Environmental - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

December 9, 2019

Learn about Canada's international action plan for the environment at a panel discussion with Global Affairs Canada, Environment Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans, on Canada's environment priorities and our contributions to the Commonwealth's action plan on the environm...

November 27, 2019

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition, a competition which has been administered by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, each year draws submissions from the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth.  Participants range in age from 13 years old to 18 years old....

October 31, 2019

The fourth industrial revolution has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide unprecedented levels of insight and data to mitigate climate change. But without proper consideration mass automation could be bad news, increasing consumpti...

October 31, 2019

The DFO report notes that an unusually warm patch of water in the Pacific Ocean — called the “blob” — that persisted from 2013 to 2017 also coincided with a strong El Nino event in 2015, leading to the warmest temperatures for the Northern Pacific Ocean on record.

The p...

October 31, 2019

Cement is responsible for 7% of global man-made greenhouse emissions, making it the world's second largest industrial source of carbon dioxide.  A Canadian startup has invented a new system for making concrete that actually traps CO2 emissions forever and at the same t...

October 1, 2019

This article discusses how neoliberalism policies have hamstrung our ability to put a check on corporate power and plan our collective welfare.  Read more ...

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Commonwealth & the Environment - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 52 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy, and peace. Our combined population of 2.2 billion is almost a third of the global population.  Almost 60% of our population is under the age of 30.
  • The Commonwealth spans the globe and includes both advanced and developing economies.  It encompasses Africa (18 countries), Asia (8), the Caribbean and Americas (13), Europe (3), and the Pacific (11).
  • Thirty-one of our members are small states, usually with a population under 1.5 million and 25 members are small island developing states.
  • The Pacific nation of Nauru is the smallest Commonwealth member country with a population of about 10,000.
  • Many small developing Commonwealth countries are among those with the lowest ecological footprints worldwide, yet the most vulnerable to climate change.
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