to aim for zero-carbon local transportation by creating ‘complete streets’ designed for all users, walkable neighbourhoods, and a world-class cycling environment; and by adopting world-class policies for transportation demand management, transit, ride-sharing, car-sharing, electric vehicles and freight.
There are great examples of pedestrian streets and centres in Europe. In Copenhagen, 36% of commute and school trips are made by bike; Bogota and Curitiba have shown the way for bus rapid transport; San Diego is showing the way for electric vehicles.
“Look how rapidly the clean energy economy is growing.
You’ll be amazed.”
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Can we live without the tar sands, the oil and gas pipelines, the oil tankers, the fracking and the coal-fired power? Can we live without our gas-heated homes and factories, and our oil-powered planes, ships, trucks, trains and automobiles?
In 2013, the London-based organization Carbon Tracker, founded by Mark Campanale, continued to reveal the risks associated with fossil fuel assets and demonstrate the need for transparent indicators of climate risks.
I’ve worked on climate change for more twenty years. I’ve read all the scientist’s warnings, I’ve participated as the climate movement rose in hope and faltered in despair. I’ve shared frustration at the antics of the climate deniers and I’ve shared the determination of those who—with me—believe that with the right efforts and the right public buy-in, the world can prosper on 100% renewable energy, without any use of fossil fuels.
As the lead organizer of The Solar Laundry Project (SLP) here in Kamloops, I’ve been on a steep learning curve. The SLP is an initiative of the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association which encourages people to reduce their electrical consumption by hanging clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. For the past two years, we’ve organized an awareness campaign based on weekly draws for high-quality clotheslines during the summer months.
I’ve learned that a focus on fun goes a long way, great promotional photos are like gold, simple messaging is best, and good relationships with media are key to coverage. But perhaps the biggest single eye-opener has been the importance of partnerships.