We elect politicians to provide leadership on important issues. And specifically, we expect them to lead during emergencies. While I recognize that politics are about the art of compromise—trying to get the best results possible under difficult circumstances—politicians can no...
Climate change is an existential crisis. And we have but two choices: we can declare a climate emergency and take extraordinary measures to turn down the heat or we can continue to cook the planet. Many believe that choice...
Some of you will remember The Graduate (1967) starring Dustin Hoffman who played the character Ben, a young graduate attending a party. When asked what he plans to do with his future, Mr. Maguire takes him aside and says...
One has to wonder why it has taken so long to discover that tree-planting done on a massive global scale is likely to become one of the most effective tools in the carbon-fighting toolbox. A new study just out in...
If you’re an average person, you eat at least 50,000 particles of microplastic each year and you breath in a similar amount. That’s close to 275 particles per day or approximately 20 for each waking hour. This adds up...
One million species are being driven to extinction by human activities according to a landmark report by the UN's IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). The rate of species extinction and the decline in biodiversity are...
Canada’s long-awaited carbon pricing policy is now in effect across the country. Starting yesterday, the federal government imposed its Backstop Carbon Pricing Policy on the last four hold-out provinces: Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The following is sourced...
For decades now, adult activists, adult environmentalists and adult scientists have been trying to move climate change to the top of the world agenda. But we have met with limited success. And for decades, adult world leaders and adult politicians...
A recent report out of the U.K.—This Is a Crisis: Facing Up to the Age of Environmental Breakdown—argues that humanity needs “three shifts in understanding across political and policy communities: the scale and pace of environmental breakdown, the implications...
Humanity’s concern for the environment and for global warming goes back at least three decades. In 1988 some world leaders identified global warming as their biggest concern. Margaret Thatcher referred to herself as a green prime minister. George H.W. Bush...