Sierra Club Blog Posts
With international climate change negotiations set to begin on December 1st in Lima, Peru, I decided to unearth an old unpublished story of mine. At the end of last year’s UN climate talks in Warsaw (also known as COP 19) I interviewed an internationally recognized Canadian environmental journalist to get in the inside scoop on what had happened.
The journalist’s name is Stephen Leahy. Stephen Leahy happens to be my father.
The following interview took place last year on a chilly December night in a dimly lit café in Vienna.
Derek: Lets cut to the chase - did we save the world at the UN climate change negotiations in Warsaw?... Read more »
TransCanada's PR firm should be charged with plagiarism
Blog by John Bennett
[NOTE: Names of some individuals and political affiliations have not been included to comply with new Canada Revenue Agency rules on partisan activity.]
Bravo to Keith Stewart of Greenpeace for revealing that TransCanada Corporation hired a global PR firm to develop a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign to shove the #EnergyEast pipeline down our unwilling throats.... Read more »
Use code SIERRA2014 at checkout before December 31, 2014 and receive 20% off your entire purchase of DIZOLVE!
20% of the profits go to our #SaveTheBees and other important programs!
Last year I wrote to our supporters introducing them to this great laundry product.
Well, you loved DIZOLVE!
So today I am pleased to be able to offer you another chance to stock up on these feather-light, safe and environmentally friendly laundry strips. No more lugging boxes to the basement or laundry mat!... Read more »
OTTAWA - Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. When I still lived in Berlin, my favourite November 9th activity was to go to the bridge where the Wall was first breached in 1989 - the Boesebruecke. I’d sit on the cold damp concrete of the bridge, pop the cork on a mini-bottle sekt (similar to champagne) and just wonder what it was like to be there that night.
In recent years, I have become more curious about how East Germans brought down the Wall and how I can apply those lessons to my own efforts to stop the tar sands. But even after telling the ‘Fall of the Wall’ story for five years as a Berlin tour guide, I still do not fully understand how and why it happened. I know the steps that led to the demise of the Wall though.
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Below is the blog I was working on Wednesday while our building in Ottawa was in lockdown. It would not have been possible without the sacrifice and courage demonstrated in front of the War Memorial and in the halls of Parliament. I speak on behalf of the entire Sierra Club Canada community in expressing our gratitude, our sorrow and our hope this never happens again.
John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
This is where we are and what we have to do
Next week I'll be attending the 25th anniversary meeting of the Climate Action Network Canada -- an organization I led from 1998 to 2007. I had no idea I’d end up with the job when Kai Millyard called me about forming the network back in 1989.... Read more »
Listen! Can you hear it? That's a 300 year old oak tree singing in your ear!
Flupyradifurone is a new neonicotinoid pesticide from Bayer. That’s right, another one!
Here is what Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has to say about it:
“Flupyradifurone may pose a risk to bees, non-target beneficial arthropods, and freshwater and saltwater invertebrates when used for foliar application. Flupyradifurone may pose a risk to birds and small wild mammals when used for soybean seed treatment.”
Flupyradifurone can enter the environment through a number of different insecticide applications covering a large number of ‘pests’ in a variety of crops. It can also enter groundwater and the aquatic environment through surface run-off.... Read more »
An organic gift for you!
A few weeks back I received a call from Dihan Chandra, owner of the eco-store OrganicLifestyle.com.
Impressed by our work, he offered to donate 10% of his profits from purchases made between October 6 and 15, 2014. I said that’s great!
But that’s not all. Organic Lifestyle is also offering you and all of our supporters 10% off any purchase over the same time period. What could I say but - happy to pass it along!... Read more »
Our Ontario heroes at the Green Energy Coalition (GEC) have saved Ontario-rate payers billions on their gas and electricity bills over the years.
They did it by convincing the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to uphold and enforce strong energy efficiency rules.
It is the hard slogging research, legal, and economic work that gets little attention or recognition because it's complicated, boring and absolutely essential.
So I want to give the GEC a shout-out of gratitude.
GEC’s David Poch and Kai Millyard do their work quietly in the background, so when they expressed exasperation the other day, I sat up in my chair.
Important matters the GEC are pursuing need more support, so I thought: “It’s time to lend them a hand”.
Something has gone wrong at the OEB and unless we marshal a lot of support, years of work and billions spent on smart meters and other conservation measures will be lost.... Read more »