The Next Generation

“If we were to fail, the next generation would be well justified in looking back at us and asking: What were you thinking? Couldn’t you hear what the scientists were saying? Couldn’t you hear what Mother Nature was screaming at you?” Al Gore, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, 2017, p. 28. I recently came…

#BeInconvenient

Three questions … Must we change? Can we change? Will we change? Simple questions, but complicated answers. Must we change? Yes. We must. If we don’t, we’re going to hell in a hand basket. That’s not a guess or a high probability prediction, it’s a fact. Can we change? Yes. We can absolutely change. But,…

Canadian Heavy Oil Association

UPDATE April 26th, 2017 — The U of A Chapter of CHOA has not replied to my email. Figures. Back in February, I attended the first of four presentations by the Canadian Heavy Oil Association at the University of Alberta. The presentations were being hosted by the U of A chapter of CHOA. At the…

Trump’s Impeachment

I haven’t written in a while. It’s been a trying time lately, with the semester finishing up and final assignments. Thankfully, I am now done all my required courses and only have a thesis left to write. (I say that like it’s no big deal, but it’ll be the most work of my degree program!)…

NRDC Conference Call – March 29th

This afternoon I had the opportunity to listen in on an NRDC (National Resources Defence Council) conference call with its supporters. From what they said on this call, it appears they do this at least on a monthly basis. During this conference call, they provided updates on three major issues. Issue 1: The Water Crisis…

8 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Use

Plastic is a terrible item for the planet. Not only is it made from fossil fuels, but it gets into our waterways and oceans and never decomposes. Interestingly, when I was training to become a Master Composter Recycler last year, we toured the recycling facility in Edmonton. They told us that everyone’s number one concern…

The Apocalypse is Looming

You know all those books and movies everyone likes that are based on a ‘dystopian’ future? And, most of the time, that dystopian future has something to do with the apocalypse? Well, I think we’ve actually crossed a line and are now living a real dystopian future that could very well lead to the real…

My Love/Hate Relationship with my Car

I went to campus on Wednesday, March 15th for a couple of meetings. As I got into the car I realized it was the first time I’d used the car since I got home 6 days earlier! This is odd for me, because I really do love my car and freedom it affords. And I…

Day 10 – Mar 8th

I BEAT MY PREVIOUS “# OF HOURS DRIVING IN ONE DAY” RECORD! On Wednesday, March 8th I drove for 15 hours straight. I drove from Jackson (Hole), Wyoming to Edmonton, Alberta — in one go. I only stopped for gas, to pee, and to go through drive-thrus for food. The first part of the drive…

Day 9 – Mar 7th

A Day in Jackson — or Jackson Hole — I’m not sure which title is more accurate. First and foremost, I was able to make an afternoon appointment at the spa. [angels singing] Then, I went across the street to the National Elk Refuge visitor’s centre and gift shop. It actually has a really long…