COP: A day in the life

It’s only the second day, and I’ve already met Minister McKenna (Canada’s environment minister), got a job offer, argued with gas companies and a Monsanto representative, got a picture taken by a very nice Bangladeshi Member of Parliament, amassed a substantial collection of business cards, and learned so much. I’m wondering how I will top…

COP22: 3, 2, 1 Action!

This year’s UN climate change summit, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco has been labeled the COP of Action! Climate action, action for adaptation, loss and damage action, carbon market mechanisms for mitigation and – , you guessed it… action.   But what does action even mean? How do we translate these high level talks from the…

The low-down on Carbon Pricing – Canada’s approaches

Carbon pricing, the cost applied to carbon pollution in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s), has become quite the buzz phrase. In the last few years especially, “cap-and-trade schemes” and “carbon taxes” have inched their way up the North American political-economic agenda. Climate change is considered one of the greatest market failures, as it…

Go beyond the hour this Earth Hour 2016 – shine a light on climate action!

Every March, we’re asked to power down our lights for an hour in support of climate change awareness, and every year, millions of people worldwide turn their lights off (or don’t), but often fail to truly understand the significance of this global statement. I’m an Environment student at the University of Waterloo, so you could…