economist’s take on clean energy oddly one-sided

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I was surprised by The Economist’s recent headline piece (‘Clean energy’s dirty secret’, February 25th). Not because it didn’t jibe with my worldview – that I could’ve guessed from the title – but rather by the omission of significant facts and perspectives in the story and the lack of a clear argument to reach its conclusion. I have come to expect and respect level-headed analysis from this newspaper, even on matters over which we disagree. Pro-stability and neoliberal though it leans, it is usually at least thorough and logical. Not so this time.Read More »

terror attacks in paris

I have one friend living in Paris. That is my only connection to the city. I have never been there or been particularly drawn to it. I cannot cry for it and will not pray for it. Just as I felt nothing for Beirut, Ankara, Garissa or Mumbai, my heart is unmoved by the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th. Even while my head tells me they were horrible atrocities. I mean no offense. I respect the right of others to grieve, to feel shock, to be scared, to be angry. But I cannot compel myself to feel grief or outrage. Perhaps because I am desensitised. Perhaps the link between the attacks and me is weak. I have a low level of empathy anyway. I am neither proud nor ashamed of my lack of feeling. It just is.Read More »

measuring responsibility and leadership

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Lady Justice (c) Tristan Henry-Wilson

Today I received this in my work email inbox: OECD states cut emissions too slowly.

For anyone who watches the news, this is hardly groundbreaking. For those of us working in environmental justice or international development, we’ve seen graphs and diagrams ad nauseam depicting the earth’s trajectory vis-a-vis greenhouse gas emissions based on different scenarios and data. They have the same story: The planet – and, therefore, humanity – is doomed because we’re not doing enough to rein in emissions.

But who, exactly, are ‘we’? Read More »

26 months

An email arrived in my inbox last week titled

26 months until the biggest election in Canadian history

courtesy of our friends at Leadnow.ca. Now, I’m not sure if it’s hyperbole – the 2011 election felt huge to me, and was arguably the ‘biggest’ (definition??) in Canadian history because it led to the Conservatives forming a majority government for the first time ever, which gave them the unchecked power to execute the Great Leader’s plans to destroy Canada.Read More »

xenophobia and anti-imperialism: a fine line?

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Mongolian neo-Nazis rebrand themselves as environmentalists. This Guardian article is a little silly – I can’t take these people seriously (must be the swastika armbands) – but brings to mind some interesting questions:

1. Is environmentalism an inherently left-wing movement, as it is branded these days?

The answer to that one is pretty simple: NO.  I wish I had a penny for every comment in the comment section of that article reminding us that Hitler and the Nazis had some of the most stringent nature protection laws around. Read More »