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What if a Simple Sticker Could Change the World? Interview by The WILD Magazine

August 23, 20130 Comments

Below is a candid interview with Rob Shirkey, Executive Director of Our Horizon by Blaine Skrainka, Senior Editor of New York-based The Wild Magazine. The interview was published at The WILD Magazine on August 20, 2013. Unfortunately, The WILD Magazine’s website is not accessible from Canada, so the interview has been reproduced here. “What if [...]

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Art and a Living Planet

August 14, 2013

In the world of activism, it’s often important to take a step back at times, perhaps go for a walk and gaze up at the sky, in order to remember what you’re really fighting for. When you say it just in words, it sounds so deceptively simple: “a living planet”; “future generations”; “a fair, just [...]

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China combats climate change

June 7, 2013

Part of what we do involves being out in the community and talking to folks about climate change. Lots of people are happy to chat, and in our travels we often encounter a familiar phrase: “Isn’t it China? Doesn’t all the carbon come from over there?” First of all, we’ve never seen the actions of [...]

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We Can Do Better

May 30, 2013

Our actions have impacts on our environment, which has limits to what it can take – beyond which we really start to feel those impacts. This may seem obvious, but sometimes it’s these very obvious, common sense concepts that we have the hardest time grasping – so it’s worth repeating. Earlier this month, one astonished [...]

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Images Are Powerful Communicators

May 28, 2013

Ask any storyteller and they’ll tell you: images are a powerful way to communicate an idea. Why do images work? Vision is our dominant sense. Seeing takes up to 50% of our brain’s resources, making us literally hardwired to respond to images. While you can argue that text is also visual, it’s images that do [...]

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Facing Our Addiction

May 24, 2013

“We have an addiction to fossil fuels, and it’s not sustainable.” -    David MacKay, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change To many of us, this statement seems obvious, and we’ve heard it echoed a million times. Fossil fuels are finite, and clearly can’t be used forever, and though useful [...]

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Why we’ve already won.

May 20, 2013

People have been asking me: “What are your indicators of success? What are your milestones?” Similar questions come up in grant applications. The answers they’re typically looking for include: X number of emails sent through our system, Y dollars raised, a community passing our by-law, another country taking on our campaign, etc. We’re a bit [...]

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Welcoming the Team — Meet Penny…

May 17, 2013

Our Horizon would like to extend a warm welcome to Penny who joined the team as Chief of Communications a few weeks ago. Rob asked her a few poignant questions to get to know her a bit better… Look forward to frequent blog posts from our team starting next week. Tell me a bit about [...]

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Welcoming the Team – meet Kai…

May 15, 2013

Our Horizon would like to extend a warm welcome to Kai who joined the team as Director of Operations a few weeks ago. Rob asked him a few poignant questions to get to know him a bit better… Look forward to frequent blog posts from our team starting next week. So Kai, tell me a [...]

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To know the price of everything and the value of nothing

February 21, 2013

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”- Albert Einstein Heads at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund recently made headlines when they suggested that we need to let the true cost of fossil fuels be reflected in their price. The Globe and Mail [...]

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