Hopeful

External Stories

Here are some recent stories of positive news, stories of what others are doing that are having a positive impact on the looming climate chaos. We feel that these good news stories can provide us with Hope and Courage. Hope because we can see that change is happening, and courage to keep trying so that our efforts can make a difference.

Building Trades Unions introduce Building It Green – Canada’s Most Comprehensive Climate-focused Construction Curriculum

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) announced the first pilot implementation of Building It Green – Canada’s most comprehensive climate-focused construction education curriculum, designed by tradespeople for tradespeople. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy’s Union Training and Innovation ... Read More at 4RG

100,000 Ontario Households Form Canada’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing. Participants in the Save on Energy ... Read More at 4RG

How a ‘turn it off’ approach to energy conservation could benefit Canada, and the planet

The January cold wave in Alberta is a critical moment to reflect upon the status quo and reimagine a system that values consuming less, not producing more. Alberta responded with an emergency request to turn stuff off. The brief experience of ... Read More at 4RG

B.C., Quebec Unveil Major Clean Power Expansions While Ontario Lags

Here’s yet another news story that is both Hopeful and Outrageous. Ontario continues to lag behind Quebec and British Columbia. Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand ... Read More at 4RG

For Once, Big Oil Takes It on the Chin

Bill McKibben analyses the details of the announcement about pausing new LNG export licenses.  The White House confirmed with the official release of its policy at 5 a.m. this morning, all new licenses for LNG export terminals are hereby halted, ... Read More at 4RG

Biden Pauses permitting for LNG export facility

Bill McKibben in his substack newsletter reports that the White House has decided to pause permitting for new LNG terminals—if it’s true, and I think it is, this is the biggest thing a U.S. president has ever done to stand ... Read More at 4RG

Excellent Press Coverage of 4RG Climate Report Card

4RG held a press conference on the steps of city hall announcing the publication of our report card on city council actions after one year in office. The Peterborough Examiner covered the story on the front page. The really good ... Read More at 4RG

Later is too late

Chris Hatch from the Observer has written a Canadian perspective on a recent report that shows that the most powerful message for climate action is based on Love. The data says that fear versus hope is the wrong debate. The ... Read More at 4RG