Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, the pioneering sustainability educator who heads up Ecovillage Education US, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She believes strongly that sustainability is possible, assuming we can learn to cooperate, share and assess what really makes us happy, rather than staying bought in to the material excess culture we’ve been raised in.
Indigenous communities are increasingly joining Canada’s growing clean energy economy as a way to generate revenue in a manner that is consistent with their cultural and environmental values, experts say.
”Our people are willing and able,” says Kevin Hart, regional chief of Manitoba and the executive in charge of the alternative energy portfolio for the Assembly of First Nations.
“Through our teachings we’ve always been taught to be stewards of the land. And with that I honestly believe that First Nations people can be champions when it comes to clean and alternative energy moving forward.”
Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep your energy dollars close to home, help create new local jobs and business opportunities, and provide greater energy security and price stability? That’s where community energy comes in. A growing number of people are discovering the many benefits of keeping their energy dollars circulating in their local economies.
Community energy reflects the idea that most of the power consumed in a locality should come from — and be owned and controlled by — the locality itself. Community energy initiatives based on local renewable resources are now emerging across the country. While these projects take a variety of forms, one common element is local ownership. Community energy encourages new ways of imagining our relationship with resources: Think local empowerment.
Brockville Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 04 October 2016
New community-owned solar power projects slated for development in Leeds and Grenville are at risk of not getting off the ground due to a lack of community support, according to an energy co-op.
The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) has been actively developing new projects in Leeds-Grenville, however, the company says renewable energy cooperatives must now prove new projects have community backing.
David Mazur-Goulet, a spokesperson for OREC, said meeting the 50-member threshold is necessary to apply for Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contracts with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) this fall.
Friends of Public Services / Dru Jay / 13 September 2016
With a lockout of 50,000 postal workers appearing imminent, Friends of Public Services’ Director Dru Jay hit the road to spread the word about the postal workers’ bold proposals. Our goal was to bring together environmentalists, social movements, labour movement folks and postal workers to talk about how we can put the tremendous publicly-owned infrastructure of Canada Post to work towards addressing the climate crisis and improving quality of life for everyone in Canada.
In a total of 18 cities, we held local discussions featuring CUPW Local members and activists. We invited the public to imagine unlocking the transformative power of the post office.
Hundreds attended, and thousands heard about the tour and subsequent actions through media coverage.
National Observer / Christopher Adams / 11 July 2016
As Saskatchewan promises to accelerate renewable energy, one company has proposed the European community ownership model in a move that could change the way Canada funds clean energy.
Most wind energy projects in North America are funded by private developers who foot the bill and reap all the profit. Saskatchewan-based wind and solar company, SaskWind says projects in Germany and other European countries have been highly successful because community members are often co-owners, sharing the profits.
“Communities got together, and they tended to build smaller projects as a result, which suited their particular needs, and they provided the financing,” said SaskWind President James Glennie in an interview. “I think one of the things that’s interesting and exciting about the internet is that it’s very easy for many people to get together and each put in say $1,000 to finance.”
Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.
The biosphere has surpassed limits of both what can be safely extracted but also dumped into our various ‘sinks’: our planet’s ability to absorb and process waste, such as carbon and methane, In a small economy, circa 1900, we could ignore these limits. But with the pace of exponential growth since then, we have surpassed our earth’s carrying capacity.