Our Blog | October 2008

Make Your Vote Count

by: Heather on 10/10/2008
Posted in: Activism

While we try to avoid (mostly) partisan politics on this blog, elections are coming up rapidly both in Canada (next Tuesday) and the US (Nov. 4), and we should all be thinking about how to cast our vote.

This letter, received recently from my good friend -- folksinger and fellow Gabriolan Bob Bossin -- illustrates the importance for Canadians of voting strategically and intelligently. Sometimes it's not just who you vote for, it's also who you vote against. If you agree with what Bob has to say, the Vote for Environment website is an invaluable resource.

This letter is blatantly political, but it is also personal. And urgent. I've been watching the federal election campaign with something bordering on despair. In all my 63 years, I have never known a government less in tune with my values than this one - and that is going some. By the polls, most of us feel kinda the same way. But we are divided among four parties, and that may allow Harper and his cronies to waltz back into power.

Skip to the next paragraph if you like, but I gotta get this 100-word rant off my chest: "In two years under Harper, Canada has become one of the worst heel-draggers on global warming. Our military has shifted from peace keeping to war making. Where we once welcomed war resistors, we now turn them away. In April, the Conservatives de-regulated and privatized food inspection, and we know what happened in August. They plan to do the same for the airline industry. Prisons, they say 'are for punishment.' And for 14 year olds. They don't much like the arts and they don't get the internet. I could go on. If Harper wins his majority, I shudder to think how, well, American, Canada will become." End of rant.

What - as William Bendix used to say - a revolting development this is!

And yet, something is afoot. I don't know about you, but I have been receiving dozens of messages from friends and strangers talking about what amounts to do-it-yourself proportional representation. I can't say I've become optimistic, but I do believe there are two effective things we can do.

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The New American Dollar

by: Heather on 10/09/2008

What's happening to the economy is definitely no laughing matter, but this bit of light relief is making the email rounds.

It seems the US government is preparing to issue a new dollar bill:


I haven't been able to track down the artist, but the original post seems to be here.

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Friends of the Earth One-Minute Film Competition

by: Heather on 10/07/2008
Posted in: Activism

Friends of the Earth has sponsored a one-minute film competition aimed at inspiring people to think about environmental issues. Participants are invited to take "60 seconds to show which bit of the Earth they're a friend of". Entries range from the fanciful to the serious, and the overall winner will be given a £4,000 budget to make a film with …

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Black Monday

by: Heather on 10/06/2008
Posted in: Guest Posts

This just in from Mike Nickerson, author of Life, Money & Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want to Stay , reflecting on the state of the financial markets in the context of other historic downturns. Thanks Mike!

The current stock market plunge has more in common with its name sake "Black Monday," two decades earlier, than the news has explained.

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Intro to Renewable Energy

by: Heather on 10/02/2008
Posted in: Author Events

Dan Chiras, author of The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy is teaching a two-day workshop entitled Intro to Renewable Energy through the Continuing Education Program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on October 25 and 26.

In this two-day introductory course, you will explore numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy …

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