Sierra Club Blog Posts
The Federal Government is engaged in an unprecedented campaign to damage the credibility of the environmental movement. In the latest move, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver (apparently replacing Environment Minister Peter Kent as the chief anti-environmentalist government spokesperson) submitted an “open letter” to the media. In it, he links “radicals and environmental groups” and charges they are against everything. ... Read more »
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (I’ve moved!) – As 2011 comes to an end I cannot help but wonder. Years from now when the pages of history are written on how people around the world stopped the largest and most destructive energy project in the world – the Albertan tar sands - will they say 2011 was the turning point? I think it may have been, but I will let you judge for yourself.
A look back on 2011: ... Read more »
This is my last blog of the year so I want to begin by sincerely thanking you for being part of the most exciting year of my campaigning career. In 2011 we probably had one of highest participation rates for email campaigns in all of Canada. Again, thank you.
Today I want to tell you about a disturbing pattern emerging in the public dialogue on environmental issues that has the potential to do significant damage to the environmental movement and our ability to positively influence public opinion. Influencing public opinion, after all, is how we have achieved the great change in how the natural environment is viewed and treated, so it’s important to understand what is happening.... Read more »
Have you ever put your hand in a touch box and used your fingers to feel the texture, shape, and size of an object? This simple activity engages the senses and the brain and it can be so fun watching wild children (and adults!) put their hand in the box, see their brain working away, and that wide eyed look of realization when they figured out what is inside.
I will often use touch boxes when I know that I am going to be working with younger children or if the weather is too nasty to go outside. These boxes are simple and cheap to make.
To Make a Touch Box
Take an unused cardboard shoebox and cut a hole out of the top that is big enough to get your hand into. Paint, add stickers, and decorate it the box. Around the hole, attach a sock top or leg warmer into place by sewing or stapling it around the hole to keep the curious from peeking inside.... Read more »
This morning when I woke up, I saw that I received an email from Graham Saunders. Graham’s email really summarizes the situation in Durban succinctly and I wanted to share it with you.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment and send a message to the Prime Minister and Federal Environment Minister telling them to uphold Canada's reputation and do what's right in Durban! After reading the post below, I know you will!
– John Bennett, Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada ... Read more »
After holding numerous meetings and joining forces with all kinds of stakeholders in the NE Avalon region, we've submitted our background report on why transit intitiatives are desperately needed in our communities.
Public transit will help keep ghg emissions down and reduce traffic on our grid-locked roads. It can also save you money! As mortalities mount on the ring road around St. John's, a real plan for transit might actually reduce accidents, too !
Please go here to read the report.
Thanks to Mountain Equipment Co-op's Urban Sustainablity Grants for making this work possible!
If dirty industry can buy influence, why can’t we?
Countless people across Canada have called on this government to end its destructive subsidies for dirty oil extraction and commit to a fair, ambitious, and binding climate legislation, however, it seems our demands have fallen on deaf ears. It seems we are speaking the wrong language when it comes to getting our government’s ear, so now we’re going to try to speak in a language they understand. We know that our government is quite sympathetic to the needs of the oil industry, handing out billions in subsidies each year, so it seems money and influence is what is needed to gain their support, so this is your chance to take a page from the petroleum peddlers. Let’s buy back our future!
How you can “Buy Back Your Future” in 5 minutes:... Read more »
In the first two days of the negotiators, countries gave statements at opening plenaries. Contact groups were formed where the knitty-gritty will be discussed. Many counties spoke about impacts that their countries are feeling from increased frequency of extreme weather events. Venezuela, representing ALBA (a progressive group of South American countries), accused the ‘predatory economies’ that are advocating for a voluntary approach to emissions reductions of being selfish and of destroying climate regime.
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