Environment

Council Statement of the Indigenous Peoples on the threat against the Earth Mother, 2013.

Council Statement of the Indigenous Peoples on the threat against the Earth Mother, 2013.

Council Statement This statement reflects the wisdom of the Spiritual People of the Earth, of North and South America, working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings.  This statement is […]

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In His Own Words: Neil Young on Oil, Integrity, Indigenous Peoples and Future

In His Own Words: Neil Young on Oil, Integrity, Indigenous Peoples and Future

You could say the situation in northeast Alberta, where oil companies are at odds with indigenous peoples and environmentalists, is complex. You wouldn’t be wrong. But there’s more. Shell, Syncrude, Chevron and many other corporations are extracting enormous volumes of […]

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Climate Change is a Moving Issue

Climate Change is a Moving Issue

A man from the Pacific nation of Kiribati made the news worldwide this year with his application for refugee status in New Zealand. He got more attention than your average refugee applicant because he claimed to be a climate refugee. […]

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Outrageous! Gold Mining Company Sues Costa Rica for $1B

Outrageous! Gold Mining Company Sues Costa Rica for $1B

For the last few decades, governments have willingly transferred increasing portions of the state’s power to transnational corporations. This has been done via “trade deals” and “investors’ rights,” and the process has been so gradual and artful that (in the […]

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Make the Eco-Jerks Pay, Then Make ‘Em Pay Some More

Make the Eco-Jerks Pay, Then Make ‘Em Pay Some More

The loathsome arrogance of Rob Ford, Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, displays itself in many ways: his refusal to resign, his bullying, his duplicity, etc. But for my money the most loathsome thing about Ford may well be his means of getting […]

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A Plea to Step on the Climate Brakes

A Plea to Step on the Climate Brakes

A University of Hawaii PhD student in geography made an excellent analogy today on Canadian television when asked, basically, if there’s any point in addressing the human-made causes of unstoppable global warming. Abby Frazier told The West Block that doing […]

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A Bear Dies, the World Notices

A Bear Dies, the World Notices

Sad, stark images from an island in Norway appeared this month in newspapers around the world, with articles shared widely on social media. The emaciated carcass of a polar bear – “little more than skin and bones” – had washed […]

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Climate Change and Vulnerable Pacific Islands

Climate Change and Vulnerable Pacific Islands

The impacts of unchecked, unstopped global warming are serious for us North Americans, but they pale in comparison to what’s ahead for life in some other parts of the world. In the United States and Canada, the impacts include (to […]

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Frack U

Frack U

  My state assembly representative was kind enough to send me a letter via snail mail in response to my concerns about fracking, stating:  ”I am strongly in favor of protecting our natural environment and our drinking water, and I […]

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Earth Day Haikus and Music

Earth Day Haikus and Music

For Earth Day, I’ve decided to share some original poetry and a little music. First, there’s this haiku cycle I wrote and posted a few years ago at another location on the web: Green and blue planet Chokes, and feels […]

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