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An Eye on the Future
Vers le futur

What will be
the greatest environmental problem of the
millennium?

Is there a
solution?


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Quel sera
le plus grand
problème
environnemental
du millénaire?

Est-ce qu'il y a
une solution?


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Jeffrey Parker
New Brunswick
Jan.
31, 2005
I live next to the so-called non-motorized trail system SNBT. My home is about 10 to 15 meters from this trail and DNR leases it to the New Brunswick Snowmobile Federation from Dec 1 to April 15 each year. This trail has fossil fuel burning noise makers with fat over weight heart attack victims going at times of the day and night with no speed limits. We have new laws that are suppose to protect homeowner's, like me, from these useless machines. The laws are not being enforced! The government is giving these trails over to motor heads and will not enforce our laws. The trails where for the purpose of making Canadian healthier and stronger through activities on these trails, walking, biking and hiking. ATV clubs are now trying to get parts of the SNBT so they can pollute for the remaining part of the year. CAN you please do anything about this? Make Canada cleaner, healthier.
Elise Houghton
Toronto
Aug. 16, 2004
Environmental discussion, like formal education, tends to be reduction-istically sorted into bits and pieces which keeps a coherent, systemic approach to thinking about environmental protection very difficult to broach. In addition to looking at environmental "issues" - which are created by our own behaviour - we should be looking at ourselves and our lack of education to see the situation we have created in the biosphere in its entirety. In Canada, Environmental Education is seldom listed as an issue. We have
been persuaded to examine and attempt to learn about tackle each piece of the environment separately - separately as "issues" - separately as groups tackling them. Watersheds, pollution, recycling, climate change. Our enormous environmental footprint. It would be a great advance to add Environmental and Sustainability Education to your discussion topics.
* Should Canada enact formal legislation and provide funding, curriculum, teacher training requirements, educational standards, programs, courses so that environmental literacy would be as basic as literacy and numeracy?
* Should every Canadian have a common background in environmental services, tolerances, systems, carrying capacity, innovations, technological advances, choices?
* Should Statistics Canada carry out research to ask Canadians if they wish to be educated in order to be sufficiently knowledgeable to protect environmental (and thereby human) health?
* Should Canada have government ministries or agencies with a mandate to make us an environmentally literate society?

Why, in 2004, does Canada have NO formal government support for this kind of
education? The US, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Jamaica (for example) have agencies, departments, offices, national strategies, programs - most frequently within Ministries or Departments of Environmental Protection - to educate their citizens on about the environment. Canada does not.
Why are Canadian citizens not asking for the same advance in basic education? The period from 2005-2014 has been designated by the UN as the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. But does Canada have any plans to educate us on this topic?
The greatest threat to our own environmental health and safety is our own ignorance. It is time for Canada to invest in an environmentally literate population through raising the quality and status of eco-literacy in all the provinces.

Elise Houghton 
August 13, 2004
The Lack of an Environmentally Literate Population 
Canada has no official mandate for educating its citizens on the most currently urgent issue in our lives: living unsustainably. Canadians are among the world's greatest consumers, most prolific emitters per person of carbon dioxide, and least well-protected in terms of environmental legislation in the developed world. No ministry or agency at the federal or the provincial level is charged - through policy, legislation, funding, staffing, educational requirements, standards, or a coherent package of learning expectations - to allow Canadians to become informed, thoughtful caretakers of their environment. Only citizen demand will make environmental literacy become a basic of education - it is time to call upon governments in every province to enact and support quality environmental and sustainability education programs. We are sadly behind nearly all English-speaking countries in this respect.

Anonymous
February 16, 2004
L'eau qui déjà est contaminé qu'allons nous faire quand l'eau ne sera plus potable à l'échelle mondiale ?

