According to CBC, the American State of the Union study has reported that Alaska and British Columbia glaciers are rapidly melting. The cause is rising temperatures due to climate change. Glaciers worldwide are in similar decline. Of 200,000 glaciers on Earth, 17,000 of them are in British Columbia and 800 are in Alberta. Brian Menounos, a geography professor at the …

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Two years ago, James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, wrote in the New York Times, “If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.” Mr. Hansen was referring to Canada going ahead with oil sands expansion. (Scroll down for a background on …

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We’re getting really excited to join the #NoEnbridge pipeline rally this Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m., Sunset Beach, Vancouver, to show support for anti-oil-sands pipeline expansions. We expect to join thousands of others! Recently, Ben West, of the Wilderness Committee, posted this video, asking everyone to share it. He said: Ok y’all here’s the deal… I’m gonna share this …

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As part of Defend Our Climate Day, several organizations, including ForestEthics, The Wilderness Committee, and LeadNow, are hosting a No Enbridge Pipeline Rally at Sunset Beach, May 10. This timely action comes just a few weeks before Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a decision about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway twin pipeline project. Please come to the rally and let your voice …

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Harper’s government seems to be doing everything it can to push forward Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and other pipelines–including downgrading the Northern Pacific humpback whale status from “threatened species” status to “species of special concern” just two months before a decision is made about the Northern Gateway. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, with advice from Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, made the recommendation …

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I’ve often said that every day should be Earth Day, because we cannot just look at the planet one day a year and call for environmental protection on that day. It must be every day. Committing oneself to honor the planet every day will result in good things, for us, for the Earth, for everyone. I’d like to recommend that …

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We were recently interviewed by Alex Smith of Ecoshock. The podcast focus was on climate change novels and the growing genre “cli-fi”.¬† You can download the program, listen it, or repost it using this link: http://www.ecoshock.org/downloads/climate2014/ES_Woodbury.mp3. The entire one-hour program also features cli-fi author James Perry Kelly and an interview with Professor Richard Rosen. Listen to or download that one-hour …

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According to Huff Post Canada last Friday, a First Nations collective–Nadleh Whut’en, Nak’azdli, Saik’uz, Takla Lake, Tl’azt’en and Wet’suwet’en–said an overwhelming no to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, a quarter of which would go through their territories. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the National Energy Board and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans met with the Yinka Dene in St. James. …

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With spring arriving in the lower mainland and the first cherry blossoms finally blooming, it is time to enjoy the outdoors more. So I’ve been taking long walks at lunch during the work day, which means 3-4km hikes among nature trails and back roads around campus. I’m set with Joni Mitchell’s “Hits” and sunshine. Even though the first song, “The …

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We have blogged before about Clara Hume’s book Back to the Garden,¬†which Moon Willow Press published in late 2013. Clara Hume, an author local to British Columbia, begins the novel in the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, just over the border from the Thompson-Okanagen-Similkameen-Kootenay regions of BC. In Back to the Garden, a group of characters just barely surviving on …

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