The Borneo Diary #3: The Voice of the Dayak

The Borneo Diary #3: The Voice of the Dayak

We jut across the windy river, travelling on small colorful speedboats that dash across rapids and interconnecting channels. It’s only been a few days since being in Borneo and the journey has officially begun. We travel down the Melawi River, one a thousand rivers traversing the West Kalimantan province, heading deep into the heart of […]

The Borneo Diary #2: The Dilemma

The Borneo Diary #2: The Dilemma

         Twenty days before I had first set my eyes on Borneo, descending from a small plane onto Pontianak, a major city in West Kalimantan, the west side of Borneo. As we landed, all I could notice was a thick haze covering the city. It wasn’t fog or an overcast day, but […]

The Borneo Diary #1: The Beginning of an Eco-Battle!

The Borneo Diary #1: The Beginning of an Eco-Battle!

She looked into my eyes as they swelled up with tears, gently stroking my face as if to wipe the tears away. I ran to her to escape my problems. Everything seemed too much to bear. Here I was half way around the world with a small group of young people attempting to end deforestation […]

2011: Year of the Uprisings

Check out Emily’s interview in The 2011 Story on IMPACT, a TV-documentary series on MTV News Canada. The 2011 Story showcases the brewing global revolution with the Arab Spring, Occupy Movement and mobilizations elsewhere. Emily comment on the show: “This is only just the beginning…” Check out the show here: www.mtv.ca/impact For more on The Year […]

Book Release: The Next Eco-Warriors

Book Release: The Next Eco-Warriors

My first book has been released called The Next Eco-Warriors, a collection of short stories by a new generation of eco-activists from around the world, that I edited. Together, these stories show that a global movement is on the rise, a new movement that is more diverse, inclusive and using new tactics to make their […]

Meet the woman at Ground Zero of the tar-sands fight

Imagine being afraid of the air your daughter breathes, watching your family burying their friends from rare cancers connected to toxic leakage, being unable to eat the plants or animals around you because they are sick, and swimming in your local lake has become dangerous to your health. This is not the picture of a […]

Part 2: Tar Sands Pandora

It’s scary sometimes how science fiction can parallel with reality. The Tar Sands dilemma has come to do just that. As we seek to find a solution to our intensive emissions, here in Canada we are putting all our eggs in one basket, with carbon capture and storage, in a scheme that resembles the story […]

Part 1: Tar Sands Pandora

There is a sense of progress in the air. For the first time in over a decade, G8 countries and developing nations, including China and India, have agreed to reduce their emissions in absolute numbers. But as this global parade marches on, Canada is being left behind as our emissions continue to climb. The G8 […]

Green Consumerism: Friend or Foe to the cause

It seems like everything has “gone green” these days. From retailers to celebrities, airlines to hotels, banks to even runway fashion, the environment is sexy in the marketplace for the first time. But is all the publicity really helping Mother Nature? When consumers are being “greeenwashed” in their attempt to fit into a petite size […]

Peru’s Civil War for the Amazon

On Friday, June 5, an estimated 600 Peruvian police officers opened fire on thousands of peaceful indigenous protesters blocking the destruction of their Amazon homeland on a road near Bagua in Peru. This joint police-military operation went awry when 30 protesters and 24 police offers were killed in one of the worst clashes in a […]