A student’s heat wave experience showed him the costs of the climate disaster.
Julia Archelene Magsombol
March 09, 2023 - 7 min read
Forget the memes: Canadian police hurt Black and Indigenous people just as much as their colleagues to the south.
February 14, 2023 - 5 min read
I spent a spring teaching kids about gardening and passive solar greenhouses—and I learned just as much as they did.
January 10, 2023 - 7 min read
A week of working in the heat and smoke opened an Alberta student’s eyes to the realities of the climate crisis.
December 14, 2022 - 4 min read
Canada should learn from the way the French government funds home energy improvements.
November 22, 2022 - 7 min read
A rock climber gives up competing to focus on climate activism.
November 15, 2022 - 5 min read
When work took me out of my urban bubble, I saw how inconvenient living green can be.
November 09, 2022 - 7 min read
This journalist’s climate concerns increased when hurricanes in Atlantic Canada started feeling normal.
October 25, 2022 - 4 min read
A former boxing-gym owner takes on climate denial.
August 05, 2022 - 7 min read
From heat domes to polar vortexes, the last year made the climate crisis heartbreakingly real in BC.
July 19, 2022 - 9 min read
Art markets in the US Southwest can be spaces of pain for the Indigenous people whose cultural artifacts they sell.
July 07, 2022 - 7 min read
After a year of climate extremes, our Environmentalist from Hell finds hacks for folks who don’t own their homes.
June 28, 2022 - 6 min read
This BC First Nation is using green technology to live out its ancestral values.
June 21, 2022 - 5 min read
India’s plan to build seven new hydro dams in Kashmir will hurt ecosystems and Indigenous communities.
June 14, 2022 - 8 min read
Backyard squirrels made me ponder the pleasures of wildlife feeding, and what we should do instead.
April 14, 2022 - 9 min read
For my family, buying wool clothing is a tiny rebellion against fast fashion.
March 30, 2022 - 9 min read
Not only is cryptocurrency a risky investment, its creation uses a shocking amount of energy.
March 24, 2022 - 8 min read
When Hollywood fast-forwards to climate devastation, it wastes an opportunity to ignite our imaginations.
December 01, 2021 - 7 min read
These five books inspire kids to be kind and use their voices for justice.
November 12, 2021 - 6 min read
The Textilandia walking tour showed me how Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood has changed.
November 09, 2021 - 8 min read
At a gathering of artists, our Environmentalist from Hell learned the role her art can play in protecting the planet.
November 04, 2021 - 6 min read
When you think of ordering a healthy meal, what do you think of?
August 23, 2022 - 8 min read
As if the never-ending pandemic weren't enough, this summer's heat dome ratcheted my anxiety to a whole new level.
September 13, 2021 - 7 min read
After Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, I worried humanitarian aid might contribute to other disasters.
September 01, 2021 - 8 min read
Despite 2020’s reduction in air pollution, plenty of worrying environmental trends need our attention.
June 03, 2021 - 7 min read
Excluding companies for social and environmental reasons doesn’t necessarily produce real impact.
May 20, 2021 - 9 min read
Xena Szkotak is walking cross-country for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit people.
May 01, 2021 - 6 min read
Women are shaking up the climate movement with fierce, compassionate leadership.
March 31, 2021 - 7 min read
My parents took me to see the Athabasca Glacier as a kid. By the time my children grow up, it could be gone.
February 19, 2021 - 8 min read
A working mom explains why paid and unpaid care workers are the undervalued backbone of our society.
February 12, 2021 - 6 min read
How repairing my kids' clothes helped me get through this challenging year.
February 04, 2021 - 6 min read
I can’t protest with my body like some folks, but there are so many other forms of activism.
February 01, 2021 - 8 min read
Dreamers and creators can break imaginative barriers and lead us to a better world.
January 15, 2021 - 8 min read
The Environmentalist from Hell revisits coping strategies she came up with when things seemed tough.
December 11, 2020 - 7 min read
Despite colonial attacks, Indigenous peoples have preserved our principles of living in harmony with the land.
December 18, 2020 - 5 min read
A Sacramento resident reflects on the long-term impacts of living in a cloud of smoke.
November 25, 2020 - 9 min read
My lifelong love of the ocean took me underwater to the front lines of tropical reef restoration.
October 16, 2020 - 8 min read
The pandemic threatens the Paris Agreement’s system for rich countries to fund poorer ones’ climate solutions.
