bought the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline which was designed to ferry tar sands bitumen some of the dirtiest, most carbon intensive energy in the world.  Tar sands oil is not only a major contributor to climate change it is also a threat to biodiversity. Such policy dualism can best be described as an oxymoron.