Daily Archives: February 21, 2011


Stockholm 1972

The UN Conference on the Human Environment, better known as the Stockholm Conference, was held in 1972 in Stockholm. It was the UN’s first major conference on international environmental issues and is recognized at the beginning of contemporary political and public awareness of global environmental issues. The declaration produced in Stockholm contains 26 principles regarding READ MORE


Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Resolution – CETA – September 2010

Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Resolution – CETA – September 2010 October 2010, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) pass a resolution calling on the provincial government to negotiate a clear, permanent exemption for local governments from CETA. WHEREAS the Canadian government has entered into negotiations with the European Union for a comprehensive READ MORE


Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Resolution – CETA – September 2010

September 2010, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) pass a resolution calling on the federal government to respect municipal autonomy in trade negotiations with the European Union. MUNICIPAL IMPACT OF CANADA AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE AGREEMENT WHEREAS The Government of Canada has entered into negotiations with the European Union for an EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic READ MORE


Now Look Who’s Big on Buying Local

Campaigns aimed at supporting local economies are gaining popularity, especially in BC. Writer Darren Barefoot has made a commitment to buy only Canadian products and services for an entire year, and the BC chapter of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced its “ Ten Percent Shift Campaign ” to encourage British Columbians to shop locally. Read the READ MORE


Our Common Future

The Brundtland Commission and UN World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) wrote the report Our Common Future in 1987 to emphasize the importance of sustainable development for social, economic, and environmental agendas. The report defines sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to READ MORE


Climate Change Science and Research Update – Fall 2010

The latest climate change research indicates that global greenhouse gas concentrations must be drastically reduced in order to prevent near-catastrophic consequences to the planet and its people. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that the effects of climate change are far worse than originally thought, and immediate action is required. Policymakers now have READ MORE