At 27 years old at the time, I had never lived through a month of below-average global temperatures. The second was the realization that Stephen Harper had been my prime minister for all of my adult life. Taken together, these painted a striking portrait of the challenge ahead -- the pervasive climate crisis.
I am really confused by my government right now, because when it comes to climate action, it feels like I have two different governments. One government is in Paris, and their words on climate sound like the kind of ambition we need. The other one is in Ottawa, and its actions are looking more and more like the Harper government's on climate change.
I have spent most of my adult life organizing campaigns, trying to make change for the better in regards to climate change
Once freed from the devastating tentacles of the transnational monopolies, Canadians will realize that it's time to call 911 on the corporatocracy. We might then recapture real democracy and freedom, rather than settle for their bankrupt facsimiles.
Sustainable energy holds promise for a cleaner world and clear promise for economic prosperity. When more governments around the world realize that their economies will flourish in a sustainable energy future, the inevitable conversion to renewable energy will be triggered.
Big Oil is discovering that blindly chasing production growth through developing ever more costly reserves isn't contributing to the bottom line. Maybe that's a message Canada's oil sands producers need to be listening to as well.
Is this the best of times? Is this the worst of times? Are we in the age of discovery or hurtling towards a blazing, horrible finish? Basically, it's up to us. We need new ways to heat our homes, power our cars and fuel our factories. If not, we risk heating our planet to the point of making it unlivable.
As I write this thousands of people are gathered in Victoria, B.C. risking arrest to send a clear message that Canada's west coast is united in opposition to the expansion of tar sands pipelines and tanker traffic. There is no one size-fits-all solution to environmental issues, but that's exactly what PowerShift is all about.
My buddy and I shot a video for my song This Is My Prairie a couple months ago at my cabin up near Barrhead, Alberta, Canada. The story of the song is about land ownership, oil and gas, big business, individual rights vs. the state, all that stuff. It's a tricky one for me. I have some close relatives and good friends on family farms and ranches, and I've got some in the oil business, too.
I am not exactly an environmental crusader. I turn off the lights whenever I leave a room. I use public transportation. I recycle. For a long time, I thought this was enough. It's not, and over the past few years, I have begun to question whether or not I should ever have children. Here's why.