October 07, 2020 - 6 min read
As I tend my scoby, I reflect on the ethics of relationships between people and the land.
September 18, 2020 - 5 min read
Ecosystems have a lot to teach us about how connection builds resilience.
September 02, 2020 - 6 min read
As some of us contemplate traveling again, the Environmentalist from Hell looks into tourism-industry greenwashing.
August 27, 2020 - 6 min read
From Covid-19 lockdowns to Putin’s Russia, activists find ways to have impact despite restrictive conditions.
August 21, 2020 - 8 min read
Last year’s Amazon fires took so much — from all of us.
August 05, 2020 - 8 min read
The Environmentalist From Hell ponders the newly bright future of single-use items.
June 17, 2020 - 7 min read
Our health-care systems discriminate against Indigenous women. It’s time for that to end.
Alison Tedford Seaweed
March 11, 2020 - 5 min read
Environmental groups have a diversity problem. Here are some ways we can fix it.
February 26, 2020 - 7 min read
The Environmentalist from Hell hates your coffee cup, but she’s learning to hate the company who sold it to you, too.
January 29, 2020 - 7 min read
How to find a way out of consumer kid culture without losing your mind.
December 20, 2019 - 7 min read
I want my 3-year-old to be prepared for global warming. That means not telling him about it. Yet.
October 09, 2018 - 9 min read
Whether the disaster’s on your doorstep or in the daily news, experts say parents can help kids cope.
September 22, 2019 - 8 min read
Closing the digital divide can help Indigenous people achieve self-determination.
September 05, 2019 - 6 min read
By giving our kids the opportunity to feel at home on the land, we can give the land a new generation of protectors.
September 03, 2019 - 7 min read
Among Indigenous elders and my fellow immigrants, I’ve put down roots at a nature center in Northeast Los Angeles.
August 15, 2019 - 9 min read
The Environmentalist from Hell takes aim at bottled water and the garbage people who drink it.
August 08, 2019 - 6 min read
Stories remind us that our relationship with the planet is stronger than our fear for the future.
August 06, 2019 - 8 min read
Buying a bed for your kids shouldn’t give you nightmares.
March 05, 2019 - 9 min read
Since fast fashion is destroying the planet, the Environmentalist from Hell is getting back to her thrift-shopping roots.
February 12, 2019 - 7 min read
This year, the Black Sheep Parent’s extended flock resolves to match love with action.
January 16, 2019 - 7 min read
Ask yourself these three questions to ensure a great experience-as-gift for your family.
December 18, 2018 - 8 min read
The Environmentalist from Hell investigates sustainability efforts in the oh-so-wasteful world of film and TV.
December 11, 2018 - 6 min read
This holiday season, find ways to show you care for the planet as well as your loved ones.
November 14, 2018 - 7 min read
The Environmentalist from Hell puts the vegan Beyond Burger to the test.
October 23, 2018 - 7 min read
Black Sheep Parenting Tips for Back-to-School Season
September 06, 2018 - 8 min read
We need to help our little people find magic in the wilderness, even while mourning its loss.
August 10, 2018 - 8 min read
Our Environmentalist from Hell is sick of enviros who can’t see the catastrophic forest for the tiny plastic trees.
August 16, 2018 - 5 min read
Overt co-operation could future-proof your favourite food business.
July 27, 2018 - 9 min read
Gus’ newest columnist embraces the paradox of sustainable parenting.
July 13, 2018 - 8 min read
It’s hard to fight the good fight from the depths of despair. Revive your stressed-out soul with three soothing strategies.
June 28, 2018 - 7 min read
A baker explores our unjust food system, and the ways a guaranteed basic income could repair it.
June 18, 2018 - 11 min read
In search of a new jacket, the Environmentalist from Hell finds an ethical dilemma instead.
May 30, 2018 - 6 min read
Asparagus’ own Environmentalist from Hell reads us the riot act for our wasteful coffee habits.
April 11, 2018 - 6 min read
Two years after the first #NoDAPL camp was built, a Water Protector shares memories of fighting pipelines at Oceti Sakowin Camp.
April 06, 2018 - 7 min read
Two recent investigations cast serious doubt on the value of sustainability certification programs.
March 16, 2018 - 5 min read
Everything I needed to know about the politics of vegetarianism, I learned from a punk rock rap song.
March 06, 2018 - 7 min read
Why invest in the greeting-card industrial complex when you could be championing important causes?
February 14, 2018 - 9 min read