Stuck between hope and fear

The Agenda with Steve Paikin / 07 November 2018

Neither the dire warnings recently issued by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change nor the decades-long efforts of environmentalists have incited enough action on climate change. Why not? The Agenda welcomes Graham Saul, the executive director of Nature Canada, to discuss his research that shows it might have to do with how the story of climate change gets told.

Sustainable city living on 1/10th of an acre

Happen Films / 20 October 2018

This film tells the story of one small family practicing urban sufficiency. They live on 1/10th of an acre in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. By living more simply and utilizing alternative technologies this household draws 75-80% less electricity from the grid than the Australian average (per capita). At the same time they’re exporting five times that amount in solar energy back into the grid.

[Another] consultation: [Another] Ontario climate plan

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks / 24 October 2018

In the form below, tell us what you think about our areas of focus and the most effective actions to achieve our climate goals.

The form will be open until November 16, 2018.

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The issues we face as grass roots Movements for Change

Transition Network / Naresh Giangrande / 22 October 2018

From my time working with Transition groups all around the world, I have seen these issues present in just about every Transition group. They lead me to ask whether we are working in the right way, or whether we are asking the right questions, or working in a way that will ultimately produce change, or whether the structure of the Industrial Growth System somehow prevents fundamental systemic change. Here are some of the main stumbling blocks.

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‘We’ve never seen this’: Canadian glaciers shrinking rapidly

The Guardian / Leyland Cecco / 30 October 2018

Scientists in Canada have warned that massive glaciers in the Yukon territory are shrinking even faster than would be expected from a warming climate – and bringing dramatic changes to the region.

After a string of recent reports chronicling the demise of the ice fields, researchers hope that greater awareness will help the public better understand the rapid pace of climate change.

The rate of warming in the north is double that of the average global temperature increase, concluded the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its annual Arctic Report Card, which called the warming “unprecedented”.

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Feds’ carbon pricing plan will leave you better off

Clean Energy Canada / 23 October 2018

Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s detailed plan to put a price on carbon pollution:

Putting a price on pollution works. It cuts pollution and spurs innovation in our economy. We have seen this in B.C., Quebec and many other jurisdictions in North America and around the world, so it’s an important addition to the federal government’s policy toolkit.

The government is taking the right approach, ensuring Canadians are incentivized to cut pollution—but aren’t punished if they can’t.

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The Transition Framework

Transition initiatives share many of the same goals as other groups, and work collaboratively with a variety of organizations in their local areas. Transition differs in that it focuses specifically on preparing communities for the changes associated with unprecedented resource depletion and transitioning away from fossil-fuel dependency.

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