Conversations with people… and encounters with ideas… that are re-inventing the world.


The Mind of Mary Wood

Posted on Jan 27, 2018 | 0 comments

MARY CHRISTINA WOOD It’s been called “the most important lawsuit in the history of the planet” – and none of the plaintiffs is over 21. In the “Our Children’s Trust” case, 21 young Americans are suing the US government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property through its continuing support of industries that cause climate change. They...

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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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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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