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Farewell to Orri Vigfusson. Three cheers for David Korten. And one hand claps for Nova Scotia’s recent record.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Orri Vigfusson is one of my heroes – a very successful Icelandic businessman from a fishing family who made it his mission to save the wild Atlantic salmon from extinction by purchasing and retiring all the commercial Atlantic salmon fishing licenses in the world. Charming but relentless, Orri visited fishers from Spain to Russia to Labrador to Connecticut, found...

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Interview with Maxine Burkett

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 | 1 comment

Maxine Burkett is a professor of law at the University of Hawaii and passionate advocate for climate justice, which essentially addresses how the most vulnerable human communities should be treated with dignity and fairness in the era of climate change. Through her work she explores the issue of climate-induced displacement and how already vulnerable communities in...

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Marjan Minnesma

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Marjan Minnesma, the co-founder and director of the Urgenda Foundation, speaks with Silver Donald Cameron in this exclusive Green Interview about the ground-breaking Dutch Climate Case, a suit her foundation, along with 900 Dutch citizens brought against the Netherlands to a successful conclusion in 2015. In an unprecedented verdict the District court in The Hague...

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Roger Cox

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 |

Roger Cox is the Dutch lawyer who initiated the successful, historic suit brought against the Dutch government known as the Dutch Climate Case. In this exclusive Green Interview, Cox discusses the details of the case, how the impending oil decline threatens human rights, and his 2011 book,Revolution Justified: Why Only the Law Can Save us Now.

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Pablo Solon

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Buen Vivir, The Economy and the Rights of Nature Pablo Solón is the former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and currently the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, an organization based in Thailand. In this exclusive Green Interview,Solón discusses the inspiring concept of Buen Vivir, the need to overhaul our economic system, and the hope and vision that is...

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Who’ll Sell Me Bundled Offsets?

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 | 0 comments

I'm happy to pay a little extra to buy my power from Bullfrog Power, which puts renewable electricity into the grid in proportion to the power I take out of the grid. I pay a little extra, but I help to build up the renewable infrastructure, and I cancel out the carbon emissions from generating the electricity I use. What about other emissions from my life and...

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Chris Benjamin: The Cyclone of the Coast

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 | 0 comments

Freelance writing, like old age, is not for sissies – and it seems to get harder for each generation. I’m moved to this observation by contemplating the autumn of my friend and colleague Chris Benjamin, who is 30 or 40 years younger than I am. Chris is probably most widely known for the excellent environmental column he publishes regularly in Halifax’s...

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I’m speaking in Stellarton tomorrow, December 1

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 | 0 comments

As part of the "Take Charge!" tour for Efficiency Nova Scotia, I'll be speaking at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton tomorrow at 7:00. I'll also be interviewed on CBC's Information Morning at 6:25 tomorrow morning. The burning question: will I really make sense that early in the morning? Tune in and find out…

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The Week of Bill Rees

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 | 0 comments

How can it be that I can know the right thing to do, do the wrong thing instead, and still consider myself an intelligent being? We’ve all had that experience. I shouldn’t eat any more of those fattening canapes, we think. I should not smoke. I should not take another drink. And then we eat the snack, light a cigarette, pour the drink, and ogle our...

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Offsetting Our Carbon – Sunday column, January 2, 2011

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 | 0 comments

“You’ll be pleased to know that the emissions for your air travel to this conference have been offset by the purchase of carbon credits,” announced the Executive Director. The delegate next to me leaned over. “What language is she speaking?” he whispered. “Futura mondiale,” I said. “The language of the world’s...

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