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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 <a href="http://www.changeyourcorner.com." rel="nofollow">www.changeyourcorner.com. </a>
What A Cherokee Legend Can Teach Us About Climate

What A Cherokee Legend Can Teach Us About Climate Change

there are two wolves inside each of us, continuously in conflict. One is evil: it is anger, jealousy, resentment, greed, arrogance and lies. The other is good: it is serenity, contentment, love, generosity, humility and truth. The grandson thinks for a minute, then asks, "Which one wins?" The old man answers simply, "The one we feed."
04/25/2017 01:35 EDT
Canadians Must Rethink 'Normal' To Tackle Climate

Canadians Must Rethink 'Normal' To Tackle Climate Change

Maybe the lifestyle we've come to know as "normal" really isn't normal -- or sustainable -- after all. It may feel normal because it's all we've known, but, examined rationally in a larger context, it seems more like the fast lane to resource depletion and environmental ruin.
10/14/2016 01:45 EDT
TransCanada Silence On Climate Speaks Volumes In Pipeline

TransCanada Silence On Climate Speaks Volumes In Pipeline Debate

I think I'm reasonably well versed in issues surrounding the Energy East Pipeline, both economic and environmental. But I am struck by how, in any official TransCanada communications about environmental implications of the project, climate change is never mentioned.
07/08/2016 11:46 EDT
10 Years Later: Some Inconvenient (And Convenient)

10 Years Later: Some Inconvenient (And Convenient) Truths

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of <em>An Inconvenient Truth</em>, the Al Gore documentary that catapulted climate change onto the global agenda. Here's a quick look at developments over the past decade, both the inconvenient and the convenient.
05/30/2016 05:10 EDT
A Sustainability Game For Earth

A Sustainability Game For Earth Day

If you missed International Games Day -- held each November to promote fun, camaraderie and learning through the playing of games of all types -- don't despair. Here's a simple way to combine the fun and learning of International Games Day with the sustainability focus of Earth Day.
04/22/2016 10:16 EDT
A Lesson For Today From My Least Favourite Class In High

A Lesson For Today From My Least Favourite Class In High School

When I was in high school, my least favourite class was English. It wasn't my teacher's fault; it was just that, somehow, the lessons of ancient literature did not resonate with my teenage mind. But I've come to appreciate the relevance of the life truths buried within those classic writings we were obliged to study years ago.
04/06/2016 05:22 EDT
To Paris, With

To Paris, With Hope

Previous UN climate conferences have started with great optimism and hope but ended with underwhelming success at best, disappointment at worst. However, there are many reasons to hope that, finally, this one will be different.
11/13/2015 02:16 EST
Think Climate Action When You

Think Climate Action When You Vote

Climate change ought to be a major issue this election, but I'm saddened to note that it has received little attention. Perhaps a quick update on both the problem and the solutions would add some helpful perspective in these final days of the campaign.
10/14/2015 05:54 EDT
Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.
10/02/2015 12:34 EDT
Canada Must Put a Price on Carbon

Canada Must Put a Price on Carbon Emissions

Whenever I meet a Hummer, tension rises in my chest, unkind thoughts develop in my head and my hands tighten and tremble, as if they want to signal something. I've long wondered why that happens, and I think I've finally figured it out. It has something to do with a song, economics and the courteous way to walk your dog.
07/24/2015 11:33 EDT
Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate

Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate Change

When former federal cabinet minister David Dingwall was questioned about a generous buyout package he received in 2006, his oft-quoted reply was, "I am entitled to my entitlements." It caused much outrage. But as the biblical expression goes, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone, because perhaps we're all a bit guilty of entitlement.
04/21/2015 06:13 EDT
Our Carbon Quota Is Shrinking All the

Our Carbon Quota Is Shrinking All the Time

Perhaps you've heard of the notion of a global carbon quota. I first learned of it a few years ago, and got a refresher on the subject last month. It jolted me then, but even more so this time. Here's an overview, with some basic math.
03/13/2015 05:50 EDT
An Imminent Climate Change That Has Nothing to Do With Greenhouse

An Imminent Climate Change That Has Nothing to Do With Greenhouse Gasses

Canada's climate is about to change dramatically. You see, spring arrives next month. Sorry if that sounds anticlimactic, but in this country, changing seasons always mean changes in climate. Understanding why that happens can help us understand and dismiss one of the most commonly held fallacies about today's changing climate.
02/23/2015 01:11 EST
Let's Pause and Consider What Jesus Would Say About Climate

Let's Pause and Consider What Jesus Would Say About Climate Change

When it comes to solving climate change, we have all the technological solutions we need. But as the recent climate talks in Lima reaffirmed, political solutions remain more elusive, largely because of the vastly different perspectives of developed and developing nations. As well, it seems we as individuals have a ways to go, both in thought and action.
12/23/2014 12:18 EST