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Carl Duivenvoorden

Sustainability consultant

Formerly with Efficiency New Brunswick, Carl works as a speaker, writer and sustainability consultant, helping people and organizations learn how they can save money, energy and our environment. He presents on subjects as diverse as transportation, economics, efficiency, biodiversity and renewable energy – because all factor into a healthy planet. His newspaper column, Green Ideas, is featured regularly in the NB Telegraph Journal, the Fredericton Daily Gleaner and four weeklies. Learn more at www.changeyourcorner.com.

The Human Side of Climate Scientists

Science is a profession of discipline and process. Scientists live in a world of constant questioning: they observe, analyze, theorize and test, and then do it all over again. Guided by facts and data, they strive to drill through uncertainty and draw solid, evidence-based conclusions. That's why a blog I discovered recently is so interesting: it asks climate scientists to step outside of their professions, and speak as mothers, fathers, grandparents and children -- in short, to speak as humans.
11/13/2014 05:56 EST

Twenty Four Reasons for Hope

In the world of environmental advocacy, hope can be a scarce commodity. The daily cascade of negative reports about our planet's health can challenge even the most optimistic personality. That's why 24 Hours of Reality, a global event happening today and tomorrow (September 16-17), promises to be so refreshing: it's all about solutions and hope.
09/16/2014 12:23 EDT
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Four Green Goals for New Brunswick's Next Government

On September 22nd, New Brunswickers will elect a new government. Regardless of who wins, here are four policies that could help our province use less energy, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and benefit from the coming green economy.
09/04/2014 04:38 EDT
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Caring About the Earth Only One Day a Year Doesn't Work

I'm no lawyer, but with the approach of Earth Day, I wish to plead the case that the ideals we pause to reflect upon each April 22 must become part our thinking and actions the rest of the year too. Now, anyone who dares plead for Earth Day ideals all year round will find no shortage of sceptics and naysayers. The first counterargument typically comes from those who don't believe that mere humans could affect something as immense as a planet, therefore we don't need to change how we live.
04/22/2014 12:25 EDT
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Why I Work to Keep Smokestacks Away From Schoolyards

I was raised on a dairy farm in Belledune, a small community on New Brunswick's North Shore. By the time I showed up to school in the fall of 1968, the schoolhouse was bordered by a smelter on one side and a fertilizer plant on the other. I started hearing a little voice inside me saying, "Do something!"
03/10/2014 05:41 EDT
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What the TransCanada Pipeline Will Really Cost Us

Because Alberta oil is landlocked and therefore traditionally sold below world prices, it's been suggested that bringing it east will lower energy prices for us. It's probably more realistic to expect that Alberta crude will get more expensive as soon as a pipeline links it to us, and the world market.
02/06/2014 05:30 EST
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Climate Change Isn't Just Going to Go Away Overnight

It's nice to imagine that the great environmental challenges of our time will mystically be solved by outside forces so that we can just keep doing what we are doing to the Earth that sustains us. Alas, that is an impossible hope.
01/03/2014 11:59 EST
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For Earth Day, Six Places We Should All Visit

In today's world, humans are consuming more than ever, but many consequences of the way we live are far from the average person's eyes and thoughts. So here are six places we'd all do well to visit, for a reality check, some imprinting and some reflection.
04/20/2013 11:19 EDT