Climate Change and mass extinction have emerged as the twin existential environmental crises of our time. In response, movements and decision makers are increasingly advocating for new approaches and bold commitments that reflect the scale of the problem. In this talk Graham Saul will cover many of the emerging trends related to nature conservation and reflect on how we can help put big new ideas into action in Canada.
Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of hostilities. The NATO powers led by the USA are poised to retaliate with draconian sanctions on the Russian leadership and economy This paper by John Foster illuminates the course of events and (thus far) failed diplomacy that brought us to this point, where NATO’s eastward expansion over the past two decades has clashed with Russia’s security interests
Dr. Lefkoff will examine the reasons why “sustainable investing” (sometimes called impact investing or environmental, social, and governance investing, ESGs) is hastening the exponential race toward global climate collapse, even as CEOs like Larry Fink of BlackRock, the most prominent investment leader in the world, promotes companies like BlackRock as the best hope for a more sustainable version of capitalism. Here’s the question she will address: Is it possible to be a good socially responsible citizen, while at the same time carrying out the fiduciary responsibility to make the most profit possible for the shareholders of a corporation?
The report emanates from the Group of 78’s 2021 annual policy conference, which brought together experts on infrastructure, health, food and agriculture, municipal planning, and finance. They discussed how communities and households could bolster their adaptation to a world in which temperatures in some regions could rise considerably more than 3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Such actions must be taken alongside measures to mitigate, or slow down, rising temperatures. However, the reality is that both in Canada and most of the world, adaptation has been critically neglected in contrast to mitigation.
The G78 Board and members are grateful and honoured to have had Clyde Sanger as colleague, friend and an anchor for our work. While sharing our condolences to his sons and their families, we salute Clyde’s remarkable life and the richness he brought to others in this post; which includes a personal, heartfelt tribute to Clyde by the Honorable Douglas Roche, O.C.
The following letter was sent to the Prime Minister as well as the Ministers of Global Affairs, Finance (& Deputy Prime Minister), Environment & Climate Change, International Development, Trade Agriculture, Health, Infrastructure, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Natural Resources Canada, requesting action with the recommendations from our 2021 Annual Policy Conference.