Beatrice Olivastri

Beatrice has been Chief Executive Officer of Friends of the Earth Canada for over 20 years. She currently lives in Ottawa, ON.

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Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

This Earth Day (April 22), I’m looking for friends – friends of the Earth, that is – who share my passion to save the bees. Here’s why… Back during the first Earth Day in 1970, I was finishing up high school and taking Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to heart. It described how DDT entered the […]

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Help Save the Bees – the Wild, Native Bees Need You

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, The Bee Cause by on April 19, 2017
Help Save the Bees – the Wild, Native Bees Need You

You want to help save the bees? Guess who is waiting for you in your garden – and it’s not me, Bea! You might have leaf-cutters, mining bees, bumblebees or sweat bees and lots more. These are wild, native bees, and there are over 825 species in Canada that need your help! Leave the hives to […]

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Wins for the bees and all of us! 🐝 🌍

Filed in 2016 Blog Posts, Blog, The Bee Cause by on December 1, 2016
Wins for the bees and all of us! 🐝 🌍

(but then we have to get back to work because they’re not safe yet) It’s been quite a year in Canada for action on bee killing pesticides.  And with the US EPA poised to be gutted by the new US administration, we’d better keep working hard to insist on enough scientific capacity in the federal […]

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Monsanto treats you like a guinea pig while raking in billions

Filed in Blog, Food, Agriculture & GMOs by on October 13, 2016
Monsanto treats you like a guinea pig while raking in billions

If you care about safe food, make time to connect with the International Monsanto Tribunal this weekend. Then, read about Monsanto’s lobbying and consider how your food is affected by Roundup, the most commonly sold pesticide in the world. There’s a line up of hard hitting and heart breaking testimony scheduled for the International Monsanto […]

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Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

As Thanksgiving is upon us, why not say a fervent thank you for all the good things bees do for us as they pollinate food and flowers, shrubs and trees. You know pollinators need our help now – challenged by habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and introduced diseases, they are in decline even as we […]

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Coalition of environmental and human rights organizations calls on the Pope to protect environmental defenders

Coalition of environmental and human rights organizations calls on the Pope to protect environmental defenders

In a letter presented to Pope Francis this week, the organizations ask the Pope to be a patron for all environmental defenders who risk their lives by intimately caring about, and fighting for the preservation of nature, our common home. The signatories are concerned with the increase in violence against environmental defenders. Every week, three […]

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Close the International Accountability Gap in the Extractive Sector

Close the International Accountability Gap in the Extractive Sector

Friends of the Earth Canada is proud to join with our colleagues as organizations committed to upholding human rights, environmental protection, and fostering equitable and sustainable economic development. To recognize that there are significant challenges associated with resource extraction in developing countries, we call on the Government of Canada to ensure that people harmed by the […]

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Going to Court

Filed in 2016 Blog Posts, Blog, The Bee Cause by on July 6, 2016
Going to Court

Enough is enough.  With your help we’re heading to court to get bee killing pesticides off the market. We have asked nicely, presented scientific evidence, signed petitions even elected a new government, but politicians and bureaucrats in Ottawa have done nothing. You know the story – research findings clearly link it with immediate bee deaths […]

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Letter to Prime Minster Trudeau urging immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

Letter to Prime Minster Trudeau urging immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

(Ottawa, ON, March 7, 2016)  Dear Prime Minister, We write with some urgency to ask your assistance in securing the safety of our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro, coordinator of Otros Mundos Chiapas A.C./Friends of the Earth – Mexico and member of the Mexican Movement of Peoples Affected by Dams and the Mexican Network of […]

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Wild bees need love

Filed in 2016 Blog Posts, Blog, The Bee Cause by on February 9, 2016 0 Comments
Wild bees need love

  A lot has changed since we wrote the previous federal Environment Minister about her duty to act to protect four at-risk wild bees.  Friends of the Earth and four other environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, pointed out to the then Minister that she routinely failed to list species for protection under the Species at […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

Filed in 2015 Blog Posts, Blog, The Bee Cause by on December 28, 2015 1 Comment
New Year’s Resolution:  Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

  Every year, millions of honey and native bees and untold number of other insect pollinators are killed by pesticides used on seeds for corn, soybeans, sunflowers, fruits and other crops.   Hi, I’m Friends of the Earth Canada’s  CEO, Bea Olivastri,  and I’m asking you to make a New Year’s resolution to do three […]

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Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 13, 2015 0 Comments
Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Considering the contents of the Paris Agreement triggers mixed emotions.  I’m glad, sad and mad all at the same time.  Glad that 195 countries could reach an agreement that signals the end of our use of fossil fuels and commits them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  And, I’m glad that Canada has moved from obstruction […]

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Waiting for a miracle of political will

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 11, 2015 0 Comments
Waiting for a miracle of political will

Paris. Day 12. The final draft text was released at 9pm Thursday night and exhausted negotiators are discussing it today, Friday, with the goal of releasing a final text tomorrow. Twelve days and nights of complex negotiations have not strengthened the original text but weakened it. It started off ambitiously. World leaders came to Paris […]

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Rebuild Canada’s Role in the World Starting with Climate Action

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on November 30, 2015 0 Comments
Rebuild Canada’s Role in the World Starting with Climate Action

  Friends of the Earth stands for a sustainable world of justice and peace, where people live in dignity and enjoy freedom of expression and conduct their lives with respect for future generations and the environment and kindness towards strangers and refugees.  To fulfill this vision of our world, we need not succumb to fear […]

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Thanks-giving

Filed in Blog by on October 7, 2015 0 Comments
Thanks-giving

Here’s a special thanks to Sam, Chayse, Jocelyn, Matthew, Tyler, Ryan, Sydney, Hailey, Ronni, Dani, Michaela, and Owen – last year’s Grade Six students at Eastview Public School in Oakville, Ontario There are many reasons to give thanks this year as Thanksgiving rolls around.  Friends of the Earth Canada has a lot of wonderful people […]

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