Thread: Earth Day in Canada
04-22-2009, 04:42 PM #1
Earth Day in Canada
B.C. greenest province in Canada, PEI brownest, says Earth Day report card
Tue Apr 21, 10:02 PM
By The Canadian Press
VICTORIA, B.C. - British Columbia is the greenest province in Canada while Prince Edward Island is the brownest, says a nationwide report set for release on Earth Day.
The first ever Green Provincial Report Card issued by the independent Corporate Knights group looked at 10 environmental categories, including greenhouse gases, green energy, water use, biodiversity and car dependency.
B.C. received a score of 69 per cent, good for a C+, while Ontario came in second at 67 per cent. The Northwest Territories was the only other region to receive the C+ designation, finishing at 66 per cent.
B.C. was tops when it came to green jobs, green buildings, organic food and energy efficiency, said Corporate Knights editor-in-chief Toby Heaps.
"Our hope is that this clear presentation of provincial eco-performance will be seized upon by leaders across Canada looking to ramp up their region's eco-resiliency," he said.
Although the report's authors claim their methodology did adjust for size of population and economy, Prince Edward Island came in dead last with a grade of F and a score of 32 per cent.
The province lagged behind due to what the survey's authors called its poor energy efficiency, high car dependency, extreme paucity of protected land, and a dearth of certified green buildings.
"The ability to seize green economic opportunities will be the fundamental driver for which societies rise and fall in the 21st century," Heaps said.
One spot above P.E.I. was Newfoundland-Labrador, which scored 38 per cent. New Brunswick came in just ahead at 40 per cent.
Manitoba and Quebec were the other two provinces to register grades of F.
When it comes to the latter, the authors said that result may be in contrast to the clean image often associated with La Belle Province.
"While Quebec's abundance of large hydro dams powered it to the pinnacle of carbon efficiency per unit of economic output, in the areas of biodiversity, water use, and sustainable forestry management, Alberta scored twice as high as Quebec," Heaps said.
Alberta picked up a grade of C-and a score of 55 per cent, just behind Nunavut, which came in at 56 per cent. The Yukon also registered a C-, scoring 57 per cent.
Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan both registered grades of D.
The report said research was conducted through a combination of online research and informal expert interviews, with the majority of data being collected from Government of Canada websites and reports."
04-22-2009, 06:38 PM #2
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The enviros won't be happy until there is no more human life on the planet. The mere fact that were are living biological beings means we will produce waste by-products that they call pollution. It used to be that being environmentally friendly and conscious was a good thing. Now they have become extreme left whack jobs.
04-22-2009, 06:42 PM #3
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Thats cuz most of the province is populated by a bunch of tree-huggers LOL
04-22-2009, 10:42 PM #4
I took a healthy growler and used a 1/3 less toilet paper........does that count??Jason Knecht
Township Fire Dept., Inc.
Eau Claire, WI
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04-22-2009, 11:00 PM #5
04-22-2009, 11:33 PM #6
Wifey and I have cut down our trash output at home to an average of 1 bag a week, reducing our contribution to the waste stream saving our community money."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
04-23-2009, 08:26 AM #7
I'm not really a tree hugger but it only makes sense to 'keep your litterbox clean'. Companies say it costs too much to go with more eco-friendly packaging or operating protocols but maybe if they stopped putting so much money into commercials to win back customers they've lost due to that same mentality and put it into making eco-changes, I believe they'd find it more profitable in the long run.
Even if you only recycle those weekend beer bottles, that's helping make a difference. It doesn't really take much effort.
04-23-2009, 08:38 AM #8
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