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Good afternoon, and welcome to Globe Climate, a newsletter on climate change, the environment and resources in Canada.
Welcome to our first edition of 2022!
One thing you missed as we wrapped up the year was our collection from Difference Makers, which showcased some of the people working to make Canada a better place in 2022. For the series, I wrote about Sarah Lazarovic and its MVP newsletter, bringing a hopeful tone to crucial discussions on climate change. I think we could all use some hope this year, right?
Also: you deserve a distraction today. If you haven’t taken our test yet, the Globe 2021 Science Quiz is like a brain booster – no appointment required.
Now, let’s catch up on some other news.
- Energy: Canada is committed to ending funding for the oil and gas industry. To understand what this really means, watch the fine print; The oilfield sees the carbon capture tax credit as the future. Opponents say it’s an unnecessary lifeline
- Arts: Canadian fashion retailers are leading the way in sustainability and pandemic realities are pushing the fashion industry to consider ways to reshape a failing system.
- Wildlife: Here’s why more and more coyotes are adapting to urban areas in Canada; British Columbia’s hummingbirds fight for their lives as canaries in cold snap
- Lodging: Catastrophic flooding further exacerbated housing crises in the southern interior of British Columbia; Smart home devices help scientists break into BC’s deadly heat wave
- From Narwhal: In the Mohawk territory of Tyendinaga, the Kenhté: ke seed sanctuary not only preserves the plants, but also the culture and the language.
A deeper dive
Why Ottawa needs to act on climate adaptation
Ryan MacDonald is senior editor of Climate Environment and Resources at The Globe and Mail. For this week’s deeper dive, he talks about the need for Canada to plan for adaptation.
Heat, fires, floods. It is difficult to understand the cascading series of climate-related disasters that residents of Western Canada have endured over the past year and continue to experience.
Each disaster comes with its own set of devastating impacts – and a few lessons:
All of this points to a crying need to develop new ideas for climate adaptation. (Adapting to climate change is about adjusting policies and actions to reduce the negative impact of climate change.)
At The Globe, we take this challenge seriously. Over the next year, we plan to focus on issues, ideas and solutions related to climate adaptation. And it starts today.
Time is running out now for Canada to prepare for future emergencies and develop solutions. The federal government has promised that by the end of this year it will release Canada’s first-ever National Adaptation Strategy.
As the Globe’s Adam Radwanski reports today, the government faces a difficult balancing act. Ottawa is trying to produce a comprehensive long-term climate resilience strategy, but it must also respond to the urgency of the moment, with specific plans to address immediate risks.
Adam argues that this effort should have started earlier. He is right.
But her article raises another important point: we can’t wait for a perfectly defined strategy – Canada must step up and learn from our mistakes.
What else did you miss
Opinion and analysis
Heather Short: I resigned from my role as a permanent climate educator. Students Deserve Action, Not Dark Future Lectures
The Way Ahead, Jason Tchir: Separating Autonomous Vehicle Promises From Reality, EV Advances In 2021
Jim Leech and Sean Cleary: Canada’s Next Big Step in Sustainable Finance – Let’s Get the Right Disclosure
Alex Bozikovic: the Festival international de jardins de Québec faces climate change
Terry Teegee and Josh Laughren: Tighter regulation of the Fisheries Act should be an urgent priority for Ottawa
New ESG bonds looming for Canadian finance
It was a year of sustainable finance talk in 2021. Now comes the action, writes Jeffrey Jones. The stage is set for some key environmental, social and governance milestones.
In 2022, the new measures will be implemented to give investors and the general public a clearer indication of the financial community’s commitment to upholding its Big Green Declarations. Canada’s major pension funds, regulators and our big banks will all act on the promises made.
Each week, The Globe will feature a Canadian making a difference. This week, we highlight the work of Jeremy Pittman who researches nature-based solutions to tackle climate change in Canadian agriculture.
Hello, my name is Jeremy Pittman, 40 years old, I am from Waterloo, Ontario, and I am an assistant professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. My research focuses on nature-based solutions to climate change in Canadian agriculture.
In 2021, the federal government has focused on nature-based solutions in Canada as part of our climate change strategy, with the intention of expanding this strategy in 2022. These actions are helping us address a societal challenge by managing or restoring in a sustainable manner and modified ecosystems.
It’s incredibly exciting for several reasons. First, it means that we can tackle climate change by leveraging nature as a tool, without the need to create new technologies. Second, it incorporates the protection of biodiversity, which some climate change initiatives unfortunately do not do. Finally, it allows us to highlight and improve some of the good work already done, especially in the agricultural sector. Canadian beef and cattle ranchers have long played a role in preventing the continued loss of grasslands in Canada, which is one of the most effective nature-based solutions in Canada’s toolbox.
Do you know a committed person? Someone who represents the real drivers of change in the country? Write to us at [email protected] to tell us about it.
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