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How Green is a Motor Home?

Posted on Nov 29, 2016

How green is a motor home? Good question. It arose a few times during our cross-country tour, and I had no time to write about it. merlin-wawaAfter all, we were on the road within Nova Scotia for the last 10 days of September, left for Ottawa on September 30, and arrived in Vancouver November 5. The tour was intense and tiring; we did 38 events in 43 days and drove 6743 km. I’ve just written an article reflecting on the tour; when it’s published, I’ll re-post it on my blog.

More on the sustainability of motor homes below – but first I want to mention some lovely coverage we’ve had. I didn’t do nearly as much blogging and social media as I expected to, but Marjorie was and is very active. The best way to keep in touch with our progress is to follow us on Facebook – Marjorie Simmins, Silver Donald Cameron, GreenRights Film, and TheGreenInterview.com.

with-plantaThe most recent coverage is from the delightful Joseph Planta, who has become the go-to interviewer for authors visiting Vancouver. He interviewed both of us separately, and also did a joint interview. The individual interviews are now posted, here: 

http://thecommentary.ca/ontheline/1402-donald-cameron/

http://thecommentary.ca/ontheline/1401-marjorie-simmins/

Over at rabble.ca, Penney Kome did a thoughtful blog post here: https://t.co/1SJQYJJtfu

The leading Ottawa environmental blogger, Rolly Montpellier, also reviewed the project here:

http://www.boomerwarrior.org/2016/09/green-rights-air-water-food/

Back home in Nova Scotia, Stephen Clare at Celtic Life magazine thinks that story-telling is in my Caledonian DNA. He sent me his one-page interview as a .JPG file – a photo – and I’ve posted it on Facebook. 

Also in Nova Scotia, forestry critic Mike Parker argues in a well-reasoned op-ed that Nova Scotians interested in retaining at least some vestige of a forest should heed Warrior Lawyers and sue the provincial government. https://t.co/dsPrnKoqXH

Finally, blogger Ron Hart at Ecocide Alert has really grasped the message of the book, and responded with one of the best reviews yet. It’s here: http://ecocidealert.com/?p=22146  Ron has also re-posted Penney Kome’s rabble.ca column here: https://ecocidealert.com/?p=22453

There have also been some fine reader reviews on Amazon. If you’d like to post one, I’d be much in your debt; those online reviews can really help a book.

And now, back to the motorhome. Here’s the passage I wrote in my little essay about The Mother of All Book Tours.

Is there such a thing as environmentally-responsible travel by motor home? Surprisingly, yes. There is no zero-impact way to cross Canada, but for a family of four or more – even if two are dogs – travelling by motor home actually generates a smaller environmental footprint than flying and renting rooms. Merlin gets tolerable mileage for a bus-sized vehicle, and we bought carbon credits not only to offset the diesel and propane we used, but also to compensate for the heating fuel in our recycled 1840s home back in Nova Scotia. Merlin’s roof-top solar panels generate much of our domestic electricity, and we buy all the rest through Bullfrog Power. We also host our web sites at Ethical Host, a company deeply devoted to social justice and sustainability.

And, in a sense, we’re still doing the tour. We had pre-scheduled only one event in BC; we didn’t want any deadlines as we crossed the Rockies. But we have all winter to do additional West Coast events. I’ll get back to you on that. The Mother of All Book Tours may yet arrive in a town near you.

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