Sierra Club Blog Posts

This page shows a collection of all of Sierra Club Canada's blog posts, shown in chronological order. To view the full post, click on its title.

Think Globally...Support Canadian Activists!

By John Bennett

Remember back in the day when a friend would send you a mixed-tape? Well here’s mine…

In was the summer of 1972 and I filled my backpack with a jacket, sleeping bag, couple of shirts and I hit the highway! I was relying on my thumb to take me across Canada for the first time.

I didn’t know it then, but I had taken the first leg of a lifelong road trip. The bush, the flat prairie, the foot hills, mountains and the coast…I saw it all that summer (Hitchin’A Ride ♫).... Read more »

Why Arctic sea ice will vanish in 2013

By Paul Beckwith

On March 23, 2013, I made the following prediction:

“For the record—I do not think that any sea ice will survive this summer. An event unprecedented in human history is today, this very moment, transpiring in the Arctic Ocean.

The cracks in the sea ice that I reported in my Sierra blog and elsewhere have spread. Worse news is at this very moment the entire sea ice sheet (or about 99 percent of it) covering the Arctic Ocean is on the move (clockwise), and the thin, weakened icecap has literally begun to tear apart.

This is abrupt climate change in real-time.

The World Needs Zero Plastic Heroes

Can you be a 'Zero Plastic Hero' and shop plastic-free for an entire week?


A global initiative from the Netherlands called Zero Plastic Week (ZPW) is challenging people to avoid purchasing products made of or covered by plastic for seven full days starting June 10th. Re-using plastics obtained before June 10th is allowed.


“We have improved recycling immensely, but we seem to have forgotten the other 2 R's - reuse and reduce,” says Ries Mentink, Dutch co-creator of ZPW. ... Read more »

Endangering Species...

By John Bennett

It’s that great Canadian time of year...beginning of the camping season. In the thousands, we head to the Great Outdoors hoping to catch a glimpse of nature and its critters!

For the endangered Jefferson Salamander and Western Sage Grouse, it’s just like any other day -- avoiding predators, finding enough food and hoping to survive. They can’t do any more than that, so their survival is up to us.

Are we willing to leave them a little room on the planet or must we take it all away? Sadly, that’s the question facing Canada’s 300 endangered and 400 threatened species. Every day is critical… every day they inch closer to extinction.

RELATED: (Video) Where endangered species go when they lose their home... Read more »

The tornado connection to climate change...

By Paul Beckwith  (May 25, 2013)

As I write this blog in the aftermath of the massive tornado that passed through Oklahoma this week, I have multiple computer screens playing live feeds (like the one in Diagram 1). This mega-storm was generated as part of the massive cyclonic system that passed over the central U.S (from May 18th through May 20th). It spawned many storm systems and severe tornadoes.

In Oklahoma, it took less than 1 hour for a thunderstorm system to develop into a full-blown 3 km diameter tornado of the highest size/strength (EF5). As you know, this tornado caused total devastation along a swath greater than 30 km long and about 3 km wide in the southern part of the city. Two schools and a hospital were destroyed resulting in heavy loss of life.... Read more »

Rally in Canada's Chemical Valley

UXBRIDGE, CANADA – Last Tuesday (May 21st) over 50 Ontarians and a group from Montreal rallied outside an industry sponsored conference in Sarnia, Ontario. The two-day "Bitumen-Adding Value" conference presented tar sands bitumen from Alberta as "Canada's national opportunity." Those who rallied outside the conference building disagreed.  

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Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees!

The European Union (EU) banned three pesticides (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) last week to protect rapidly declining bee populations.

Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of all fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a big deal.

RELATED: Media Release, July 17, 2013 -- CLICK HERE

RELATED: Media Release, July 9, 2013 -- CLICK HERE... Read more »

Sorry Jim

I, like most Canadians, don't like it when a member of the family misbehaves in public and I feel it’s necessary to apologize on their behalf (for the good of the family name).

Well this is one of those occasions. So here goes:

On behalf of Canadians, I would like to extend a full and sincere apology to Dr. James Hansen (or “Jim” as his friends call him). He is owed an apology for recent derogatory remarks by Joe Oliver, the Federal Minister of Natural Resources.

So what’s this all about? Oliver, Canada’s Oil Minister (as the UK Guardian recently dubbed him), was in Washington last Tuesday flogging the Keystone XL pipeline yet again. While speaking, he dropped the veneer of sober economic pragmatist and diplomat, and the real Joe emerged.... Read more »

Making An Informed Decision About Line 9

UXBRIDGE, CANADA – The two weeks from April 5th to April 19th were a little nuts. Ontarians and Quebecers were given fourteen days by the National Energy Board (NEB) to apply for permission to have their concerns considered in the NEB's decision on Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline ( In the coming weeks we will find out who the NEB will allow to speak.

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Pipeline Snakes & Ladders

By John Bennett

I want to alert you to the most recent attack on environmental protection and democracy in this country and share with you a letter I wrote to Gaetain Caron, Chair and CEO, National Energy Board of Canada (NEB). I was spurred to write after a frustrating experience last week.

The NEB is now operating under NEW rules created by last June’s omnibus bill and, as predicted, democratic participation has suffered – in this case regarding the environmental review process concerning Enbridge’s proposal to reverse its old “Line 9” pipeline (that has been transporting light oil from Montreal to Sarnia for decades). Enbridge wants to use Line 9 in reverse to pump corrosive Tar Sands bitumen from Sarnia to Montreal and beyond eastward (exactly where we don’t know).... Read more »

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