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It’s time to talk about We

While change at a local level has created practical pieces of a regenerative culture; what an initiative that has emerged from the Stockholm Resilience Centre called seeds of a Good Anthropocene. [https://goodanthropocenes.net/], we have failed to significantly and measurably move the big picture.

From my time working with Transition groups all around the world, I have seen these issues present in just about every Transition group. They lead me to ask whether we are working in the right way, or whether we are asking the right questions, or working in a way that will ultimately produce change, or whether the structure of the Industrial Growth System somehow prevents fundamental systemic change. Here are some of the main stumbling blocks.

Read It’s time to talk about We by Naresh Giangrande at The Transition Network.

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November 5, 2018 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Still Matters

We don’t recommend taking personal actions like limiting plane rides, eating less meat, or investing in solar energy because all of these small tweaks will build up to enough carbon savings (though it could help). We do so because people taking action in their personal lives is actually one of the best ways to get to a society that implements the policy-level change that is truly needed. Research on social behavior suggests lifestyle change can build momentum for systemic change. Humans are social animals, and we use social cues to recognize emergencies. People don’t spring into action just because they see smoke; they spring into action because they see others rushing in with water. The same principle applies to personal actions on climate change.

Read Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Still Matters by Leor Hackel and Gregg Sparkman at Slate.

October 29, 2018 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report

The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, is out. Its prognosis for the planet is grim: We may have as little as 12 years to act on climate change — to slash global emissions 45 percent — to reach this target.

The report was commissioned by the United Nations to see what would happen if global average temperatures rose by 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, and what it would take to cap warming at that level.

The new report is meant to build on that agreement, and it is exhaustive, with 132 authors, drawing on more than 6,000 peer-reviewed research articles. The overarching conclusion is that every fraction of a degree of warming matters. Letting temperatures rise will exact a huge toll on lives, natural systems, and the economy. Fighting to keep warming in check — which will include radically and rapidly reducing coal and oil consumption, among other things — will save lives, the food supply, and homes.

Read 4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report by Umair Irfan at Vox.

October 10, 2018 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

New Study Shows that Returning Carbon Revenues Directly to Households Would be Net Financially Positive for the Vast Majority of Households

A study commissioned by Canadians for Clean Prosperity shows that the vast majority of households, regardless of income level, would receive more money in the form of carbon dividend cheques than they would pay in carbon taxes, should the federal government introduce carbon dividends in those provinces in which it brings in its carbon tax “backstop” starting in 2019.
This study demonstrates that the objection that carbon pricing will cost average households large amounts of money is ill-founded – or at least easily mitigated. By implementing carbon dividends, the federal government can ensure that typical families will receive more money back in their dividend cheques than they will face in additional carbon costs.

Read the report:  New Study Shows that Returning Carbon Revenues Directly to Households would be Net Financially Positive for the Vast Majority of Households.

September 24, 2018 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Have your say on climate change, cancellation of Cap and Trade

Bill 4, Cap and Trade Cancellation

This Act repeals the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and provides for various matters related to the wind down of the Cap and Trade Program. It also establishes a requirement for the Minister to prepare a climate change plan and to prepare progress reports in respect of the plan

The government’s Environment Ministry has  OPENED an online comment portal to seek public feedback about what it should do about climate change, pledging to use the information collected in order to introduce a new plan.

Make your comment HERE>>

Here is a chance to have your say – no matter where you stand on this issue. Our democracy depends on people taking the opportunity to speak up. This consultation closes on October 11, 2018.

September 17, 2018 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest

Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest

Trees lining city streets, in public and private gardens, in parks, and in patches of urban woodland do a lot for cities. They help mitigate air pollution, lessen the urban heat island effect, provide flood control, and contribute a host of other benefits. Some studies have valued these ecosystem services at almost USD $1 million per square kilometer per year.

And it turns out that these trees, collectively known as the urban forest, also contribute more than you might imagine to carbon sequestration, according to a new study published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management.

Read Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest by Sarah Deweerdt at Anthropocenemagazine.

August 27, 2018 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

World is finally waking up to climate change, says ‘hothouse Earth’ author

The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer’s heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent “hothouse Earth” report.

Following an unprecedented 270,000 downloads of his study, Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said he had not seen such a surge of interest since 2007, the year the Nobel prize was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“I think that in future people will look back on 2018 as the year when climate reality hit,” said the veteran scientist. “This is the moment when people start to realise that global warming is not a problem for future generations, but for us now.

Read World is finally waking up to climate change, says ‘hothouse Earth’ author by Jonathan Watts at The Guardian.

August 20, 2018 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

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