Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

By Brent Patterson. Reproduced with permission from Peace Brigades International – Canada. It is possible that the world could see a decrease in spending on weapons due to the drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt, and a popular push for public funds to be spent on health care and the environment rather than increasingly on armaments. On May 18, The Guardian reported, “Saudi … Continue reading Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

World Beyond War Online May 28-30

#NOWAR2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS #NoWar2020 is going online this May 28-30, 2020! Due to the cancellation of CANSEC and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we’re turning #NoWar2020, World BEYOND War’s 5th annual global conference, into a series of online sessions. On Day 1 on May 28 at 12pm-2pm Eastern Time, Mary-Wynne Ashford will lead a virtual workshop on “Nonviolence Strategies – 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War”. Click here to … Continue reading World Beyond War Online May 28-30

Sending a Warning: The XR Climate Emergency Camp at the Prime Minister’s Front Door

By: Ann Cognito and Eric Rebel This article was submitted for the Spring 2020 PEN, but had to be left out due to space constraints. Instead, we are publishing it here, and will run an updated version in the Summer 2020 edition. In early 2019, Ann Cognito had a vision. The fifty-year-old Calgary woman decided enough was enough! Something needed to be done about the … Continue reading Sending a Warning: The XR Climate Emergency Camp at the Prime Minister’s Front Door

The Strong Hands that Hold our Future

By Claus Anthonisen Saturday, Feb. 15—The youth gathered in the Horticultural Building, at Landsdowne, for the Generation Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit were both inspired and inspring as they celebrated the youth-led initiatives on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. There were also many, let’s say, more mature folks participating the summit including luminaries as diverse as Joel Harden, the MPP for Ottawa Centre, Solange … Continue reading The Strong Hands that Hold our Future

Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

written by Katie Fettes photo Credit: Jean Luc Habimana, 2019 Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, despite accounting for only 2-3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Up to 70 percent of the continent’s population depends on agriculture, with 95 percent of this production relying on rainfall. Increased water scarcity due to irregular rainfall patterns is bringing droughts … Continue reading Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Climate Anxiety & Ecological Grief

PERC supporters have probably heard the term “climate anxiety” before, and likely even experienced some themselves. Realizing that the world is likely going to be a very different place in the future than it was in the past, facing the loss of species we feel fond of, places we’re nostalgic about, or contemplating the climate-change related hardships faced by people around the globe isn’t fun, … Continue reading Climate Anxiety & Ecological Grief

Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

This piece was written by PERC intern Johanna, who was featured in the Winter 2020 edition of the PEN, while staying with family in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a tropical oasis located within the Caribbean Sea. It is shaped like a butterfly and attracts tourists for its tropical climate, beaches and culture. The primary industry is tourism: it is amazing to look around and see all … Continue reading Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

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