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Entries Tagged as 'Climate change'

CCPA-BC launches new documentary: The Good Life – The Green Life

May 9th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

Happy to announce that the CCPA-BC has released its third documentary film, a video series entitled The Good Life – The Green Life. This project has been about two years in the making, led by our communications director Shannon Daub. I encourage you to visit the special website created for this project: http://goodlifegreenlife.ca/ As you’ll […]

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Short BC throne speech neglects climate crisis, poverty

June 26th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Everyone expected today’s throne speech to be a brief recap of Christy Clark’s election platform. And on this front, it certainly delivered: only 8 pages, compared to the usual 20+, pinning our province’s hopes on LNG exports, and using much of the same language, word for word, that we’ve heard repeatedly throughout the election campaign. […]

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Comparing platforms with respect to climate action

May 9th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

As many readers of this blog will know, back in February the CCPA (with the assistance of a number of our partners in the Climate Justice Project) published an Open Letter to the BC political parties calling on them to recommit to BC’s legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets, and to table plans for how to […]

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More twists and turns in the dubious economics of LNGs

February 8th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

This morning the newspapers bring news that the natural gas industry is seeking tax breaks for developing liquified natural gas (LNG) plants. Apparently the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is asking for increased capital cost allowances , which would cost the federal government as much as $2 billion over seven years in foregone revenues. The […]

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A call for courageous leadership from BC parties in 2013

January 8th, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

As we head towards the May 2013 BC election, what I’d most love to hear from BC’s political leaders is evidence that they are ready to get serious about the defining issues of this era. In particular, I’m going to be looking for real leadership on the issues of climate change and inequality (what we […]

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Marc’s Letter from 2040

December 14th, 2012 · · 4 Comments · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

The following comes from a short talk on a vision for a zero-carbon BC that I gave at a couple events this Fall. Many have asked for the text so I’ve posted it here, and we may try and turn it into a video. That said, I have been reluctant to do so up to […]

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Will Frankenstorm put climate change back on the political radar?

October 30th, 2012 · · 4 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

In recent years the world has experienced a sequence of climate-change-related disasters. Hurricane Sandy comes on top of massive drought through the summer that has led to 40% loss of American corn and other grain crops, raging wildfires in the southeast US, tornados and derechos, etc – and that is just the US. Check out this extreme weather […]

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Bringing a vision of climate justice into focus

May 28th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Economy

One of the key barriers to change facing those of us working towards climate justice is the lack of a clear vision. By advocating for bold climate action, we are asking people to embrace dramatic change — yet the picture of their new life remains fuzzy and difficult to imagine. Compounding this challenge is the […]

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Inequality undermines collective action on climate change

May 23rd, 2012 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Much has been written of late about the costs of inequality — the social and health costs, the costs to democracy and social cohesion, and the costs to the economy and productivity. But here’s another cost to rising inequality that has received less consideration — the costs to our climate. As we seek to urge […]

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Reflections on the year past and the year to come: Inequality explodes into the public discourse

December 22nd, 2011 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Poverty, inequality & welfare

If this past year  — marked by the Arab Spring and the fall arrival of the Occupy movement — has taught us anything, it is that we never know when historic moments come. And when they do, that which seemed political impossible is suddenly in play. Many of us found the explosion of the Occupy […]

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