A New Broom

The Conservative Federal Government ended its modest support for renewable energy in January 2010, a decision that it justified by the need for a balanced budget.  Yet the Government maintained much larger subsidies to the fossil fuel industry – which at the time was benefitting from the high price of oil. We suspected that the …

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Climate Change Competition: a vision of a post carbon world.

For Our Grandchildren and Earth Day Canada are asking students to work in groups to articulate a vision of their future in a post carbon world. Imagine – the date is 2050 and it is an average day in the life of you, now a group of middle-aged people.  What does this day look since …

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The Issue of Aboriginal Rights

On Thursday last the draft text of the Article 2 of the Climate Change Agreement referred to “The respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights for all including indigenous peoples.” By Friday the text of the Article had been revised, dropping any reference to “indigenous peoples”. Friday’s Article included many more words that could be …

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Climate change ignored

The Globe & Mail is the principal sponsor of the next leaders debate, to be held in Calgary this coming Thursday.  The Globe – a business oriented paper – decided that the debate will center on economic policy.  To quote the Globe: “(The debate) “will probe the economic platforms of the three official parties, assessing …

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Proud?????

Recently Francois Holland,  the President of France, spoke out strongly for developed nations to be generous with their contributions to the Green Climate Fund.  This Fund will assist developing nations to mitigate their GHG emissions and adapt to climate change. President Holland stressed that progress in limiting climate change must be the goal of COP …

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