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Forgive My Pessimism

By Owen Leggatt Stewart (Nov 5, 2021)

After the first week, COP26 has presented some small steps forward for the environment. Forgive my pessimism, but I am not convinced it will be the solution to the broad environmental problems we face.

Before even beginning, the conference suffered from access issues. 

Bring Back Nature Everywhere

Committing to phase out fossil fuels would mark a welcome sea change in climate leadership for Canada.  Other countries would sit up and take notice.  

However, stopping fossil fuel combustion alone won’t solve the climate crisis.  

Season One of Our Youth Chapter’s Podcast is Out, Listen Now!

Season 1 of our Sierra Youth chapter’s podcast is now available to listen to in full on spotify and apple podcasts. This first season takes a look at some of the most pressing issues facing our environment as well as the impact of environmental damage on people. Each podcast ends with a simple 10 minute action we can all take to make a difference. 

Taking Action in Atlantic Canada

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From the Beyond Coal Impact Report

Sierra Club Atlantic Canada’s Beyond Coal campaign has established itself as a leading voice on energy issues and climate activism in Nova Scotia this year. With the commitments of successive NS Premiers to transition to 80 percent renewable energy and get off coal by 2030, we have a pathway to achieve the Beyond Coal campaign targets. 

Prospects for New National Urban Park in Greater Edmonton Region Spark Excitement

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By Lindsay Boucher

This summer Johnathan Wilkinson, Former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, announced a new program to create national urban parks across Canada. Seven cities were being considered, including the greater Edmonton area.  This announcement aligns with Sierra Club Canada Foundation’s goal of providing access to nature for all, protecting wildlife and habitat, and mitigating climate change with nature-based solutions.

Our new MPs should be talking about air quality

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By Jake Cole

Information being collected through the BreatheEasy project shows that Ottawa has its share of pollution — which can have serious health effects.

Answers vs Actions at COP26

By Alexandra MacDonald at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland

In 1992, 30 years ago, more than 100 nations signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – a treaty designed to cut back on global emissions. Each country, developed and developing, agreed that they had a responsibility to fight climate change and that they must work together to address the growing issue.

A message from Helena Starr, of Eskasoni First Nation

Dear people of this nation,

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, we must first acknowledge the Every Child Matters movement and the importance of spreading the truth about the thousands of children's lives lost because of the federally funded, church-run, residential school system. We mourn the loss of a beautiful generation of Indigenous people, and we must push to find their remains and return them to their families.

Top 5 Tips on How to Make the Environment Your Top Issue This Election

Election time is a unique time where your decision-makers want to hear from you about the issues that you care about.

We want to empower you to connect with your local candidates on local environmental issues that are important to you. Here are our top 5 tips on how to get started.

1)  Get to know your local candidates