© 2019 by Mikayla Wujec

writing

I enjoy producing engaging content that presents research, explains scientific phenomenas, or makes a case for sustainable action. I'm well versed in translating complex ideas, systems or processes into digestible, interesting and impactful stories for blogs, articles, reports and scientific publications.     

ARTICLES

The Transit of Tomorrow is Electrifying 

In southern Ontario, almost three out of four people commute to work by passenger vehicle — often solo. As nice as it may be to have some alone time for a morning singalong, all those cars are the reason the transportation sector has become the single largest slice of Ontario’s polluting emissions pie.

Returning our carbon output to a time before social media, smartphones, or Netflix will be no easy feat. Electric cars and ride-sharing apps will be a part of the solution. But they can only go so far. There’s no room for new roads in urban centres, where most of us live. To deal with congestion, and reduce carbon emissions and air pollution, we also need to get more people moving by mass transit.

 

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Picture this: what starts as a single dark blue silhouette slowly drifts towards you, transforming into a herd of giant, beaked, and multicolored fish loudly crunching on their favorite food, coral. Their powerful and prominent teeth grind up the hard exterior so they can eat the tiny animals living within.

 

Many visitors to the Solomon Islands might be shocked to know that the white sand beaches they’ve stretched out on are made of the fine, sandy excrement produced by bumphead and their coral-heavy diet.

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From Lola Islands windy and wavy coastline, a small and circular island with a violent but sacred history is visible. Dozens of skulls belonging to ancient Solomon chiefs now sit atop stone shrines enclosing the heads of their victims from inter-island tribal raids hundreds of years ago.

 

It was incredibly eerie to set foot on Skull Island and tread carefully among the bones as we spent the day preparing to conduct fieldwork on the islands’ surrounding reefs. 

Reaching New Heights - Building Up Good Jobs for Ontarians 

Red hot housing prices, sky-high condos and expanding sprawl –  all recognizable traits of Ontario’s building sector. Lesser known? The massive opportunity for good green jobs in Ontario’s plan to retool buildings to combat climate change. 

To successfully reduce emissions in the building sector, Ontario will need a workforce trained with the unique knowledge and skills to perform these upgrades. Analysis shows that Ontario’s investment of $1.91 billion to $2.73 billion in retooling buildings, as outlined in the Climate Change Action Plan, could create between 24,500 to 32,900 green jobs over the five-year funding plan. 

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Fuelling the Future of Transport

Imagine your car is absolutely silent, and that you actually have to install sound so you don’t sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians. Envision that you can barely feel the road beneath you – as if you are floating along the highway. Visualize that the only trace your commute leaves behind is pure water vapour.

 

Oh, and you can travel 400 km on a single tank. Is this a dream? Maybe just fantasy? More like a regular drive in the future of transportation – hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles – the newest addition to Canadian roads.

At 46 square miles (120 square kilometers) and with zero permanent inhabitants, Tetepare, is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific. Commonly known as the “last wild island,” Tetepare has been largely uninhabited since the mid 1800s, save for a few failed attempts at establishing industry and settlements.
 

This leaves the waters surrounding the island and its forests nearly untouched by humans, except for the group of local conservationists called the Tetepare Descendants’ Association who take it upon themselves to monitor and protect the island’s extraordinary inhabitants: turtles, crocodiles, seagrass, coconut crabs, forests, fish, and coral, to name a few.

Myth-Busting Cap-and-Trade In Ontario

Ontario’s first cap-and-trade auction is behind us, but there is still a fair bit of misinformation and misunderstanding around it. So we put together a handy guide to review the ins-and-outs of the program, and address four pervasive myths surrounding cap-and-trade.

 

the future of buildings

Almost one quarter of Ontario’s carbon pollution comes from buildings. Improvements in the buildings sector hold immense potential for not only emission reduction, but also cost-savings for families and companies as a result of reduced energy use. Retrofitting Ontario’s existing building stock will also create thousands of jobs.

 

This report from Environmental Defence and the Clean Economy Alliance offers a variety of suggestions and recommendations for how Ontario can reduce emissions from buildings, and become a global leader in the low-carbon economy. 

reports

A selection of reports I have helped reseach, write and edit. 

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