Environmental Issues

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Connexions Library

Academics Urge Government Climate Action: Sources News Release
Article
2009
More than 500 university faculty members from universities across Canada signed a letter to the Canadian Government calling for immediate drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The letter poi...
Alternative Press Center
Organization
Annotated links to alternative points of view available on the Internet.
Blueprint for a Green Economy
Pearce, David; Markandya, Anil; Barbier, Edward B.
Book
1989
A set of practical proposals for financing a sustainable environment.
Canada After Harper: His Ideology-fuelled Attack on Canadian Society and Values, and How We Can Resist and Create the Country We Want
Finn, Ed (editor)
Book
2015
Essays documenting the breadth and depth of the Harper government's attack on institutions, policies, and programs that embody values and principles shared by most Canadians: education, health care, w...
Canada Since 1960: A People's History: A Left Perspective on 50 Years of Politics, Economics and Culture
Gonick, By (ed.)
Book
2016
An account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the 1960s to today, seen through the eyes of Canadian Dimension magazine.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Overview: Environmental, Land Use, Rural
Article
1989
As we witness an apparently unending succession of environmental hazards and catastrophes, awareness is spreading that we are in the midst of a profound ecological crisis. There is still hope for reve...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Environment Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on environment, ecology, climate change, pollution, and land use.
Constructive criticism can be a good thing
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1982
It's counterproductive to say that for the sake of 'unity' we shouldn't criticize others in the environmental movement. Principled debate and critcism when it is called for helps us clarify issues and...
Defender of the Forests: Bonnie Phillips vs. the Timber Beasts, Gang Green and the Big Foundations
Schlossberg, Josh
Article
2015
Veteran forest advocate Bonnie Phillips passed away on May 4, 2015 in Olympia, Washington. This article is based on her final interview.
84-year-old ex-librarian arrested protesting Kinder Morgan, calls NEB a "sham"
Morelli, Peter
Article
2014
Barbara Grant criticized the NEB hearings of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion as a "sham" and spoke out about the danger before crossing the police line to be arrested. At 84, she's the oldest per...
Eliizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Against The Current vol. 125
McGough, John
Article
2006
Floods in normally drought-stricken eastern India have killed hundreds and left 1.5 million homeless this summer. Closer to home, a record-setting heat wave this June killed 225 in the United States, ...
The Encroaching Desert: Report
Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues
Book
This new report for a top-level international Commission focuses attention on the relentless spreading of the world's deserts. This report highlights the shortcomings of the Third World countries as w...
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
Kovel, Joel
Book
2002
We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the de...
FAO: Plantations are not forests!: Since 1948 the UN's Food and Agriculture has been clinging to an outmoded definition of 'forests' that includes industrial wood plantations
World Rainforest Movement
Article
2017
The FAO definition considers forests to be basically just 'a bunch of trees', while ignoring other fundamental aspects of forests, including their many other life-forms such as other types of plants, ...
Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster: A 'realistic' answer to the ecological crisis
Flenady, Liam
Article
2011
Resolving the ecological crisis is incompatible with capitalism. We must build a movement that works against capitalist logic with the aim to overcoming it in favour of a properly sustainable and egal...
Gasland
Fox, Josh
Film
2010
Today, communities in the United States are being more and more affected by natural gas drilling and, specifically, hydraulic fracturing.
Getting Serious About Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Means Getting Serious About a Just Transition
Young, Patrick
Article
2016
If the climate movement is going to get serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, the movement needs to get serious about cultivating a real vision for a just transition. If we’re going to se...
Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada: Third Edition
Czerny, Michael; Swift, Jamie
Book
1984
See also CX2933.
Green Business: Hope or Hoax?: Toward an Authentic Strategy for Restoring the Earth
Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith
Book
1991
Is green business a viable strategy or a contradiction in terms?
Greenhouse Earth
Nilson, Annika
Book
1992
Gute Argumente: Verkehr
Seifried, Dieter
Book
1990
Informiert anschaulich and sachlich über die Grundlagen des Verkehrssystems, über the Hintergründe der auto-orientierten Gesleeschaft und uber unweltschonende und wirtschaflich vorteilhafte Alternativ...
How to Promote a Just Transition and Break out of the jobs vs. environment trap: A Superfund for Workers
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2015
A strategy has been emerging to protect workers and communities whose livelihoods may be threatened by climate protection policies. Protecting those who lose their jobs due to necessary environmental ...
How to Save the World: Strategy for World Conservation
Allen, Robert
Book
1980
"How To Save The World" discusses, "Why the world needs saving now and how it can be done". Allen breaks his work down into seven chapters, devoting each to an important aspect of the global predicame...
India - Now Nuclear and Environmental Dissent is a Crime
Sundaram, Kumar
Article
2014
In modern India any form of dissent from the neoliberal corporate model of development is being criminalised. Opponents of nuclear power, coal mines, GMOs, giant dams, are all under attack as enemies ...
Legal Ruling Will Allow Rain Forest Indigenous Peoples to Pursue Chevron in Canada
Escobar, Santiago
Article
2014
Ontario Court of Appeal says communities of Ecuador affected by Chevron can enforce Ecuadorian rulings in Canada.
Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding Line 9: Climate Change and the Line 9B Reversal Project
Article
2015
A letter from community organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted Indigenous communities, and national organizations that would like to express adamant opposition to the recent 'Leave to ...
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
Book
1996
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
Make a Difference: Student Activities for a Better Environment
Ellis, Toni; Scanlan, Tom
Book
Make a Difference is book for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. It provides educational material on a variety of environmental concerns through exercises, charts and tables, illustrations and a glossary...
Managing Wastes: A Guide to Citizens' Involvement
Jackson, John, Wallace, Barbara
Book
1985
Second editon of booklet first published in 1984, outling how citizens can involve themselves in decision-making about waste management. ...
Marxism and the Earth: A defence of the classical tradition: Book review of Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique
Empson, Martin
Article
2017
Marxist analyses of the natural world have been the focus of intense debate recently, and the publication of any book that further explores what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels thought about the subjec...
