Melting your hearts, in a good way

In this week's newsletter, we take our readers on a field trip to some of our recent feel-good stories and look to a hopeful future

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Sometimes it can feel like we’re only uncovering heavy stuff here at The Narwhal. The climate crisis is very real, as is the need to hold those in power accountable for the state of our planet and our future.

But we also write hopeful stories, we swear! And so, with summer in full swing, I thought I’d point you to some of our recent work that will, hopefully, warm your heart.

Northwest B.C. reporter Matt Simmons spent some time at a Nisg̱a’a camp where kids were taught all about saak, or oolichan — an oily fish that plays an important role in the lives of Indigenous communities along the Pacific coast.

Ontario reporter Fatima Syed took a field trip with more than 50 junior kindergarteners to Mountsberg Conservation Area to learn about how educators are working to make the great outdoors accessible and affordable for all types of families.

On B.C.’s coast, the birth of a female southern resident killer whale — the first calf born into J pod in more than a year — is proving to be a ray of hope for critically endangered orcas. Biodiversity reporter Ainslie Cruickshank has the details.

Author Chris Turner tells the tale of how the electric vehicle industry skyrocketed — and why it’s a reason to be hopeful for more solutions to the climate crisis.

And as Vancouver and Montreal get ready for their Pride celebrations, check out KC Hoard’s reflections on how a nude beach in Toronto has served as a reminder that queerness is a product of nature.

Take care and take a field trip,

Arik Ligeti
Director of audience
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Left to right: Reporters Fatima Syed and Drew Anderson

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Did you hear our reporters talking through your headphones this week?

Ontario reporter Fatima Syed hosted an episode of The Backbench with Jerry DeMarco, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. They talked about three decades’ worth of climate action and inaction by the feds, giving us the report card on our climate progress. Spoiler alert: we got a big, fat F. Some people on Twitter said that you could hear the indignation in DeMarco’s voice, but maybe listen to it yourself to find out. 

Over in the west, Prairies reporter Drew Anderson went on CBC’s The Afternoon Edition to talk about his feature on Saskatchewan’s farmland and how it’s turning into an investment portfolio for fewer, private hands as it loses carbon-rich grasslands. Go over and let Drew break it down for you!


This week in The Narwhal

How do you make oil investments attractive in a climate crisis? Hire a pension executive
By Drew Anderson
Lisa Baiton, the new head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, wants to sell Canada as an ethical landing pad for global capital

Extreme heat a strain for birds already burdened by habitat loss
By Ainslie Cruickshank
Ontario could be entering an energy supply crisis. Here’s what you need to know
By Fatima Syed

What we’re reading

How Fish Poop Might Help Corals Overcome Bleaching
Zero-emissions electricity by 2035 is possible
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