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Sustainable Development

Beyond Oil: Imagining the Future (Opinion Editorial)

Is it possible? We depend on oil for all our transport, much of our heating, and all our plastics. 

And yet like freezing cold water in the face, we know that if we are to keep global warming under control, we can burn no more than 20% of the world’s remaining oil. Any more, and we cross the critical global line past two degrees Celsius. 

We can prepare for a future without oil. 

Crossing 400: The Journey from Danger to Inspiration

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.

The Power of Partnerships in Community Engagement

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.

The BCSEA's Chapters in Action

A quick snapshot from Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops & Kelowna …

Can You Help the BCSEA?

We're a small organization with a big heart and even bigger ambitions, and we value your help.

Q: What is your driving concern as an organization?

A: The storm clouds of global climate change, which will wreak havoc on our world if we don't accelerate the proven sustainable solutions for transport, buildings, electricity, forestry and farming fast enough.

Q: What are you doing on the ground here in BC, to make a difference?

A: A lot...

Let Fossil Fuels Die

It’s blunt language, but we really mean it. We’ve simply got to end our civilization’s addiction to fossil fuels. We’ve got to leave them in the ground, and accelerate the switch to clean, safe, climate-friendly renewable energy.

The Cost of Exporting Liquid Natural Gas

November 30, 2012
David Suzuki Foundation

 Great infographic. Click below to see it.

COM-MUNI-CATION….

How are we supposed to keep up with the tidal wave of information that comes our way every day?

My daily favorites are the BBC, Guardian and Independent, from the UK; Spiegel (English edition, from Germany); and the Huffington Post. For most of these, I usually click on ‘Green’ or ‘environment. I supplement them with <a href="www.grist.org>Grist</a>, <a data-cke-saved-href=" http:="" cleantechnica.com="" "="">Clean Technica, Smart Planet, and Climate Progress. My favorite weekly magazine is New Scientist. And still the great stories keep coming, so I also have Google News set up with my favorite search terms, such as ‘solar’, ‘climate change’ … and ‘BCSEA’.

BC’s Provincial Election Beckons – What Are Your Top Priorities?

What if we thought that the coming provincial election next May was the most important event of the decade – and it was absolutely critical to elect a government that was committed to the smartest, greenest, most sustainable policies possible, that could turn the words “economic development” into “Earth-harmonious development.”

What kind of policies would we want if that were so? Because surely, it is so, when you read even that briefest of summaries - from the World Bank, of all things, which has never been known as a signed up greenie.