McLuhan's Children: The Greenpeace Message and the Media
Dale, Stephen
Book
1996
Looks at Greenpeace's rise to global prominence through its savvy use of mass media. Traces the evolution of Greenpeace's relations with the media.
A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2016
Grassroots movement organizations from every continent will hold a global week of action called Break Free From Fossil Fuels in May 2016. They envision tens of thousands of people mobilizing worldwide...
Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA
Vallianatos, Evaggelos; Jenkins, McKay
Book
2014
Vallianatos and Jenkins, after a 25-year stint at the Environmental Protection Agency, pull back the curtain on the watchdog agency's failure to guard public safety and monitor land use due to steady ...
Red and Green: The New Politics of the Environment
Weston, Joe (ed.)
Book
1986
In order for green politics to work, we need to develop a total policy for the environment, a social policy which views capitalist industry as the destroyer of the world we live in.
Root & Branch: A Libertarian Socialist Journal, #1
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
A Short History of Progress
Wright, Ronald
Book
2004
If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
Sign Crimes/Road Kill: From Mediascape to Landscape
Nelson, Joyce
Book
1992
A collection of thirty short essays by Joyce Nelson, a writer specializing in the politics of the mass media.
The State of the World Atlas
Kidron, Michael
Book
1981
Transport Policy and the Environment: Six Case Studies
Barde, Jean-Philippe; Button, Kenneth
Book
1990
Underground Times
Verzuh, Ron
Book
1989
The story of Canadian 'underground' newspapers of the 1960s.
What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment
Magdoff, Fred; Foster, John Bellamy
Book
2011
A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solel...
What's Left? Environmentalists and Radical Politics
Williams, Rick
Book
1990
Environmentalist activism as radical practice.
Why Detroit Needs Justice and CPR: Against The Current vol. 88
Simmons, Charles
Article
2000
If anyone doubts that the modern American City has become the center of all forms of oppression, consider the list of injustices that Detroit residents confront everyday in a city governed by African ...
Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
Steffen, Alex ed
Book
2007
A User's Guide to the 21st Century is a compendium of everything a generation of environmental activists has to offer.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Against the Current
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Canadian Institute of International Affairs
The CIIA provides a national, non-partisan forum for the analysis, discussion and debate of international issues focussing on the implications for Canadian interests. Activities include the National F...
Citizens' Environment Watch
The group's programs are based on education, evidence and data collection, and action, (initiating programs and informing communities) thereby helping participants reconnect with their local environme...
Clean Nova Scotia Foundation
Working to improve our environment.
Climate Action Network Canada
CANCanada - To support & empower Canada's governments private sector, labour & civil society by designing, developing implementing effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at internati...
CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses as wel...
Ecologist, The
Online environmental affairs magazine covering a wide range of issues, ranging from the environmental costs of industrial agriculture, the health effects of toxins, the effects of economic globalizati...
EcoSanity.org
ecoSanity.org is an independent, hard truth, environmental and social justice, volunteer activist and advocacy organization based in Toronto, Canada. Our Focus: The clear, present, accelerating globa...
Friends of the Earth International
We are the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 76 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters aroun...
Halton Environment Network
The Halton Environmental Network (HEN) aims to achieve a positive and lasting impact for Halton Region's natural environment by building relationships and providing networking opportunities. The idea ...
Monbiot.com
George Monbiot's Web site.
Oeko-Institut
German institute dealing with environmental issues including transportation and climate change. Eine der europaweit fhrenden, unabh„ngigen Forschungs- und Beratungseinrichtungen fr eine nachhaltige...
People and Planet Friendly
Gateway to environment, peace and sustainability. Site includes alternative media listing and GoodWork listings of jobs, volunteer and internship positions. Also listed are events and guides to sustai...
Resistance MP3
Left-wing political audio recordings of talks and discussions, primarily from a Trotskyist or neo-Trotskyist perspective, but also including some clips from speeches by people like Martin Luther King ...
Solidarity
A democratic revolutionary socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization which publishes Against the Current magazine. Solidarity is an independent socialist organization dedicated to forming a bro...
Sources
Sources specializes in collecting, indexing, and disseminating information to help journalists, editors, and researchers quickly reach articulate experts and spokespersons who can provide background i...
Sources Calendar, The
The Sources Calendar contains event listings of interest to journalists and the media. To submit items use the online form at http://calendar.sources.com.
Spinwatch
Public interest research.
West Coast Environmental Law Association
To provide legal advice, representation, education and research which seeks to ensure enviromental protection and effective public involvement in environmental decision-making.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), located in New York, comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories and its renowned library. The collections contain over 32 m...
CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe, and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses as well as with others fighting for...
European Union
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states, located primarily in Europe. It was established by the Treaty of Maastricht on 1 November 1993 upon the foundations of the pre-existing European Econo...
International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the w...
Oeko-Institut
German institute dealing with environmental issues including transportation and climate change. Eine der europaweit fhrenden, unabh„ngigen Forschungs- und Beratungseinrichtungen fr eine nachhaltige Zukunft. Es besch„ftigt be...
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
With 56 States drawn from Europe, Central Asia and America, the OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization, bringing comprehensive and co-operative security to a region that stretches from Vancouver to Vladivostok....
Rainforest Action Network
RAN seeks to protect the Earth's rainforests through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. They do so using campaigns to expose the wrongdoings of governments and corporations and mobilize the internatio...
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery and learning about the natural wor...
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...
World Rainforest Movement
The WRM is an international network of citizens involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. The group works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and fights commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations ...

