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Clayoquot Sound, part of the Tla-o-qui-aht territory, has been the site of numerous protests against logging the forest. Meares Island was declared a Tribal Park in 1984. (Shutterstock)

Respect for Indigenous knowledge must lead nature conservation efforts in Canada

To combat the biodiversity crisis, we need to fundamentally shift our economy and society and make nature conservation the norm.
The first Earth Day in 1972 spurred other countries to support global environmental action. Callista Images/Getty

The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world

April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which catalyzed action to protect the environment not just in the US but internationally.
Maps can be a tool in the defense of Indigenous communities against extractive industries. Canadian Centre for Architecture; Grant Tigner, painter. Seagrams Limited, publisher. The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, in The St. Lawrence Seaway: The Realization of a Mighty Dream, 1954.

Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories

Historically, western corporate maps have been privileged over Indigenous ones. But given the essential debate of territory in resource conflicts, maps are a crucial tool.
Mining is a highly destructive endeavour towards our environment but demand for gems and minerals is non-stop; early colonial relationships continue to define these industries. Shutterstock

Earth Day: Colonialism’s role in the overexploitation of natural resources

Much of the devastation of our globe's natural resources traces its origins to early colonialism. These relationships continue to define the extraction of resources that severely impact ecosystems.
Humanity’s control over nature represents a shift in the relationship between humans and the surrounding world. boscorelli/Shutterstock.com

What Earth Day means when humans possess planet-shaping powers

It's time to admit the age of pristine nature is over. In its place is humanity and planet-shaping technologies, from gene editing to climate engineering. Earth Day in a Synthetic Age.
Bill Nye the Science Guy leads a crowd of scientists in the April 22 2017 March on Science in Washington, DC. Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

Yes, climate change matters: international scientists appeal to Trump on his first 100 days

Scientists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe take on the White House with facts from the ground they stand on.
Most U.S. environmental organizations are less diverse than this group of Californian environmental justice leaders. Brooke Anderson/CEJA

Why environmental groups need more volunteers of color

How could green groups attract more diverse volunteers? Maybe they could put more time and energy into outreach toward the people most affected by environmental injustices.

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