Top Down vs Bottom Up: Why We Need Both

This is post is part of the Plastic Free July Series It’s pretty common, especially in political circles, to draw a distinction between problems that can be best solved by a top down, authoritative approach and those that are better solved by a grassroots, bottom up approach. Like many pieces of common wisdom, however, the reality is that is usually much more complicated. While some … Continue reading Top Down vs Bottom Up: Why We Need Both

This Week In….May 4, 2018

Peacekeeping The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defense is currently conducting a study on Canada’s Contributions to International Peacekeeping. Walter Dorn, president of the Canadian chapter of the World Federalist Movement, made a presentation to the committee on April 26th, entitled “Back in the Game”,  which included several recommendations such as supporting prevention activities, involving more female peacekeepers, and making Canadian leaders available to … Continue reading This Week In….May 4, 2018

PERC Endorses the Earth Charter

The PERC board of directors is happy to report that they endorsed the Earth Charter at their meeting on April 24, 2018.  They hope to be able to profile this document  in the summer edition of the Peace & Environment News, but in the meantime, we thought we’d announce it here. The Earth Charter Initiative is a global movement of organizations and individuals that embrace … Continue reading PERC Endorses the Earth Charter

Putting Carbon Policy to the Test

New online tool allows anyone to forecast the effects of government action on emissions. Reprinted from The Pembina Institute. What would your climate policy look like if you were in charge? Canada’s Energy Policy Simulator  (EPS) is the first tool that allows anyone to see exactly how policy ideas affect total carbon and emissions output in the country. From carbon pricing to mass transit to building efficiency, … Continue reading Putting Carbon Policy to the Test

A Future That Works

Guest post by Mike Nickerson These are challenging times. How do we get a civilization that has been growing for 10,000 years to realize it is grown up now?  Getting bigger is no longer what we need to do. Since before recorded history, more people and more activity made humanity stronger.  We lack models for a mature, post-growing state.  Yet, many problems are unfolding as … Continue reading A Future That Works

How to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day takes place on April 22nd, so it’s a busy time for environmental groups like PERC. However, if you’re not in the environmental sector, it might seem like an odd date to commemorate. Isn’t it just a made-up holiday? Well, in some sense, all holidays are made up, so there’s no reason to be a snob about Earth Day. Even Christmas, with it’s tie-in … Continue reading How to Celebrate Earth Day

This Week In…..

Invasive Species Management Lanark County decides to support continued action against “Canada’s Worst Invasive Plant“, Phragmites australis. This tall grass spreads rapidly, forms dense monocultures, reduces biodiversity and is a serious threat to many ecosystems. Read more here. Climate Change COP 23 wrapped up in Bonn, Germany on Saturday (the conference was organized by Fiji, but hosted by Germany for practical reasons). There was strong interest … Continue reading This Week In…..