Remembrance Day 2019: Toward a More Peaceful and Sustainable World

This post was adapted from a posting on Good Work, Canada’s Green Jobs board. Original here. Peace, Nonviolence & Conflict Resolution Work for peace and sustainability! If we love our kids, we must strive for peace. Peace is not just the absence of conflict. If =we simply try to avoid aggression, or worse still “fight fire with fire”, it can come back bigger than before. Rather, peace … Continue reading Remembrance Day 2019: Toward a More Peaceful and Sustainable World

Climate Strike: Thoughts & Next Steps

Plenty of news outlets have covered the gathering of 20 000 people on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill for Friday’s Climate Strike (#climatestrikecanada) with much more thoroughness than one volunteer blogger could hope to do, but here are some thoughts and musings on the day, and a couple next steps. Things I Noticed: Ottawa residents are pretty creative when it comes to making protest signs. A few … Continue reading Climate Strike: Thoughts & Next Steps

New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

Food waste is something of a hot-button topic lately, and rightly so. According to the Ontario Waste Management Association, about $12 billion dollars of food per year is wasted in Ontario. A commonly seen figure is that about a third of food produced ends up being wasted – a shockingly high amount when you think about all the energy and resources that go into growing … Continue reading New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

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