January 3, 2019: Designing (Policy) for the Future

I remember a time, not too long ago, perhaps only a couple of years really, when fun-loving if slightly condescending colleagues would call me a tree-hugging feminist and blatantly declare that my views were radical. It was frustrating, but then,…

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January 2, 2019: +8 in January

Today in Edmonton, it was +8 degrees. “Edmonton’s coldest Jan. 2 was in 1950, when the temperature was recorded at -41 degrees [celsius]. The average high and low the date is -6 and -14 degrees, respectively. [sic]” It can be…

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Nov 21, 2018: Profit & Poverty

Today, as Public Interest Alberta called for a poverty reduction strategy, given that “one in six children are living in poverty in Alberta”, I spent the day today thinking together about sustainable research and sustainable futures with colleagues and student…

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Nov 17, 2018: Action a Day

Since I’m starting up my action a day again, I thought I’d check out the “action” program that the City of Edmonton runs. Click here to see what you can do to participate in the Change for Climate movement: https://changeforclimate.ca/action.  Let’s…

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December 19, 2017: Trump’s Focus

Headlines in the US –our closest and most influential neighbour — include the following the following: “Trump Unveils National Security Strategy, Ignoring Climate Change Threat. ” Democracy Now writes: President Trump outlined his blueprint for national security Monday in a…

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December 8, 2017: Hydro & “Power”

Today Canadians across the country are reading about the approval of the Site C Hydroelectric Dam in B.C. “The project will flood over 12,500 hectares of fertile farmland and sacred Indigenous territory in the Peace River valley.” In an article…

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November 25, 2017: The Cult of Presentism

This week, I’ve been reflecting on another of the ironies of the current moment. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what the future could look like, if we organize now for other types of social life in…

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November 23, 2017: Future of Energy in Alberta

Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Biofuels: These are most likely the future of energy in Alberta. It is where most of the institutions seem to be investing in research and development. Elsewhere they will invest in water — which isn’t appropriate to…

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November 20, 2017: Reporting (for) Action

Today, the radio and news reports are full of incongruities. In the headlines are the following stories: Edward Stuzik’s new book Firestorm: How Wildfire will Shape our Future apparently does link the Fort McMurray fires of 2016 to climate change and…

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November 12, 2017: Eating, Consumption, and Energy Transition

I’m still thinking about the argument made by  Mercy for Animals around going veg because it is less carbon-intensive than meat eating. That argument is sound. And, there are many other good reasons to become vegetarian or vegan, not the least…

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November 10, 2017: Not My Future

Today, I was reminded of Myron Ebell talking to Stephen Sackur on BBC’s Hard Talk about the Paris Agreement. Sackur had tried to drill down into his thinking. Ebell talked about a “brighter future” that includes ‘the fact’ that 80% of…

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November 8, 2017: Dehli Smog

Today, November 8th 2017, the air quality in Delhi has been declared a public health emergency. Here in Canada, while I breathe effortless regardless the air quality alerts, my cute cute loving little boys are often gasping for air: on summer…

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