Climate Change is Real

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Climate Change is Real – It is Happening Now. We Need To Act Now.

Canada is at a crossroads. We can be part of the transition to a sustainable low-carbon world - or join Donald Trump in dragging humanity toward the cliff of climate catastrophe. Never has the question: “Which side are you on?” been more critical!

Stopping raw bitumen export pipelines and toxic fracking is a start, but where do we go from there? We need alternative energy. We need new ways of working, new ways of moving and new ways of living. Workers in the energy sector and their families must not bear the brunt of the transition. In fact they must be at the centre of it!

What gives you hope? What worries you? What does this transition look like to you?

 

 

  • commented 2017-03-14 22:14:35 -0400
    I think our government needs to become more stringent when it comes to subsidy for the oil industry. Ensure that procedures are safe and meet a sustainable and protectionist checklist that our government drafts with input from all corners of our country and from all demographics, including first nations communities and others that would be affected most by pipeline projects.


    We can’t sit on our natural resources entirely, but we also have no reason to play fast and loose with their export. Oil prices have plummeted and I have no doubt in my mind that this is a result of its dwindling relevance on the world stage. It’s time to begin transitioning subsidies to the renewable sector, and be prepared to offer job training for those affected by job loss in the oil industry in order for them to stay employed during this period of transition.


    The oil industry will be in a steady decline from this point forward, and so we as a country whose economy is so reliant on the export of oil have to make sure that we are prepared for this sooner rather than later, while also not forgetting the role that oil will continue to play in the coming decades, as neither process is immediate.
  • commented 2017-03-13 14:28:00 -0400
    What sustainability looks like-documentary Tomorrow/Demain March 21, 7 pm-Jules Verne auditorium, Vancouver


    Tomorrow is an inspiring documentary which connects the dots and shows what sustainability looks like. Winner of the 2016 César award for best documentary, it has inspired communities to take initiatives. Come learn how citizens from around the world are transforming their communities to become sustainable and resilient from the bottom up and having loads of fun in the process. In English, French, Hindi with English subtitles.


    Please circulate this email.


    Tuesday, March 21, 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm for networking


    Jules Verne Secondary Auditorium


    5445 Baillie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3M6


    8 minutes walk from Oakridge 41 skytrain station


    Buy tickets through paypal at Vision Ouest Production (VOP) http://www.rendez-vousvancouver.com/2017-TOMORROW-21mars.html


    Tickets $10 general, $7.50 for students, plus $3 membership


    Cash at the door


    It integrates what we need for sustainability and resilience.


    It starts out tackling food security with agroecology and permaculture, then moves on to energy, industrial ecology, economics, democracy and education. It interviews Stanford researchers, Detroit urban farmers, Todmoor edible landscapers, permaculture farmers in England and France. It highlights geothermal energy in Iceland, solar and wind coops, district energy, Copenhagen’s integrated bike and transit infrastructure, energy retrofits in Denmark, Germany and the Reunion Island, industrial ecology and biomimicry in France, zero waste in San Francisco, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in Oakland, complementary interest-free currencies in England, Belgium and Switzerland, Transition Town with Bob Hopkins, Vandana Shiva on democracy, citizens assemblies chosen by lot (sortition) in Iceland who rewrote the constitution and citizens assemblies in Texas made it a wind energy leader, Indian direct democracy where Dalits and non-Dalits live and work together and finally education in Finland where there are no private schools, little or no testing, homework or teacher evaluation, where students are educated to be happy, self-learners and active citizens, topping international academic standards in the process.


    Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUN0QxRB7e0


    TOMORROW – Trailer

    www.youtube.com

    Tomorrow – Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent Many things have been tried to resolve the ecological and economic crises. They haven’t really worked. According to Nobel …


    Film Tomorrow/Demain website https://www.demain-lefilm.com/en/film


    The film | Demain

    www.demain-lefilm.com

    And if showing solutions, telling a feel-good story, would be the best way to solve our current environmental, economic and social crisis ?



