Ecological Imperative

Gibbons Park Montessori School Seed Starting Lesson

By Joanna Chin, Doctoral Student, York University-Environmental Studies
Edited by Jana Keller, M.Sc., Beautiful Edibles

A Sense of Wonder

By Joanna Chin, Doctoral Student, York University-Environmental Studies
Edited by Jana Keller, M.Sc., Beautiful Edibles

Empowering the Future, Facing the Sun

Skidegate (HlGaagilda), one of two Haida communities on the Graham Island, is joining other First Nations in leading the path for a clean and bright future. With a population of 800 people in the Haida Gwaii archipelago, Skidegate’s community decided to install heat pumps in each of their 350 homes. Because heat pumps are designed to move heat directly, rather than generating it, they are more energy efficient than the oil furnaces used by residents.

From Risk to Resilience

The Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg just released the ambitious new Climate Atlas of Canada. Projecting the impact of climate change in major cities across our country, it gives Canadians insight on how our warming climate will impact us locally. To bring issues closer to home, the atlas gives people the necessary tools to understand climate change for themselves.

The Battle Against Plastic Pollution Continues

Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some positive news on different initiatives tackling the massive amount of plastic pollution that is clogging our oceans. And while there are plenty of positive stories about progress, two alarming studies just cannot be ignored.

Keep the North Cold

Askov Finlayson is a Minneapolis-based clothing brand that specializes in hats and outdoor wear. As a brand that celebrates the North, cold winters, and the traditions of the snowy season, they are spreading a #KeepTheNorthCold message. Encouraging the year-round enjoyment of nature, they’ve reimagined their business model to support leading-edge climate solutions.

Nature Needs Half

By Jaime Clifton-Ross, Research Curator

A New Plastics Economy

As discussed in a previous blog post, plastic has become a part of the ocean food chain. If nothing is done to curb the dumping of 8 million tons of plastic each year, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Just 14% of global plastic packaging is recycled while the rest, worth $80 billion-$120 billion, is thrown out after just one short use according to this video. However, many are working hard to find solutions.

A call for innovation

A recent study estimates the amount of natural mercury stored in perennially frozen soils (permafrost) in the Northern Hemisphere to be twice as much mercury -->

Plastic Waste May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

In the ocean, plastic has become a part of the food chain. According to Plastic Oceans, over 8 million tons are dumped into the ocean every year. We’ve all heard the alarming reports of whales consuming over 30 plastic bags or seen the deeply upsetting photos of turtles and birds caught in plastic beer rings. While certainly necessary, mass ocean cleanups just don’t seem to be enough to tackle this problem. So what can be done?

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