Stats and Policy Recommendations for Earth Day in Canada
This morning, Statistics Canada released Human Activity and the Environment: Annual Statistics 2007 and 2008 that includes a feature article on climate change (we are not doing well on this front in Canada) as well as a comprehensive set of data on topics such as natural resources, ecosystems, and environmental practices.
Another interesting document is Tomorrow Today: How Canada can make a world of difference, a recent report to federal politicians on the biggest threats to this country's environment.
The document was compiled by 11 of the country's largest environmental organizations: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Pollution Probe, Sierra Club Canada and World Wildlife Fund.
The groups' recommendations centre on climate change, energy use, food production, toxic substances, water, forests and oceans. According to the report, Canada ranks near the bottom of all OECD countries on some two dozen environmental measurements.