    Best regards,



    Manon Gartside
  • commented 2017-03-13 01:32:50 -0400
    I’m an Albertan. I am a New Democrat. I want to see you discuss real alternatives for transporting bitumen. Support Alberta’s resources. Do we need refineries close to Oil Sands? How can we safely transport it? What about coastline preparedness in case of spills?
  • commented 2017-03-12 21:46:47 -0400
    Defend the building of the Site C dam. If we are to have a reliable, alternate energy source for fossil fuels, we will need all the hydro we can produce. Yes, it has it’s environmental problems too, but it helps solve our biggest problem, which is global warming. If the German system is used as an example, we would need to construct 5 times the potential of this dam with solar and wind. (Germany can provide 100% on a good day, 20% overall from it’s wind and solar – and they really have a lot!). Using USEA numbers, 1 kwH of electricity generated by coal puts 1.5 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere – that means that this dam would keep approx. 7.5 billion pounds of CO2 per year out of our atmosphere if we simply directed it’s energy to take the place or Alberta coal-fired plants (approx 5 billion if we replace gas fired generators). The payback is much bigger if we use this electricity to power our cars.

    Make BC Ferries part of our highway system or support making Vancouver Island our 11th province so that the Federal government takes responsibility for the cost.

    Increase the Federal share of our medical system. It is as country-wide effort, not provincial.

    Stop letting the other two parties and the media determine your priorities.
  • commented 2017-03-04 14:48:18 -0500
    I think you are wasting your energy on the CO2 global warming hypothesis. It has been disproved. But you won’t believe that until you do the research, and I doubt you will do that as the groupthink ‘manufactured consent’ tells you otherwise. warmest February on record eh? like that warm snow in Vancouver? I can’t support a candidate that doesn’t think for themselves. Prove to me that the CO2 global warming hypothesis is correct.
  • commented 2017-03-04 11:49:48 -0500
    I think this is a critical component of Mr. Julian’s platform – and I would hope, any NDP leadership platform. In my opinion, we need to abandon fossil fuels as soon as possible, but obviously, not without transitioning to a robust green energy economy. We should be using Canada’s vast expanse of unused land to generate power through solar and wind farms. Just think how much empty and unusable land exists in places like NWT or Iqaluit. While we should do our level best to minimize the impact on local wildlife and ecosystems, think how many new jobs such a vast infrastructure project could create! We should be implementing massive job retraining programs for those workers in the oil industry who fear for their jobs – and be creating even more unionized jobs in the new energy sector. Canada should also work to divest itself of financial involvement in fossil fuel projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline. Starve the conventional energy industry of cashflow, and we can cut them off at the knees.
  • commented 2017-03-02 07:19:24 -0500
    Canada isn’t the biggest player in the fossil fuel picture, but if we’re not part of the solution, we are part of the problem. I would turn our fossil fuel subsidies into support for companies and universities that are researching alternative energy solutions. Due to globalization, we have an innovation deficit in Canada, and what better way to close the gap than to address the most critical issue of our time.

    One way to maximize alternative energy is to develop community based power generation, with power companies turning more to software for distribution and efficiency and less to central power plants.

    My biggest worry is that World governments are drifting on inertia, because they worry more about getting elected than saving our civilization. Diplomatically, Canada punches out of it’s weight class, but we can’t have influence if we are part of the problem.
  • commented 2017-02-20 20:58:40 -0500
    I think the transition off fossil fuels can, and needs to, make life more affordable for ordinary people. One example of this is making public transit much better, and reducing transit fares. We can do it, and we must do it. Some of the steps are obvious, like shifting funding away from urban highway expansion to transit – billions of dollars every year. I wrote about this in the Vancouver Sun http://vancouversun.com/opinion/opinion-climate-accord-could-shift-billions-from-highway-expansion-to-transit
  • commented 2017-02-19 22:27:31 -0500
    Let’s Ban fracking, stop all new pipelines, invest in green energy technology both in the private and public sectors.

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