The Ecological Irresponsibility of Highway 413: Part 2

The development of Highway 413 is a highly controversial subject in Ontario, with the provincial government and developers pushing for its approval, while municipalities and environmentalists strongly oppose it. Due to the number of factors involved in the project, this article has been broken up into 2 parts. Part 1 will discuss what the proposedContinue reading “The Ecological Irresponsibility of Highway 413: Part 2”

Plastic-Free July: What You Need to Know

July has come, and with it has come so much talk about “Plastic-Free July”. While the name is pretty self-explanatory, this article will explore exactly what this means and how it began. Plastic Free July® is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organization that was officially established in 2017. TheContinue reading “Plastic-Free July: What You Need to Know”

Environmental Assessment & Indigenous Consultation

Continuing our content for Indigenous History Month, this article examines how environmental assessment historically and continually lacks involvement from Indigenous communities. In 1962 Rachel Carson published arguably the single most influential book for the modern environmental movement. The book was called Silent Springs and examined the effects of synthetic pesticides on the environment and humanContinue reading “Environmental Assessment & Indigenous Consultation”

National Indigenous History Month: The Water Crisis Part 2

In honour of National Indigenous History month in Canada, our team has been writing a number of articles highlighting different aspects of Indigenous history. This article is part 2 of 2, and focuses on the water crisis within The Six Nations of the Grand River. Part 1 focused on issues relating to drinking water advisoriesContinue reading “National Indigenous History Month: The Water Crisis Part 2”

National Indigenous History Month: The Water Crisis Part 1

In honour of National Indigenous History month in Canada, our team will be writing a number of articles highlighting different aspects of Indigenous history. This article is part 1 of 2, and focuses on issues relating to drinking water advisories and the federal government. Part 2 will look specifically at The Six Nations of theContinue reading “National Indigenous History Month: The Water Crisis Part 1”

The Impacts & Benefits of Tourism: Greening an Industry (Part 3)

In November 2020 when we first officially launched The Sustainable Switch, our owner, Saige Friedman wrote a series on the impacts and benefits of tourism for Canadian adventure company Peak Adventure. These articles will now be available via our website and Peak Adventure’s Journal. Part 3 focuses on the environmental aspects associated with tourism andContinue reading “The Impacts & Benefits of Tourism: Greening an Industry (Part 3)”

Does it Pay to be Sustainable? The Adoption of Sustainable Initiatives

This article explores some of the reasons why companies avoid implementing sustainable initiatives, and provides direction for those on the fence. The first question that comes to mind when a business is deciding whether or not to implement sustainable initiatives is: what will this cost us? Many unsustainable businesses believe that if they implement suchContinue reading “Does it Pay to be Sustainable? The Adoption of Sustainable Initiatives”

Business & Sustainable Development: Businesses Role in Society

This article explores why it is so crucial for businesses to invest in sustainable development and address sustainability changes. Sustainable development is a crucial step towards progress for businesses to make. In 2005, an article was published in the journal Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, in which an encapsulating definition of sustainable developmentContinue reading “Business & Sustainable Development: Businesses Role in Society”

Sustainable Finance: How Does Sustainability & Finance Intersect?

This article was written by University of Waterloo student Erin Murray on sustainable finance & the Sustainable Finance Cycle. Sustainable finance has been a recent buzzword running through the sustainability community in the last decade but what does it really mean? To fully grasp what sustainable finance is, we must first understand a few keyContinue reading “Sustainable Finance: How Does Sustainability & Finance Intersect?”

The Environmental Impacts of Donald J. Trump’s Reign: Impacts on Environmental Education, Research & Funding

This article will be focusing on the changes and decisions made by the Trump administration throughout his 4-year reign, focusing on the subjects of education, research & funding. This includes partnerships, programs, budgets, agencies, and boards in the United States. In the 4 short years that the Trump administration held power, the role of scienceContinue reading “The Environmental Impacts of Donald J. Trump’s Reign: Impacts on Environmental Education, Research & Funding”