Airline Offsets are not enough!

Air travel for recreational purposes is a large source of GHG emissions.  Air travelers can purchase offsets as part of the booking and paying for a specific flight. This way they can counter their share of the emissions generated during the trip.  The air line relies upon the analysis of a third party consultant to … Read more

Air Transport GHG Emissions

Barbara Falby, a member of the 4RG Steering Committee, attended a panel discussion sponsored by the TransformTO initiative on Transportation and Climate Change.  In the question period that followed she inquired why the panel had not referred to aviation CO2 emissions. The response:  previous research showed that aviation emissions were too low to be of … Read more

Air Travel and GHG Emissions

Will grandparents cut back on air travel to reduce GHG emissions? We received a question about air travel, a subject of commentary in several of our blogs. The specific question was: “How many grandparents in 4RG have decided to not fly in order to preserve climate stability?” The questioner referred to his older brother (63) who is now a … Read more

A Positive: Ontario’s increase in Electricity Rates!

One of the main reasons for an increase in Ontario electricity rates is the recent change from fossil fuels to renewable energy as a source for generation of power.  Germany and Denmark are in the front rank of countries who are switching to renewable energy, and their residents pay the highest rates in the world. Canadians have … Read more

A small beginning and a big example!

CAROLA VYHNAK. Anthony and Mary Ketchum’ built a half-buried hillside home that relies on solar energy. It reflects their passion for leaving a greener footprint for the sake of their grandchildren’s future. ___________________________________________________________________ We owe a lot to Mary and Anthony Ketchum, the couple who with other grandparents were the inspiration of 4RG (For Our … Read more

Energy Conservation in the Spotlight

In the 2012 Alberta election, Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Party, promised to reduce “dangerous pollutants” so that Albertans would not suffer from California and “Toronto-like smog” from vehicle tailpipes and smokestacks.

The Wildrose environmental policy also focused on energy conservation, which is important in reducing GHG emissions. “Having consumer rebates, so people can make home renovations, do energy audits, switch to micro-generation, get a new hybrid vehicle or natural gas, switch to natural gas powered electricity,” Smith said. “All of these things will have a really positive impact on reducing greenhouse gases, reducing overall toxic emissions and also saving Albertans a little bit of money.”

The adoption of this policy was not the winning strategy that the Wildrose party needed. The policy was undermined by Smith’s own statement during the campaign that the science on global warming was not settled. Given Smith’s personal views, the Alberta electorate began to doubt whether the Wildrose Party was sufficiently committed to environment issues. This change in opinion helped the Conservatives avoid an election defeat.

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Our Letter to the Toronto Board of Health

Members, Toronto Board of Health 10th Floor West, Toronto City Hall 100 Queen St. W., M5H 2N2 Toronto, Dear Members, We note that the Toronto’s chief medical officer of health proposes lower speed limits to reduce accidents.  We support his proposal and his reason for such a step.   It should not be rejected out of … Read more

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