Mike Hudema
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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.

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Why We Might Just Win This Fight Against the Tar Sands

(28) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 5:31 PM

In the fight against the tar sands there are good weeks and bad weeks and then there are weeks like this one where you can't help but feel that we might just win.

This week on both sides of the country tar sands pipeline pushers got a huge wake-up call.

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Greenpeace Scales Oil Derrick to Send Solar Message

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Yesterday, four people, including myself, climbed the oil derrick that launched Western Canada's oil boom over 60 years ago. We did it to send a very simple message: it's time that we transitioned away from dirty energy sources and to the awe inspiring power of the sun, the wind, and other renewables.

Tell Alberta Premier Jim Prentice to Go Solar!

We scaled the Leduc derrick at Edmonton's Gateway Park and hung a large banner that read: "Solar: 100% climate safe." For four hours we also created our own solar powered radio station playing sun-themed songs directly from the derrick.

While the action was a bit tongue-in-cheek the issue most definitely is not. Alberta is the most climate-polluting province in Canada, emitting more greenhouse gases than any other province in the country. Alberta is also home to the Canada's fastest growing source of climate pollution the tar sands.

Just two days ago the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest climate report. The report outlined the mounting human, environmental and economic risks of failing to act on the growing crisis as well as painting a clear pathway away from climatic collapse. The pathway entails keeping the vast majority of remaining fossil fuel reserves in the ground (at least 75 per cent) and an urgent shift to renewables and conservation efforts.

To put it simply we can't keep digging, we can't keep burning, and we need to transition and quick.

As oil prices continue to plummet tar sands projects are being shelved and the vulnerability of a fossil fuel based economy is starkly clear. The province needs to diversify and I'm sure most Albertans would like to see energy profits remain in the province rather than flowing down a pipeline out of it. With renewables not only to they create more jobs per dollar than fossil fuels do but the profits don't go to large multinational oil companies but remain with homeowners, farmers, ranchers and First Nation communities.

Luckily Alberta has the natural capital to make the transition. Alberta has the best solar and wind potential in all of Canada more than enough to power the entire province yet utilizes less than 1per cent of it.

Alberta also has a highly skilled, trained workforce. Alberta has the welders, it has the electricians, it has the engineers, the machinists, it has all the people power it needs to make the solar powered leap.

Finally, Alberta has more than enough reasons to do it. Beyond the economic benefits that a move to renewables would bring and the climate crisis demands such a move would solve many other problems as well. Health practitioners have warned us for years about the damaging effects fossil fuel development has on our communities. From asthma to cancer, a continued reliance on fossil fuels only means our communities are sicker. In addition to the reduced pollution, solar and wind are 100% spill free. They don't have the damaging effects pipelines and extractive industries do.
It's for all these reasons that we climbed the derrick and hung the banner. We risked arrest and our own personal freedoms because we can't afford to wait - science and our planet are telling us that. We need to act, we need to move, and it's time to reap the tremendous benefits that come with that transition.

Getting there is doable but it's not going to be easy. Powerful oil and coal interests stand in our way and won't go down without a fight.

That's why we're asking you to join us, to add your voice to the growing calls to Alberta's Premier.

Tell Alberta Premier Jim Prentice to Go Solar!

Together we can make a difference, together we can transition again, and together we can rescue the planet from the brink.

So help us take another step on that journey our planet simply can't wait.

In solidarity,

Mike

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Tarsands Blinding Alberta to Its True Renewable Potential

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 3:23 PM

On Tuesday, Greenpeace is embarking on an Alberta tour to two cities, three rural communities and two First Nations to talk about solutions.

Together with three speakers we will be sharing stories of hope, talking about solutions already being implemented around the world, and pushing the Alberta government to catch...

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Dear Fossil fuels, It's Time To Move Along

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Dear Fossil Fuels,

I know you've been hearing a lot from me lately but I wanted to take a moment to say something that I haven't said enough -- thank you.

That's likely a message you didn't expect to hear from me but it's something that I want you to...

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The Battle Against the Tar Sands Is About to Change

(18) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:40 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

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:28 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 | 12:50 PM

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 | 3:16 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 | 1:34 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 | 4:56 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 | 3:39 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 | 1:36 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 | 12:17 PM

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 | 5:25 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 | 1:13 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 | 9:40 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 | 1:15 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 | 3:40 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 | 2:45 PM

ALBERTA: A SPILL FILLED SUMMER:

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 | 6:35 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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