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Invitation for Bill Rees’ retirement

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 | 0 comments

We thought you’d enjoy the invitation to the party in honour of Bill Rees’ retirement from UBC, particularly the graphic. Here it is: Dear Guest of Bill Rees’, Attached is an invitation for Bill Rees’ retirement. Please register at www.events.scarp.ubc.ca Download Invitiation (PDF)...

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The Forests of the Crown

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 | 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about the debate over the future of the forest here in Nova Scotia — which is, I think, pretty much the same debate you’d see anywhere else.  Industry wants to clear-cut the forests, and people with a longer-term view want to use the woodlands in a sustainable way. My original column brought a couple of...

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Declan Galbraith, the voice of the children

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 | 0 comments

An old friend sent me a video — Declan Galbraith, aged 13, singing an inspirational song that he’d written and performed in 2002. I’d never seen it before, and I thought it was astonishing and inspiring. If ever you ask yourself why we keep trying to resolve these huge problems even though people our age — my age anyway — ...

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The Beetle and the Feedback

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 | 0 comments

 The valleys of the Interior of British Columbia are like slashes in the earth’s skin —  deep, steep, dramatic, falling precipitously into dark, narrow lakes. The landscape looks like frozen violence, the product of a time when tectonic plates collided, their edges crumpling and folding under the unimaginable force of crustal jockeying. But the...

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Climate Change: The True Unbelievers

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 | 0 comments

A friend suggests that members of The Green Interview may not have seen this Sunday Herald column from last February, and may enjoy it. I really don’t understand the evangelical fury of those who don’t accept the evidence about anthopogenic climate change. – SDC   True Unbelievers   Where does the vitriol come from? Last week, I...

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Brazil’s deforestation drops by 74%

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 | 0 comments

IGUASSU FALLS, Brazil — As of 2008, more than 17 percent of the Amazon rainforest had been cleared for agriculture and otherdevelopment. But in Brazil the rate of deforestation has dropped dramatically in recent years, thanks to a variety of incentives that nmay provide a model for other regions. Recent studies have identified several factors driving...

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Warm fuzzy feelings…

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 | 0 comments

It really creates a warm, fuzzy feeling when people you respect say nice things about you. Here’s Chris Benjamin on Twitter: "For inspiration and knowledge that is mind-blowing, and world-changing, check out the Green Interview" Ahhh! Thanks, Chris. And then Jodi DeLong, on Facebook, had this comment:   "I had a big Green Interview marathon...

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Stalking the Green Giants

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 | 0 comments

In the town of Blue Earth, Minnesota, alongside Interstate 90, there’s a 55-foot statue of the Jolly Green Giant. He’s the familiar mascot of Green Giant Foods, the fella we see on TV commercials bragging up the foods that come “ From the valley of the jolly – ho, ho, ho – Green Giant.” That one’s made out of fiberglass. But...

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The Voices of the Great Modern Teachers

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 | 0 comments

In a recent Energy Bulletin, Dan Allen offers a first draft at a foundation document called A Land and Community Ethic – a document that addresses the complex issues that beset us as the Age of Oil comes to an end. Here’s the link:  http://www.energybulletin.net/52973  Allen is a high school teacher in New Jersey, and he’s been trying to...

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Dinner with Farley Mowat AND Elizabeth May!

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 | 0 comments

I haven’t posted here for a couple of weeks, but this is truly a unique opportunity. Our Elizabeth May interview will be posted in July, before this event. The Farley Mowat interview is already posted. — SDC   Once in a Lifetime An evening with Farley and Claire Mowat, and Elizabeth May Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, St. Peter’s, Cape Breton, Nova...

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Saving Canada’s Prison Farms

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 | 0 comments

I was thrilled to get the message from Helen Forsey below protesting the closure and sale of Canada’s six prison farms. This issue has been nagging at me for months, and I haven’t had time to really think about it. But from every point of view — money, correctional practices, food policy, simple humanity, you name it — selling the prison...

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We Need Wild Law in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 | 0 comments

There’s a big article in the Toronto Globe and Mail today about the toxic flood of legal actions that’s likely to result from the toxic flood of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. I find myself  both weeping and enraged at what’s going on down there — and as I read about all the claimants who are likely to sue, I was swept with a wave of fury...

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The Daily Glob – from the Society of Environmental Journalists

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 | 0 comments

The Society of Environmental Journalists — to which I belong — recently launched a web site dedicated entirely to coverage of the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an excellent resource for anyone wanting to follow the story. The following is quoted from an email from Chris Rigel, the SEJ’s Director of Programs and Operations....

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Live coverage of BP’s remote vehicles at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Posted on May 28, 2010 | 0 comments

This message is forwarded from The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net (http://cruisersnet.net/ ), a site maintained by Claiborne Young for cruising skippers operating between Virginia and Florida. I thought some of the readers of Cruisers Net might like to see the live ROV coverage of the leak so I attached the link below. If you haven’t been watching...

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Silver Donald speaks at The Mobius Awards

Posted on May 27, 2010 | 0 comments

Silver Donald Cameron, executive producer and host of The Green Interview, will deliver the keynote address at the Mobius Environmental Awards luncheon on June 2 at Pier 21 in Halifax. His topic, “Greening Our Minds,” is the essence of the mission of The Green Interview, which aims to help subscribers explore the transformative ideas, attitudes and...

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Gary Snyder on the Sioux view of nature

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 | 0 comments

My friend David Walmark sends along a couple of quotations from the US poet Gary Snyder. One particularly catches my attention:   "The Sioux idea of living creatures is that trees, buffalo and man are temporary energy swirls, turbulent patterns…You find that perception registered so many ways in archaic and primitive lore. I say that it is probably...

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