Are you coming to Power Shift Canada?

September 13th, 2009
Are you coming to Power? In October, over 1000 young people will converge on Ottawa to ask for bold, comprehensive and immediate action on climate change.
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Power Shift Canada is the largest-ever gathering of young people on the environment in the history of this country. From October 23 to 26 2009, over 1,000 young people from across the country will converge in Ottawa to take a message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Parliament Hill. Join us for three days of inspirational speakers, rewarding training, empowering workshops, entertaining concerts, strategic planning, and united lobbying to understand, push, prepare, develop, strengthen and connect through the climate crisis. Sincerely, The Power Shift Canada Team

In October, over 1000 young people will converge on Ottawa to ask for bold, comprehensive and immediate action on climate change.

Canada Needs You! Register Today.

Power Shift Canada is the largest-ever gathering of young people on the environment in the history of this country.

From October 23 to 26 2009, over 1,000 young people from across the country will converge in Ottawa to take a message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Parliament Hill.

Join us for three days of inspirational speakers, rewarding training, empowering workshops, entertaining concerts, strategic planning, and united lobbying to understand, push, prepare, develop, strengthen and connect through the climate crisis.

Sincerely,
The Power Shift Canada Team

10 x 10 Permaculture Garden

May 17th, 2009

10 x 10 Permaculture Garden

Yesterday our wonderful friend Rin held the first of a series of three workshops on how to build a 10 x 10 ft permaculture garden at our house. We already grow some food, so the workshop transformed an area on the side of the garden that wasn’t being used (part of it was still grass) into a lovely new self-contained vegetable garden.

I learned about sheet mulching, no-dig gardening, crop rotations, and much much more. If you want to start growing food, or if you’ve been growing for years and want some new ideas, I can’t recommend Erin’s courses enough if you get a chance – she’s an amazing farmer, growing food for 5 families in a typical front and back-yard house in East Van.

From start to finish (raw materials to planted garden): The 10 x 10 permaculture garden in photos.

(Actually the space we had was 8 x 12, so we adapted the design a little!)

Happy growing…

Time for a change: BC-STV

May 8th, 2009

Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I hadn’t really thought of that quote in the context of electoral politics before watching Christy Clark in the eloquent video below, but it applies well in this context. If we continue with a broken, divisive electoral system, why would we expect anything better than broken, divisive politics?

I’m not a Canadian citizen, so I don’t get to vote in the provincial election and referendum on electoral reform next week. In some ways I’m glad I don’t have to choose between the current dichotomy – neither option would be particularly palatable. For those who are eligible to vote, please watch this video, get informed, then vote for BC-STV in the referendum. We deserve better from politics in BC, and BC-STV is the tool we need to help achieve that.

Edited to remove links to stv.ca as it looks like the domain name hasn’t been renewed and is now full of junk. Also, at the time of writing I wasn’t a Canadian citizen, but since someone asked, I am now.

Oh Canada

December 7th, 2008

It’s interesting to see how Harper’s suspension of democracy in Canada is being perceived to the south…

Turn off your engine…

June 27th, 2008

…and take climate action:



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    Photo of Matthew Carroll Matthew Carroll is an environm­entalist, scientist, and campaign strategist, currently living in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. He has a masters degree in atmospheric chemistry from University of Leeds and University of Toronto, and over eight years’ experience educating, facilitating, and engaging youth in local, regional, national and international decision making. Matthew firmly believes that climate change is the defining social justice issue of this generation, and that young people have a pivotal leadership role to play in building a just transition to a zero-carbon future.

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