Posted: October 29th, 2009 | Author: James Glave | Filed under: Behavior, Global Warming, Habits, Transformational Change | Tags: dentist, greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide | No Comments »
I frequently parrot the message that a lot of small actions can add up to big change. For proof, look no further than this short video clip I did over the summer, one of a series of greener-living advice segments for a real-estate website called Cyberhomes.
There I am, proving the point that easy gestures—in this case, unplugging idle electronic devices—can all add up. It makes sense on paper, which is why the “everyone do their bit” credo is the basis of many behavior-change campaigns. And sure, it’s all well and good to unplug a few video games, or enjoy a healthy bike ride, or savor the vegetables and fruits you grew yourself.
But what about nitrous oxide? You know, laughing gas?
My dentist offers it to me every time I go in for a new crown or onlay which, given the pathetic state of my teeth, is pretty much at least once a year. And I usually turn it down, because despite its jovial nickname, the stuff is effectively two kinds of bad in one bottle.
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Posted: October 27th, 2009 | Author: James Glave | Filed under: Activism, Conferences & Events, Media Coverage | Tags: Activism, events, Media Coverage | No Comments »
Some 5,000 people showed up for Bridge to a Cool Planet, an event tied to the International Day of Climate Action–including me, my kids, and my parents.
More egregious exploitation of children.
My kids and I managed to hog the media cameras, we paraded through the background of Global Television’s live coverage of the event – check it out, you can’t miss us. It wasn’t entirely my idea: The reporter came over and grabbed us in advance of the segment — “we need kids with signs for the shot,” she said. We also popped up in an image in Sing Tao, one of Vancouver’s large-circulation Chinese-language dailies. Scroll about half-way down.
The lesson: Find a way to stand out from the crowd. In this case, I put my girl up on my shoulders. And know that my friends in the media will always seek out hand-lettered signs, easily-read signs with ultra-simplified messages such as STOP GLOBAL WARMING. It sure did the trick here.
Posted: October 14th, 2009 | Author: James Glave | Filed under: Published Work | Tags: carbon, IPP, Renewable Energy, run-of-river, Tzeporah | 4 Comments »
The original tree-hugger.
The November issue of Vancouver
magazine features my profile on Tzeporah Berman, cofounder of ForestEthics
and executive director of PowerUP Canada
. Links to both Web and PDF versions below.
Berman is a Canadian climate activist of considerable influence who has inserted herself at the center of a significant green-energy backlash here in her home province of British Columbia. A fierce public debate rages here over “run of river” hydro power projects, which temporarily divert river water to spin turbines. The resulting electricity is carbon-free, but opponents of the projects claim the schemes aren’t as green as they claim to be. The fight is getting very nasty. As the story documents, at one point Berman’s support for renewable-energy development led to a threat of professional blackmail.
Check out “Green Light,” published in the November 2009 issue of Vancouver magazine.
Green Light, [Web version at Vanmag.com]
Green Light, [2.3 MB .PDF FILE]