Sources Library

Canadian government 'knew of plans to dump iron into the Pacific'
Chief executive of company responsible for controversial geoengineering test implicates several departments
Lukacs, Martin
2012
As controversy mounts over the revelations that an American businessman conducted a massive ocean fertilisation test, dumping around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate off Canada's coast, it has emerged the ...
Community groups and First Nations demand the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 9
Sources News Release
2015
More than 80 organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted indigenous communities, as well as national organizations have released a statement letter to the Prime Minister condemning the rece...
Environment Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to environment in the Sources directory for the media.
Sounding the alarm on environmental issues comes at a steep price
Tzabiras, Marianna
2014
On 20 April 2014 Human Rights Watch issued an urgent call for information on the whereabouts of Thai activist Por Cha Lee Rakchongcharoen, known as "Billy". The prominent ethnic Karen activist has bee...

From the Connexions Archives

Against the Current
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Halton Environmental Network
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
The Halton Environmental Network (HEN) aims to achieve a positive and lasting impact for Halton Region's natural environment by building relationships and providing networking opportunities.
Ideas and Action
Periodical profile published 1981
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981
Archive of some articles published in Ideas and Action, a radical paper published by the Workers Solidarity Alliance from 1981 to 1997.
International Dark Sky Association
Website
Concerned with stopping the adverse environmental impact of light pollution and space debris.