Mike Hudema
Mike Hudema is a long time member of the Canadian progressive scene. He was part of a motley band of activists that took to the streets of Quebec City for the FTAA protests, slept on the steps of the legislature to protest rising tuition rates when he was President of the University of Alberta Students’ Union, and occupied Anne McLellan’s office to defeat Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation. In his spare time he used to co-host CJSR’s alternative news program Rise Up: RadioFree Edmonton and co-wrote books like the recently published “An Action a Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away.”

Mike worked in San Francisco for three years for the Peace and Human Right organization Global Exchange on a corporate campaign with the Ruckus Society and the Rainforest Action Network targeting the auto industry. He currently works for Greenpeace as the Climate and Energy Campaigner focusing on stopping the tar sands, the largest industrial project on the face of the planet, and bringing about a green job future. He is also a climb trainer with the Ruckus Society.

Entries by Mike Hudema

The Battle Against the Tar Sands Is About to Change

(15) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:40 PM

The fight against the tar sands is a big one.

We stand in defense of the land, water, climate and communities against the richest companies on the planet, and a federal and provincial government who are intent on extracting tar sands as quickly as possible regardless of the cost....

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In the Heart of the Tarsands, Fort Chipewyan Builds Solar Solution

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Today, one of the communities most heavily impacted by tar sands development has started to move forward on a different type of energy source -- this time harnessing the rays of the sun.

Fort Chipewyan is located 200 kilometres downstream from the tar sands, the world's largest...

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It's Time Alberta Took Off Its Tar Sands Blinders and Embraced the Sun

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Yesterday I was on a roof installing solar panels as part of a 5-day solar design and installation course with GridWorks Energy Group in Edmonton.

It was truly amazing to see each solar panel going up, carefully fastening it down, and knowing that when it was all done, the house...

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Harper Just Picked A Pipeline Fight He Can't Win

(49) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Stephen Harper has chosen to approve Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, despite the overwhelming opposition of the people of British Columbia, over 130 First Nations and the B.C. government itself.

Throwing his political weight behind this project is a major mistake, because this pipeline will not...

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Proof that Canada and Australia Don't Care About Climate Change

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Just when I think the Canadian government can't embarrass us anymore our Prime Minister opens his mouth again.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Harper and Prime Minister Abbott from Australia spoke about climate change.

(Please take all valuable electronics out of your hand at this point)

First let's examine what the...

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The Beauty of the Fight Against the Keystone XL

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:56 PM

For the past week I have been amazed, humbled, and inspired by the power of people.

This last week an area between the Washington monument and the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. was transformed into a meeting place, a coming together of people from all...

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So, The Tarsands Were To Blame..

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Last week the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released its report into the on-going emission and health issues in Peace River, Alta.

Residents in Peace River, since the 90s, have been complaining about health effects they were experiencing due to tarsands emissions.

In 2010 the government finally...

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Why Canada Should Invest in Beer, Not Tar Sands

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Late last week I saw this graph and it blew my mind.

The graph comes from a recent report by CREDBC that looks at where BC's and Canada's wealth comes from. The graph, and the report, shows a much different story then one the Canadian Government...

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Top 15 Climate-Inspired Pick-Up Lines Just in Time for Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Yesterday the creative folks at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition launched a very innovative twitter campaign to help raise funds for Power Shift -- a youth led convergence on climate change.

Check out some of the #climatepickuplines hilarity and then donate to the campaign on: Indiegogo.

Here are...

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Tar Sands Communities Flee Homes to Escape Emissions, Panel Told

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 4:25 PM

As the Alberta government was celebrating the State Department analysis into the effects of the KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline, several Peace River residents were at a hearing talking about the tar sands emissions that they've been dealing with since 2011.

Since 2011 residents have watched...

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10 Reasons Neil Young is Right About the Tar Sands

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 12:13 PM

To say that rock legend Neil Young has been making waves on his ACFN 'Honour the Treaties' tour would be an understatement. His comments about the horrors of the tar sands have made front-page headlines, set social media ablaze, and have brought out more than a few attacks...

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Harper, Stop Putting Oil Industry Profits Before Rail Safety

(9) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 8:40 AM

Yesterday I tried to drive to Gainford. I wanted to try to assess for myself how much damage had been done because of the latest train derailment disaster.

Thirteen rail cars -- four laden with petroleum crude oil and nine carrying liquefied petroleum gas -- came off the tracks around...

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CNRL Will Drain Oil Spill Lake, But Questions Keep Rising

(10) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 12:15 PM

There are some things in life you think are permanent. For me lakes are on that list. While lakes will move somewhat over time they are often pillars in our history. I remember the lake I went to almost every summer as a child, the one I first canoed and...

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Tar Sands Spills - up to 1,528,996.71 Litres and Still Spilling!!

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 2:40 PM

CNRL Cold Lake Tar Sands spills - up to 1,528,996.71 litres and still spilling!! -

See the spill counter: http://spill-widget.openwe.st/

Right now in Alberta, tar sands bitumen is spilling into the environment at four different sites, one directly underneath a lake. All four...

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Alberta: A Spill Filled Summer

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:45 PM


It's been another spill-filled summer in the spill-prone province of Alberta.

With Alberta averaging over two oil spills a day over the past 37 years, there are many spills that we don't know about. However we do know about some and what we know is...

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Energy East Pipeline: Building a Nation on a Nightmare

(92) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 5:35 PM

TransCanada officially announced on August 1 a $12-billion Energy East tar sands pipeline project. If constructed, the pipeline would run from Alberta to the coast of St. John, New Brunswick, and would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude a day, which would enable a 50 per cent increase tar sands...

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How Harper Failed Us on Rail Safety

(9) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:22 AM

I was in a tent getting ready to participate in the 2013 tar sands healing walk when I first saw the images of the Lac-Megantic train disaster. I remember looking at the pictures with horror, praying that the damage wasn't as bad as the images looked and hoping that everyone...

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