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SAVING EARTH

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Winter 2020 edition: Trees and Forests. In this issue we join with Sierra Club BC to help stop clear-cut logging of BC old growth. We look at the devastating wildfires that have recently occurred, and learn about replanting trees with One Tree Planted. We explore a nature-based economy with Greenpeace, and speak with Minto Roy from Social Print Paper about environmentally friendly paper. We also look at Community Forestry Concessions and how they can prevent narco-deforestation in Guatemala, and include a special report from our journalist Sergio Izquierdo on palm oil plantation pollution. David Suzuki joins us on the topic of decolonization, and Jan Lee gives us an inside look at mangrove forests. We study tree trunks with FLAAR Mesoamerica and look at how parrots in Belize disperse seeds and help the forests grow. We look at the benefits of hemp with Hemp Save the World, talk gift wrap with Green Okanagan, and look at how trees create oxygen with educator Ingrith León in Teaching Science. Click here for digital copy and here for print.

Featured Articles

  • Preserving Global Forests, One Sheet Of Paper At A Time

    Sometimes one comes across an idea that is so simple that we have to wonder why it hasn’t been clear to everyone forever. It should be so obvious to see that using paper made from trees is a waste of valuable resources. We are the ones who are responsible for our planet and our future and we know, without a shadow of a doubt, the role that trees play in keeping our planet healthy yet we continue to treat them as if they are an expendable, low-value, resource.

Rediscovering Our Place in Nature

By |Featured, Science Matters with David Suzuki|

The following is adapted from The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature (Greystone Books), a book I wrote with Amanda McConnell in 1997 and updated in 2007. It seems as relevant today as when we wrote it, if not more so. I hope you enjoy it and that the year ahead brings new ways of seeing and thinking about the world so that we can finally find ways to live in harmony with each other and the natural systems that keep us alive and healthy.

We have the power to create a brighter future

By |Climate Change, Featured, Science Matters with David Suzuki|

This is our last Science Matters column for 2020. What a year it’s been! As if things weren’t bad enough on the environmental front — record-breaking global temperature increases, the U.S. backtracking on ecological protections and policies and pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, a worsening biodiversity crisis and more — the world was hit with a devastating pandemic. We’ve been brought to a tipping point. A common thread through it all is the dangerous politicization, and often outright dismissal, of science.

Ocean Acidity: Causes, Conditions, & What Can Be Done

By |Climate Change, Environment, Featured|

Research has established that the ocean’s chemistry is changing at a rapid rate, due to the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO₂). Ocean acidity (OA) levels have been on the rise since the industrial era, and continue to threaten shell-fish production on the Pacific West Coast, from California to British Columbia. “The potential biological effects of OA were first documented in the late 1990s,” said Christopher Harley, a Professor, at UBC Dept. of Zoology and Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.

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