Brenda Kelley Sustainable Development, Bathurst 
Nov. 8, 2000
Mankind, despite all warnings, has managed to place himself on the Endangered Species List  through his own actions of greed and the assumption that "wherever we got it from there is lots more!"  Mankind has proven that we have within our grasp the ability to end life on this planet. And they say that " we " are the supreme beings ,  they say it is "man" who truly is the intelligent species . Are these the decisions of a supreme , intelligent species? Imagine how those who manage to survive are going to feel as our global media broadcast the minute my minute deaths of civilizations, all marine life , the great North and so much more right before our eyes . We have watched on TV humans dying from war , natural disasters , accidents , murders but we have yet to watch an entire civilization die from dehydration .  The children will be the first to go. 
Ken F. Winchiu
Ottawa
October 7, 2000
People and Urbanisation
Why is the world world trying to emulate USA mass consumerism,
without realizing that the wastage and excess energy requirements to satisfy those artificial needs !

Anonymous
June 19, 2000
Deux des plus gros problemes liés à la l'homme seront l'effet de serre avec toutes les conséquences néfastes qu'il génerent et la surpopulation notamment dans des regions comme l'Afrique 

Paul Martin,
April 4, 2000
Clean water, global warming and population, they sort of all have something in common, pollution!!!

Nicolas Sicotte
2 avril, 2000
Je crois que l'environnement doit être la priorité numéro un de tous les Canadiens, étant donné que nous sommes a peu près trente millions d'individus mais que nous polluons beaucoup. Il faut changer les mentalités.

Tracy
Feb. 25, 2000
With the growing need for water (as our population increases), the use of water will also increase. Pollution has already spoiled many waterways and this will continue, and the wars of the future will be over water, the life force of the world.

Nadine Gauvin
Feb. 1, 2000
The biggest environmental threat will be Global Climate Change
We'll witness chaos from floods, warmer  temperatures, crop degradation, insect infestation and disease. Solution: reduce fuel intake, build more fuel efficient cars & homes, accommodate cyclists, public transit, etc. Tap into and promote more environmentally friendly electrical technologies ie: windmills, solar heating, etc. Ban automatic car starters, motorized sports such as snowmobiles, ATV's, jet skis, etc.


Mark Connell
Jan. 31, 2000
People
Solution - Reduce their numbers to ~ 1 to 2 million world wide through reducing the birth rate to zero in the Developed world and to 1 per couple elsewhere. (people in the developed world consume ~ 50 X that of those in the most undeveloped countries and therefore have the largest impact on the environment. The U.S. population in terms of consumption is equivalent to 15 billion third world citizens.

Marian Lucas Jefferies
Jan. 31, 2000

Food safety


Tonya Canning
Jan. 31, 2000
What will be the greatest environmental problem of the millennium?
Not very environmental but very related, the biggest problem is APATHY!!
Is there a solution?  Yeah, we can all smarten up!!!


Patty Donovan
& Andrea
Jan. 31, 2000
The killing off of many species through varies means, such as pesticides, deforestation, chemical spills, oil spills, ozone depleating gases, and urbanization.
Is there a solution?
Look towards grassroots philosophies for solutions for less damaging ways of co-existing in harmony with Nature:-)

 

James Landry
Jan. 31, 2000

THE PLUS GROS problems sera les secheresse.
Les sécheresse dans les zones ou l' agriculture ne pourra plus etre pratiqué au canada et au etats unis dans les plaines de l'ouest canadian , les femier devront fermer et immigrer dans ldans d'autres zones canadienne ce qui résultera de forte concentrationde population dans les zone avec de bonne concentration d'eau potable au canada l'eau potable deviendra très recherché pour les gens.
La solution est pas facile avec les grande industries qui continuent de faire de la coupe a blanc meme avec leur beau commercial elle ne pratique pas les coupe avec une inteligence. Les industries ont , comme priorité de faire du profit et bonjour la visite un bon governement de bon ministre capable de faire les job et nos avoir le poste pour le salaire. Pourait mettre en force les politique de protection de l'environnement le rechauffement de la planet est ic aujourdhui alors branchons nous

Daniel LeBlanc
Petitcodiac Riverkeeper
Jan. 28, 2000
Agua.
Rain, and the right conditions to receive it, drain it and store it.

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