Meet 2018’s Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability

One act at a time, these winners are tackling the big sustainability problems of our day and have no plans on stopping.

"Our supply of ingenuity … involves both the generation of good ideas and their implementation within society,” Canadian scholar Thomas Homer-Dixon wrote in his 2000 book The Ingenuity Gap.

“It's not enough for a scientist, community, or society simply to think up an idea to solve an environmental problem; the idea must also be put into practice – the hybrid corn must be planted, the new farming credit system must be set up and operated, the community must educate itself to change its behaviors – before the ingenuity can be said to be fully supplied.”

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Green firm financing could bring in $110 billion by 2025: report

A new report looks at the revenues Toronto financial firms could make by targeting sustainable companies and projects.

Canada’s financial companies could make annual revenues of $110 billion by 2025 by targeting firms and projects that reduce or have lower greenhouse gas emissions, a trio of public and private groups said Sept. 17.

Taking advantage of the estimated opportunity, which was measured by Corporate Knights Research, requires a coordinated strategy between governments and companies, public-private partnership Toronto Finance International and financial services firm Ernst & Young Canada, two other members of the group, said.

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Losing mass

By CK Staff
Politicians search for answer as Lake Chad continues to shrink

Brainstorming unorthodox solutions for “recharging” Lake Chad was on the agenda at the International Conference on Lake Chad (ICLC) hosted by Nigeria in February.

The West African lake, once the fourth largest on the continent, has lost 90 per cent of its water mass over the past 50 years due to a combination of population growth, irrigation withdrawals and climate change.

This has threatened the livelihoods of over 40 million people in the region who depend on resources from the lake for crop and livestock farming, trade and fishing, according to UNESCO officials. Lake Chad’s current basin covers portions of Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.

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Indigenous legal orders

University of Victoria set to offer first combined common law and Indigenous law degree

The University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law will soon launch Canada’s first joint common law and Indigenous law program, as long as it secures final quality assurance approval from the provincial government.

Up to 25 students will begin the four-year program in September, which will combine a common law education with Aboriginal legal principles. Graduates are awarded degrees in both Canadian Common Law (Juris Doctor) and Indigenous Legal Orders (Juris Indigenarum Doctor).

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Plastic aisle

British supermarket chain to eliminate plastic in own-label products

Popular British supermarket chain Iceland Foods is planning on eliminating all plastic from its own-brand products by 2023, according to a recent announcement by managing director Richard Walker.

“A truckload [of plastic] is entering our oceans every minute, causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the oceans for our survival,” wrote Walker in a letter to customers. “The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change.”

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