The end of one battle and the beginning of the next!  

Approval of Keystone would have been a great setback.  So 4RG appreciates the support of the campaign against Keystone from other countries, particularly from Norwegian grandparents. Yet there is much more to be done.  If the next US President is a Republican, the rejection of Keystone could be overturned So President Obama’s rejection of Keystone … Read more

Why are we marching in New York?

Why? Because our grandchildren’s future is at stake and thousands of people from all over North America are sending a message to world leaders. At least five chartered buses are travelling  from Toronto alone. The March starts at Central Park and world leaders in the General Assembly of the nearby United Nations headquarters will, we hope, take note of this outpouring over the climate crisis. We know that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will urge leaders to take greater action than we did to defeat the Nazis in World War II.

We will be joined in New York by James Hansen, former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute, and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, along with a dozen of our grandparent friends from Norway. Bill McKibben, who started  <>  (the organizers of the march) and James Hansen have been champions of the battle to bring about clean energy. And battle it has been. The Bush Administration even cut out parts of Hansen’s early report before releasing it !

Nonetheless, like other grandparents, my wife and I are looking forward to a positive future for all grandchildren. And the march on Sept. 21st could be the start of a quiet revolution as all of us begin to comprehend what the space travellers have told us for years: there is only one fragile, jewel of a planet and we have the responsibility to care for it, not poison it or exploit it.

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Fossil Fools

Early in May, 2013 North America was abuzz about whether the Dow would stay above 1500. Lost in the buzz was a crucial climate announcement: For the first time in a million years carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere passed 400 parts per million. A month later, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that global … Read more

An encouraging week

There’s so much bad news about climate change that it it sometimes seems hopeless and futile to try and do anything about it. Last week I found some good news in a few articles around the web. First the Black Out Speak Out campaign caused even the major news outlets in Canada to acknowledge that there … Read more

Shaping US public opinion on Climate Change: the role of fossil fuel corporations!

In the days when corporations could lawfully donate to Canadian political parties, Canadian banks took an egalitarian approach.  They would give roughly the same amount to the two political parties who supported free markets, modest regulation of financial services etc.   So no matter which party won the banks had opened an avenue of communication with the winner. … Read more

A Symbolic Blockade of Coal Trains

Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 3555 Farnam Street Suite1440 Omaha,NE USA 68131 Dear Mr. Buffett: We want to inform you that on Saturday, May 5th, from midnight to midnight, we intend to prevent BNSF coal trains from passing through White Rock, British Columbia to deliver their coal to our coastal ports for export to Asia. … Read more

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