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 another country as reason enough for us to sit on our laurels. We live in a vast and beautiful place that deserves to be protected. Rather than focusing on what’s happening elsewhere, it’s important to take inspiration from our neighbours and communities who are taking action here. We have a simple idea that requires action from the most accessible level of government. Why not join in?
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 American Senator invoked the logic of common sense during a speech to the Senate on climate change, blasting a colleague for apparently claiming divine intervention would save our planet. Our collective refusal to face the most basic of concepts today, cause and effect, speaks to the arrogance and naivety of our times. It’s also why we just aren’t creating the momentum on new innovation nearly as fast as we should be. Read More
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 a better job of reaching into our brains and affecting the intuitive, emotional parts of us.
“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 burning them has led to some unbelievably mind-boggling problems.
Still, it’s easy to get hung up on that little word ‘addiction’ in statements like this, wondering if it really applies. Fossil fuels are just a necessary part of our present global economy, plain and simple: can we really say we’re addicted? Read More
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 behind our timelines but are catching up quick – and we have a lot of exciting things in store over the next few weeks. Read More
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 yourself?
My first word was “Go.”
Save the two years I lived in New Delhi, India, I’ve always lived within walking distance of a major body of water. To me, the ocean smells like freedom. Rock climbing, yoga, and friends keep me sane. I loathe writing about myself.
I’ve always loved connecting people, and some of my greatest joys have come from bringing people together who otherwise wouldn’t have met to do something completely awesome. When I’m not at work, I’m volunteering, geeking out on politics, watching my girlfriend’s band, or spending some QT with my ginormous cat. No really, he’s huge. Read More
Our Horizon would like to extend a warm welcome to Kai who joined the team as Chief 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 bit about yourself…
Hmm, let’s see – when I was a kid, my mum always called me a ‘water baby’ because I loved to swim. I’ve always been a bit nervous swimming in big lakes, though: I prefer clear water, like rivers or Georgian Bay. I used to dream about having a house way out in the sticks, by some beautiful, quick-moving river – but now I’m pretty content to be living in the city. Mostly, I think a lot about how people can start living in a way that is both more respectful of the amazing planet we live on, showing some basic admiration for all its remarkable beauty and ingenuity, as well as showing more respect for ourselves. After all, we’re also part of this big web we call life, and are equally amazing. Read More
“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 summarized their views: “Achieving a predictable price on carbon that accurately reflects real environmental costs is key to delivering emission reductions at scale. Correct energy pricing can also provide incentives for investments in energy efficiency and cleaner energy technologies.” Read More